Friday, July 21, 2017

DREAMGIRLS @ Genesius Theatre AUGUST 4 THRU AUGUST 19, 2017

Genesius Theatre, a 501 c 3, non-profit community theater located at 153 North 10th Street in Reading PA.





Thirty-five years after the groundbreaking, Michael Bennett, musical wowed Broadway audiences, Genesius Theatre, proudly presents, the REGIONAL PREMIER of the electrifying, Motown-inspired, six-time Tony Award, and also, Olivier, Grammy and Oscar winning musical, DREAMGIRLS, opening Friday, August 4th and running thru August 19th at Genesius Theatre, located at 153 North 10th Street in Reading PA.
( Book & Lyrics by Tom Eyen & Music by Henry Krieger).

DREAMGIRLS - This megawatt Broadway crowd-pleaser electrifies the stage with Motown tunes and powerhouse voices. Loosely based on, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the story follows the turbo-charged rise to fame of the Dreams. Dreamgirls celebrates the advent of R&B in the 1960s with a Motown-inspired score, dynamic performances, and a moving look behind-the-scenes of the entertainment business. Experience all the onstage-joy and backstage-drama as an up-and-coming girl-group learns hard lessons about love, trust, and what it takes to make your way to the top!
This modern-day classic sparkles with almost as many awards and accolades as its costumes have sequins. Take a trip back to the seminal music scene of the 1960s, when young women sang their way to musical prominence in a man’s world. Set in the Motown era that brought us powerhouse voices like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross—and ultimately Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé— Dreamgirls explodes from the stage with legendary songs and timeless appeal.

The Genesius production features a diverse cast of approximately thirty talented actors, singers and dancers.  REGGIE BROWN of “BUNCH OF FUNK” (local R & B band) will play the James Brown-inspired character, James Thunder Early. THE DREAMS - The cast includes two very talented newcomers who hail from Easton, PA & Phillipsburg, NJ, who are making the trip to Berks, for every rehearsal and performance. Kiyanna Cox Jones will portray the tumultuous Effie White and Veronica Cummings is the flirtatious, Lorrell Robinson. Yesenia Mora, is back at Genesius, after her excellent performance as Danielle, in last summer’s mega-hit, In The Heights, in the role of Deena Jones, (loosely based on legendary singer, Dianna Ross)! Susie DeBooth, portrays Michelle Morris, the new back-up singer, who pushes Effie White out of the Dreams. The cast also includes: Nick Freer, as Curtis Taylor, Jr., Calvin Scott, as Marty, DeShaun Williams, as C. C. White, Anthony Disla, as Wayne, and Carroll Woodbridge, as Frank.

DREAMGIRLS – opens Friday, August 4 and runs 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, SHOW TIMES - Wed thru Sat. show time is 7:30 PM, Saturday Matinees at 2:00 PM and Sunday’s at 3:00 PM. PRICE RANGE – Student $17.50, Senior $22.50, Adult $28.50, Premium Seats $30.00 and Deluxe Seats $33.00. --- SPECIAL DISCOUNT NIGHT - Thursday, August 10, ONLY – Student Tickets are $15 and all other seats are $20.00. For Tickets please visit -; card fees apply. or call 610-373-9500  Tickets also available at the door.  

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Andrew Bird with special guest Esperanza Spalding Wednesday, July 26 @ SteelStacks

Andrew Bird with 

special guest Esperanza Spalding

Wednesday, July 26

Price: Advance: $35 / $50 | Day of Show $39 / $54

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Doors and Dinner: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

A native of Illinois, Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk and rock elements into his distinctive style. Trained by the Suzuki method for violin from a young age, he released his first solo album, “Music of Hair,” in 1996. Vastly different from his later releases, the album showcases his violin skills and pays tribute to his fascination with both American and European folk traditions, as well as jazz and blues. Later, with numerous albums and side projects including collaborations with the Squirrel Nut Zippers under his belt, Bird matched his critical acclaim with commercial success, including appearances on late night shows like David Letterman and Conan O'Brien, as well as original songs and music for movies like “The Muppets” and “Crazy Stupid Love,” as well as FX’s “Baskets.” His song “Capsized” reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in 2014.

Joining Bird on stage is the GRAMMY winning contemporary jazz bassist Spalding. Hailed as a prodigy on the acoustic double bass within months of first touching the instrument as a 15-year old, Spalding has emerged as a fine jazz bassist, but she has also distinguished herself by playing blues, funk, hip-hop, pop fusion and Afro-Cuban styles as well. During her career, she has won several GRAMMYS, including “Best New Artist” of 2010. Spalding has also appeared on Bird’s “Live From the Great Room” online series, playing her own “Apple Blossom,” Bird’s “Truth Lies Low,” Herbie Hancock’s “Ostinato (Suite for Angela)” and Antônio Carlos Jobim’s “Inútil Paisagem.” Read More'''

Friday, July 14, 2017

SHELL SHOCKED Friday July 28th 7:15pm

Fourth Friday Fillms at UUCLV presents SHELL SHOCKED.

SHELL SHOCKED is a documentary about violence in New Orleans. With one of the highest per capita murder rates in the US, and with more shootings per capita that Chicago in 2016, what happens in this city has profound implications for the issues of violence and crime. This award-winning film focuses on young New Orleanians’ depressing adaptation to rampant gun violence and suggests the possibilities that mentoring and advocacy programs can have on more positive outcomes to conflict.

Film screening will be followed by a discussion led by Fritz Walker, board member of CeaseFirePA.

