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A mural for missing Hazelwood woman, Tonee Turner, installed by artist Marcé Nixon-Washington, and muralist Sandy Kessler Kaminski

WHY are missing people of color given less media coverage?


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THE BIG STORY

STILL MISSING How newsrooms, police departments, and social media fail Black, Brown, and Indigenous missing women BY KIMBERLY ROONEY 냖㵸蔻 // KIMROONEY@PGHCITYPAPER.COM

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Tonee Turner disappeared on Dec. 30, 2019, friends and family shared missing persons posters of the then 22-year-old. As time passed, however, little new information was uncovered, and fewer posts made their rounds on social and legacy media. Interest in Turner’s case has surged every few months in 2021 after spiking at the end of 2020, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of her disappearance. The most recent spike in mid-September on Google Trends follows the disappearance of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old woman who was later found dead from strangulation in Wyoming after traveling with her boyfriend on a cross-country roadtrip.

If you have information about a missing person in Pittsburgh, contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police at 412-323-7800 or call 911. As Petito’s case garnered national attention from legacy media, people on social media became fascinated with the case, with the news cycle picking up on and responding to that interest. But with

Petito’s case in the spotlight, many pointed out the disproportionate media attention missing white women receive relative to missing Black women, such as Turner. Multiple factors, including racial bias in police organizations and media who report on crime, limited police communication, and what social media audiences amplify, can all lead to white missing persons getting disproportionate attention. Case-specific factors also play a role, including when narratives common in true crime media are present or when there is more information available about a particular case. But for family and friends of missing persons, including those here in Pittsburgh, cycles of grief remain open. Pittsburgh teaching artist Marcè Nixon-Washington met Turner in 2018 through the Braddock Library, and remembers how difficult it was when her friend first disappeared. “I can just remember the first week, and just feeling like that was so long. And just waiting for answers. And then now, it’s like two years and no one really teaches you what to do with that. No one knows what to do with that. Because you just don’t know,” says Nixon-Washington. “And that’s the hardest part, is just not knowing anything at all.”

Dr. Gina Musallo, an associate professor in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, says the disparity in media coverage between missing white women and missing Black, Brown, and Indigenous women is rooted in white supremacy.

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Various news articles about Gabby Petito found on Facebook

“The basic thing is that we live in a society that values different people differently. There’s more attention paid to missing white women, missing white children, because society as a whole is systemically biased towards white people,” Musallo says. “So this plays out both in law enforcement and in the media.” More than three-quarters of U.S. newsrooms are white, which is higher than the percentage for all U.S. workers, according to the Pew Research Center. And predominantly white newsrooms in the U.S. lead to inferential bias about who is considered important and relatable, since missing white women are more likely to remind them of their own family members, according to Musallo. Editors also make decisions about what they believe their readers will pay attention to, and implicit biases shaped by white supremacy can inflate the importance of missing white women relative to others. Media coverage, however, is largely shaped by communication from the police, since reporters often rely on press releases from law enforcement to decide whether a person, especially a teenager or child, is considered “missing” or a “runaway.” A study by Carol Liebler, a professor of communications at Syracuse University, found through interviews with law enforcement that police often decide internally what is newsworthy, which affects which stories they reach out to the media about.

“Both print and broadcast journalists depend on police to alert them to a missing persons case,” says the study from Liebler. “For journalists, police involvement in a case signaled that the case was legitimate, or as one news director stated, that it had been ‘vetted by a police agency.’” On the flip side, Liebler et al.’s interviews with police revealed that they were accustomed to local media accepting police requests to highlight missing children’s cases, although law enforcement also made decisions about which cases were “newsworthy” before taking them to members of the media.

