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FEATUR E S 06 NAACP Theater Awards Introduction 08 Quincy Jones at the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award

22 ENVELOPE, PLEASE? 22nd Annual NAACP Theatre Awards Nominations

12 Eva Marcille THE 2012 NAACP THEATER AWARD co-host

24 2012 NAACP THEATER PERFORMERS Shoshana Bean, TICHINA ARNOLD, Eloise Laws, Leela James

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28 James Pickens, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

13 George Wallace THE 2012 NAACP THEATER AWARD HOST 29 Nicole Ari Parker Spirit Award Ceremony

Favorites! 16 Your 2012 NAACP THEATER AWARD PRESENTERS

C. Byrd, Alia M. Jones 32 Stephen Trailblazer Award Ceremony

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L E T T E R F RO M T H E P RO D U C E R

Tia Boyd Executive & Creative Producer, NAACP Theatre Award Show Founder, NAACP Theatre Festival

The Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP are honored to present the City of Los Angeles the NAACP Theatre Awards. Our mission is to acknowledge and honor individuals who have excelled in the age-old art that is theatre. W.E.B. DuBois announced that four attributes of African theatre must be recognized and maintained. African theatre, DuBois asserted, must be “. . . about us . . . by us . . . for us . . . near us.” The NAACP Theatre Awards Show seeks to increase the general community’s participation in the African American Community highlighting the attributes prescribed by W.E.B. Dubois. Through pioneering creative efforts, African theatre has become functional, collective, and committed as reflected in the unique rituals and particular historical perspectives of African and African American people. African theatre is ritualized through music, poetry, dance, folklore, and religion, thus creating a theatre art form that serves a greater purpose than theatre for theatre’s sake. The mission of African theatre, therefore, is to strengthen our identity, confirm our history, and concretize our future directions. Tonight, we congratulate and honor the distinguished talents of James Pickens, Jr. whose acting roles have helped to create positive African American Images on television and Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones whose Broadway successes are blazing a trail that include highlighting Nicole Ari Parker in her exceptional performance in “Street Car Named Desire” emanating the Spirit that is Theatre. My friend and co-founder of the NAACP Theatre Awards, Willis Edwards who has cast a bright light on the path I walk will receive the Humanitarian Award. It is with great respect and admiration that we spend the evening acknowledging these amazing people and highlighting their contributions in our communities. Many volunteers spend numerous hours viewing plays and working on planning committees for the Show. Thank you for your time, dedication and your commitment to the Show’s excellence. Our sponsors are our partners. Partnership expresses a mutual desire to successfully achieve the same goal. Our partners are committed to raising awareness and supporting diversity in the Los Angeles Community. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the solution. To the Theatre Community, thank you for entertaining us.

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P R E S E N T S

By Meagan Sargent

James Pickens, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

Nicole Ari Parker Spirit Award


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he 22nd Annual NAACP Theater Awards was held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 6 P.M. at the famous Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, California. Located right along the world renowned Sunset Boulevard, The NAACP Theater Awards was the place to be. Upon entry, guests felt like royalty as they walked the red carpet to enter. Whether it was for support of the art, supporting a fellow colleague, or a nominee for an award, the energy on this particular night was at an all time high as everyone gathered on the red carpet. The NAACP Theater Awards was presented by the beautiful, chic, and oh so glam Eva Marcille and the hilarious George Wallace. Many remember Eva from the hit television show, ‘Americas Next Top Model’. Since then her career has soared as she has reached new heights that she has never been able to envision. Her response was ‘are you serious or are you punking me”, she jokingly stated. “It truly is an honor to even be considered for a position like this, and as an actor tonight is such a great night because we are honoring those unseen forces, the ones you do not see in front of the television or on the billboards, she explains, because in today’s society if you are not on screen you are ‘no where’, so to be here tonight is an honor [it’s] to support the amazing men and women who have put crazy hours and hard work to really tell ‘our’ story, and to portray us in a light that is more dignified as black people - I am just so happy to be here tonight, it is MY joy!” Talking with Eva Marcille really put things into perspective, she was full of energy and had words of wisdom for the younger generation, needless to say our conversation was a rarity and a great way to enlighten the vision on the evening as well as gain insight on the NAACP Theater Awards and its entirety. “If it comes to supporting each other and doing good will for the artscount me in, Brian White continued, I’m glad to be a part of this great event, as it is my third time presenting.” The awards include 32 categories that encompass local and equity nominations. Categories included: Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best Director, Best Director of a Musical, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Lead Female, Best Lead Male, Best Lighting, Best Music Director, Best One Person Show, Best Producer, Best Set Design, Best Sound, Best Supporting Female, Best Supporting Male, and Best Playwright. This year’s ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ went to James Pickens, Jr. “I guess my time’s up,” he joked as he made his entrance. A man of many traits, Pickens is known to have a wide range of interests and passions and has now come full circle. Seven-time NAACP Image Award nominee, Nicole Ari Parker received the ‘Spirit Award’, and Alia M. Jones and Stephen P. Byrd received this years ‘Trailblazer Award.’

This year’s nominations included “Twist” - an American Musical acquiring seven theatre nominations and directed by Golden Globe and multi-Emmy AwardWinner Debbie Allen. Not too far behind and tied with “Blues For An Alabama Sky” for the second place in most nominations, “Fela!” was recognized with five nominations. This includes Best Director of a Musical-Local for Tony Award-Winner Bill T. Jones and then to Shawn “JayZ” Carter, Will and Jada Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel for Best Producer-Equity. Another well-known play, “A Raisin In The Sun”, had several nominations including Best Director- Equity to Phylicia Rashad. Last, but definitely not least was in the local Best Director of a Musical category, writer/producer Bill Reid for “Rockin’ In The Ages” that went up against Anne Gesling for “Chicago” and “Parade” directed by Ben Lupejkis. Opening set consisted of dance infused with theater combinations, choreographed by none other than Sakinah LeStage. Sakinah has worked with some of the top names in the industry and has a impressive roster and genre of skills and definitely knows how to make a performance come to life. More than an awards show, the NAACP Theater Awards is in a league of its own. Highlighting and honoring individuals that are the embodiment of theater, ‘Hollywood icons and idols’ that have been beaming in the light. These actors are truly skilled in their craft and have a unique talent that only few genuinely encompass. Energy, passion, and dedication are the mantra of these individuals as they continue to relentlessly showcase their talent to enlighten the younger generation and support each other as well as new comers to the arts. For more information on the NAACP Theatre Awards, please visit www.naacptheatreawards.com

About The NAACP Theatre Awards: The NAACP Theatre Awards is presented by Board Of The Directors of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Branch. Ron Hasson is Branch President and Tia Boyd is the Executive Producer for the NAACP Theatre Awards Show. The prestigious star-studded gala is produced for the purpose of honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates a four-day theatre festival, which provides a platform for thespians to express their craft and share their contributions with an audience of their peers, the community and other individuals who celebrate live theatre in Los Angeles.

