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Leigh Whipper

  Leigh Whipper   By Dale Shields * Born in (1876) Charleston, South Carolina, died (1975)  New York City, New York. “Although a strong presence in the (still extant) Oscar Micheaux drama Symbol of the Unconquered (1920), gaunt-looking African-American performer Leigh Whipper had to wait 23 years for a second screen role truly worthy of his …

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Reyno

    Reyno By Dale Ricardo Shields  His early death has left a hole in the Black Theatre communities heart. “I miss you ole friend.” Born 8/26/52 (Cleveland, Ohio) Death 6/27/90 (Cleveland, Ohio) Reyno Crayton was the founding member and Artistic Director of The Unit Production Company with actors Dale Shields, Robyn Trussel, and Wayne …

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Roy Hamilton – Singer

Roy Hamilton   ~*****~ Roy HamiltonRoy Hamilton, during his illustrious 15-year singing career, was known by many nicknames: Mr. Rock and Soul, The Gentle Giant, and, most notably, The Golden Boy of Song.  But few of these nicknames fully encompass the majesty of his voice, the influence he had on the artists of his generation, …

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Pura Fé – Singer

    Pura Fé  ~Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, artist, dancer, actor, teacher, and activist.~ This “Renaissance woman” is the founding member of the internationally renowned native woman’s a capella trio, ‘Ulali’, and is recognized for creating a new genre, bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the “mainstream” music industry. “With her voice soaring, …

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