affects who is more likely to be believed and taken seriously when they do reach out. Social media also plays a part, since police alerts can be shared as soon as they’re posted. If legacy media has insufficient resources to write about or cover a missing person more fully, they can still share posts and amplify the case. Readers and audiences can also play a bigger part in spreading the story, which can increase the likelihood of the story reaching someone with relevant information. It can also help sustain pressure on media and police to continue coverage and investigations. “Social media gives people a tool to be sort of involved in the case, or almost mini-investigators. And that can be positive, right? You know, it gets information before more people that could be eyewitnesses, but it also can be problematic,” Musallo says. While social media can help amplify stories of missing people and fill in the gaps of legacy media coverage, people can also unintentionally spread misinformation or drown out useful information. Social media can also reproduce uneven and disproportionate attention to some cases, particularly when themes common in true crime narratives seem to be involved. In Petito’s case, people on social media picked up on the concurrent narrative of domestic violence within her relationship. There was also personal information about Petito available on social media, as

MEDIA COVERAGE IS LARGELY SHAPED BY COMMUNICATION FROM THE POLICE ... Liebler points to social media as a way of supplementing coverage in legacy media, since it allows for stories to be shared more immediately and broadly. While this can help increase visibility, it is still dependent on the media, and particularly police, posting and sharing these stories. Family and friends often shoulder the responsibility of putting pressure on media and police to continue coverage and focus on a case. But some families and communities have more resources than others who are left with few people to advocate for them. Musallo notes that white supremacy also

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well as a person of interest identified for the case, which may have fueled interest, whereas cases like Turner’s do not have an alleged perpetrator. Little information has been released about Turner’s disappearance. Details from the investigation determined that she was last seen by a bus driver after leaving Dobra Tea in Squirrel Hill, and that her wallet, cell phone, and keys were later discovered. Still, legacy media and police’s attention to a case can act as catalysts for social media attention, as well as shape later conversations about a case. Nixon-Washington remains frustrated that legacy media dismissed Turner’s disappearance as a suicide, and she notes the power that legacy media has to bring attention to cases. “We can sit there, we could protest in front of the buildings all we want, but if no one’s covering it, and if no one’s showing the entire world it, then it’s kind of just, like, ‘All

right, yeah, it’s just gonna keep happening, but who really cares?’” Nixon-Washington says. “I think it’s truly, like, checking our own biases and checking the pieces of, like ... how am I policing who gets media coverage? Because even beyond Turner, there’s so many other people missing that need their story to be out there.” The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), a missing persons database through the U.S. Department of Justice, lists 30 missing persons in Pittsburgh. Their dates of last contact stretch back to 1962, and it is unclear which cases are still open. Pittsburgh Police public information officer Cara Cruz says that, as of Oct. 6, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Special Victims Unit has eight open cases of missing persons: five Black men, one Black woman, and two white women. These eight cases represent less than 2% of all 433 reported cases in Pittsburgh in 2021.

“WE CAN SIT THERE, WE COULD PROTEST IN FRONT OF THE BUILDINGS ALL WE WANT, BUT IF NO ONE’S COVERING IT ... THEN IT’S KIND OF JUST, LIKE, ‘ALL RIGHT, YEAH, IT’S JUST GONNA KEEP HAPPENING, BUT WHO REALLY CARES?’” CP PHOTO: AMANDA WALTZ

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Artwork by Jayla Patton and Marcé Nixon-Washington, part of the exhibition Call Me When You Get Home, held on Thu., Oct. 21 at the Hill District Community Engagement Center.

Cruz notes that no two cases are alike and that circumstances and details can be highly nuanced. For family and friends of missing persons, however, the difficulty of solving cases is personal and prolongs the pain of not knowing where their loved one is. Nixon-Washington remembers police ignoring or waiting until the next day to follow up on leads, which she felt was too long to wait. Sydnee, Tonee’s older sister, also noted on Lynne Hayes-Freeland’s KDKA radio show the difficulty of investigating as a private citizen without police help, as well as how limited police resources are. The FBI, according to Sydnee, was not allowed to get involved in the case. (Sydnee declined to be interviewed for this story.) “I feel like it wasn’t investigated as well

as it could have been,” Nixon-Washington says. “And I’m wondering if there’s still space to kind of reconcile that. And if there’s still space to actually search and actually look and actually do any of this.” The search for Turner continues, and her loved ones hold on to reminders of the multidisciplinary artist. Sydnee recently decorated the house she shares with her mother and grandmother with Turner’s art. Nixon-Washington continues to hold onto a bowl brought back from a 2019 study abroad trip to China to give to Turner. Nixon-Washington also creates art inspired by Turner and other missing persons, including a mural originally placed in Braddock created with muralist Sandy Kessler Kaminski. She also contributed ceramic pieces for an Oct. 21 exhibit, Call

