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Watch Trailer for Netflix’s ‘American Son’ (VIDEO)

Netflix has released the trailer for its highly anticipated new film American Son starring Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee.

American Son is based on the Broadway play of the same name and features Washington as Kendra Ellis-Conner, the mother of a missing teenage boy, who is struggling to put the pieces together in a South Florida police station. Pasquale, Jordan and Lee reprise their roles in this televised adaptation which represents four distinct viewpoints, while also navigating the unique dynamic of an interracial couple trying to raise a mixed-race son.

American Son is directed by Tony Award winner and Atlanta own Kenny Leon. Washington and Pilar Savon serve as executive producers under Washington’s banner Simpson Street.  Jeffrey Richards and Rebecca Gold also serve as executive producers.

American Son was written by Christopher Demos-Brown.

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Kenny Leon to direct ‘A Soldier’s Play’ with David Alan Grier + Blair Underwood

BroadwayWorld is reporting that Tony Award winner Kenny Leon is set to direct a new production of A Soldiers Play on Broadway featuring veteran actors David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood.

The show will take place at the Roundabout Theatre Company and will begin preview performances on December 27 with an official open on January 21, 2020 at the American Airlines Theatre.

Ray Cornelius with Kenny Leon

“I think America needs to hear the newness and the freshness of this play.” ~ Kenny Leon

A Soldier’s Play is set in 1944 and follows the investigation into the murder of a black Sergeant on a Louisiana Army base. One tenacious investigator must race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him.

The original production at the Negro Ensemble Company premiered Off-Broadway in 1981 and featured a cast of then rising superstars—Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson along with the late Adolph Caesar and Larry B. Riley. It was later turned into a film in 1984 and renamed A Soldier’s Story. It featured much of the stage cast along with the late Howard E. Rollins, Robert Townsend, Art Evans, Patti LaBelle and David Alan Grier.

Watch the film’s original trailer below:

Click here for tickets!

PHOTO CREDITS: Roundabout Theatre Company + RayCornelius.com

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Phylicia Rashad, Pearl Cleage and more honored at ‘Applauds Awards Brunch’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Bravo to Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon and his True Colors Theatre Company. They recently honored some of the biggest names in the arts, culture and entertainment as part of their annual Applauds Awards Brunch.


Ray Cornelius with honorees – Camille Russell Love and Pearl Cleage

The spring fundraising event is the culmination of the company’s 16th anniversary and a celebration of their year long accomplishments. The awards ceremony was attended by a good number of the company’s high profile supporters ranging from arts and cultural enthusiasts to corporate leaders and philanthropic giants.

Ray Cornelius with Kenny Leon

The afternoon took place at the swanky InterContinental Hotel in the Buckhead district of Atlanta and featured awards presentations to the innovative Georgia Justice Project; beloved author and playwright Pearl Cleage; global powerhouse Warner Media (formerly Turner); Atlanta Cultural Affairs Executive Director Camille R. Love; and Tony Award-Winning actress of stage, television and screen Phylicia Rashad. Each honoree received an award that is based on the pillars of the True Colors Theatre Company: Boldness, Laughter, Abundance and Respect. Ms. Rashad received the coveted Jane Bishop National Theatre Award, that is named after the company’s late co-founder Jane Bishop.

Kenny Leon and Jamil Jude honoring Pearl Cleage

The event also served as the official installation of Jamil Jude as the Company’s new Artistic Director along with riveting performances from the winner and runner-up of this year’s August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Make sure you tune into this weekend’s edition of UPFRONT for more coverage as well as my YouTube channel Ray Cornelius TV. It will include personal stories from honorees and an encouraging word from Kenny.

