Penumbra Getting It’s Spunk Back!

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After an outpouring of public support, including 1,400 donations, the lauded African American company is back in business. The mood at Penumbra is reflected in the play opening this week: “Spunk.”

T. Michael RamboThere are reasons why Penumbra is playing “Spunk” right now. Director Patdro Harris describes Spunk as “a piece about love and hope and survival, through the eyes of African American people and the blues.”

George C. Wolfe’s 1989 play is based on three stories collected by Zora Neale Hurston. The stories may be folklore but they carry hard truths of real life. One story is about a washerwoman and her philandering husband; the second is about three fast-talking hucksters, eager to prey on a girl they meet on the street. The third is about a conman with his eye on a newlywed bride.

Penumbra’s production of “Spunk” is all-star including T. Mychael Rambo, the cast includes Jevetta Steele and Dennis Spears. For the performers, the public outpouring of support has been exhilarating and humbling. But now director Harris said it is time to shine again.

Spunk runs at Penumbra Theatre through April 7.

Brandy Returning To Television!

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BET Network has two hits series “Let’s Stay Together” and “The Game” which are returning for a new season Tuesday, March 26, 2013  premiering at 10pm and 11pmET/PT.

Its talented stellar cast is what I feel the attraction is, though the store lines are well written (by and true to life, the talented cast – I’m sure – is what keeps us tuned in. You have the bubbly Wendy Raquel Robinson, the talented Hosea Chanchez and Coby Bell, and multi-platinum selling Brandy leading the way at “The Game.” Erica Hubbard and Kyla Pratt is shinning the light on “Let’s Stay Together” cast. Then they throw in the guest appearances but John Singleton, Ciara and Rockmond Dunbar (“Sons of Anarchy”) on “The Game,” and Christine Keyes (Note to Self) and Jackee’ Harry (“The First Family”) guest starring on “Let’s Stay Together.”

“I was really impressed with the show,” said Brandy about her role on “The Game.” “They offered me the role of Chardonnay. It was more about the character…I love Chardonnay…little do people know, that’s who I am. This is a coming out role.”

This new season “The Game” is seen through the eyes of new comers Lauren London who plays Keira Michelle Whitake and Jay Ellis who plays Bryce “Blue” Westbrook an NFL draft pick.

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GRATITUDE ATTITUDE

Folks everywhere are beginning to at least think about being thankful. People in the North might be thankful for escaping the cluthes of a snowstorm while some others could be happy to have landed a great electronic deal on Black Friday. Thankfullness shows up in many forms.

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A friend of our family in Tampa came up with a great idea. Its called The Gratitude List. Its simply a list you compile of things, people and situtions for which you’re grateful. Next, each day from now until the New Year, keep a running list of whatever you’re thankful for. There’s no right or wrong way to make the list. The process is transformative because it helps to create an attitude of gratitude.
Often we don’t have or take time to do this kind of introspection. I’ve been keeping a Gratitude List for a number of years and I’ve found the simple act of writing from my heart is making a profound impact on me and those I’m close to.

Give The Gratitude List a try and let me know if your life begins to change for the better. Happy Thanksgiving!

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GREEN MILE STAR BEGINS NEW LIFE

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September 15, 2010

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DUNCAN AND OMAROSA, WOW!

One minute she’s turning down love on a reality show, the next minute, she’s about to jump the broom with Michael Clarke Duncan.

Omarosa and the “Green Mile” actor have been quietly dating since about April of this year. And according to reports, she’s telling people that he’s definitely “the one.”

Last month, Omarosa told Black Voices, “He is the greatest guy I’ve ever been with! I’m madly in love!” She also said that if Duncan proposed, she would “absolutely” say yes.

Duncan and Omarosa


On Sunday night, the couple arrived hand-in-hand at In Touch Weekly’s Icons and Idols party at Bar Marmont in West Hollywood and “could barely keep their paws off one another,” according to Popeater. “Duncan kept her very close to his side all night, gushing to onlookers, ‘That’s my girl.’”

As for Omarosa’s own green mile…of love?

In 2000, she married Aaron Stallworth, but the two divorced in 2005. Several months after the split, she was linked to Dr. Frank Ryan, who died tragically in a car accident this summer.

She tried her hand at love again earlier this year, teaming up with Donald Trump for the TV One dating show ‘The Ultimate Merger.’ But finding love wasn’t in the cards for her, as the final contestant, R&B singer Ray Lavender, was eliminated because he was still technically married. Although Omarosa stated during a reunion show that there would be a second season, it has been called off for now — as long as she and Duncan remain an item.


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SHANNON TAKES A BREAK FROM TELEVISION

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September 15, 2010

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FORMER WIDE RECEIVER DOES SIDE STEP IN FACE OF ALLEGATIONS

Broadcaster and former NFL tight end Shannon Sharpe is taking a leave of absence from his NFL analyst gig at CBS amid allegations of sexual assault against him.

“I have decided to step aside from the NFL Today show until this matter is resolved,” Sharpe said in a statement released today.

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Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court granted a temporary restraining order against Sharpe following a petition filed by Michele Bundy, who claims the ex-athlete threatened her life and forced her into sex.

A protection hearing is scheduled for Monday, Sept 20.


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HALLE SAYS HIT AND RUN WAS A BENEFIT

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September 1, 2010

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HALLE BERRY IS THANKFUL

Halle Berry says the court-ordered community service stemming from her 1997 hit-and-run car accident was a wake-up call that changed her life, and shifted her focus to charity work.

The Oscar winner was sentenced to 250 hours of community service for leaving the scene of the accident in West Hollywood. Berry said she suffered had suffered amnesia and needed 17 stitches in her forehead following the crash.

Halle Berry

She fulfilled the court order by working at Los Angeles’ Jenesse Center, a charity that helps battered women and their children make a fresh start.

Cut to 13 years later, and Berry still regularly volunteers with the organization – which has helped her realize the importance of giving back.

She says, “It changed my life. I hadn’t been doing enough (for others). It was time.”


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