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Montblanc honors Quincy Jones

at the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Ceremony

Now in its 21st year, The Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award was established to honor and support individuals who have given exceptional time, energy, and funds to artists and their work. To be chosen, a winning patron has to demonstrate not only a history of personal commitment to the arts, but also a concern that the wider public should benefit as a result of that support. Jones was chosen in recognition of his role in supporting, nurturing, and guiding the music industry throughout the 21st Century. The key factor of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award is the $20,000 Montblanc will donate to the Jazz Foundation of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to the financial and medical support of aging jazz musicians.

“What a total incredible moment it was tonight to see Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman all on one stage together at the same time...� Lisa Jamaal 8 - Hollywood WEEKLY


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OUR 2012 NAACP THEATER AWARD co-host

Eva Marcille Growing up in Southern California, Eva Marcille’s family dubbed her “Eva the Diva” early on, because of her self-assured attitude and her eye for fashion. The young Eva was always the center of attention, and always managed to steal the spotlight from whomever it may have been on. As a child Eva had lofty ambitions for her ability to sway opinion—that of a Supreme Court Justice. After completing grade school in California Eva moved to the east coast to attend Clark Atlanta University, one of the nation’s top historically black colleges, where she majored in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Theatre and minored in Criminal Justice. As a freshman, Eva so excelled in the Debate and Forensics Society that she was quickly elected their president. An outstanding student, Eva had been granted early admission into Vanderbilt Law School when she was selected to be a part of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Eva was one hard cookie on the highest rated season to date of Tyra Banks’ hit modeling show. Over the course of the show, Eva blossomed from a tough, street-savvy girl to a nice, fashion-savvy and elegant cover girl. Eva won the competition over the other finalists proving that she deserved everything she worked so hard for. Although America’s Next Top Model made her famous, Eva has been modeling and working longer than most people know. Having been featured in numerous photo shoots with accomplished fashion photographers, she starred in the independent feature film, The Walk, during her freshman year in college. Following her ANTM win, Eva became an international runway sensation, and has since graced the covers of countless American and European fashion magazines and appeared in numerous fashion campaigns. Eva’s acting career has also taken off. After recurring and guest star roles on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Smallville, and Everybody Hates Chris, Eva had a leading role in Sony Pictures’ film Crossover, and Chris Rock wrote a supporting role just for her in his Fox Searchlight feature, I Think I Love My Wife. During her first pilot season, she landed a series regular role in Aaron Spelling’s pilot, The Wedding Album. A lead role in the independent film, Premium, followed. Eva also served as the co-creator and producer of BET J’s hit fashion series My Model Looks Better Than Your Model. Presently, Eva is a series regular on the #1 daytime drama on television, CBS’s The Young & the Restless.

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George Wallace Born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 21, 1952, George Wallace grew up in a loving, religious family. From the age of 6 he dreamed of becoming a comedian. When he was 16 his mother passed away and he moved to Ohio, where he later enrolled at the University of Akron. Upon graduation he moved to New York City to pursue the comedic dream he had since he was young. At first, success in comedy proved elusive and Wallace worked as a salesman for an advertising agency to pay the bills. Wallace’s break came in 1977 when one of his clients opened a comedy club. Amused by his natural humor and likeable personality, the owner offered him a chance to perform. Wallace walked on stage for the first time wearing a preacher’s robe and called himself the Reverend Dr. George Wallace. His routine was completely improvised, yet it included the same imagery and delivery of the spiritual leaders who had influenced him as a child. Crowds loved him, so he stayed in New York for several years, perfecting his craft and living with friend and fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld. In 1978, Wallace moved to the West Coast, where he quickly became recognized as a talented young comedian. After one of his performances, producers from The Redd Foxx Show asked him to write for the popular series. He became a regular at the legendary Comedy Store and also took his comedy show on the road, opening for the likes of George Benson, Diana Ross, Donna Summer and Smokey Robinson. After being nominated for four years in a row, Wallace won for Best Male Standup Comedian during the 1995 American Comedy Awards. He was a regular on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and partnered with Issac Hayes on a popular radio program on WRKS in New York. His work on television ranges from his own HBO special to appearances on Seinfield, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Scrubs and The Tonight Show. Wallace’s unique brand of social commentary has proved popular with audiences for over 30 years now. Currently, Wallace has a headlining show at The Flamingo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada that has entertained crowds since 2004. Additionally, he calls the Flamingo home and regularly spends time walking the hotel casino floor mingling with hotel guests. With routines inspired by everyday moments, Wallace continues to prove himself as a comedic legend.

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2 0 1 2 N A AC P T H E AT E R AWA R D P R E S E N T E R S Samuel L. Jackson

Kate Burton

Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominated actor known for acclaimed films such as “Pulp Fiction, Jungle Fever, Shaft, Django Unchained, Coach Carter, Jackie Brown The Long Kiss Goodnight, Eve’s Bayou, 187 Changing Lanes, The Negotiator, A Time to Kill, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers” and the upcoming film “Django Unchained” for Quentin Tarantino. Jackson recently made his Broadway debut at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop,” co-starring Angela Bassett and directed by Kenny Leon. The Mountaintop was set on the eve of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whom Jackson portrayed. Jackson’s career began onstage upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. Among the plays were “Home, A Soldier’s Play, Sally/Prince and The District Line.”