See more photos below courtesy of TakeOne Photography by Marvin Striggles:

Ray Cornelius with True Colors Board Member Renee Palmer
True Colors Director of Education Nikki Toombs
Honoree Camille R. Love receiving her award
Honoree Phylicia Rashad receiving her Award
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Colman Domingo’s ‘DOT’ to Play NYC’s Billie Holiday Theatre

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

If you’re in New York City, then you’re in for a treat. Colman Domingo‘s hit play DOT is on stage now through November 18 at the famed Billie Holiday Theatre. The show features the cast from this summer’s Atlanta production and is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

In the Shealy house, Christmas means time for family gatherings. Only this holiday, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than the holiday spirit in mind. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her failing memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Crackling with humor, this lucid comedy grapples aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of an urban West Philly neighborhood.

DOT features the incomparable Denise Burse along with Tinashe Kajase-Bolden, Gilbert Glen Brown, Amber A. Harris, Rhyn Mclemore Saver, Lee Osorio and Benedetto Robinson.

Check out my UPFRONT interviews with Denise Burse and Colman Domingo about the show and much more.

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Kenny Leon releases a memoir ‘Take You Wherever You Go’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tony Award-winning Broadway director Kenny Leon has released a new memoir titled, Take You Wherever You Go. The book will be released on June 5, 2018 but is available now on Amazon. 

When Kenny Leon’s grandmother told him to “take you wherever you go,” she could hardly have anticipated that he would establish himself as one of Broadway’s most exciting and acclaimed directors. But through years of hard work, Kenny would migrate from a small wooden house in rural Florida to the Tony Awards’ stage, where he would win Best Direction of a Play for his 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

“You can do whatever you want to do. The only limits are the ones you set yourself. You have all you need in you right now.”

In Take You Wherever You Go, Leon reflects on the pillars of wisdom he learned every step of the way from the most important people in his life-from his grandmother’s sagacious and encouraging motivations to the steady hand of his mother to the deep artistic and social influence of iconic American playwright August Wilson.  The book also has a forward by Leon’s friend and film icon Samuel L. Jackson.

“Wow…on sale! I hope this book helps a few folks find their path to succes,” said Leon on social media.

Leon is currently directing Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, which is in its final two weeks through May 27. He is also directing Colman Domingo‘s DOT for his Atlanta-based True Colors Theatre Company this summer.

Photo Credit: Amazon.com + Instagram/IAMKENNYLEON

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UPDATE: Denise Burse to star in True Colors Production of ‘Dot’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

True Colors Theatre Company is pleased to announce that House of Payne, Greenleaf, and Black Mirror actress Denise Burse will take the stage this summer as Dot, in Colman Domingo‘s lucid comedy, directed by Tony winner——Kenny Leon.

In the Shealy house, Christmas means time for family gatherings. Only this holiday, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than the holiday spirit in mind. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her failing memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Crackling with humor, this lucid comedy grapples aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of an urban West Philly neighborhood.

Stay close to RC as more of the cast will be revealed in the coming weeks.

I also got a chance to chat with Burse for an upcoming edition of UPFRONT where she talked about how a real-life situation has already prepared her for the role and more.

Click here to purchase your tickets for Dot.

Photo Credit: True Colors Theatre Company

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Kenny Leon, Kim Hawthorne & more attend Alvin Ailey at ATL’s Fox Theatre [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending the Thursday night performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Atlanta’s fabulous Fox Theatre.  The show began at 8 p.m. but yours truly attended a private pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring the company’s Artistic Director, Robert Battle.

Robert Battle

Other notables at the reception included my other Ailey Circle members – UPSCALE’s Satchel Jester and Sister Circle Live co-host Rashana Ali. Tony winning director and Atlanta icon Kenny Leon was also present along with Greenleaf actress Kim Hawthorne and WSB-TV personality Jovita Moore, who served as this year’s host.

Imara Canady + Jacquee Minor + Toby Johnson + Ray Cornelius

Thursday’s performance included “Episodes” with Clifton Brown, “Cry” featuring Linda Celeste Sims, Twyla Tharp‘s “The Golden Section” and of course the iconic “Revelations.” I also got a chance to meet Michael Jackson, the company dancer who appears on Ailey’s 2018 season poster. Check out my UPFRONT interview with him from January.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has three more shows this weekend: a 2pm and an 8pm performance tonight and a 2pm performance on Sunday.

