**ATLANTA GA CASTING CALL** NAACP Image Award Nom Sid Powell Presents: “YOURS, OURS, & MS. ANGELOU”


Open Casting Call 
Stageplay:  YOURS,OURS, & MS. ANGELOU
written and directed by NAACP Image Award Nominee Sid Powell.
SidPO Productions

Location: SIDPO

Young Voices United
595C Roswell St.
Marietta, Ga. 30060
Days/Times:
Sunday, February 1st 4pm-7pm
Monday, February 2nd 10am-1:30pm
Tuesday, February 3rd 10am-1;30pm
Wednesday, February 4th 10am-1:30pm
Wednesday February 4th CALL BACKS 6PM

Pay Rate: Stipend TBA
Producer: Devyne Johnson
Director: Sid Powell
Play and Rehearsal in the Greater Atlanta Area
 Please call 917-426-7311 or Email YoursOursMsAngelou@gmail.com for your casting appointment!

Synopsis:

Sometimes it’s not about changing someone’s mind, but instead, ever so slightly moving their heart. A 12 year old girl little white girl, a middle aged black woman, and a dusty library in a sandy town are the backdrop of this lesson in the form of a Stageplay. Providence Banks is a rambunctious and gregarious child who serves as a role model for her learning disabled mother Bethanne Banks, and a bothersome inconvenience for her stepfather Jon Banks.  Providence is the loud mouthed, opinionated wedge that lives between her folks and Jon Banks makes no bones about it; he’s had it up to here.  So when yet another chiding note comes home from Providence’s teacher as a result of her challenging both children and adults with her verbal menacing, she’s sentenced by Jon Banks to do time in the town library.  If nothing else, he figures it will keep her out of his hair though he doubts she’ll take the time to learn anything.  Maybelle Richards is the janitor in the library and notices Providence has gone from sleeping on stacks of books to actually reading them.  They end up developing a mutual respect for one another and an unlikely love/like relationship is born.  That is until Providence poses a question about the ever so glorious Maya Angelou. Maybelle becomes defensive, determined to prove that Maya belongs to her and her people.  Providence begs to differ and decides to enter a library contest with Maya as her subject, hell bent on teaching HER people about the phenomenal woman. Yours, Ours, & Ms. Angelou presents a simple story about the complicated task of changing minds and hearts, inspiring love where it never lived, and becoming who you were always meant to be.  In Yours, Ours, & Ms. Angelou, you’ll find the spirit of a young girl as it collides with the spirit of a black woman who impacted generations and changed the world.


Character BreakDowns: 

(Looking for actors who can visibly pass as the characters ages. For instance if you are 19, but you look 12, or if you are 25 and can look 47 etc….)


(PROVIDENCE BANKS)

12 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN FEMALE. A SPITFIRE KNOWN FOR HER TENDENCY TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS. SHE CHALLENGES HER FATHER IN SUPPORT OF HER LEARNING DISABLED MOTHER.

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(BETHANNE BANKS)

40 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN FEMALE. A SOFT HEARTED, ANGELIC WOMAN WHO LIVES VICARIOUSLY THROUGH HER DAUGHTER’S EASE OF GAINING KNOWLEDGE. SHE’S ACCEPTING OF HER CURRENT LIFE BUT DREAMS OF A DIFFERENT FUTURE.

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(JON BANKS)

47 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN MALE WITH A PROPENSITY TO ENGAGE IN VERBAL DISCORD WITH ANY AND EVERYONE.

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(MAYBELLE RICHARDS)

41 YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE. SHE’S THE LIBRARY JANITOR WHO IS ALWAYS DRESSED TO THE NINE’S. A WELL EDUCATED WOMAN WITH A PASSION FOR MAYA ANGELOU. .

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(MRS. SCRUMPF)

63 FEMALE SOMETHING YEAR OLD TOWN LIBRARIAN AND GOSSIP.

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(MYRTLE RICHARDS)

12 YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE. CHARISMATIC AND CONFIDENT NIECE OF MAYBELLE; A WORTHY OPPONENT FOR PROVIDENCE.

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(RAY RICHARDS)

40 SOMETHING YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE. THE GOOD WILLED HUSBAND OF MAYBELLE RICHARDS, HARDWORKING AND DEDICATED TO HIS WIFE AND NIECE IN LAW MYRTLE. RAY IS EASY GOING BUT HAS A PAST SCORE TO SETTLE ON HIS FATHER’S BEHALF THAT HAS HAUNTED HIM ALL HIS LIFE.

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(GARY CONYERS)

12 YEAR OLD AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE. PROVIDENCE’S CRUSH AND ALSO A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH FOR THE UPCOMING LIBRARY CONTEST.

