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4 Greetings from the

NBAF Board Chair 5 Greetings from the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County

Festival Highlights:

6 NBAF Signature Programs 10 Education and Family Programs 12 Film 18 Humanities 18 Music 20 Theatre 22 Visual Arts


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Schedule Donors Sponsors Board of Directors NBAF Team

Cover Design: Troy Lipscomb, TLDCO NBAF 25th Anniversary Official Program published by: Atlanta ShowGuide Inc. Program Design: Kellie Frissell NBAF 25th Anniversary Official Program Curator: Leatrice Ellzy National Black Arts Festival P.O. Box 20117 | Atlanta, GA 30325 404.730.7315 |


2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill

Greetings from the Board Chair Dear Friends and Supporters: In celebration of our 25th year as the nation’s premier convener of art, culture, and artists of African descent, the National Black Arts Festival extends a warm thanks to the Atlanta community and its surrounding areas for your support. We are especially grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, who created this institution and continue to nurture it, and also to our sponsors for their enduring and generous support for two and a half decades. We are thrilled to offer an extended season this summer — spanning the months of July, August and September — in celebration of our Silver Anniversary. From the Rialto to the Southwest Arts Center to Grant Park, NBAF covers the city with exciting new events that will offer something for everyone. The NBAF 25th Anniversary Festival highlights include: • The Annual Gala at the InterContinental Buckhead featuring Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday; • The Family Book Fair in July and August with surprise, guest storytellers; • The popular Legends Celebration, remembering 25 years of amazing moments and looking ahead to what’s next • A Question of Relevance: Black Culture and Expression in the 21st Century, a convening, featuring leaders in the fields of dance, music, visual arts, and other disciplines. We invite you to join the celebration as NBAF turns 25! Our Silver Anniversary Circle campaign is an opportunity to participate in an exclusive group of patrons in honor of NBAF’s 25 years of extraordinary programming and service to the Atlanta, national and international communities. By attending our programs and supporting the organization’s work through initiatives such as the Silver Anniversary Circle, we look forward to the role that you and others will play in this year’s celebration. As we look toward the future, we are excited to showcase new and emerging ideas alongside the signature programs you’ve come to expect. Throughout this year’s 25th anniversary celebration and for years to come, the National Black Arts Festival will continue to elevate and underscore our important role in promoting, celebrating and advancing the art and culture influenced by people of African descent — locally, nationally and internationally. Many thanks,

Sonya Halpern Board Chair, NBAF 2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill


Greetings from the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County Dear Friends, As the National Black Arts Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, I take this opportunity to congratulate them on this milestone and thank them for the dynamic artistic and cultural offerings they have presented to us — residents and visitors alike — for the past two and a half decades. I am proud of the role that the Fulton County Arts Council, through the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, has played in increasing the vitality of this community through the arts. As a premiere arts agency, the Fulton County Arts Council provides more funding to arts organizations locally than any other single governmental agency in this state. Our support of programs such as the National Black Arts Festival — which was founded in 1988 by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and has received major support since its inception — has helped to sustain and advance the arts in Fulton County for our residents and visitors. The National Black Arts Festival adds to the strength and diversity of our community by presenting established and emerging artists across many disciplines, nurturing a strong sense of community spirit, and bringing young and old together to be inspired, provoked and educated about the arts and culture of the African diaspora. More than a local event, it has gained a national and international reputation as the premier convener of arts, artists and culture of the African descent. On behalf of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the dedicated staff and members of the Fulton County Arts Council, I thank each of you for supporting the NBAF. We join with you in celebrating 25 years of dynamic programming and service to this community, as well as national and international audiences! Warm Regards,

John H. Eaves, Ph.D. Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners


2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill

2013 National Black Arts Festival

LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN! Signature Programs Unexpected Encounters

pastels and pearls and gentlemen in white dinner jackets will enjoy a gala cocktail reception before the main event in the Grand Ballroom. The main event features video presentations, entertainment, and an elegant dinner designed especially for our Silver Anniversary. The silent Jennifer Holliday auction offers 25 unique, one-of-akind experiences. The celebration doesn’t stop there ­— it continues with a dazzling After Party with music and dancing amid amazing works of art by 25 emerging artists. Proceeds from this event fund NBAF programming including film, visual arts, the summer festival and performing arts, in addition to education and family programs. Tickets/reservations: or 404.730.6369. The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta is offering a Special NBAF rate of $149.00 until July 19, for reservations call (404) 946-9000.