Kate Burton is a Tony Nominated actress whose recent film roles include “Liberal,” “2 Days In New York,” and “127 HOURS.” Television audience can see Kate recur in the latest Shonda Rhimes ABC series “Scandal”, in addition to her recurring roles on the CBS hit drama “The Good Wife,” the NBC series “GRIMM” and the HBO series “VEEP.” Past recurring roles also include both “Grey’s Anatomy” (2 Emmy Nominations) and “Rescue Me.” On stage, Kate starred in the new A.R. Gurney play The Grand Manner, playing the legendary Katherine Cornell. Previous theatre credits include the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening.

Blair Underwood

Debbie Allen

Blair Underwood is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He is perhaps best known as headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins from the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law,” a role he portrayed for seven years. He has received numerous Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and 1 Grammy Award. Underwood made his Broadway debut in Row Production’s Tennessee Williams’ classic play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In recent years, he has appeared on “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “In Treatment” and was in NBC’s “The Event.”

Internationally recognized director, choreographer and author, as Culture Connect Ambassador, Ms. Allen represented the U.S. in visits to Brazil, China, Italy, and India expanding the opportunities in arts education for young people all over the world. Debbie has received three Emmy awards honoring her choreography, and two Emmys and one Golden Globe for her role as “Lydia Grant” in the hit series, Fame which she also directed -- followed by “Family Ties” and “Bronx Zoo,” before taking the reins at NBC’s “A Different World” as director and producer. Allen has choreographed for artists such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson, and also holds the distinction of having choreographed the Academy Awards a total of ten times. In March 2008, Debbie Allen made her critically acclaimed Broadway directorial debut with the premier of an all African American production of Tennessee William’s classic, “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.”

Jamie Kennedy

Selita Ebanks

Jamie Kennedy is a multi-talented actor, comedian, and producer. Since his breakout role in Scream in 1996, he has had multiple forays into film (“Malibu’s Most Wanted”, “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds”) and television (“Jamie Kennedy Experiment”, “Ghost Whisperer”) on either side of the camera. He is currently hosting the CW game show “Oh Sit!” and taking his standup act across the country.

Selita Ebanks has graced the covers of Esquire and Hampton Style, been featured in Vanity Fair and was chosen as one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in 2007. Her career aspirations came true when she was chosen to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Selita has appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice (ABC) with Donald Trump in 2010 to raise awareness and funds for Shine On Sierra Leone, guest starred on Hawaii Five O (CBS) as Sean “Puffy” Combs wife and is currently shooting a supporting role opposite Michael Ealy in the Screen Gems Feature, “ABOUT LAST NIGHT”.


Victoria Rowell

Richard Roundtree

Victoria Rowell is a three-time Emmy-nominated and eleven-time NAACP Image award-winning actress. Currently starring on the VH1 comedy series “Single Ladies,” Ms. Rowell is a NY Times Best Selling author of “The Women Who Raised Me” and an outspoken advocate for foster care. She is best known for her portrayal of Drucilla Winters on the CBS daytime drama “The Young and the Restless.”

A Cultural Icon best-known role being Detective John Shaft in the hugely popular action movie Shaft. He also appeared opposite Laurence Olivier and Ben Gazzara in Inchon His television credits include the series Roots, Generations and “413 Hope Street” with a reoccurring role on Desperate Housewives. His movie credits include “Seven”, the remake of “Shaft”, “George of the Jungle”, “Brick” Prior to becoming an actor, he was a football player and a model.

LisaRaye McCoy

Russell Hornsby

LisaRaye McCoy stars on VH1’s “Single Ladies” as ‘Keisha.’ An exquisite vision in white, from giving motivational speeches for universities and corporations to participating in charities close to her heart, she serves as Global Ambassador to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation promoting early detection and screening in women.

Russell Hornsby, best known for his leading role on ABC Family drama series “LINCOLN HEIGHTS,” currently stars in NBC’s fantastical mystery and crime show GRIMM as homicide detective ‘Hank Griffin.’ Hornsby also has an extensive theatre background, including a starring role in August Wilson’s “FENCES,” alongside Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, which was featured on Broadway

Tonya Pinkins

Brian White

Tonya Pinkins won the 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in Milk Like Sugar. Tonya’s performances have been nominated for the Oliver, Jefferson, Helen Hayes, NAACP, Drama League, What’s On Stage, Audience Choice, Soap Opera Digest, Noel and Ovation awards. She is the winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Monarch, Black Theater Alliance, Garland, LA Drama Critics, Audelco and Obie Awards. She is the author of Get Over Yourself (Hyperion Books).

Brian White continues to have a busy 2012, starring in the new CW show, “Beauty And The Beast” opposite Kristen Kreuk. This year, Brian White also stars in Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds.” White also reprised his popular role of Marcus in the Emmy-award nominated drama series “Men of A Certain Age”. In April 2012, White stars opposite Academy-award nominee Richard Jenkins and Emmy-award winner Bradley Whitford in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard horror film “The Cabin in the Woods.”

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2 0 1 2 N A AC P T H E AT E R AWA R D P R E S E N T E R S Rochelle Aytes

Don B. Welch

Rochelle Aytes best known for her role in Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion,” Rochelle Aytes can next be seen starring in the much anticipated new drama for ABC entitled “Mistresses.” Known for her past credits include co-starring roles on Fox’s “Drive” and on ABC’s “The Forgotten.” Rochelle also starred in several feature films, among them “White Chicks,” and “Trick ‘R Treat.” A New York native and trained dancer, Rochelle appeared with Ballet Hispanico in New York City and toured nationally with the Broadway cast of “Aida” before focusing on acting.

Don B. Welch is the writer/director of over 19 stage productions, most notably, The Bachelorette Party, My Brothers Keeper, The Divorce, and Hallelujah Mahalia. He is also a Random House author of 2 best selling novels, “In My Sister’s House” & “The Bachelor Party”. His latest film, “24 Hour Love” will be released nationally on Valentines Day 2013.

Nadine Ellis

Vicci Martinez

Nadine Ellis is as adept at portraying strong, sexy women as she is playing vulnerable and complicated characters. Nadine is currently starring in the first original BET scripted comedy Let’s Stay Together, which just completed its second season. Nadine also just wrapped a leading role in the indie film Four of Hearts opposite Darren Henson, which explores the relationship of four friends (two couples) as they question each intimate relationship and stars in The Coalition, which premiered at the American Black Film Festival this year.