Me When You Get Home, a “multimedia call and response experience to activate the power of remembering, reclaiming, and envisioning safety centered in collective joy.” The show was presented in conjunction with local artists Sheba Gittens and Jayla Patton, and curated by Sister IAsia Thomas. “It has always been a crisis. I will say that it has become more in our faces now, but it was always a crisis. But when you know Tonee, it’s like, ‘Huh? Tonee is missing? Like, why isn’t she found?’” Nixon-Washington says. “It’s kind of really heartbreaking and it’s just really scary, and it’s still scary to this day because we have no idea.” Turner’s loved ones and community have also celebrated and remembered her through a dance party in February 2020, as well as a march in December 2020 for the one-year

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anniversary of her disappearance. During a birthday celebration for Turner earlier this year, artist Sarah Tancred guided people through making clay flowers, which are symbolic for missing women of color. Turner herself worked with ceramics, in addition to painting, pastels, smelting, and more. “Tonee is a human being, and she deserves justice, and she deserves the dignity that all human beings deserve as soon as they’re born,” Sydnee told HayesFreeland. “If you have information on my sister Tonee, and you know where she is or anything that could bring her story or her to light, you should stop withholding that so you can have a lighter life ... and allow Tonee to regain the human dignity she deserves, so she doesn’t have to continue being missing.”


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The mofongo with pork rinds at Secretos De Mis Abuelos

Before Secretos was a food truck, Crespo ran a catering business as a side gig while completing coursework towards a Master’s in biotechnology at Duquesne University. With support from his business partner Doug Raible, Crespo signed a lease for the food truck in March 2020. While the pandemic delayed the truck’s opening until April 2021, it gave him time to prepare a menu inspired by and in honor of his grandparents, both of whom always wanted to open a restaurant, and from whom Crespo learned to cook. “I wanted to pass it down to whoever was next in line, whoever wants to take and just keep it, like in the family name, since we don’t have anything for ourselves … but because of their sacrifice and support, I was able to dig out of that,” Crespo says. “And now, this is honoring them and repaying them, never forgetting where I came from.” The journey to a brick-and-mortar restaurant happened organically. When the restaurant whose commissary kitchen Crespo was using for the food truck closed, Crespo was ready with a business proposal, and now he shares the storefront with Hapa Hawaiian Grill. The interior features a bright, colorful mural of island life, and when ordering, customers can

choose to mix and match from both menus. Crespo recommends the teriyaki chicken or beef, as well as the coconut shrimp from Hapa. When it comes to Secretos De Mis Abuelos’s menu, salt heightens the flavor of each ingredient, whether it’s plantains in tostones and mofongo or pork in pernil and pork rinds. The pernil, or pulled pork, is one of Secretos’ staples, and it’s a well-earned title. The meat is juicy, tender, and full of flavor that lingers after each bite.

Entrees come with two sides, and I chose to pair it with tostones, or fried green plantains, and yellow rice and peas. The rice and peas were mild and less salty, offering an excellent way to seep up some of the pulled pork juice. The tostones rounded out the entree with crunchiness and texture and just a slight kick from the black pepper sprinkled on top. The mofongo with pork rinds was another excellent juxtaposition, this time between the mild, natural sweetness of the plantains, which were mashed into chunks