Click here to get your tickets!

Kim Hawthorne + Rashana Ali

Satchel Jester + Larry Lyles 

Jovita Moore 

Robert Battle + Kim Hawthorne

Ray Cornelius + Michael Jackson

Photo Credits: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre + RayCornelius.com

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Coming to the Stage: The Ballad of Klook and Vinette + King Hedley II + Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

A new year means all new stage plays and musicals and I have compiled a few Atlanta theatrical productions that I think are worth checking out. They feature a number of the city’s rising talent and veteran players who can still command an audience.

First up is Horizon Theater‘s production of Che Walker‘s “The Ballad of Klook and Vinette.” It stars Amari Cheatom and my girl Brittany Inge. The show is adapted from Walker’s book of the same name and features Cheaton as Klook, a drifter who’s tired of drifting and Inge as Vinette, a beauty who is on the run but she doesn’t know what’s chasing her. Together, they make a tentative stab at love and reach for hope until the past catches up to the future and smacks it in the face. Horizon kicks off its 2018 season with this love story set against poetry and jazz. “The Ballad of Klook and Vinette” plays 1/19-2/18.

Tony-winning Broadway director Kenny Leon and his True Colors Theatre Company continues to uplift the legacy of his mentor and friend August Wilson by presenting a new production of his classic, “King Hedley II.” The show is directed by True Colors’ new Associate Artistic Director Jamil Jude and will feature an array of amazing ATL stars (pssst the cast hasn’t been announced yet but I know who they are). Set in the 1980’s inner city Pittsburgh, King Hedley II is an ex-con peddling stolen refrigerators to save up for his own business and hopefully a new life. Desperately fighting to overcome his record, his family and a world that’s against him, King spends his time trying to plant seeds in a garden where nothing can grow. This becomes the perfect metaphor for his life and his dreams seemingly doomed to a violent end. “King Hedley II” is the eighth play in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a haunting and challenging tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. “King Hedley II” runs 2/13-3/11.

Theatrical Outfit will take on the award-winning Broadway musical, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.” The show is directed by my fraternity brother, Eric J. Little and features veteran stage actress—Terry Burrell—as the one and only Billie Holiday.

The show is set in 1959 at Philly’s seedy Emerson Bar on the south side and features songs that Lady Day performed four months before her death at the age of forty-four. Full of heart-melting numbers like “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” Billie shares with the audience tunes about her loves and losses.  The show’s musical director is S. Renee Clark. “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” plays 1/11-2/4.

See you at the theatre!

Photo Credits: Horizon Theatre + True Colors Theatre + Theatrical Outfit

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Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company presents ‘The First Noel’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company presents the Atlanta premiere of “The First Noel.” It’s playing now through December 24 at the GA Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts. The show is written by NYC’s LeLund Thompson and Jason Webb and is directed by TV, Film and Broadway star—Jasmine Guy.

Set in 1980’s Harlem, “The First Noel” is a musical that follows three generations of a family forever changed by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time. Music includes a re-imaging of the traditional holiday favorites in Jazz, Gospel and Pop styles.

Check out a sneak peek of the show below and click here for tickets!

Photo Credit: True Colors Theatre Company

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Tavis Smiley presents “Death Of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience”

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Media personality Tavis Smiley is bringing his new multi-media production “Death Of A King” to Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Centre on Monday, April 2, 2018. The presentation will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, in-correlation with his New York Times best-seller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.

“Death Of A King: A Live Theatrical Experience (DEATH OF A KING)”, sponsored by Walmart, brings together elements of visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man’s integrity and strong faith in humanity had on the American people, and people across the globe– a truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago. Smiley narrates this joyful tribute that tells the little-known story of Dr. King’s final year. Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King summoned the courage, conviction, commitment and character, to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation. “My study of King’s pivotal role in the history of this country has never stopped.  Over the years, I have spoken with his most important critics, chroniclers, and defenders,” states Smiley. “I was privileged to enjoy a rewarding friendship with Coretta Scott King, whom I interviewed many times.”