July through August, Various Locations throughout Atlanta Free and Open to the Public Art is at its best when it meets audiences where they are. Unexpected Encounters puts artists in non-traditional spaces to connect with the people they find there — A violinist in the frozen food aisle, a poet at the gas station or a dancer at the train station. Get ready for Pop-Up Performances where you least expect them — You never know where art will emerge.

NBAF Gala: A Love Note to Broadway

Featuring a Special Performance by the legendary Jennifer Holliday Saturday, July 20, 7 PM, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Presented by Bank of America, Georgia-Pacific LLC, The CocaCola Company Tickets: $500 per Individual, Sponsorships Available The 2013 Gala will pay tribute to Broadway with A Love Note to Broadway through film, dance, theatre, art and music. Ladies in

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Laura and Derek Alphran Saundra Arrington and Alford J. Dempsey, Jr. Latoya and Assunto Banks Tarsha and Dean Calloway Michael Carswell Tiffani Carter Verna and Bill Cleveland Kim Creaven Shana and Michael Davis Richard Dent Michelle and Walter Falconer Richard Goodjoin Deanna Hamilton Avarita Hanson and William Alexander

Chinyere Hardy and Leron Rogers Akima and Marc Harrigan Dymeka A. Harrison Cecilia Houston-Torrence Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts/ Georgia Tech Lolita Browning Jackson Sabrina and Michael Manning Laura and Rutherford Seydel Monyetta S. Shaw Marriott Marquis/Lauren M. Simmons Catherine K. McGee Marci and Glenn McKenna Candy Moore Marci and Alphonzo Overstreet Kimberly Paige Pamela and Bruce Redd Lakesha and Rick Robinson Harrison Rohr Simon Sign Systems Judith and Mark Taylor Arlainna and Andre Thomas Charmaine Ward Theda Wilson Rashida Winfrey Sylvia and Keith Wright * Donors as of June 24, 2013

2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill


Signature Programs 25 Most Provocative Artists in the African Diaspora

Nominations Accepted Online: August 15 – September 15 Winners Announced Online: September 30, Who are the 25 most provocative artists in the African Diaspora? You tell us. Nominations open in August and the journey begins to find the 25 Most Provocative Artists. Online Coordination by Jonathan Johnson.

Legends Celebration: NBAF 25 And Beyond

Hosted by Anna Maria Horsford Friday, September 13, 8 PM, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company Tickets: $35 Early Bird Rate, $45 after July 31, 2013 The Living Legends Celebration was established in the inaugural year of NBAF to honor artists, historians, Grammy Nominated Trumpeter Russell Gunn, culturalists and Photo by Bud Smith Photography others who have made enduring contributions to the arts and culture of the African Diaspora through their body of work. Now 25 years later,

in celebration of our Silver Anniversary, the Legends Celebration takes a look back at 25 years of amazing moments and looks forward to what’s next. Actress Anna Maria Horsford hosts this special evening with Music Director Russell Gunn.

Anna Maria Horsford

First Glance: Fresh Perspectives From Young Artists

Teen Arts Competition and Awards Presentation Sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. through the Turner Voices Initiative Saturday, September 14, 7:30 PM Submission Deadline: August 23 Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University Free and Open to the Public, Pre-Registration is Required Artists are developed through hard work, discipline and opportunity. NBAF’s First Glance competition provides an opportunity for young artists to gain confidence, exposure and a cash prize or access to master classes or one-on-one conversations with artists. Artists between the ages of 14-18 are invited to submit their best work in the areas of visual art, digital animation, film, spoken word, and music composition. The winner will be announced at the Awards Presentation. Produced by Ravi Windom.

Oct. 16–Nov. 10 By Lynn Nottage Directed by Leah Gardiner

An aspiring actress breaks the mold of stereotypical African American film roles of the 1930s.

Sept. 20–Oct. 13 By Tarell Alvin McCraney, 2008 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner for In the Red and Brown Water

A very contemporary coming of age story from a new American master playwright.