THE RESTAURANT’S WIDE ARRAY OF DISHES BALANCES THE JUXTAPOSITIONS OF NATURAL SWEETNESS AND FLAVORFUL SALTINESS, CRISPY FRIED SKIN, AND TENDER MEAT — AS WELL AS THE FULL RANGE OF PLANTAINS ... Follow staff writer Kimberly Rooney 냖㵸蔻 on Twitter @kimlypso

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and pressed into a half-dome shape — with a Puerto Rican flag sitting atop — and the intense saltiness of the pork rinds. The pork rinds themselves were ambrosian, with dry, crispy exteriors guarding pockets of fat that melted in my mouth, and meat that, while drier than the pernil, was still tender and delectable. Crespo has expanded his menu now that he has a wider variety of equipment at the storefront, but frituras de Puerto Rico — a popular Puerto Rican street food — are still on the menu, and rellenos de papa with beef highlight the meaty flavor and complement it with a starchy mashed potato middle and crunchy fried-until-golden exterior. There wasn’t much room left in my stomach for dessert, but the tres leches was too good to skip. With delicate, airy sponge cake that’s cuttable with a fork, and a moist, creamy frosting topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon that gives it a gentle warmth and spice, the tres leches was a wonderful end to the meal. While the Secretos food truck is currently closed to allow Crespo to focus on the restaurant, the food Crespo is serving is a worthy homage to his grandparents and, hopefully, the start of Pittsburgh’s Puerto Rican food scene.


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“It is definitely an awareness of their own history,” says Alex Taylor, a Pitt professor who helped organize the show with students from his Classical Curatorial Development class. The show is presented by Pitt’s Department of History of Art and Architecture, and was curated by Museum Studies students, according to the event website. Student involvement in the show — on view in the Frick Fine Arts Building’s University Art Gallery through February 2022 — extends to those from an Exhibition Development class taught by Janet McCall, former executive director of Contemporary Craft. Students were paired with artists to discuss their work, their lives, and their

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Ashley A. Jones’”More than Just A Paper Bag” at Women of Visions

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to draw on these kinds of resources, to contribute to telling that history, is pretty exciting,” says Taylor. Women of Visions was founded in 1981 by a group of women artists looking for opportunities not afforded to them in the traditional art world. Over the course of the collective’s existence, members have hosted more than 50 shows in Pittsburgh and beyond. They became a nonprofit in 1995, and current president, artist Christine Bethea, has served in that position since December 2019. The current Women of Visions artists are Lynne b., Jo-Anne Bates, Ruth Bedeian, Christine McCray-Bethea, Tina Williams Brewer, Richena Brockinson, Pamela Cooper, Elizabeth Asche Douglas, Colette Funches, Annette Jackson, Ashley A. Jones, Charlotte Ka, LaVerne Kemp, Mary Martin, Altha Pittrell, Sharrell Rushin, Dominique Scaife, Edie Smith, Emmanuelle Wambach, Ruth Ward, Marcè Nixon-Washington, and Janet Watkins.

OVER THE COURSE OF THE COLLECTIVE’S EXISTENCE, MEMBERS HAVE HOSTED MORE THAN 50 SHOWS IN PITTSBURGH AND BEYOND. Serving as the centerpiece of the entire exhibition is Ashley A. Jones’ “More than Just A Paper Bag.” Using charcoal and colored chalk, Jones drew current Women of Visions members on brown paper bags. The bags, a nod to the infamous paper bag tests in Black communities used to judge a person’s skin tone, were interspersed with a quote by Black writer and feminist, Audre Lorde. Another standout in the show is the fiber work of LaVerne Kemp. Her fiber work

trees highlight the fact that “even though we may seem separate, we all tangle at the roots,” says Sylvia Rhor, director of the University Art Gallery. Kemp also uses fiber, pictures, and other objects to craft her family tree, tracing from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Mixed-media artist Lynne b. created a colorful piece signifying a ship bringing musicians and artists to Pittsburgh. The featured musicians had all set foot in Pittsburgh at some point in their careers.

