AfroSolo Arts Festival 19

Black Voices Performance Series

AfroSolo Arts Festival 19

Black Voices Performance Series

When: September 7th and *8th@ 7:30 pm and September 9th @3 pm

Where: African American Art & Culture Complex (762 Fulton Street, SF)

Admission: $25 – General each performance

*$50 – Pre Show Gala Reception: Saturday, September 8th from 6:45 to 7:15 pm.  Reception will include appetizers, wine and reserved performance seating. Regular seating $25


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AfroSolo Arts Festival 19 in collaboration with the African American Art and Culture Complex, present its seminal performance series Black Voices featuring Byb Chanel Bibene, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, and Jovelyn Richards.

Byb Chanel Bibene performs Skin Talk Skin Mood. When Bibene left Africa (The Congo), en route to Europe, U.S.  and Asia, events and people began to demonstrate that there was a problem with the color of his skin. Skin Talk Skin Mood speaks of his identity adventures, where his skin color has played an important role in all the societies that he has visited and in which he has lived. As  artistic director/choreographer of the acclaimed Kiandanda Dance Theater,  Bibene has performed nationally and internationally.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe performs performs Black Gold, an excerpt from, Traveling While Black, the second part of her Adventures Of A Black Girl trilogy. Black Gold places the west African deity, Mami Wata and the enslaved explorer, Estavanico in a politically and erotically charged confrontation as it explores the tense conflagration between  oil, water, slavery, colonialism and empire. Cooper-Anifowoshe is an award winning director, actor and writer who has worked in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. Cooper-Anifowoshe is one of the original supporters of AfroSolo and an alumni festival performer.  Photo by Steve Savage.

Jovelyn Richards performs Strippin’ Down to Story.  Set in 1865, a formerly enslaved woman named Maw Maw ponders freedom for herself and her only remaining child, Sweet Baby. After three days of sleeping in a bean field, listening to the last of gunfire and chaos, she heads to the river. At the river, she asks the spirits to help her survive. So begins the journey of a black woman walking into this new world called free. Richards is an award-winning writer and storyteller who works with live musicians. Richards has been performing for the past 10 years.  Photo by S. Savage.


Special Festival Guest

Friday, September 7th @ 7:30 pm

Commedian Donald Lacy kicks off the night with a hilarious performance focused on RACE.


Donald E. Lacy Jr. is a talented actor, comedian, writer, director, and radio talk show host. He has been seen on BET’s Comic View and on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam.   In 2007, his one man show  Color Struck was a runaway hit at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem,  North Carolina. Color Struck, by invitation from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, was also performed at the  Congressional Black Caucus in September, 2011.  Lacy’s new one man show, SEXPHOBIAS, was performed at the National Black Theater Festival in 2011.


Post-Performance Discussion

Friday, September 7th

After performance, there will be a post-performance discussion related to the issues explored in the performance.

Dr. Dorsey Odell  Blake will be our Guest, Opening Night, August 7th.  His  focus will be on Blacks and Religion.

Dr. Blake will be interviewed on  opening night, September  7 by AfroSolo founder, Thomas Robert Simpson. Dr. Blake’s focus will be on religion and the people of the black Diaspora. Dr. Blake was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in October 1994. He served as the director of the Center for Urban-Black Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and Core Faculty Member at the GTU; and Program Director of the Howard Thurman Educational Trust, San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Blake has extensive field ministry experience with interfaith groups addressing justice and peace issues. He is a member of the steering committee of Religious Witness with Homeless People and has been in the forefront of peace and justice activities, speaking to small audiences and rallies that have drawn more than 200,000 people.



Special Festival Guest

Sunday, September 9th @ 3:00 pm.

Comedian Tony Sparks: The God Father of Bay Area Comics!

Sparks has been performing stand-up comedy since the dawn of the joke. He’s opened for many famous comics long before they were famous (Kim Coles, Chris Rock, Jay Leno). He’s written for many comics both now on television and others presently working the comedy circuit. He’s a major fixture in the San Francisco comedy scene, and hosts the BrainwashCafe/Laundromat in San Francisco every Thursday.


Post Performance Discussion

Sunday, September 9th @ 3 pm

Featuring Dr. Derethia DuVal will the lead the audience on a solution driven discussion on Race leading to an action that will advance Racial Relations.


Funding for the AfroSolo Theatre Company is made possible in part through the support of the California Pacific Medical Center, Friends of AfroSolo, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco Grants for the Arts/Hotel Tax Fund and The San Francisco Foundation.

Presenting Partners – include the African American Art & Culture Complex, The Commonwealth Club, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, Mo’Magic,The New Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco Main Public Library, and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

 AfroSolo Arts Festival 19

July 30 – October 28




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