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Education and Family NBAF Family Book Fair

NBAF Family Book Fair Locations

July through August, various Fulton County Public Library locations. Sponsored by

Saturday, July 6, 1 PM Adams Park Library 404-752-8763 2231 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta, GA, 30311

Free and Open to the Public, Pre-Registration is Required

Saturday, July 6, 1 PM East Atlanta Library 404-730-5438 400 Flat Shoals Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 Tuesday, July 9, 1:00 PM Kirkwood Library 404-377-6471 11 Kirkwood Road, SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 Thursday, July 11, 10:30 AM Carver Homes Library 404-635-4012 215 Lakewood Way, Suite 104, Atlanta, GA 30315

Catch a Story with NBAF and Kuumba Storytellers in the Community!

NBAF fans out across Fulton County to bring attention to literacy, imagination and the value of the telling of a good story. This year we will host book fairs at libraries in communities throughout Fulton County on various dates throughout July and August. Kuumba Storytellers and Special Guest Readers will tell the folk stories of West Africa, the Caribbean and the American South and encourage participants to create their own stories. Each child will receive a FREE book when they present a public library card.

Thursday, July 11, 2 PM Thomasville Heights Library 404-624-0620 1700 Thomasville Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Spread Love – NBAF Edition

Friday, July 12, 11 AM Ocee Library 770-360-8897 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30005

Saturday, August 17, 12 PM – 8 PM, Grant Park Free And Open To The Public Spend the day with us at historic Grant Park for an NBAF Family Day featuring Spread Love with DJ Kemit and special guests Derrick Hodge, Julie Dexter, Darryl Reeves and others. The Spread Love experience is known across the country for its amazing musical diversity. Featured Classic Soul, Deep House and Afrobeat music promises to keep the dance floor filled. Bring your family, friends and extended families, break out your grills and blankets and enjoy a day of music, children’s activities, healthy cooking demonstrations, storytelling, African Ancestry family DNA reveals, a drum circle, food vendors, great retail therapy and more!

2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill

Saturday, July 13, 1 PM Fairburn Library 770-306-3138 60 Valley View Drive, Fairburn, GA 30213

Saturday, July 13, 1 PM Adamsville – Collier Heights Library 404-699-4206 3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr., Atlanta, GA 30331 Saturday, July 13, 1:30 PM Ponce de Leon Library 404-885-7820 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 Tuesday, July 16, 10:30 AM College Park Library 404-762-4060 3647 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337 Wednesday, July 17, 10 AM Georgia Hill Library 404-730-5427 250 Georgia Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 Saturday, July 20, 1 PM Cleveland Avenue Library 404-762-4116 47 Cleveland Avenue, SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 Thursday, July 25, 10:30 AM Roswell Library 770-640-3075 115 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA 30075 Saturday, July 27, 1 PM Bowen/Bankhead Library 404-792-2646 2685 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 PM Alpharetta Library 770-740-2425 238 Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009


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Toussaint L’Ouverture who led the first successful slave revolt in world history by defeating the imperialist armies of Napoleon Bonaparte and setting up the first free Black nation in the Western Hemisphere. Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga and Sonia Rolland. PAFF 2012 Best Feature; PAFF 2012 CAPRI Capital Partners Award for Best Actor; PAFF 2012 Audience Award – Narrative Feature; AMAA 2012 Best Diaspora Feature; ZIFF 2012 Special Mention - Best Direction

Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, 12 PM – 12 AM, Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Rd. Presented in Partnership with Pan African Film Festival, Fulton County Arts and Culture and Southwest Arts Center Opening Night Feature*: $20 per person All Other Films: $10 per person, per film PAFF PASS: $45 per person for 6 films (*excluding Opening Night) available through July 12 The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) presents the most provocative films created by filmmakers of color throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. Since NBAF began collaborating with PAFF in 2000, they have consistently presented and showcased the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. Film and art can lead to a better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times. The National Black Arts Festival is pleased to have the Pan African Film Festival return as curators of our Silver Anniversary film component.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 12:00 PM How to Steal 2 Million (2011/South Africa/ Narrative Feature/88min) Director: Charlie Vundla Just released from prison, Jack cannot find work until his former partner, Twala, recruits him for a job that should net 2R million. A sexy, modern-day film noir with plot twists that will keep viewers guessing to the end. AMAA 2012 Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing