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Next to the piece is a quilt made by Tina Williams Brewer that mainly consists of paper snippets of Pittsburgh Courier articles on Black Pittsburghers who have made a difference in the city. “We really liked this kind of idea that both of these works are quite literally assembling images of Black achievement in this city,” says Rhor. Another striking piece is Mary Martin’s “Soul Clap Series: Severed Ties, II / Reciprocity.” Featuring two bronze ceramic hands linked together by a bronze rope, the sculpture is described as exploring “the power of hands and the ability they give us to create meaningful contributions.” The hands are etched with symbols that signify the “passing on of aspirations from mother to son.” The show is a testament to Women of Visions as a unifying collective, and the incredible talent of Black women artists who have passed through the city at some point in their artistic lives.


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THU., OCT. 28 TRIVIA • IRL Test your scary cinema knowledge when the Carnegie Museum of Natural History presents its Carnegie Horror Movie Trivia night. Ticket price includes admission to the museum from 3-8 p.m., and the winner of trivia wins a spooky surprise — an exclusive tour of the museum’s Alcohol House, a previously closed-off space housing over 100 years of preserved amphibian and reptile specimens. 7-8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $15. carnegiemnh.org

FILM • IRL Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster. 9 p.m. Continues through Sun., Oct. 31. Parkway Theater. 644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks. $10. communityreelartscenter.org

FRI., OCT. 29 HAUNT • IRL Considered one of the most terrifying haunted attractions in the country, ScareHouse is now unleashing all kinds of ghoulish characters on the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum. This year marks ScareHouse’s 20th anniversary, so fans of in-person, in-your-face scares won’t want to miss what the group has in store. Continues through Sat., Nov. 6. 590 Pittsburgh Mills Blvd., Tarentum. $20.95-59. scarehouse.com

EVENT • IRL Phantom Fall Fest and Fright Nights. Continues through Sun., Oct. 31. Kennywood. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $24.99-49.99. kennywood.com

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KIDS • IRL Phipps Troll-O-Ween Fall Flower Show. Continues through Sun., Oct. 31. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 1 Schenley Drive, Oakland. Included with regular admission. phipps.conservatory.org

DRAG • IRL

CRAWL • IRL

Bottoms Up Bingo: Night of the Living Drag. 6-10 p.m., Bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. The Oaks Theater. 310 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont. $15. theoakstheater.com

Halloween Bar Crawl by Bar Crawl Live. 3-11 p.m. Multiple locations, South Side. $24.99-39.99. barcrawllive.com/themes/ halloween-bar-crawl

COMEDY • IRL

MAGIC • IRL

If you prefer some treats with your tricks, check out the Halloween-themed shows at Arcade Comedy Theater. The venue will present 28 Online Shows Later: A Halloween Variety Show featuring the improv group Select Start. The fun continues on Saturday with The Multiverse: Sketch Comedy Show and The Latchkey Kids: Primetime Halloween Special. Costumes are encouraged for these events. 8 p.m. Continues through Sat., Oct. 30. 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $15 per show. arcadecomedytheater.com

SAT. OCT. 30 KIDS • IRL Idlewild Hallowboo. Continues through Sun., Oct. 31. 2574 US-30, Ligonier. $26.99-29.99. idlewild.com/hallowboo

CRAWL • IRL Nightmare on Carson Street 2021. 2-10 p.m. Multiple locations, South Side. $25. nightmareoncarsonstreet.com

Try to reach the other side when Liberty Magic presents Todd Robbins’ Haunted Deceptions. The event welcomes believers and skeptics alike to take part in what’s described as an “immersive seance experience.” Robbins has appeared on the Investigation Discovery channel series True Nightmares, and claims to have spent decades specializing in “arcane forms of popular entertainment, offbeat amusements, and intriguing deceptions.” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust promises that Haunted Deceptions will be like “no other theatrical event you have encountered before.” 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., Oct. 31. 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $45+. trustarts.org

