Staged Reading: ONE LAST NIGHT BEFORE SEMPITERNITY

Last week I read the powerful role of Empress Poppea in conjunction with Hunter College and The New Heritage Theater in Harlem, NY. The Bulgarian playwright Hristo Hristov one act historical drama positioned the audience to observe one of the most notorious antagonists in history. Emperor Nero and Empress Poppaea. I had a blast working with the actors Tony Noumavski and Aixa Kendrick and was loving how playful this story was. Check out some of the fun below:



Anita Freeman will never leave ya, without everything you need...

First reading of the year was a hit. I had the pleasure of reading for the character of Anita Freeman for playwright Lauren Whithead for the play…get ready…" THE PLAY WHICH RAISES THE QUESTION OF WHAT HAPPENED IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES BETWEEN 1974 - 2004 AND HINTS AT WHY MASS INCARCERATION IS PERHAPS A MAN MADE DISEASE AND HIGHLIGHTS THE GOVERNMENTS GENERAL LACK OF EMPATHY FOR POOR PEOPLE OF COLOR AND DISPELS THE NOTION THAT OUR CONDITION IS OUR FAULT AND HELPS MAKE VISIBLE WHY WE RIOT WHEN WE MOURN AND ALSO TELLS THE STORY OF ANITA FREEMAN & HER KIDS” directed by Scott Ebersold.

Yes…ALL OF THAT! This play is in fact all of that. I was inspired, challenged, and transform. That was only the first reading of the year for me. I am truly blessed to be able to story tell. This type of work is why I do what I do. Not to mention I connected with actors that were insanely talented. Shouts to that WHOLE cast…Here is some photos that capture that transcendent experience below:









An artist muse : KWESI ABBENSETT



Becoming an adult in New York City is full of extremes. As an artist finding your way can be a roller coaster ride. It definitely has its highs and lows, however one thing I have always had so much love for is the artistic friendships I have built over the years and the very outrageous experiences I have had along the way.

NYC is known as the hub for artists of all backgrounds and mediums. This is where it’s at for the artist established or upcoming. You can meet Kehinde Wiley shopping at the Nike store have a few words and you may have just leveraged yourself an interview and new job. You can work at the hottest restaurant in the city book a role and jump start your career with the connections you made while up-selling a pepper shrimp (Shout out to Miss Lily’s). You can even ride the train, compliment someones look, and be invited to an event where you build creative relationships that flourish and grow for years to come. I have always been amazed at the split second connections that can be made. It is not always magical but it certainly can have some instant gratification if you are down for the ride. New York is where I have found some of my life tribe and I am so grateful for that.

One of the first artist connections I made where collaboration was at the forefront was with my good friend Kwesi Abbensetts. An accomplished photographer and visual artist based out of Brooklyn and worldwide. He tells stories of the black diaspora through his film, photography, and paintings. These stories are rooted in the Carribbean, the US, and throughout the world. I am honored to have worked with him during much of my personal artistic growth in New York.

I remember a conversation I had with him about documenting exclusively people of color and he stated that is the only group he has interest in shooting. He had nothing against the rest of the world it was just where he felt moved to create and storytell with his work. That always inspired me. The stories of my community and I can’t be told better than we can tell them. Please go support and follow this brilliant artist at: http://www.spaceshipgeorge.com/. You can purchase his work and just get inspired.