After decades of study, Smiley believes King has been misunderstood for many years, as he states, “I further believe that misunderstanding is robbing us of the essence of his character and crusade.  Ironically, his martyrdom has undermined his message.” With the current political climate, Smiley aims for DEATH OF A KING to help reunite America. “DEATH OF A KING represents a narrative shift that’s not just about the normal discussion of left versus right and conservative versus liberal, but really a reset of our deepest values,” states Smiley. “Fifty years after King’s death, the issues of racism, poverty, and the inherent immorality of this nation’s unchecked militarism are more pressing than ever.  And if, as we relive these last excruciating months in his life, we are made to understand that his mission remains unfulfilled— that the causes for which he gave his life continue to demand the immediate attention of our hearts and minds—then the purpose of this production will be fulfilled.”

Joining Smiley will be renowned jazz pianist and composer, Marcus Roberts (the genius of modern piano)  performing original compositions, and Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon (A Raisin In The Sun, The Mountaintop, August Wilson’s Fences) who will serve as Creative Consultant for this production. Tickets for the Atlanta show, will go on sale on Friday, November 3, 2017, at 10am.

Click here to see the other cities where “Death Of A King” will play.

Photo Credit: DeathOfAKingTour.com

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Tim Story developing an HBO film about Harlem’s Stephanie St. Clair

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

DEADLINE is reporting that Tim Story is teaming up with Zero Gravity Management for a new HBO film about the life and times of Harlem mobster and numbers runner Stephanie St. Clair.

ca.1930 — Portrait of Mme. Stephanie St. Claire, 1930. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

The film will be based on the book, The World of Stephanie St. Clair: An Entrepreneur, Race Woman and Outlaw in the Early Twentieth Century Harlem by Shirley Stewart.

St. Clair, better known as Madame Queenie, was one of the most fascinating women of her time. She was a Caribbean-born immigrant that came to the U.S. with nothing and later built a criminal empire that featured a lottery system called, The Policy Bank. She was also an activist that spoke out about voting rights for African Americans and police brutality.

I remember seeing legendary TV and film actress—Cicely Tyson—portray her in the 90s hit film, “Hoodlum” and thought she was fabulous  and fierce. I later caught the TV One “Crime Files” episode on her life that gave me a deeper understanding of who she was and fell more in love with her persona. Last year, we reported that pop music icon Janet Jackson was teaming up with Tony-winning Broadway director Kenny Leon for a Lifetime movie about her.

I always thought St. Clair’s life would make a great television movie or big screen film. It definitely has all the elements needed for a great drama – money, sex, mystery and murder.

RC will definitely keep you posted as this story continues to develop.

Click here to watch TV One’s “Crime Files” episode on Stephanie St. Clair!

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RC attends the ATL Premiere of ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending and covering this weekend’s premiere of True Colors Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize winning dramedy, “Between Riverside and Crazy.” It’s currently playing now through August 6 at the Southwest Arts Center.


Ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington has had enough. His landlord won’t leave him alone, his wife re-cently passed away, and the liquor store can’t keep up with his thirst. Pops’ last living relative, his son Junior, has recently moved back to Pops’ house with his girlfriend, Lulu, and his newly-sober buddy, Oswaldo. With his heels dug into the floor of his rent-controlled Riverside Drive apartment, Pops holds onto old wounds — physical and emotional – while he sweats out the impending verdict on his lawsuit against the NYPD. Pressure reaches a boiling point when an ultimatum comes from an unlikely source, pinning Pops squarely “Between Riverside and Crazy.”


The show features iconic TV and film star Earl Billings as Pops along with Diany RodriguezKeith Arthur Bolden, Jerri Tubbs, Cristian Gonzalez, Andrew Benator and AnnaMaria Dvorak. This Atlanta performance is directed by TV and stage actor Eric J. Little.