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2:00 PM Better Mus’ Come (2011/Jamaica/Narrative Feature/104min) Director: Storm Saulter A coming of age drama set in Jamaica’s turbulent 1970s against the backdrop of the cold war, a national water crisis, and political corruption that gave birth to the polarized violence gripping the streets of Kingston both then and now. PAFF 2012 Best Director First Feature

12:00 PM Pan African Shorts Series 2:30 PM Inside Story (2011/South Africa/Narrative Feature/98min) Director: Rolie Nikiwe Dreaming of a professional soccer career, Kalu, a young Kenyan, gets a contract to play soccer in South Africa and begins a promising career and relationship with the coach’s daughter. On the verge of soccer stardom, he learns he is HIV positive. Stars Hakim Kae-Kazim. PAFF 2012 Special Jury Recognition-Feature Narrative; ZIFF 2012 Best African Film

4:15 PM The Education of Auma Obama (2011/ Germany/Documentary/79min) Director: Branwen Okpako An absorbing look at the life and times of Auma Obama told from her homestead in Kenya during the run-up to the 2008 US Presidential elections that brought her brother Barack Obama to power. Wonderful archival footage, including footage of a very young Barack Obama visiting with Michele, helps to unfold the story of a family dedicated to political activism and social engagement and allowing viewers a new appreciation of the President’s African roots. PAFF 2012 Festival Founders’ Award – Documentary; AMAA 2012 Best Diaspora Documentary

4:30 PM Mugabe: Villain or Hero? (2012/UK/ Documentary/116min) Director: Roy Agyemang With unprecedented access to Mugabe and his entourage, Roy Agyemang explores the reality behind media created headlines of one of the world’s longest serving yet most reviled leaders. PAFF 2013 Special Jury Recognition-Documentary

6:05 PM Stones in the Sun (2012/Haiti/US/Narrative Feature/95min) Director: Patricia Benoit In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts.

7:30 PM Opening Night Feature* Toussaint L’Ouverture (2012/Martinique/France/Narrative Feature/180min + 15min intermission) Director: Philippe Niang The two-part epic film of the life of Haitian revolutionary, 2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill



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3:40 PM Things Never Said (2012/US/Narrative Feature/111min) Director: Charles Murray An emerging spoken-word poet is willing to speak her thoughts. She is good, but will she be able to find her “voice”? Stars Elimu Nelson, Omari Hardwick, Tamala Jones and Michael Beach. PAFF 2013 Special Jury RecognitionFeature Narrative

PAFF 2013 Best Feature Narrative; AMAA 2013 Prize for Best Diaspora Feature 8:15 PM The Good Wifey (2013/US/Narrative Feature/90min) Director: T.A. Williams A happily married man expecting his first child gives in to the temptation of a beautiful former classmate and has what he thinks is a one-night-stand. Stars Tangi Miller, David Ramsey, Persia White, Chico Benymon and Akuyoe Graham.

6:05 PM War Witch (2012/Canada/Narrative Feature/90min) Director: Kim Nguyen A poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. Berlin Film Festival 2012 Silver Bear for Best Actress Rachel Mwanza; Tribeca Film Festival 2012 Best Narrative Feature; Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film

10:05 PM Mama Africa (2011/South Africa/Germany/ Finland/Documentary/90min) Director: Mika Kaurasmäki Tracing the life and music of the fabulous Miriam Makeba through more than 50 years of performing. Engaging commentaries from friends and colleagues, some who knew her since she started performing in the dance halls of South Africa, together with her grandson Nelson Lumumba Lee, tell of a remarkable journey. With fascinating subject matter and fabulous music, this celebration of a dedicated life is sure to both entertain and inspire. PAFF 2012 Special Jury Recognition-Documentary; ZIFF 2012 Best Documentary

8:05 PM Otelo Burning (2011/South Africa/Narrative Feature/72min) Director: Sara Blecher Set in 1989, when the fight against apartheid is at its peak, three black South African boys escape their township lives through surfing, discovering something in the waves for which everyone is fighting: freedom. A rich, emotional powerful narrative that resonates teenage male rivalry, love, politics, hard choices and some incredible surfing. Includes music from South African Hip Hop artist Reason. AMAA 2012 Achievement In Cinematography; AMAA 2012 Achievement In Editing

