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André De Shields just won his first Tony at 73. Here are 5 facts on his epic career | Los Angeles Times

Makeda Easter, Los Angeles Times ANDRE DE SHIELDS. Photo by Lia Chang. Featured Image André De Shields capped a 50-year acting career by scoring his first Tony Award on Sunday, winning best featured actor in a musical for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown.” It’s been a long time coming. The 73-year-old performer has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theater and on film and television. In accepting his award, De Shields shared his three cardinal rules for longevity: One, surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming. Two, slowly is the fastest way to […]

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NY Metropolitan Opera to Hire All-Black Chorus for Fall Revival of “Porgy And Bess” | Good Black News

Lori Lakin Hutcherson, Good Black News UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1939: African American Evicted sharecropper, New Madrid County, Missouri (Photo by Buyenlarge/Getty Images). Featured Image to washingtonpost.com, The Metropolitan Opera in New York plans to hire an all-Black outside chorus for its first presentation in nearly thirty years of ”Porgy and Bess,” which opens the Met’s season on September 23. Performances of “Porgy and Bess,” which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin family, which specifies an all-black cast. Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward, “Porgy” depicts a man living in Catfish […]

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The Uphill Battles of Black Talent Agents in Hollywood | The New York Times

Cara Buckley, The New York Times Lorrie Bartlett of ICM Partners, left; Brandon Lawrence of Creative Artists Agency; and J.B. Fitzgerald of United Talent Agency. Credit Photographs by Erik Carter for The New York Times. Featured Image like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” don’t come around all that often partly because of how projects are put together. Chances are the people brokering those deals — and determining who gets in the door and what stories are told — are white. Lorrie Bartlett of ICM Partners, left; Brandon Lawrence of Creative Artists Agency; and J.B. Fitzgerald of United Talent Agency. […]

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Mosaic Youth Theatre gets $1M gift from ‘Hamilton’ producer | The Detroit News The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit on Wednesday touted its largest gift ever: a $1 million grant from Oak Park native Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of the Broadway hit musical, "Hamilton."

The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit on Wednesday touted its largest gift ever: a $1 million grant from Oak Park native Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of the Broadway hit musical, “Hamilton.”

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