Singer/songwriter Vicci Martinez is a performer, most recently known as the Team CeeLo finalist on the 2011 season of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.” A native of Tacoma, WA, Martinez began performing at age 13 and has released several independent albums. Prior to appearing on “The Voice, Martinez also competed on Star Search in 2003. After The Voice” ended, Martinez took time off touring to write and record her EP, “Come Along” and Universal Republic debut album “Vicci,” which features her coach and mentor CeeLo Green.

Malinda Williams

DB Woodside

A two-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress known for her roles in the “Wood,” “High School High,” and “An Uninvited Guest”. Malinda also starred in “Dancing in September,” “Sunset Park” and “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.” Some of her guest-starring television credits include Law and Order: SVU and NYPD BLUE. Having just completed one of four film projects in 2011 which include “Percentage” with Ving Rhames and Macy Gray, Russ Parr’s “The Undershephard” and “A Cross to Bear, Malinda will appear next in Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, where co-stars alongside Chris Rock.

DB Woodside has been a staple dramatic actor in Hollywood ever since graduating from Yale School of Drama. His credit list is vast. DB is commonly known as the second Black president on the popular series “24,” and a standout in “The Temptations” television. This season alone he has appeared on two popular dramas on television, “Hellcats,” as the love interest of Sharon Leal and VH1’s new and much talked about drama, “Single Ladies.” He is currently preparing for upcoming stints on both NBC’s “Parenthood”and ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels”.


Nadine Velazquez

Tory Kittles

Nadine Velazquez captured the hearts of television viewers with her role on the NBC series, My Name is Earl, which earned her two Alma Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actress category. She’s currently starring on FX’s hit comedy, The League. This fall, she stars opposite Denzel Washington in Paramount’s Flight.

Tory Kittles has worked extensively in Film, TV and theater, credits include: “Steel Magnolias,” “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” “Miracle at St. Anna,” and “Sons of Anarchy.” Upcoming work includes: “The Sapphires” (Cannes 2012) and “Olympus Has Fallen.” He has performed onstage in LA, NY, and ATL, most recently in Kenny Leon’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Kevin Frazier

Clifford Smith

Kevin Frazier is a co-achor of the “The Insider as a correspondent and weekend anchor of companion show Entertainment Tonight for over 8 season. Frazier has covered many high-profile historical events and was one of the first journalists to speak to Joe Jackson after Michael Jackson’s death. Prior to joining ET, Frazier servied as host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” NBA Shoot Around” and “Fastbreak Tuesday.”

Clifford Smith better known by his stage name Method Man, is an actor and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. As a solo artist, he won a Grammy for Best Rap performance for “I’ll Be There for You/You’re all I Need” with Mary J. Blige. He had recurring roles in critically acclaimed television shows such as HBO’s “The Wire”, “Oz”, as well as “CSI.” Other film credits include “Garden State,” the award winning “The Wackness” and comedy spoof “Meet the Spartans.” Recently he appeared alongside Jonah Hill in comedy “The Sitter” and in the Lucasfilm action drama ensemble “Red Tails.”

Brandon Bryant

Brenda Jackson

Brandon Bryant proved to America that he’s got the moves when he landed the runner-up position on Season Five of So You Think You Can Dance. Brandon has been passionate about dance his whole life. At the age of ten he began his venture into the world of dance with ballet lessons. As he’s grown Brandon has sharpened his dancing skills, studying hip hop and specializing in contemporary. He attended Miami Dade College where he had a stint with the college’s Jubilation Dance Ensemble. He now lives in Salt Lake City where he’s a member of the professional dance company, Odyssey Dance Theatre.

Tribute to Willis Edwards

With vocal prowess and technique which spans circa five octaves, she effortlessly crosses musical borders with international appeal, passion and humanness. Her European opera debut was at the Zurich Opera in Switzerland. Afterwards she was engaged as a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Guest performances followed in La Scala Milano, Teatro la Fenice, Bratislava October Festival, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Kissingen Summer Festival and many opera houses throughout Germany. Concert appearances on the stages of Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Budapest, Prague). USA appearances included opening Rosa Parks Celebration of Life nationally televised, Trumpet Awards, NAACP Image Awards, in our nation’s Capitol in festivities during the Clinton Administration and as President Bush honored Dr. Dorothy Height with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Hollywood WEEKLY - 19


2 0 1 2 N A AC P DAY T I M E T H E AT E R AWA R D P R E S E N T E R S Jeffrey Anderson Gunter -- Host

Rae’Ven Larrymore Kelly -- Host

Jeffrey Anderson Gunter road to stardom started when a large picture of him appeared on the cover of the New York Times, while he played a role in “Alice In Wonderland” on stage. Jeffrey Anderson Gunter film and television credits include major roles in “Marked For Death, Predator, Don’t Be A Menace, Naked Gun 33 1/3” and has appeared in two TV series, “Hudson Street” and “Union Square.” These days he has a role in the “Bold and the Beautiful.” He is the artistic director for The Caribbean American Repertory Theatre.

RaeVen Larrymore Kelly, best known for the role of Tonya Hailey in John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill”, Rae’Ven’s quality roles include “Locked in a Room”, “Nocturnal Agony”, “Slick”, “Preacher’s Kid”, “Genius in Heels”, “Lilly in Winter” and What’s Love Gotta Do With It. Her theatre credits include Regina Taylor’s “Crowns” as Yolanda, director Anthony Hainey; Sara Finney-Johnson’s “Mazel Tov & Black Eyed Peas” as Maya, director Adleane Hunter; and Yolanda King’s “Achieving the Dream” as Lead Vocalist.