SATURDAY, JULY 20 12:00 PM Elza (2011/Guadeloupe/France/Narrative Feature/80min) Director: Mariette Monpierre A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island of Guadeloupe looking for the father she has never known. Stunning visuals and an incredible soundtrack makes this a beauty, not to be missed! PAFF 2012 Festival Programmers’ Award—Narrative; PAFF 2012 Special Jury Recognition-Feature Narrative; FESPACO 2013 Paul Robeson Prize for Best Film of the Diaspora

9:50 PM Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity (2012/US/ Documentary/118min) Director: Dorothy Darr & Jeffery Morse Catapulted to worldwide fame in his 20s, Charles Lloyd was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s. By his early 30s he abandoned a public life of performance and recording and went into seclusion in Big Sur. Follow the artist’s spiritual quest. PAFF 2013 Audience Award— Documentary and Kansas City Film Festival 2013 Cinema Jazz Award

1:50 PM Let Clay Be Clay (2013/US/Narrative Feature/88min) Director: Darryl McCane Twenty-years after her daughter’s murder, a still grieving mother has not given up on bringing those she believes to be responsible for her death to justice. A gripping story, inspired by events that are all too true in today’s Black communities. 2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill


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JULy: LET ThE CELEBRaTiON BEGiN! aUGUST: FaMiLy aNd COMMUNiTy unexpeCted enCounters Free and Open to the Public The celebration begins with pop-up performances throughout July at various locations throughout the city of Atlanta.

eduCation: nBaF FamiLy Book Fair Various days throughout July; Various Fulton County Public Library Locations; Go to for details; Pre-Registration Required Sponsored by Publix Supermarkets, Target and The Coca-Cola Company FiLm: pan aFriCan FiLm FestivaL Thursday, July 18, Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20; 12 pm - 12 am; Southwest arts Center, 915 New hope Rd.; Tickets: $20 Opening Night, all Other Films: $10 per film, per person. Purchase a PaFF Pass (6 films for $45 per person) by July 12th and Save!

Presented in Partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture, Southwest Arts Center and Pan African Film Festival

visuaL arts: sAnkofA Redux, 25 yeARs of nBAf Opens Friday, July 19 through Friday, September 6, 7am-7 pm; Bank of america Gallery, 600 Peachtree St. NE; Free and Open to the Public Sponsored by Bank of America

signature event: nBaF gaLa, A love note to BRoAdwAy Saturday, July 20, 7 pm; interContinental Buckhead atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Rd. NE; Tickets/Sponsorships: Starting at $500 individuals; Contact or 404.730.6939 or 404-372-4572 Presenting Sponsors: Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia-Pacific, LLC

Humanities/musiC: in progress, Russell Gunn’s toussAint’s suite Saturday, July 20, 4 pm; Churchill Grounds Jazz Club, 660 Peachtree St., NW; Free and Open to the Public; Pre-Registration Required

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The celebration continues with pop-up performances throughout August at various locations throughout the city of Atlanta.

25 most provoCative artists in tHe aFriCan diaspora Nominations accepted Online at; Thursday, august 15 – Sunday, September 15 eduCation: nBaF FamiLy Book Fair Various days throughout august; Various Fulton County Public Library Locations; Go to for details; Pre-Registration Required Sponsored by Publix Supermarkets, Target and The Coca-Cola Company tHeatre: dA’ kink in my hAiR … staged reading Written by trey anthony. directed by andrea Frye Friday, august 16; 7 pm; The Balzer Theater at herren’s, 84 Luckie St., NW; Tickets: $10 Presented in Partnership with the Balzer Theater spReAd love, nBaF edition Saturday, august 17; Grant Park; 12 pm - 8 pm; Free and Open to the Public

DJ Kemit and special guests Julie Dexter, Derrick Hodge, Darryl Reeves and more!