FILM • IRL The Row House Drive-In Cinema pop-up will screen the Pittsburgh-shot 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. Zombies from the ScareHouse haunted attraction will also make a special appearance to give the event a more immersive feel. An on-site concession stand will have popcorn, local craft beer, and soda available. 6:30 p.m. 21st and Smallman streets, Strip District. $34.50 per car. rowhousecinema.com/2021-drive-in

EVENT • IRL Devon Colebank Presents: HOUSE OF BALLOONS. 7-11 p.m. The Terminal. 1917 Smallman St., Strip District. $25-50. instagram.com/devoncolebank

EVENT • IRL Nothing says spooky like an old historic site, and Terror at the Theater Halloween Bash offers just that. Taking place at The Grand Theater, the night promises party-goers a night of dressing up and getting down, with beverages by Helicon Brewing and music by DJ Billy Badazz. Be adventurous and make the trip to McDonald, Pa., for this special event. 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. 104 E. Lincoln Ave., McDonald. $10. grandtheaterevents.com/events CONTINUES ON PG. 22

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PARTY • VIRTUAL Danse Macabre 6: Virtually Halloween. 8 pm.-1 a.m. RSVP to the Facebook event or email djkellya@gmail.com for Zoom passcode. Search “Danse Macabre 6: Virtually Halloween” on Facebook

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Experience a night full of live music, drag, DJs, and more when Spirit presents its Halloween Rager & Costume Contest. Spread throughout the venue’s two floors, the event offers a variety show with local and national drag artists, musical performances by Shilpa Ray, Good Sport, and up-and-coming rap artist Manny Dibiachi, and a special appearance by moon baby with Troxum. There will also be free pizza from 9-10 p.m. and a costume contest. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. spiritpgh.com

PARTY • IRL Die A Little Bit. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. COBRA Pittsburgh. 4305 Main St., Bloomfield. $10 pre-sale, $20 at door. cobrapgh.com

FILM • IRL Do the time warp again when The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players presents another shadowcast performance of the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Hollywood Theater. The show will take place just before midnight in the main auditorium. There will also be a 10 p.m. pre-show event at the nearby Dad’s Basement theater. Don’t stay at home shivering with antici...pation. 11:59 p.m. 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. $7-8. hollywoodtheaterpgh.org

SUN., OCT. 31 BRUNCH • IRL Odd Brunch Halloween Bash. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Oddballs South Side. 1505 E. Carson St., South Side. $10. Search “Odd Brunch Halloween Bash” on Facebook

PETS • IRL Halloween Party for Pets. 12-5:30 p.m. Animal Friends. 562 Camp Horne Road, North Hills. Free for owners, $20 per dog. Human costumes not permitted. thinkingoutsidethecage.org

DRAG • IRL Trace Brewing will host Good Ghouls Go To Hell, a Halloween happy appy hour extravae a blast. Drag ganza that’s sure to be queens Remy Black, Victoria L. VanCartier, Kaleigha nd Diamond J-Love, and Calipso are set to od perform, with food e provided by Pure Grub. DJ huny will provide music. Seating st-serve. is first-come first-serve. 3-6 p.m. 4312 Main St., Bloomfield. $15. eld.com tracebloomfield.com

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knights, it stands to reason that fight choreography would come in at some point. Luckily, it’s a skill that writer and director Layon Gray was able to bring to de Moor, an Arthurian-inspired show set to stage at Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Even so, Gray admits he needed a little refresher. “I had to brush myself up on the swordplay,” laughs the New York-based playwright. “So YouTube is a director’s best friend.” But de Moor, the latest collaboration between Gray and Pittsburgh theater company New Horizon, isn’t just about the clash of metal on metal. Gray wants to use the show as a way to look at a little known facet of the legend, of which he considers himself a big fan. “I found out that there was a Black knight at his table, and I was like, wait a minute, let’s peel the layers back a little bit,” says Gray.

Through his research, Gray discovered more about the knight, named Sir Morien, who he says was the son of another knight and an African princess. Translated texts back up this claim, including one that says Morien was most likely the son of Agloval, and was conceived during the knight’s search for Lancelot. The text says Sir Morien was also part of the quest for the Holy Grail, a religious artifact notable for its appearance in the Indiana Jones film series.

