Singer, Amel Larrieux is Ready to Bring Listeners Ice Cream Everyday
Souleo | 5/23/2013, 4:27 p.m.
It was this refreshing honesty, rarely told stories and sense of unity amongst the talent that makes this event one to look forward to when it returns next year to the Apollo Theater.
Unity was one of the key strengths behind the major African-American economic movement depicted in the play, Black Wall Street. The production debuts Friday November 30 at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. Presented by Shades of Truth Theatre and The New Heritage Theatre Group the play tells the true story of affluent African-Americans in the Greenwood community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The town included hundreds of thriving businesses owned and operated by African-Americans, many of which were eventually destroyed in 1921 by one of America's worst acts of terrorism and racial violence, the Tulsa Race Riot. Producer, Michael Green hopes that by unearthing this rarely told story viewers will be reminded of the African-American community's economic power and question the impact of integration. "We never achieved true integration. That was never part of the plan. It was to create permanent underclass citizens and the numbers prove that methodology of keeping us as the underclass," he says. "This story proves that we can have our own and govern ourselves and do it very well."
From ice cream to African-American history, inspiration for powerful artistic statements truly knows no bounds.
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