Humanities/visuaL arts: in progress, God in mAn a work By roni niCoLe Henderson Sunday, august 18, 4 pm; Sight + Sound Gallery; 659 auburn ave., NE; Free and Open to the Public





Humanities: A Question of RelevAnce: BlAck cultuRe And expRession in the 21st centuRy Friday, September 13; 12 pm - 4 pm and Saturday, September 14; 9 am - 4 pm; Rialto Center for the arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth, St., NW; Registration Fee: $150 - General admission for both days, $75 for artists, $50 for Students with i.d. To register, go to

FiLm: FunkJazz kaFé® diARy of A decAde Friday, July 12, 7 pm; Southwest arts Center, 915 New hope Rd.; Tickets: $15 at the door Presented in Partnership with FunkJazz Kafé

musiC: FunkJazz kaFé® arts & musiC FestivaL Saturday, July 13, 8 pm; The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St.; Tickets: $25 - $35; Presented in Partnership with FunkJazz Kafé

tHeatre: cRowns Wednesday - Sunday, July 10 - 14; Southwest arts Center, 915 New hope Rd.; Tickets:

Presented in Partnership with PG Entertainment and the Southwest Arts Center

tHeatre: eveRy tonGue confess Written by marcus gardley directed by thomas w. Jones, ii Friday, July 12 - Sunday, august 25; horizon Theatre, 1083 austin avenue; Tickets: $20 - $30; Tickets: nBaF Legends CeLeBration, nBAf 25 And Beyond Hosted by anna maria Horsford Friday, September 13; 8 pm; Rialto Center for the arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St., NW; Tickets: $35 Early Bird Rate, $45 after July 31 Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company

fiRst GlAnce: fResh peRspectives fRom younG ARtists teen arts Competition and awards presentation Saturday, September 14, 7:30 pm; Submission/ application deadline: Friday, august 23, 2013; Rialto Center for the arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St., NW; Free and Open to the Public; Submit applications at Sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. through its Turner Voices Initiative

Presented in Partnership with Horizon Theatre

BLaCk art in ameriCa (Baia) moBiLe media Lounge™ Thursday - Saturday, July 18-20; Southwest arts Center, 915 New hope Rd., Free and Open to the Public; For details, go to Program Support Provided by the Harlem Brewing Company

musiC: 3 keys to Jazz, katHLeen Bertrand in ConCert Sunday, July 21, 5 pm; Shrine of the immaculate Conception, 48 MLK Jr. dr.; Free and Open to the Public Presented in partnership with KJBE Music

Jazz@eBenezer Friday, august 16, 6:30 pm; Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 auburn ave., NE; Free and Open to the Public

Presented in Partnership with The November Birth Month Club of Ebenezer Baptist Church

Film FunkJazz Kafé®: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)

early 2000s and speaks on the fabric of soul music, its pioneers, its offspring, the challenges with the commercial music industry, and the evolution of the Atlanta-birthed FunkJazz Kafé®

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Friday, July 12, 7 PM, Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Rd., Atlanta Tickets: $15 at the door. SEE THE HISTORY and EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY of FunkJazz Kafé® through its highly acclaimed, award winning documentary film, FunkJazz Kafé®: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement).

FunkJazz Kafé®: Diary of a Decade (The Story Of A Movement)” features the evolution of Black music and culture as told by the pioneers and the next generation of soul music innovators. The “FJK” vibe will be on full tilt with music, vendors and artists’ displays in the art gallery. A Q&A with the film’s writer and director/FunkJazz Kafé® creator, Jason Orr, will follow the movie. Presented in partnership with FunkJazz Kafé®.

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Humanities In Progress: Russell Gunn’s Toussaint’s Suite


Saturday, July 20, 4 PM, Churchill Grounds Jazz Club, 660 Peachtree St., NW, Free and Open to the Public Have you ever wondered how an artist gets from point A to point B? The process of creating art is as magical as the end result. Join Grammy-Nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn and a talented group of musicians for a discussion and performance of Toussaint’s Suite, a work in progress about the rise of Haitian general Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution. Featured Musicians Russell Gunn (trumpet) Dashill Smith (trumpet) Luis Carreras (congas, percussion) Louis Heriveaux (piano) Kebbi Williams (tenor sax) Saunders Sermons (trombone)