Cece Antoinette – Producer

DeBorah SharpeTaylor – Musical Director

CeCelia Antoinette is a 2 time NAACP Theatre Award Nominee. Broadway: MULE BONE. TV & Film, 2 Broke Girls, Weeds, Mad Men, YES MAN, NJ Drive. Glad to Produce the NAACP Daytime Theatre Awards. (PLUMEings Productions)

CeCelia “CeCe” Antoinette Michelle Lane Michelle’s passion is acting and singing, but becoming a puppeteer was not only something she didn’t expect, but something she found great joy doing. She was cast in the original company of Avenue Q in Las Vegas. Immediately after Q, she found herself following Bobby Lopez to his new venture in Orlando recreating Dory for the stage in Finding Nemo the Musical. Michelle is an Ovation Award Winner for her performance in the West Coast Premiere of Swing! at Musical Theatre West. NY credits: A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden), SIDD Workshop Production (Mala), Chess (Florence), La Gioconda original cast staged concert (Isabella D’este.

Deborah Sharpe-Taylor’s Musical Director credits include, the award winning Broadway musical IT AIN’T NOTHIN BUT THE BLUES, (Geffen Playhouse and San Diego Rep), choral director for the ESSENCE AWARDS, honoring Harry Belafonte, and numerous youth productions around the greater LA area. She is Founding director of UNITED VOICES OF PEACE, and she also directs one of the choirs at Christ Memorial COGIG, pastored by Andre Crouch.

Malachi  Cohen Malachi Cohen, 16-year-old Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer, Musician, Producer, made his stage debut at five. He plays 3 instruments, has performed at Club Nokia Live, The Celebrity Center International, Staple Center, LA Convention, The Taste Of Soul Festival, LA. He hosts Disney’s Pilot “DC Tween”, on “Kicking It”, lead on Nick Toons “NFL – Rush Zone”; Subaru national commercial. www.malachicohen.com


Lacy Darryl Phillips Lacy Darryl Phillips (Uncle Earl)Actor, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Creative Director, Music Producer, Songwriter, Teacher, Producer, Host & DJ. Broadway: Raisin, Sophisticated Ladies, Dancin’, Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Play On, FOSSE. Choreographed The Wiz, Mariah Carey Around The World Tour & Signed, Sealed, Delivered -A Celebration Of Stevie Wonder. His global music, arts & education project …www.UltimateUnderground.com

Brely Evans Actress, Vocalist, Comedienne and Voice Over Talent. With a hosts of film, theater and commercial work under her belt, Bre’ly has most recently been spotted opposite Oscar Award nominee and media mogul Queen Latifah, as “Sabrina”, in the romantic comedy “Just Wright,” starring Common, Paula Patton, Pam Grier and Phylicia Rashad and in the remake of “Sparkle” playing “Tune Ann”, best friend to lead actress Jordin Sparks. Prior to starting her television and film career, this songbird was the sultry alto/ tenor of R&B trio “Emage”, signed to Mercury/ PolyGram by Black Sheep founder Dres and then A&R executive Lisa Cortes.

Starletta DuPois

Chazz

Starletta DuPois is a Tony Award Nominated, “Mighty Gents”; 3 time NAACP Image Award Nominee: “The Chess”, “Ms. Evers Boys”, Won Best Supporting Actress, Ruth, PBS American Playhouse Production of “A Raisin In the Sun”; Won Best Actress, Lena Younger, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England; TV & film, “Notebook”, “ Waiting to Exhale”, “Least Among You”.

CHAZZ - Performer and Teacher of African music & dance, Latin percussion, martial arts, stand-up comedy and acting. Performed at LA Opera, Aquarium of the Pacific, Riverside Drum, Mask & Dance Festival, Santa Monica Juneteenth Festival and with Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Phil Perry, Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis, Malcolm Jamal-Warner. He is the founder of the Rhythmics Institute.

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22nd Annual NAACPS eptem Theatre Awards Nominations b er 2 2 , 2 0 1 2

Best Choreography – Equity Twist – Debbie Allen Bring It On – Andy Blakenbuehler Fela! – Bill T. Jones Best Choreography – Local Rockin’ In The Ages – Raquel Brussolo Chicago – Krystal Combs Dreams In Variations – Steven Nielson & Stephanie Simpson Best Costumes – Equity Blues for An Alabama Sky – Karen Perry Twist - ESosa Bring It On – Andrea Lauer Best Costumes – Local Rockin’ In The Ages – Liz Perralta Chicago – Rodney Munoz Dreams In Variations – Rachel Weir Best Director – Equity Blues for An Alabama Sky – Sheldon Epps A Raisin in the Sun – Phylicia Rashad The Old Settler – Caryn Desai Best Director – Local 12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr. All My Sons – Cameron Watson The Motor Trade – Jeff Murray

Best Director of a Musical – Equity Twist – Debbie Allen Having It All – Richard Israel Fela! – Bill T. Jones Best Director of a Musical – Local Chicago – Anne Gesling Rockin’ In The Ages - Bill Reid Parade – Ben Lupejkis Best Ensemble Cast – Equity Blues for An Alabama Sky Bring It On Best Ensemble Cast – Local 12’ X 9’ All My Sons Shoe Story Best Lead Female - Equity The Old Settler – Karen Malina White Having It All – Jennifer Leigh Warren Twist – Tamyra Gray Best Lead Female – Local Sunday Mourning – Kinnik Sky The Interlopers – Diarra Kilpatrick The Bluest Eye – Sola Bamis The 1940s Radio Hour – Kimi Walker

Best Lead Male – Equity Twist – Alaman Diadhiou Fela! – Sahr Ngaujah Superior Donuts – Edi Gathegi Best Lead Male – Local The Motor Trade – Alex Morris Treat Yourself Like Cary Grant – Kim Estes Sunday Mourning – Gichi Gamba Best Lighting – Equity Superior Donuts – Daniel Ionazzi A Raisin in the Sun – Elizabeth Harper Twist - Howell Binkley Best Lighting - Local Sunday Mourning – Joe Morrissey 12’ X 9’ – Emmanuel Rumph Hattie…What I need You To Know! – Sammie Wayne The 1940s Radio Hour – James L. Moody To Kill A Mockingbird – J. Kent Inacy Best Music Director – Equity Bring It On – Dave Pepin Fela! – Aaron Johnson Twist – Jim VuKovich


22nd Annual NAACPS eptem Theatre Awards Nominations b er 2 2 , 2 0 1 2

Best Music Director – Local Rockin’ In The Ages – Mark Rodriguez Chicago – Anne Gesling Parade – Catherine Rahm The 1940s Radio Hour – Linda Kerns