“I was like, man, this is fascinating,” says Gray. “I said, I want to tell a story around that.” That story will come to audiences during a world-premiere run at Kelly Strayhorn from Fri., Oct. 29-Sun., Oct. 31. Gray, who also acts in the play, says that, despite the grand scale of the concept, the staging will be “bare bones,” being set primarily in the overgrown courtyard of an old castle. He also describes it as a “whodunit” that also brings up questions about God and fate.

“I FOUND OUT THAT THERE WAS A BLACK KNIGHT AT HIS TABLE, AND I WAS LIKE, WAIT A MINUTE, LET’S PEEL THE LAYERS BACK A LITTLE BIT.”

The legend of King Arthur conjures fantastic images of noble quests, courtly drama, and romance. But with the famous medieval tale comes a narrow, Euro-centric view of the era during which it was written, something that Gray hopes to broaden. Besides Sir Morien, he says de Moor will also touch on African rulers from around that time period. The play comes at a time when other media has also set out to make medieval storytelling less white. The 2021 film The Green Knight stars Indian-British actor Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, a knighted nephew of King Arthur. It’s this dedication to highlighting little known Black figures in history that attracts New Horizon to Gray. The company, described on its website as producing high-quality cultural events reflecting “African-American points of view,” has put on several of Gray’s shows, including Kings of Harlem, a story about the real-life basketball team that served as the basis for the famed Harlem Globetrotters. CONTINUES ON PG. 26

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New Horizon also produced other Gray works focused on real-life events, including The Girls of Summer, about an all-Black female baseball team who played during World War II; Black Angels Over Tuskegee, an off-Broadway show about the famed Black fighter pilots; and CowBoy, based on the life of Bass Reeves, a Black U.S. deputy marshal active during the country’s Wild West era.

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While de Moor will stage in Pittsburgh, the cast comes from outside the city, some of whom TV fans may recognize. David Roberts, who plays Morien, appeared on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Thadeous Daniels had roles on The Blacklist and other shows, while Lamar K. Cheston boasts credits like the series Godfather of Harlem. “A lot of the actors are coming in with a lot of television and film experience,” says Gray. “But they are theater to the heart, and I always use them with all my new pieces.” Dr. Joyce Meggerson-Moore, a chairperson on the New Horizon board of directors, says the nonprofit theater company is

pleased to show the world premiere of de Moor as part of its 30th anniversary season. The season kicked off earlier this year with Kings of Harlem, staged outdoors on a basketball court, both to fit the play’s theme, and to adhere with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Meggerson-Moore says the play also fits in with the company’s mission of providing professional development for those interested in theater, allowing local people to interact and work with the seasoned New York cast and crew. She adds that Pittsburgh audiences have the privilege of seeing de Moor before it goes on to the 2022 National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, and to New York City for an off-Broadway run starting September 2022. She even teases the possibility of a film adaptation by Gray. Even so, she says the KST performances will be open to limited audiences as a precaution from the latest pandemic surge, so those interested should buy tickets sooner than later. Gray says he believes anyone who sees the play should expect an eye-opening experience. “I just want them to come in with an open mind, understanding that we’re touching on fantasy, but we are talking about real history, especially when we go into the African people who truly existed,” says Gray. “And I think mixing that fantasy myth along with historical facts that people don’t know about, I think it’ll be a conversational piece after the show.”