Sunday, August 18, 4 PM, Sight + Sound Gallery, 659 Auburn Ave., NE Free And Open To The Public Have you ever wondered how an artist gets from point A to point B? The process of creating art is as magical as the end result. Join visual artist and filmmaker, Roni Nicole Henderson as she discusses her God In Man installation project that is in progress. Visual Artist & Filmmaker

A Question of Relevance: Black Culture and Expression in the 21st Century

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Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14 Day 1: 12 PM – 4 PM, Day 2: 9 AM- 4 PM Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University Fee: – $150 General, $75 – Artists, $50 – Students w/ID, PreRegistration Required NBAF invites a national body of artists, culturalists, scholars, presenters, funders and students to Atlanta to engage in a two-day discussion on the current and future state of Black arts and culture.

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with NBAF’s 25th Anniversary National Black Arts Festival Celebration. For two consecutive days, July 12th and 13th FunkJazz Kafé® will execute ‘music magic’ through film and unscripted environments of high-energy live performance.

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Saturday, July 13, 8 PM, The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. Presented in partnership with FunkJazz Kafé Tickets: $25-$35 at Proclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine as a “A Cultural Paradise!” and VIBE Magazine as “A Legendary Carnival of Art & Music”, FunkJazz Kafé® Arts & Music Festival, one of the most anticipated and original, interactive cultural arts festivals in North America, will launch its 19th year in collaboration Photo by Seth Ruff 2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill

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Sunday, July 21, 5 PM, Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Presented in partnership with the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Free and Open to the Public Song stylist, Kathleen Bertrand invites audiences to journey with her on three melodic trips with pianists Gary Motley, Phil Davis and Kenny Banks, Jr. Three pianists. Three styles. Three genera-


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Free and Open to the Public The 11th annual Jazz@Ebenezer concert series welcomes jazz trumpeter Milkshake Mayfield and vocalist Rhonda Thomas as featured artists on Friday, August 16, at 6:30pm. The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church’s congregation and its November Birth Month Club are proud to present a free exhilarating jazz concert. Sensational Teenage jazz band, Anonymous, will be the opening act.

tions. Enjoy this evening of standard interpretations like you’ve never heard them before.


Friday, August 16, 6:30 PM, Horizon Sanctuary, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Avenue, NE Sponsored by November Birth Month Club in partnership with NBAF

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who surround her — and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. This jubilant musical traces the roots of Gospel through contemporary hip-hop, fusing rich storytelling with abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. Crowns is a not-to-bemissed celebration of song, dance, cultural history — and glamorous headwear. Featuring a guest performance by Pauletta Washington, who reprises her role as Wanda.

Written by Trey Anthony, Directed by Andrea Frye Friday, August 16, 7 PM, The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St., NW Tickets: $10 Andrea Frye directs this stage reading of Trey Anthony’s play. Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, da’ Kink in my Hair gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of who are immigrants to North America from the Caribbean. Mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, the unapologetically intense stories of each woman are woven together in this powerful piece.

Jade Lambert-Smith (Director & Choreographer) is the founder and Executive Producer of PG Entertainment. She most recently served as the assistant director for the tenth anniversary of CROWNS: The Gospel Musical at the Goodman Theatre under Regina Taylor’s direction. Mrs. Lambert-Smith also served as a lyricist for one of the songs in the show: Run and Tell That. Previously Jade served as the instructor of acting for Spelman College’s Department of Drama and Dance and as the Artistic Engagement Associate at the Alliance Theatre.

Andrea Frye (Director) has acted and directed across the country with Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jomandi Productions, Portland Center Stage and others. As an actress, Ms. Frye’s performances have garnered critical praise. Frye received special permission from author Edward Albee to be the first African American woman to portray the lead role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Andrea was an Artist In-Residence at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Regina Taylor (Playwright) has an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series “I’ll Fly Away.” She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Taylor was most recently seen starring in the CBS hit drama “The Unit”. She took home the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama” for her work on the show.

Trey Anthony (Playwright). Born in England and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and George Brown College, Anthony is a Canadian comedian, playwright and performer who launched her career as a regular on the Canadian comedy circuit. She began doing stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk’s and has performed as well at Second City and produced Canada’s first Urban Womyn’s Comedy festival, ‘dat girl sho is funny! She was also a writer for The Chris Rock Show.