“Between Riverside and Crazy” is a play that is absolutely necessary for the times and is serious as it is funny. It touches on a myriad of all too familiar “isms” such as racism and classism along with discrimination, police brutality against African-American men, family issues and death. While it is a show that everyone needs to see, it is not for those under the age of 18. There is a lot of adult language and some sexual situations. Please be advised!

Check out the photos below of the cast along with Kenny Leon and his True Colors Theatre Company staff. You can also listen to my #UPFRONT interview with Eric J. Little and Keith Arthur Bolden that took place over the weekend:

Keith Arthur Bolden + Eric J. Little + Byron Horne of the Horne Brothers

A beautiful painting of the High Priestess of Soul – NINA SIMONE 

TC’s former Managing Director Jenn McEwen +

TC’s Production Manager Lisa Watson 

Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington with Andrew Benator 

Eric J. Little with Jerri Tubbs 

Patrons enjoying food after the show

Michael Winn with Diany Rodriguez 

Atlanta TV and stage actress Tinashe Kajese-Bolden

A painting with the names of African-Americans killed by White police officers

Kenny Leon with former Managing Director Jenn McEwen and her husband

Click here for tickets and see you there!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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‘Spring Play Reading’ to feat. ‘The First Noel’ directed by Jasmine Guy

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon and his True Colors Theatre Company are gearing up for the “Annual Spring Play Reading Series” beginning Tuesday, June 6 through Friday, June 9 at the Southwest Arts Center.

The event is FREE and open to the public and features readings of works by professional actors before a live audience. According to the press release, the audience’s reaction for each show will help the company determine whether they will keep it for an upcoming season.  This year’s readings include Shoe, Noms de Guerre, Sender and The First Noel, which will be directed by TV, film and stage actress—Jasmine Guy.

Check out the full schedule below and click here to RSVP!

6/6 @ 7 PM: Shoe by Marisela Orta | Directed by Anthony Rodriguez

Marta had given up on life and future beyond her rural Texas mobile home in order to take care and provide for her family, mainly her manipulative mother. No one in her family ever left their home town or their mother’s reach. An unexpected gift of a computer opens a new world for Marta and the outside world, including a relationship. To complicate matters, Lleane her younger sister will do anything to escape their mother’s grasp -even at the cost of her relationship with her sister.

6/7 @ 7 PM: Noms de Guerre by Jacqueline E. Lawton | Directed by David de Vries

Noms de Guerre is a haunting, lyrical and passionate story of friendship, love, war, and politics Within Noms de Guerre we find a socio-political drama that addresses the ever-changing role of women and the damaging impact of PTSD on veterans and their family. Mira is a rising star political star, but her campaign puts her at odds with her best friend, Jude, an award-winning journalist. At home, Mira struggles to run a campaign for Governor and help her war hero husband, Douglas, adjust to civilian life. With a whirlwind of political intrigue Mira must decide whether to hold on to her career or save her husband.

6/8 @ 7 PM: Sender by Ike Holter | Directed by Melissa Foulger

It’s summertime in Chicago. A year after the supposed death, a man returns to his former life: alive, well and new perspective on what went wrong. An upfront miracle turns into everyone’s life upside down including former his former girlfriend. A new perspective on growing up and what it means or if it’s even desired in this day and age?

6/9 @ 7 PM: The First Noel by Lelund Thompson and Jason Michael Webb | Directed by Jasmine Guy and Musical Direction by Keith Williams

Set in 1980’s Harlem, The First Noel is a musical that follows three generations of a family forever changed by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time. Music includes a reimaging of the traditional holiday favorites in both Gospel and Pop styles.

Photo Credit: RayCornelius.com

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Samuel L. Jackson, Usher Raymond, Malik Yoba & More Attend Kenny Leon’s ‘Golf & Gala’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Oh, What a Night!

I had the pleasure of covering Tony Winning director Kenny Leon‘s “Celebrity Golf and Gala” on Saturday evening and I am still floating on cloud nine.  The invitation only event was the best one I’ve ever attended and was packed with stars from music, film, television and Broadway. The evening was held at Tony Conway‘s Flourish Atlanta in Buckhead and is one of Leon’s major fundraising events for his annual August Wilson Monologue Competition.

