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Simone Harris, Karl Williams & Webster McDonald To Appear On @AkibaAbakaArts & Raw Management Agency’s Weekly Talk Series!


“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions¬† with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.

‚Äú10 Weeks in Jamaica‚ÄĚ weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.

   The next conversation on Sunday, December 20 at 4 PM is Queer NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE and brings together a mix of theater practitioners, academicians and playwrights with Jamaican backgrounds including: Karl Williams, an award-winning actor, director and playwright who serves as Deputy Chair of the Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts Department at Borough of the Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York; Webster McDonald, a Jamaican theatre practitioner and educator who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Kansas; and Simone Harris, a Maroon activist, queer dance artist and business consultant. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.

Upcoming programs in the series include:

Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST

LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE

Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean

Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST

AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate

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Orville “Xpressionz”, Neila Ebanks & More To Appear On @AkibaAbakaArts & Raw Management Agency’s Weekly Talk Series!


“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions¬† with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.

‚Äú10 Weeks in Jamaica‚ÄĚ weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.

The next conversation on Sunday, November 29 at 4 PM is titled Dancehall Reggae and the Nettleford Effect.¬† The sounds and movements of Dancehall Reggae music scores the landscape of Jamaica‚Äôs cultural identity. Rooted in the Afro-Jamaican Kumina and Mento traditions, this form of popular music is among the country‚Äôs largest exports. The Honorable Rex Nettleford, OM, FIJ, OCC ‚Äď a Jamaican scholar and choreographer, and co-founder of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica ‚Äď shared philosophies on the importance of contemporary Jamaican music and its linkage to pre-colonial African societies. He expressed these philosophies through dance theatre and a rigorous support for the arts in academia, as well as in the shaping of Jamaica‚Äôs national identity.

¬†Sunday‚Äôs conversation brings together three beneficiaries of Nettleford‚Äôs legacy for a conversation on how Dancehall Reggae shows up on the Jamaican stage: Orville “Xpressionz” Hall, artistic director for Theatre Xpressionz and chief judge for Jamaica‚Äôs number one dance program ‚ÄúDancing Dynamite‚ÄĚ; Marlon D. Simms, Dean of the School of Dance and Artistic Director for the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica; and Neila Ebanks, a dancer, choreographer and educator considered one of the Caribbean‚Äôs most innovative performing artists. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.

Upcoming programs in the series include:

Sunday, December 6, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 1)

Speakers: David Tulloch and Fabian Thomas

Sunday, December 13, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 2)

Speakers: Dahlia Harris and Amba Chevannes

Sunday, December 20, 4PM EST

QUEER NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Karl Williams and Webster McDonald

Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST

LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE

Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean

Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST

AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate

Check out previous episodes below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Glen “Titus” Campbell & More To Appear On @AkibaAbakaArts & Raw Management Agency’s Weekly Talk Series!


“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions¬† with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.

‚Äú10 Weeks in Jamaica‚ÄĚ weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.

Each week the series explores a different theme based on the history of Jamaican theatre, and contemporary narratives presented on the Jamaican stage.¬†The next conversation on Sunday, November 22 at 4 PM titled THE BUSINESS OF THE JAMAICAN STAGE (JAMBIZ) features Lenford Salmon, Company Director for Jambiz International Ltd. and national adjudicator for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Speech and Drama competitions;¬†Glen ‚ÄúTitus‚ÄĚ Campbell, renowned international actor who became a household name among Jamaicans for his show, ‚ÄúTitus in Town‚ÄĚ; Boston-based actor, director and educator Magalie Neff; and Andrew Roach, founder and director of The Jamaican Shopping Club. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.

Upcoming programs in the series include:

Sunday, November 29, 4PM EST

DANCEHALL REGGAE AND THE NETTLEFORD EFFECT

Speakers: Orville Hall, Marlon Simms and Neila Ebanks

Sunday, December 6, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 1)

Speakers: David Tulloch and Fabian Thomas

Sunday, December 13, 4PM EST

JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 2)

Speakers: Dahlia Harris and Amba Chevannes

Sunday, December 20, 4PM EST

QUEER NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Karl Williams and Webster McDonald

Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST

LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE

Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean

Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST

AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE

Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate

Check out previous episodes below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Actor Johnoy Williams Signs To Ellis International!


Jamaican Actor Johnoy Williams is reaping the rewards for his hard work and¬†dedication. The young Actor is pleased to announce that he has been officially signed to Ellis¬†International, spearheaded by Owen ‚ÄúBlakka‚ÄĚ Ellis.¬†Williams has been working under the tutelage of comedian duo Ity and Fancy Cat for some¬†time now and is ecstatic that he has sealed the deal to¬†officially become a member of¬†this elite group.

‚ÄúWords can barely express my contentment at this moment! Trust me, I‚Äôve have been¬†working at my career for years as an actor and for now to be represented by Ellis¬†International, is a dream come true.‚ÄĚ Said a very excited Johnoy.¬†The 25 year old knows that even though this is a big deal and¬†has come a¬†long¬†way, he still has a lot more things to accomplish.¬†‚ÄúI know I have come a very long way from my Get Tested Commercial to, being in Nick¬†Cannon‚Äôs ‚ÄúKing of the Dancehall movie but I still have a long road ahead of me.‚Ä̬†With that said, the Actor looks forward to a few upcoming works both on the local¬†scene and on the International scene.

The Actor also wants to encourage everyone out there with a dream to be in film to never give up their dreams. “Even though there is room for growth in our Jamaican film industry, I believe that we can make this industry strive to its maximum potential. We have so many talented individuals out there; Actors, Writers, Filmmakers, just don’t give up on the dream.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Happy Birthday @HarryBelafonte x Banana Boat Song (1956)


Today’s Oldies Sunday is dedicated to Singer, Actor and Activist, Harry Belafonte who celebrates his 88th birthday. His most famous song, “Banana Boat Song (Day O)” is the featured selection. Released in 1956 by RCA and written by Irving Burgie and William Attaway, this was adapted from the song Jamaican Banana Workers would sing while they toiled on the docks. The song was also featured on Belafonte’s million unit selling “Calypso” album.¬†Harry achieved great success with this single as it peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts in 1957, made its debut performance on The Muppet Show, made an appearance in the 1988 film “Beetlejuice“, has over the years been covered by many artists, and sampled by Lil Wayne on the track “6 Foot 7 Foot“. Despite the previous version of the song and the covers, Harry Belafonte’s version stood out the most and has become one of his signature songs.

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV Interviews Shebada


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With the “Bashment Granny” plays becoming a part of the greatest Jamaican productions in recent times and propelling actor Keith “Shebada” Ramsey into super stardom, there are now plans underfoot to commence production on a third installment. Tonight, Shebada joined Winford to speak on this and more. Here he expressed his condolences to Cleve “Chu Chu” Warren, addressing the rumors of him being a father, and stepping outside of the “Shebada” character and the feedback. Interesting Interview here, Shebada sure dodged questions and keeping his audience talking. Looking forward to the completion and release of “Bashment Granny 3” and Shebada’s answers. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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