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THU., OCT. 28 SPORTS • IRL Head to PPG Paints Arena to help the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate Hispanic heritage during their game against the Calgary Flames. Hispanic Heritage Night will give hockey fans a link for 25% off discounted tickets to the game. A portion of the sales from the discounted tickets will benefit the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown. Discounted tickets $41-76. pmahcc.org

DANCE • IRL Get ready to cha cha, line dance, foxtrot, and more when Swing Pittsburgh presents its convention at DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh. Now in its seventh year, the multi-day event welcomes fans of classic dance styles to enjoy music, workshops, parties, and other festivities. There will also be Halloween fun for those who want to celebrate the holiday. Continues through

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FRI., OCT. 29 EVENT • IRL The Gold Over America Tour is a one-of-akind experience showcasing female Olympic gymnasts. See Simone Biles, the most decorated U.S. women’s gymnast of all time with 32 combined World and Olympic medals. Other athletes featured include Jade Carey, Mikayla Skinner, Laurie Hernandez, Nia Dennis, and many more. PPG Paints Arena will serve as the backdrop for this breathtaking evening of incredible feats and athletic prowess. 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Downtown. $25. goldoveramericatour.com

MUSIC • IRL The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at Heinz Hall to perform Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” symphony.

Ukrainian maestro Kirill Karabits will conduct the piece, described as combining Ukrainian folk melodies with Tchaikovsky’s “colorful orchestration.” The program will also include a suite from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and a trumpet concerto by PSO member Micah Wilkinson. 8 p.m. Continues on Sun., Oct. 31. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $20-98. pittsburghsymphony.org

SAT., OCT. 30 EVENT • IRL Spend a fall afternoon on the Gateway Clipper this Halloween weekend. The kid-friendly Halloween Fun Cruise will include a storytime with creepy characters from movies, TV, and books, as well as interactive games and a dance party for all to enjoy. For an additional price, balloons, photos, face painting, and more will be available, and there will also be a fullservice bar for adults. A Halloween treat bag will await every child as they exit the cruise — no tricks here. 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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STAGE • IRL The multi-award winning musical The Band’s Visit returns to Pittsburgh to once again charm audiences at the Benedum Center. Based on an Israeli film of the same name, the hit show follows a band of traveling Egyptian musicians who bring joy to the residents of a small, isolated desert town. A pre-pandemic Pittsburgh City Paper review lauded the 2020 production for its “really funny, charming” story, so make sure to experience it in-person and on stage. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., Oct. 31. Seventh St. and Penn Ave., Downtown. $23-110. trustarts.org

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SUN., OCT. 31 MUSIC • IRL Spend your Halloween getting folksy with the Yonder Mountain String Band at Thunderbird Café & Music Hall. The Colorado-based group brings their own take on bluegrass, described as fusing the traditional genre with “their diverse musical influences ranging anywhere from punk rock to the Grateful Dead.” Grab a pumpkin beer or other seasonal drink and enjoy a night of live music. 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $28-35. thunderbirdmusichall.com

MON., NOV. 1 ART • IRL The 85th installment of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series presents works from Brooklyn-based artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty. Rafferty draws on her background as a retail merchandiser to create what the CMOA website describes as “alluring artworks that challenge stereotypical notions of beauty and gender,” using everything from makeup to mannequins to “address the role of cosmetics and advertising imagery in creating unrealistic societal standards.”

Continues through February 2022. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Included with museum admission. cmoa.org

TUE., NOV. 2 MUSIC • IRL The Southern Gothic black metal band Cloak makes their Pittsburgh debut at Black Forge Coffee House II in McKees Rocks. Performing alongside rock band Demiser and Pittsburgh-born doom metal band Uzkost, the Eternal Fire Promotions event will rock anyone seeking “heavy jams, dark coffee, and an atmosphere you can describe in your own words,” as promised by Black Forge. 8 p.m. Doors at 7 p.m. 701 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. blackforgecoffee.com/pages/events

WED., NOV. 3 EVENT • IRL Come listen to a few tales that will entertain, enthrall, and inspire you during Just Sayin’ with Steel City Storytellers at Kingfly Spirits. Sayers, or storytellers — including emcee Angelo Creo, Todd Shaffer, Sarah Rose, Staci B, and S.J. “Coop” Cooper — will share stories from their lives to bridge the gap between audience and performer. With help from Steel City Storytellers, an organization that values fascinating stories, the spoken word artists will cover a wide range of topics that will engage listeners. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 2613 Smallman St., Strip District. $10. steelcitystorytellers.com

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