National Black Arts Festival

Saturday morning at eight on WCLK's The Local Take, I talk with The Hammonds House Museum's most recent Executive Director, Leatrice Ellzy Wright, as she prepares to join the famed Apollo Theatre. Wright has been on the Atlanta cultural scene since she began working with the National Black Arts Festival as a curator and producer. Her knowledge and innovation changed the historic Hammonds House Museum in West End after just a few months.

PNC Bank Black History Month Honoree: Pearl Cleage

Feb 16, 2019

Saturday morning at 8am on WCLK's The Local Take I'll talk with Pearl Cleage about her career and her latest honor from PNC Bank. Cleage first came to my knowledge after I attended a late-night reading during the 1988 National Black Arts Festival. I reminded her of this event and we were both blushing as we discussed her erotic poetry that was presented that night. 

We discuss her work across multiple genres including fiction, non-fiction, the theatre and poetry. 

The Local Take - National Black Arts Festival 2017

Dec 17, 2016

This week on The Local Take I speak with Grace Stanislaus from the National Black Arts Festival. She shares with us that the festival which began as a 3-day outdoor event executed by Fulton County is about to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

Ms. Stanislaus shares with us several on-going NBAF programs that involve shoring up the arts education being offered in our public schools. 

The National Black Arts Festival continues its 2015 program with a Spotlight Series Performance from Step Afrika! on Saturday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Atlanta's Center Stage.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Step Afrika!, a Washington DC-based company, has paved the way as the first professional company in the world dedicated to the African-derived tradition of stepping, popularized in films like “Drumline” (2002) and “Stomp the Yard” (2007).

Savion Glover appears this weekend as part of the National Black Arts Festival. The Sole Sanctuary performance takes place Sunday, July 19 at 6pm at Georgia State University's Rialto Center For The Arts. Glover will perform and lead a conversatoin as he honors his mentors Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr., as well as discussing the history of tap.

WCLK's Jamal Ahmad spoke with Glover about the performance.

National Black Arts Festival Welcomes Savion Glover

“SoLe Sanctuary”

 

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