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Written By Marcus Gardley, Directed by Thomas W. Jones II Friday, July 12 through Sunday, August 25, Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. Presented in Partnership with Horizon Theatre Tickets may be ordered by phone at 404.584.7450 or online at Group rates are available. Call 404.523.1477 x111 for more information. Tickets: General admission starts at $20 “Gardley’s script combines humor with raw, searing emotion.” – Washingtonian

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Written by Regina Taylor, Directed by Jade Lambert-Smith Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, 14 Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Rd. Presented in Partnership with PG Entertainment and Southwest Arts Center Tickets: Available at When Chicago-born Yolanda is sent down South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise women 2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Playbill


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co-founder of Jomandi Productions in Atlanta, where for over 20 years as Co-Artistic Director and later Producing Director. His work has received 39 Washington, DC Helen Hayes Award nominations, winning 12 awards, including Best Director for Home and Bessie’s Blues, which he also wrote. He has also received three New York Audelco Award nominations, the Theatre Highlights 31 2013 NBAF 25th Anniversary Guide Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, and the NAACP Phoenix Award among others.

The summer heat is rising and flames are flying high in this fantastical whodunit. Wrapped in combustible comedy and the sweat-soaked music of the Deep South, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Gardley blends ancient myth and magical realism with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged, and the truth cannot escape.

Marcus Gardley (Playwright) is a poet-playwright who was brought to local attention in 2005 as a finalist in the first Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition at the Alliance Theatre. In the last few years he has become a rising star in American theatre having been awarded a playwriting residency at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago by the Mellon Foundation, chosen as one of 50 writers to watch by Dramatists Magazine, and awarded the 2011 PEN/ Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright. every tongue confess was originally produced at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where the play received nominations for the Steinberg New Play Award, the Charles MacArthur Award, and was a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Thomas W. Jones II (Director) has directed, written, and performed in more than 150 plays worldwide. every tongue confess marks his ninth Horizon Theatre production, having previously written and directed Sheddin’, A Cool Drink A Water, Three Sistahs, and Two Queens One Castle and directed Blue, The Bluest Eye, Hallelujah Street Blues, and And Her Hair Went With Her. Tom is

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thought within our online community. For more information, contact This programming is supported by the Harlem Brewing Company.

Opens July 19, runs through September 6. Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 AM-7 PM Bank of America Gallery, 600 Peachtree St., NE Sponsored by Free And Open To The Public Over the past 25 years, photographers who have captured the memorable moments of the National Black Arts Festival have given audiences the best seat in the house. In celebration of NBAF’s 25th Anniversary, photographer Susan J. Ross assembles a dynamic group of photographers to exhibit their most amazing NBAF moments.

PATRON OF THE ARTS 4: Institutional Collecting — A Case Study: The Curators of Dixon School

Saturday, July 20, 10 AM, Southwest Art Center, 915 New Hope Rd., Presented in Partnership with Black Art in America Free and Open to the Public This discussion and film Looks at Art’s Influence on Dixon School students. Dixon Elementary School has found a different way to uplift and inspire students, Dixon Elementary School is perfecting the “art” of education. Discussion with follow-up Q&A ­— with, Joan D. Crisler, Co-Founder of Diasporal Rhythms in Chicago and former Principal of the Arthur Dixon Elementary School and Curator of the Dixon School Collection along with Pamela Sherrod Anderson, Award-winning writer, playwright, journalist, educator and independent filmmaker of The Curators of Dixon School. Contact: info@blackartinamerica. com, This programming is supported by the Harlem Brewing Company.

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PATRON OF THE ARTS 3: Discussions for the Collector

Exhibiting Black Art In America: Art installation, works by BAIA member artists both emerging and established

Saturday, July 20, 1 PM, Southwest Art Center, 915 New Hope Rd. Presented in Partnership with Black Art in America Free And Open To The Public African-American Power Collectors and The Art of Collecting with Patric McCoy, Art Collector and Co-Founder of Diasporal Rhythms in Chicago. McCoy, dubbed a ‘heavyweight collector’ by the Wall Street Journal, shares his philosophy on identifying emerging talent, the growing value of our collections and what Chicago collectors are doing that’s so different. For more information contact:, This programming is supported by the Harlem Brewing Company.

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