The program offers students from of all races and economic backgrounds access to free theatre education programs. Through the competition, students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to explore African American culture and history along with improving public speaking and reading comprehension skills. Participants in the AWMC are also offered free acting workshops to prepare for the competition and future mentoring opportunities. The program exponentially increases arts in education dollars for participating schools and builds the skills and confidence of the youth in the following participating cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New Haven, Buffalo, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bell Calloway, Cedric the Entertainer and Morgan Stanley’s Marilyn Booker

A record number of celebrities were in attendance this year including stage, TV and film icon Samuel L. Jackson, pop music superstar Usher Raymond, beloved comedian Cedric the Entertainer; actresses Vanessa Bell Calloway and Crystal Fox; media maven Tavis Smiley; actors Leon, Malik Yoba, Lamman Rucker, T.C. Carson and Flex Alexander.

Other famous faces included “Queen Sugar” stars Timon Kyle Durrett and Omar Dorsey; triple threat performer D. Woods (formerly of Danity Kane); HGTV star Egypt Sherrod; NBA legend Julius “Dr J” Erving; veteran stage and TV actors Glynn Turman and Eugene Lee plus rising actors Maurice Johnson, Michael Beasley and “BET’s The Quad” star E. Roger Mitchell.

The highlight of the evening was a performance of short scenes from August Wilson‘s classic play “The Piano Lesson” that was read by Leon, Jackson, Fox, Turman and Lee. Jackson played Boy Willie in the premiere of of the play in 1987 at Yale Repertory Theater and reprised his role last night much to the surprise of the audience.

It was followed by a riveting performance from Raven Pace, the First Place Finalist of the Atlanta Region of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Ending the night was special performance from Grammy winning entertainer and actress, Stephanie Mills, who blew everyone away with a jazz rendition of her iconic song, “Home” from the Broadway musical, The Wiz.

Check out all of the photos below:

True Color’s Executive Director Jenn McEwen with Blaque Book Concierge’s Renee Palmer

Kenny Leon, Jennifer Leon, Tony Conway and Holly Firfer

Malik Yoba having a moment with Usher Raymond

Stephanie Mills dancing with Crystal Fox

D. Woods showing off her new tattoo

Kenny Leon with Usher Raymond

“The Piano Lesson” Reading featuring Crystal Fox, Kenny Leon, Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Lee and Glynn Turman

Crystal Fox and Kenny Leon as Berniece and Lymon

Samuel L. Jackson as Boy Willie

Glynn Turman as Wining Boy

Eugene Lee as Doaker

Kenny Leon is never without his famous sneakers

Crystal Fox and Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson with Eugene Lee and Glynn Turman

Raven Pace performing an excerpt from “Seven Guitars”

Stephanie Mills performing “HOME” from The Wiz

Kenny Leon and Dr. J presenting Samuel L. Jackson with the “Kenny Cup” for being the biggest supporter of the Golf Tournament

D. Woods with E. Roger Mitchell, Omar Dorsey, Timon Kyle Durrett and Michael Beasley

Egypt Sherrod

Cedric the Entertainer with Georgia Power’s Charmaine Ward and Tavis Smiley

Flex Alexander with T.C. Carson

Kenny Leon with Crystal Fox and Vanessa Bell Calloway

Usher Raymond talking to Sherman Edmiston (Essie Green Galleries) about his new purchase “Daybreak in Alabama”

Leon with T.C. Carson

Samuel L. Jackson with Raven Pace

Malik Yoba and his date

“Greenleaf” stars Lamman Rucker & T.C. Carson

BronzeLens Film Festival’s Kathleen Bertrand with Samuel L. Jackson

Kenny Leon with Marsha Shackleford, Timon Kyle Durrett, Maurice Johnson and Omar Dorsey
T.C. Carson with Holly Firfer (President of True Colors Theatre Company Board of Directors), Jenn McEwen & Crystal Fox

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com