FREE and open to all. See the movie trailer here:

Hispanic Cultural Festival of Easton July 29th 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Battle For the Net: Mass Day of Action Aims to Stop Trump's FCC from Destroying Free & Open Internet

A.M.E. Council of Bishops Issues Open Letter to NAACP


July 7, 2017
Re: NAACP Restructure, Mission and Relevance

The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church writes to you to reaffirm our support of the NAACP and to express our concerns for the future and relevance of this historic and productive organization. Today we call upon the National Board of the NAACP to restructure the organization, define its mission and set forth its vision, lest it remain on its current path toward irrelevancy and ultimate demise. The Board’s recent decision not to renew the services of Rev. Cornell Brooks, heightens the need and urgency for the NAACP to define why it should continue to exist.
The NAACP boasts that it is the oldest civil rights organization in the country. While this is true and ought to make us proud, longevity alone is not proof of relevance. For the reality is that today the NAACP is smaller and less influential than it has ever been in its history as an organization. Today the NAACP intimidates no one. To be perfectly honest, the same challenges that face the NAACP, face mainline faith denominations. We are old, and have not structured or positioned ourselves to meet the times in which our congregants live. The Black Church is seeking to confront its own challenges, and we call upon the NAACP to do the same. Read more...

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Coard: Should Blacks Celebrate July 4th?

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Simply stated, the answer is “No!” And the following explains why.

The Declaration of Independence asserts, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Despite that, slavery was legal in the 13 colonies, which means 20 percent of the population was held in brutal bondage without liberty or happiness or a real life.

Of the 56 white male property owners who signed that Declaration, 27 were slave-holders, slave-shippers, and/or slave-investors.

Thomas Jefferson- who was the primary drafter of the Declaration of Independence- enslaved 175 Black women, men, and children in 1776 and 267 by 1822. Also, he was a racist pedophile who began raping Sally Hemings when she was 14-years-old. And he impregnated her seven times.
In addition to that, as Governor of Virginia in 1779, he signed a bill to encourage enlistment in the American Revolutionary War by compensating white men by giving them a “healthy sound Negro.”
Michael Coard, Esquire can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. His “Radio Courtroom” show can be heard on WURD96.1FM. And his “TV Courtroom” show can be seen on PhillyCam/Verizon/Comcast.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

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Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:


Assistant Director, Study Abroad & International Programs


RN/LPN Clinical Adjunct

Night shift Custodial

Adjunct Instructors

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College is the fastest growing public college in Pennsylvania.
The College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an EEO/AA employer

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The U.S. Has Been Meddling In Other Countries’ Elections For A Century. It Doesn’t Feel Good.

Russia has been quite the student.
By Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney @ The Huffington Post


"Malcolm X once called Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba “the greatest black man who ever walked the African continent. 

Lumumba led an anti-colonial campaign to oust the ruling Belgians from the Congo and he became the country’s first elected leader. The U.S. set about almost immediately to overthrow and assassinate him, perceiving Lumumba (incorrectly, it turned out) to be a pawn of the Soviet Union. The Belgians took the lead in the plot against Lumumba, but the U.S. was a willing participant. When he was finally captured, he was tortured and killed. So that the public wouldn’t learn of the crime, he was doused in acid to make his body disappear. The assassins ran out of the substance, so they crushed, hacked and ground his body to pieces, scattering the remains in an area that would later be named for Lumumba. More than 50 years of conflict has followed. His killing has been called the most important political assassination of the 20th Century.”       Read more here

Civic Theater Hosts Dialogue on Healthcare Crisis 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21.

Easton Business Leader to Speak 
at Screenings of Films He Produced
 Civic Theater Hosts Dialogue on Healthcare Crisis

The CEO of a Lehigh Valley-based business is teaming up with the Civic Theater and a community organization, POWER Northeast, to engage the public in a dialogue about solutions to the healthcare crisis in the U.S. today.   Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries, Inc., based in Easton, will join a panel of community leaders and healthcare consumers for a Talk Back Session following the screenings of Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point and Big Pharma: Market Failure at the Civic Theater in Allentown at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 21.  The screenings, sponsored by POWER Northeast, are open to the public.  Seating is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Read more

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BLACK PANTHER Trailer In-Depth Breakdown

Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed by Billionaire NFL Owners. Here’s Why. (from @Truthdig)

Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed by Billionaire NFL Owners. Here’s Why. (from @Truthdig): Patriotism is a key tool for the owning class. To them, the quarterback’s refusal to stand for the national anthem—a nationalistic ritual—threatened to undermine the whole capitalist system.
- 2017/06/14

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Americans have mixed views on policies encouraging broadband adoption

Americans have mixed views on policies encouraging broadband adoption: As the FCC continues to address broadband infrastructure and access, Americans have mixed views on two policies designed to encourage broadband adoption.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Aaron Neville @ SteelStacks Friday, June 16 2017

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Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Doors open:6:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm

Ticket Price: $49 / $59

Until now, it’s been easy to separate Aaron Neville’s career into two separate but equal strains: the funky stuff he’s favored when working with his esteemed band of brothers, and the angelic balladry you associate with him when he’s punching his own time card as a solo artist. Casual fans might admit they don’t know much — to borrow a phrase — about Neville’s musical center, but they’ve perceived a certain split in his career. An education is about to be provided, then, in the form of Apache, a solo album that makes the case for Aaron Neville as the most holistic of soul men. Its hard R&B side matches anything the Neville Brothers ever recorded for true grit, while still allowing plenty of space for a singer who’s arguably the most distinctive vocal stylist on the planet to tell it like it is.More info here