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On behalf of the AfroSolo Family, thank you very much for making the first part of our 20th Anniversary Season a huge success. We hit a high-mark of creative inspiration with our "Sneak Preview" dramatic performances and the free outdoor concert dedicated to Paul Robeson and Negro Spirituals. Our Community Health Fair in collaboration with MoMagic's backpack give away, once again served the health and social welfare needs of hundreds in the community.
We are now putting the finishing touches on our Black Voices Series: Our Voices, Our Lives! performances, taking place September 19th-28th, and Project Empowerment Initiative: The Audacity to Succeed: Young Black Men and Boys Soaring Into The Future, with its kick-off forum on September 27th.
The Black Voices performances portray resilience, heritage, struggle and ancestral bonds. The remarkable artists include: Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson who chronicles her courageous, often with humor, battle with cancer to physical well being; Lance Burton, who recounts his early years in Little Rock, his family's move to San Francisco, and his plans for the future; Tarika Lewis, who gives an account her life as the first woman in the Black Panther Party; and Kurt (DJ Lamont) Young, who explores the last visit with his father's father.
Our Project Empowerment Initiative evolved from a desire to inspire, uplift and motivate young Black men and boys to successfully transcend youth into adulthood. On Sept 27th we will host a conference to help accomplish our goal.
In addition, we will solicit and publish an anthology of letters entitled Lighting up the Future: Letters From Black Men to Young Black Men and Boys. We plan to make copies of the anthology available free to community based organizations that serve our youth.
We look forward to your attendance and continued support in making the rest of our 20th Anniversary a phenomenal success.
See you at the Festival!
Thomas Robert Simpson
Executive and Artistic Director