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(RUSSELL)

43 YEAR OLD CAUCASIAN MAILMAN. HE’S VERY HANDSOME WITH AN INFECTIOUSLY CHARMING AND SWEET DEMEANOR MATCHED WITH A KILLER SMILE.SETTINGCOUNTRY TOWN OF JODECO, GEORGIATIMELAZY SUMMER IN THE COUNTRY

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) Happy Martin Luther King Day! Let’s Drive Out Hate Today READ:


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For me, It’s all about the photo. Blogs, websites, and people all over social networks constantly post and repost photos of great leaders during their time of death or birth or in remembrance. Often times the photo is shared 100,000 times over with no real significance other than; “Look at me I honored him by posting a photo…” followed by a twerking video. Now, I don’t know how many times this photo has been shared, but the reason why I posted this photo in remembrance of The King is because of the message in his eyes.

Martin Luther King Jr was a passionate man. He was a passive man, who stood for, and was strict about living a non-violent life. And this photo captures his essence. The sorrow in his eyes is followed by great determination. The confusion his brows make show that he is seeking an answer…more than likely the answer to the most coveted question in the Human Race…WHY? All of that combined with the relaxation his face gives lets us know he is comfortable, and unmoved by what he is looking at, the future perhaps…And that’s why I honor him.

This photo represents Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he has done and will continue to do in his absence from Earth in Heaven. Let’s drive out hate today, force it out, make an effort to be free from anything that keeps us from support and love of one another. Starting at home, then branching out to everyone else, if we at least start today, we can build up a habit and eventually live our lives hate-free and happily.

HAPPY MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY!


WATCH THIS VIDEO(s) BELOW AND REMEMBER THE KING!



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ALBUM REVIEW: Jazmine Sullivan’s New Album “Reality Show” Is A Genius Work Of Art Grammy Worthy @jsullivanmusic READ


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Click HERE To Purchase iTunes R&B #1 Album “Reality Show

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WRITER: TAHIR REGISTER

DATE: jan 12, 2015

PUBLISHED: jan 12, 2015 6:23 pM


Overall: This album is a genius work of art! Sonically it’s very late 80s early 90s. Songs like Stanley and Stupid Girl take you back to the skating rink, heavy tube socks, afro’s, and grooving so hard whomever’s watching never cross’s your mind. Keeping it very “today” with songs like Dumb feat. Meek Mill” and “Forever Don’t Last“, which is an R&B classic already, the album was wait worthy. Fans have waited for four years and it seems through her breakup, heartache, and trails Jazmine Sullivan’s pen game has gotten stronger than ever before! Don’t believe me? Buy The Album and see for yourself!


Song By Song Review

1. Dumb (Feat. Meek Mill): This song has strength to it. Being the first single off the album and the echo voices that hums strongly in the background of the entire record pushes the song. The lyrics are fitting for anyone who’s ever experienced heartbreak from young and dumb behavior. The bass is strong enough to be played in the club, and the vocal production is smooth enough to sing it while driving. Not to mention the dope rap that gives the male perspective by no other than co-Philly native Meek Mill.

2. Mascara: This is the kind of “different” that is needed in todays music. The lyrics are strong, the strongest lyrics I’ve heard for this generation of reality stars and social media teeny boppers. The lyrics carry the record. The heavy bass and almost confusing sweet backing vocals and simple instrumental melody really add a great humor to the record in comparison to the lyrics. This is quickly a fan favorite. Check out a live performance below:

3. Brand New: The opening Jazz influence of this record is genius! It sets the tone for something real. Almost rapping Jazmine Sullivan again hits us with some serious lyrics, thought provoking enough to make you sit home alone with that one arm in the air, hand made into a fist hitting the air like; “got damn!”. Jasmine Sullivan takes a vocal risk with a new almost squeaky vocal production, but it adds to the freshness of the record. This is most certainly a Hip-Hop and R&B influenced record with spats of Jazz mixed in that ties the album together.

4. Silver Lining: Very Michael Jackson influenced as far as production is concerned. Many may not think so, but it’s so Michael. This is my favorite song on the entire album. It appeals to everyone because we are all looking for that “silver lining…”. This record is neo-soul, Lauryn Hill meets Jill Scott meets Michael Jackson meets old Janet Jackson, everything good, right, and perfect. It will make you feel like you once did, that feeling that reminds you of all the good times. Even though the lyrics are about a journey its one with no regrets. A song filled with ample determination. The bass drum in this record is the driving force that pushes you to feel the clack of the drum sticks that go perfectly with the backing vocal harmony. This song is easy.