Murphy Klausner, Gary Goddard and Forbes Candlish A Raisin In the Sun – Wren T. Brown Fela! – Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith

Best Sound – Local 12’ X 9’ – Emmanuel Rumph All My Sons – Steven Cahill Pity the Proud Ones – Kimberly M. Wilson The 1940s Radio Hour – Fritz Davis

Best One Person Show - Equity The Night Watcher – Charlayne Woodard

Best Producer – Local All My Sons – Joseph Stern 12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr. and Don B. Welch Treat Yourself Like Cary Grant – Russell Boast & Dave Fofi

Best Supporting Female – Equity The Old Settler – Tarina Pouncy Fela! – Melanie Marshall A Raisin in the Sun - Deidrie Henry

Best One Person Show - Local Babygirl – Kaypri Hattie…What I Need You To Know – Vickilyn Reynolds Best Set Design – Equity Oh, Yes She did – Sandy Brown Blues For An Alabama Sky – John LaCorelli Best Playwright – Equity Superior Donuts – John Arnone Blues for An Alabama Sky – Pearl Bring It On – David Korins Cleage Superior Donuts – Tracy Letts Best Set Design – Local The Night Watcher – Charlayne 12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr. Woodard Bridge – David Svengalis Pity The Proud Ones – Miguel Best Playwright – Local Montalvo 12’ X 9’ – Fred Thomas, Jr. The Motor Trade – Norm Foster Best Sound – Equity Sunday Mourning – Kinnik Sky Bring It On – Brian Ronan Superior Donuts – Richard Best Producer – Equity Woodbury Twist – Pasadena Playhouse, TAM A Raisin in the Sun – Bob BlackProducing Partners. Michelle burn Seward, Dror Soref, Willette

Best Supporting Female – Local Sunday Mourning – Kaira Akita Sunday Mourning – Rhonda Morman Bonded – Toyin Moses The Bluest Eye – Danika Butler Best Supporting Male – Equity Twist – Cleavant Derricks A Raisin In the Sun – Brandon David Brown A Raisin in the Sun – Ahmad Jackson Best Supporting Male – Local Sunday Mourning – Juhahn Jones Bash’d – DJ Jedi Nobody Walks Like My Daddy – Dale Fielder Bonded – Eric B. Anthony Hollywood WEEKLY - 23


A wards S how O penin g A ct

Shoshana Bean Defying Gravity

“WICKED” Performed Lead Role of Elphaba on Broadway

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TICHINA ARNOLD

“The Wiz”

Performed lead role of Eviline on Broadway

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O U R 2 0 1 2 N A AC P T H E AT E R P E R F O R M E R S Eloise Laws

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Leela James

In the Spirit of Etta James

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O U R 2 0 1 2 N A A C P T H E A T E R A W A R D H onorees

James Pickens, Jr.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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orn in Cleveland, Ohio, James Pickens, Jr. started acting at the Karamu House, distinguished as the oldest African-American theater in the United States. After moving to New York, he performed in the historic 1981 production of Charles Fullers’ “A Soldiers Play” at the Negro Ensemble Company with fellow cast members Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. He was a member of the famed Circle Rep/Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-production of Lanford Wilson’s ”Balm in Gilead,” and he starred as Water Lee in the 25th anniversary revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Roundabout Theater. In 1990 Pickens moved to the West Coast and began an impressive run of film and television performances. On the big screen he has been directed by some of the film industry’s finest, including Steven Soderbergh in “Traffic,” Oliver Stone in “Nixon” and Warren Beatty in “Bulworth,” and he appeared in four Barry Levinson films -- “Sleepers,”“Sphere,”“Jimmy Hollywood” and “Liberty Heights.” He portrayed slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers in “Ghosts of Mississippi” (directed by Rob Reiner), and he played Angela Bassett’s ex-husband in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” Other films include “Menace II Society,”“Home Room,”“Gridlock’d” and “Just Wright,” starring Queen Latifah and Common. He recently appeared on a Los Angeles stage in the play “8,” a reading of the actual court documents in the historic Proposition 8 marriage equality case, which was directed by Rob Reiner

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and included an all-star cast, including George Clooney, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, John C. Reilly and Brad Pitt. Pickens is well known to television audiences for his recurring roles on hit series including “NYPD Blue,”“The X-Files,”“The Practice,”“Philly,”“Curb Your Enthusiasm,”“Six Feet Under,”“The West Wing,”“Rosanne” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” He starred opposite Rob Lowe in “The Lyons Den” (NBC) and also starred with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman in “A Slight Case of Murder” (TNT). For his role on “Grey’s Anatomy,” he received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Drama Ensemble and most recently, won an NAACP Image Award, which he describes as “especially gratifying after seven consecutive nominations!” A man of wide ranging interests and passions, Pickens came full circle with his beloved Karamu House in 2009, when he served as executive producer of Otis Sallid’s hit musical review, “Gospel, Gospel, Gospel,” which opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Untied States Team Roping Championship, roping cattle on horseback at events across the country. Pickens and his wife recently formed the James Pickens, Jr. Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the lives of families and children in underserved communities. He hosts an annual charity roping event in Los Angeles that draws some of the best team ropers in the sport. He and his wife, Gina, a singer, live in the San Fernando Valley. They have a son and a daughter.


Spirit Award Nicole Ari Parker

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even-time NAACP Image Award nominee Nicole Ari Parker is best known for her outstanding performance as ‘Teri Joseph’ of Showtime’s award winning original series “Soul Food”. Nicole was just seen at the Broadhurst Theater in her Broadway debut as “Blanche DuBois” in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Blair Underwood for director Emily Mann. Her powerful performance as Blanche earned her an Outer Critics Award nomination. Previously, Nicole starred in the ABC drama series “The Deep End”. She has been featured in Remember the Titans, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, Boogie Nights, and the indie film Sebastian Cole, a winner at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. She has performed in For Colored Girls directed by Jasmine Guy, and The Vagina Monologues. Nicole is a graduate of NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts, Circle in the Square Studio. She has

received a special award at the Urban World Film Festival, for Outstanding Body of Work as an Actress. Nicole also starred alongside former “Soul Food” co-star and real life spouse, Boris Kodjoe in the Paramount/UPN sitcom “Second Time Around.” Nicole established Sophie’s Voice Foundation (www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org), a charitable organization she started with husband Boris to raise awareness about children and adults living with spina bifida which has been featured in People Magazine and CNN. In addition, earlier this year Nicole created and launched the Save Your Do™ GymWrap (www.saveyourdo.com) -- a stylish headband developed to minimize the sweat absorption into one’s hair through a unique blend of materials that allows heat to escape while letting cool air in. Nicole resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Boris, and their two children Sophie and Nicolas.

