Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo
Actress Nicole Ari Parker Stuns in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Sometimes it takes a fake to keep it real. At least that was the impression left after the drag extravaganza, "Fabulous Fakes," presented by Mary Flowers Entertainment and held at the Apollo Theater. In a glitter packed show, celebrity impersonators paid tribute to some of the world's favorite legendary and upcoming divas such as Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige and Adele.
During the show comedian and host Flame Monroe revealed that the Apollo's weekly "Amateur Night" is seeking a new host to replace current emcee, Capone. By the end of the entertaining evening, audience members were hoping that the hilarious Monroe would be a candidate for the position.
One person that should be in the running for a Tony Award is Nicole Ari Parker for her captivating performance in the revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." Parker manages to steal the show in a solid cast including Blair Underwood, Daphne Ruben-Vega and Wood Harris performing to a thrilling jazz score by Terence Blanchard. Admittedly Parker hasn't had much opportunity to flex her acting muscle in her previous works but here she is a revelation full of humor, vulnerability and pain. What a relief it was to have such standout performance in an otherwise overlong and way too melodramatic play.
There was a different kind of drama being served at the "Inspired in NY" event at Tian at the Riverbank. The event honored Essence magazine editor-in-chief, Constance C.R. White, TV personality, Phillip Bloch and music industry mogul, Kevin Liles. Camille Evans, founder of "Inspired In NY" proudly announced that Dionne Warwick has united with Thuli Dumakude of the Thembalethu Beaders and legendary models Maria McDonald and Sandi Bass to launch a global campaign to bring awareness to women's rights and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Women and men in the entertainment industry face a different kind of fight; protecting their intellectual property. One organization that aids in resolving those issues includes The Black Women in Entertainment Law Foundation which hosted its annual fundraiser and honored Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO for BET. Prior to the event founder, Lisa Bonner noted why creative talent should avoid using online legal services especially to trademark. "I don't know anybody who used Legal Zoom successfully to do any type of trademark," she notes. "95% of the trademark applications are kicked back and at that point you have to go back to a lawyer." If a legal representative is out of your budget, Bonner recommends the organization, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
As Bonner notes, there's nothing like the real thing...just make sure you don't tell that to the cast of "Fabulous Fakes."
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This article is courtesy of our partner The Harlem Arts Alliance
The Harlem Arts Alliance is a not for profit arts service organization celebrating 10 years of service to a prestigious list of members such as the Apollo Theater, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Columbia University, Harlem Stage (Aaron Davis Hall) and over 850 more cultural/arts institutions and individuals. The weekly column, Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the "A" w/Souleo, covers the intersection of the arts, culture and entertainment in Harlem and the greater NYC area.
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