5. #HoodLove: Slightly reminiscent of Nina Simone, a modern day Nina-ish record, the honesty and production. The heavy bass almost tribal drum repeating throughout the record with the vocal wailing in the background gives a very theatrical and cinematic feel to the record. If you close your eyes you can almost visualize this record being played in the background of a movie, or Tv show. Aside from that the lyrics are very modern and I think that’s what many will navigate to while letting the track carry them into the scene, which I’m making out to be a vintage 80s Harlem NYC feel.

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6. Let It Burn: Opening strongly with that 80s synth almost disco-ish sound with that lovely constant bass plucking away. Sonically this song is easily a fan favorite. Even the vocal production is similar to how many R&B artist would record their vocals in the 80s maybe even 70s. The piano in this record is magical, it’s almost like you don’t realize it’s there, but when you do, prepare for the magic. Very Diana Ross of Jazmine Sullivan to talk during a semi-breakdown of the record, this is an easy track. It’s very reminiscent of Janet Jackson’s “Where Are You Now”. Very chorus driven, the message gets across to the listener by way of the riffing and strong vocal ad libs.

7. Veins: Fans will question this record. The lyrics are strong and seemingly personal. Jasmine Sullivan has talked about doing drugs before, but this song which seems to feature Frank Ocean is very lyrically revealing. It’s hard to listen to the chorus and not think maybe Jazmine went through this? The pain in her voice is clear here. There is a lot of synth and flurry around the vocals which adds a very, almost psychedelic haze to the record which adds to the topic of drug use.

8. Forever Don’t Last: Grammy worthy, this classic R&B record is timeless! Jasmine revealed this song was about her breakup and what she realized during the devastating process of abuse and heartbreak. The opening will send chills down your spine!! Throughout the album Jazmine Sullivan fearlessly shows her vocal lows and her belting highs and this song sums up the power of the album. Lyrically driven and emotionally revealing. If you want soul music, this song is for you! Scatting, guitar solos, smooth backing harmony…This song is simply, perfect!

9. Stupid Girl: Genius lyrics, this record is what it means to be a song writer. Taking real issues, serious issues, and making it relatable, musical, and slightly lighter than the topic itself. Another record fans may think is about Jazmine. Very 70s you can almost imagine a vintage, Shaggy-esk music video. A strong lyrical message to women begging women to use their heads and stop being stupid girls. The women who purchase the album will certainly love this record. Check her out performing it live below:

10. Stanley: Throw on your tube socks, get your short shorts on, your roller skates and hit the skating rink!!! This record is very vintage, which is a tying theme throughout the album. Along with slight humor, this song a groovy record. Another timeless piece that belongs in a movie or tv show. All of you afro picking, lock wearing, lyrically conscience musicians and music lovers will undoubtedly love this record. Who’s Stanley…who cares catch this awesome sub bass and clap along while riding backwards on your skates at the rink! Ha! With another vocal risk with this groovy accent Jazmine is speaking in this record is simply groovy.

11. Masterpiece (Mona Lisa): I question if this should’ve been the title of the album because this album is just that, a masterpiece. This record, along with many others on the album belongs in a film! The heavy audience-like live feel of the record drives it. It’s timeless, as if it could fit perfectly in a “Dirty Dancing” scene. The choir voices and constant almost cheering and clapping of the track adds to the grandness of the record. The modulation that happens toward the end of the track really amps up the song, with that vocal scream and passion this record is another fan favorite easily. Lyrically beautiful and self assuring, Jazmine Sullivan out did herself with this record. If I did have a negative…it should have been the last song on the album, not the 11th.

12. If You Dare: Ending the album with excitement and a lovely bass groove and claps that make you jam! The call and response-esk chorus will certainly have people in their homes, cars, and parties screaming loud! Some may even consider this a pop cross-over record, and I’d agree. It’s very z100 sounding, worldly. A daring record, I’d be surprised if I find one person who doesn’t like this record. The heavy bass drum and claps alone with amp you to another level, a different kind of turn up for R&B lovers, but a good one!

Now that you’ve explored the Album if not by listening, simply buy it, but if you found this review helpful let us know below in the comments!

We Here At The B.L.A.C.K Media do not give out stars, instead we give out fists

The B.L.A.C.K Media gives Reality Show 4/5 Fists

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RAW: Azealia Banks Speaks Painful TRUTH, Tearing Up, The Challenges Of Being A Black Artist @AZEALIABANKS WATCH:


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Say what you want about the Cocoa Rap Goddess, but watch what you say! This Queen, only 23 years old, single handedly defined the state of music and entertainment, race, class, and culture in the United States. Passionately, Azealia Banks, the “212” viral sensation spoke intelligently about the erasing of Afrikan American innovation, creation, and presence that literally reigns supreme in the US, but is often looked at as ownership of another race.