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O U R 2 0 1 2 N A A C P T H E A T E R A W A R D H onorees

Alia M. Jones

Trailblazer Award

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lia M. Jones, an Olivier Award Winning Producer, joined Front Row Productions six years ago to bring classic works featuring actors of color to the Broadway stage. In her Broadway debut, she co-produced the first African-American revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the biggest grossing play on Broadway in Spring 2008 featuring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Rose with Debbie Allen as Director. Jones co-produced the West End transfer of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof featuring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Adrian Lester and Sanaa Lathan with Debbie Allen directing to London’s West End in the 2009-2010 season. The West End observed record new audiences for the production and it received the 2010 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play. Her most recent production, A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Emily Mann with original music by Terence Blanchard, just completed its 16-week run featuring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Wood Harris. For 15 years prior, Alia gained expertise in financial analysis, reporting and marketing campaign development for consumer brands, financial products, web-based educational curriculum and arts organizations. Ms. Jones began her career with Procter & Gamble in Global Perfumes, Finance & Accounting and Interactive Marketing. Her responsibilities included software design and development, financial reporting, and implementation of web-based marketing solutions for P&G brands. She 32 - Hollywood WEEKLY

worked for six years in financial services with Lehman Brothers and Stonehedge Partners in private client services, hedge fund marketing and hedge fund administration. Originally from Largo, Maryland, Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Mathematics from Spelman College and Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. She completed her MBA in Finance and Marketing at New York University Stern School of Business. With a commitment to education, innovation and the arts, Jones serves on the Board of The National Urban Technology Center and is an active member of The Broadway League Speaker’s Bureau. She is married to Phillip Harvey, Africana Studies Professor, John Jay College of the City University of New York.


Stephen C. Byrd

Trailblazer Award

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r. Byrd has pursued his interest in producing high quality entertainment vehicles for many years. As President/ CEO of the American Cinema Group, Inc., he has raised capital for, and invested in several TV & Film projects. Mr. Byrd formed Front Row Productions, Inc. which is dedicated solely to producing quality theatrical productions, and has a slate of major theatrical projects in the works. As the Producer of the first African American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which was the biggest grossing Play on Broadway in 2008, he subsequently transferred the Production to London’s West End, where he replicated the same success as the only African American Producer to ever win the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for The Best Revival of A Play. Mr. Byrd and his Partner Alia M. Joes are currently the only African American Producers on Broadway today. Currently for the of Spring 2011, Mr. Byrd and his producing Partner Alia Jones have brought the Pulitzer Prize winning A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE to Broadway this year 2012 for another successful run on Broadway, and are preparing to take it to London’s West End for the Spring of 2013. The Producing team has just secured the Rights to the Brazilian classic BLACK ORPHEUS, which one of the biggest Plays ever in Brazil, and

was the first one to ever use Black people on stage. The Play was written by the famous Brazilian, poet, writer, diplomat and musician Vincius de Moraes, with music by the Antonio Carlos Jobim of Bossa Nova fame, and the “Girl from Ipanema”. Byrd and Jones, are planning on future productions in both Brazil and South Africa. Mr. Byrd is a native of Philadelphia, PA. was an Investment Banker in M&A with Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the London and Paris offices for 12 years. He then became Managing Director of the Kuwait Investment Office and worked on various world-wide corporate finance activities, strategic and jointventure alliances and new business development projects in the London and Paris offices. As a Principal, he was instrumental in the formation of a Private Equity LLC, Thurn & Taxis, for Prince Karl Von Taxis of Austria. Mr. Byrd is currently a Principal in StoneHedge Capital, Inc.., a Private Equity firm. Mr. Byrd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Temple University and MBA in Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He has also attended the Alliance Francais in Paris. He supports several community and non-profit organizations including Safe Horizon and The National Urban Technology Center. He is a member of The Broadway League, and The Society Of London Theatre.

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Willis Franklin Earl Edwards

Humanitarian Award

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orn in 1946 on New Year’s Day in Carthage, Texas, he was raised in Palm Springs, California by his beloved mother Anita Hudson Edwards and father, Frank Edwards in Section 14 of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation. During his early years, his mother formed a branch of the NAACP and that was Willis’ first taste of community activism. He entered California State University, Los Angeles and became active in politics, serving on the advance team when Robert F. Kennedy ran for President in 1968. Willis was in the Ambassador Hotel when Kennedy was assassinated. Drafted into service with the United States Army, Willis served in Vietnam and earned a bronze star. Upon his return from Vietnam, he re-entered Cal State LA and became the first African-American Student Body President. In 1970, he became President of the National Student Lobby and traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby for 18year olds to get the right to vote. The

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legislation was carried by Senator Fred Harris of Oklahoma and was passed by Congress. Willis authored an important article for the Los Angeles Times on the significance of the vote for 18–year olds. Willis worked on the successful mayoral campaign for Tom Bradley who after elected appointed Willis to the Social Service Commission making him the youngest ever City Commissioner. And, in 1976 when Mayor Bradley served as Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Convention, and at his behest, Willis led the Pledge of Allegiance before a nationally televised audience. Willis also served on the Delegate Credentials Committee. As Director of Black Student Services at the University of Southern California, working alongside outstanding leaders like, Dr. Thomas Kilgore and the distinguished Professor Dr. June Brown, he impacted the lives of countless Black Students helping many matriculate in the prestigious institution. He brought history to the campus by coordinating visits from legends such as Coretta Scott King and Dick Gregory to name a few. He was elected President of the Beverly Hills/ Hollywood Branch of the NAACP in 1982. Under his leadership the Branch fought many high profile battles for better images and more jobs for African-


As a Humanitarian and Civil Rights Leader, his leadership and advancing skills were unmatched.

Americans in front of and behind the scenes in Hollywood. In 1986 he persuaded, the then NBC President, Brandon Tartikoff to nationally televise the Branch’s Image Awards Program with Willis serving as Executive Producer. The Show has always illuminated the diverse talents of African Americans in front of and behind the camera within the entertainment industry and served as a model for many of today’s award shows. The Image Awards is still a highly regarded event in entertainment. He also led the way as one of the founders of the highly successful Theatre Awards which honors talented African-Americans in Southern California. Willis’ activism was in full throttle after he was diagnosed with AIDS. Then a member of the National Board of the NAACP, he brought the discussion of AIDS to the forefront. He helped established and has served on the HIV/AIDS Committee of the NAACP since 1997. Across the country branches of the NAACP participate in the World AIDS Day. To further spread the word Willis served as Associate Producer on a film produced and directed by Bill Duke’s, “The Faces of Aids” and he spoke across the country and internationally on HIV/AIDS and the disease’s growing threat particularly to the African American Community. He authored an article, “I Am HIV Positive and Still I Rise” that was nationally distributed to media outlets across the country. Willis’ next activist role was to ensure that the life, times and most importantly the legacy of Rosa Parks lived on in American History. Working to promote Rosa Parks through a national exposure campaign while she still lived Willis had Ms. Parks attending the 1998 Oscars, facilitated Ms. Parks being seated next to Hillary Clinton during President Bill Clinton’s 1999 State of the Union Address and interceded on her behalf and negotiated a meeting with Pope John Paul II. He worked tirelessly with Congresswoman Julia Carson of Indiana for Mrs. Parks to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Upon the death of Ms. Parks, Willis coordinated the funeral with Home Going Celebrations taking place in Washington, D.C., Birmingham, Alabama and Detroit, Michigan. Through Willis’ efforts, Ms. Parks became the first woman and only the second African American ever to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Willis served as Executive Producer of “The Rosa Park’s Story” starring Angela Bassett which aired on CBS. Willis Edwards was the first African-American pictured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Magazine for a feature article entitled, “A Life Behind the Scenes” written by John Mitchell. Willis has been honored by many National and Local Organizations for his fight for justice and equality as a Humanitarian and Civil Rights Leader. His leadership and advancing skills are unmatched. The Willis Edwards Motto is: “Do What You Can from Where you Are.” The Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP and our extended family are proud to honor the man who paved the way for us to be standing here today. Our BROTHER, Mr. Willis Edwards. A life gone too soon.

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I On the Beachside $2,350,000

II Panoramic Oceanview $1,400,000 I 33631 MAGELLAN ISLE ~ MONARCH BEACH ON THE BEACHSIDE - $2,350,000 Located in the gated oceanfront community of Niguel Shores in Monarch Beach and next to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, this spacious split level home includes a large corner lot, ocean view, 4 bedroom suites, 4.5 Baths, large family room plus formal living and dining rooms and 3-car garage. Stroll to the blufftop oceanfront park or to the new 3 Million Dollar clubhouse with pool, spa, tennis, sports courts. This community includes a 24-hour gate attendant and is near the Links Golf Course and the St. Regis Hotel.

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II 33711 WINDLASS ~ MONARCH BEACH PANORAMIC AND CATALINA ISLAND SUNSET OCEAN VIEWS - $1,400,000 Wonderful one story design with 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, family room, large living room and private pool and spa. This property is located in Niguel Shores, Monarch Beach. This 24-hour gated oceanfront community is located next to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and is very near to the St. Regis Hotel and The Links Golf Course and is just minutes to the Marina at Dana Point and Laguna Beach. This is the “best kept secret” along the coast providing view and value and location....stroll to the beach or Clubhouse.

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Production Producer/Director

OSCAR HERNANDEZ

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scar Hernandez is an experienced producer and director. Ms. Hernandez’s film and television producing and directing credits include “Flash Flood “Three’s Company,” and “Justice.” She has produced and staged the “Crippled Children’s Hospital Telethon,” “Jerry Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy Telethon,” “Black Achievers Award Show,” “The Annual Salute to the Dodgers Award Luncheon,” “The 2004 Man of the Year Awards Show” honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ms. Hernandez produced and staged Bob Hope “USO Shows,” “Little Miss USA,” “Miss USA,” Earth, Wind and Fire,” the “Temptations,” the off Broadway Production of “Guys and Dolls,” the Los Angeles Production of “Oba Oba” the Musical Drama “The Dancer,” “Educating Young Minds Scholarship Awards,” the Los Angeles “Inner-City Games,” the 14th, 15th, 16th and 21st “NAACP Theater Awards.” Ms. Hernandez has returned to Produce/Director the 22nd Production of the NAACP Theater Awards. On February 2, 2013 Super Bowl weekend Ms. Hernandez and her Production Team will produce/direct the Super Bowl Charity Awards Gala in New Orleans. Oscar Hernandez is President/CEO of OSCIA Production Enterprises, Inc. a Texas based Company with offices in Los Angeles, California, Houston, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas and Austin, Texas. As president of OSCIA Productions, my staff and crew are proud to have played a part in this evening event. Thank you and enjoy the Awards Celebration!

OSCIA PRODUCTIONS Technical and Production Team

Brian Tuson................................. Lighting Director Greg O’Donahua...................... Technical Director Marcus Miller....................................Line Producer Marvin Avery.......................... Asst. Line Producer Rick Perkins.................................... Music Director Reggie Brown............................. Assistant Director Babe Evans.................................. Assistant Director Anthony Kennibrew............. Production Manager Donald Girdy..............................Sr. Stage Manager Tanya Girdy...................................... Stage Manager Tennille Gray.................................... Floor Director

Ronnie Cook.................................... Floor Director Rob Low............................................ Floor Director Shannan Girdy................................. Floor Director Bobby Glanton Smith..................... Floor Director Don Dwyer.................................... Sound Engineer The Vision Experience.........................Labor Crew Go Go Sprocket..............................................Lights Mikal Majeed.......................................... Key Board Wali Ali........................................................... Guitar Rashid Bahati......................................... Saxophone William Bryant............................................. Drums Hollywood WEEKLY - 45


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