SHE CANNOT BE TAMED, NOR DOES SHE NEED TO BE

          In this riveting interview with HOT 97, Azealia Banks gets personal, passionate, raw and uncut! Shit even made me cry, when its the truth its nothing you can do but feel, and share empathy. She speaks about her feelings towards Iggy Azealia, TI, Tiny, Executives in the music business, and how the media portray her as a bitter black crazy woman, when its so far from the truth! Aside from having one of the best rap albums/albums of the past century,

Azealia Banks is proving she is not just a catwoman; a free spirited, untamed, warrior, but a vulnerable aware Human being grateful for those who’ve come before her, knowledgeable of what, and where she comes from.

          I can tell you first hand, Azealia Banks is ANYTHING but crazy, or bitter, yes B.L.A.C.K, but she is so much more than that. Azealia Banks is the next reason to get inspired. She is what many try to sweep under the rug, but with knowledge like this, passion like this, and the will to go on in spite of her enemies, Azealia Banks is already a legend. Check out the interview below.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Ebro;

“…Whats your perspective on it?”

Azealia Banks;

“Hum…Ok so here’s the thing with Iggy Azealia, this is the thing, I feel just like in this country like, just in this country whenever it comes to our things like black issues or black politics or black music or whatever theres always this like undercurrent of kinda like a fuck you theres always like a fuck y’all niggas like y’all don’t really own shit like y’all don’t have shit you get what I’m saying?…

Ebro;

“yes…yes”

Azealia Banks;

…And that Macklemore album wasn’t better than a Drake record.

Ebro;

“And Macklemore admitted his album wasn’t better than Kendrick’s”

Azealia Banks;

You know what I mean that Iggy Azealy shit is not better than any fucking black girl thats rapping today you know and when they give those awards out cause’ the Grammys are suppose to be like accolades for artistic excellence you get what i mean Iggy Azealia is not excellent you know and the message i – i see when i see these Grammys being given out like these cause’ it- cause’ its – it’s bigger than just like playing the shit on the radio and – i dont give a fuck you know what I mean like thats fine bitch like do what you’re gonna do, but its – I have a problem when you’re trying to like…say that it’s hiphop and you’re trying to like put it like up against black culture like even like you know like Nicki Minaj over the past two like two three four years has done so much to kinda create this like social presence and this like hold on just like you know kind – just like social consciousness  and then here you go like ok so she’s like re up and re and roman reloaded then here you got fucking Iggy like reclassified like you tryna smudge out you know what i mean its like your tryna like its like a cultural smudging is what i see and when they give theses Grammys out all it says to white kids is like oh yea you’re great you’re amazing you can do whatever you put your mind to and it says to black kids you don’t have shit you don’t own shit not even the shit you created for yourself and it makes me upset… in that way….”

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SOUL Exposé: Nicki Minaj Most Revealing Interview Tears Flowed True Strength During Heartbreak @NickiMinaj WATCH:


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          On Dec 17th Nicki Minaj sat down with the Legendary Angie Martinez for a promotional interview for Nicki’s new album “The Pink Print” they had no idea the conversation would take this turn. Recently Nicki Minaj went through a terrible break up. Many speculate SB, Nicki’s hype man, and wing man to have been the cause of this “new Nicki”, but I think who it is, is irrelevant.

          Nicki Minaj is human. A phrase that is so painfully obvious it almost sounds ridiculous when saying it, but unfortunately people seem to forget. Real emotions, real feelings, a real soul exposed. No matter if you dislike her rapping, style of music, or fashion, you will understand and sympathize with Nicki as a woman, and a person who has gone through heart break.

          During the interview Nicki Minaj was asked about her recent change in her love life, exposing her raw feelings she opened up to Angie Martinez about her recent breakup. We all can recollect breaking up with someone we’ve loved and wanting so badly to call them and tell them the new good news of our life, but cannot due to the recent breakup. When explaining the difficulty, Nicki Minaj, had a break down. The camera goes off and when it comes back Nicki Minaj is gathered and a spin on Angie’s part was tarnished as Nicki held her head high and continued to speak about her pain.

If you haven’t already purchase The Pink Print as Nicki reveals more of her soul on this album which she claims is the most excited she’s ever been, the most confident. The album is great, the emotion is certainly there and I hope Nicki can pull it together and show more of that happiness that she is experiencing. This interview will forever go down in history as one of the greatest Angie Martinez interviews ever!

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