Issue 18

Article titled Purlie (1981)

Purlie (1981)

Purlie is set at the beginning of the civil rights movement when segregation was still practiced in the American South.  Reverend Purlie Victorious Johnson (Robert Guillaume) experiences conditions that are akin to slavery throughout his trave... Continue Reading
Article titled Cindy (1978)

Cindy (1978)

Cindy is an urban adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.  Opening in a rural town in South Carolina, 1943, the plot quickly is centered in the Harlem community of New York City.  The main character is a naïve, bright and kind ... Continue Reading
Article titled National Black Theatre

National Black Theatre

Located in the center of the Harlem community at 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way (also known as Fifth Avenue), the National Black Theatre (NBT) was founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1968.  The 64,000 square foot Black arts theatre complex ... Continue Reading
Article titled Negro Ensemble Company

Negro Ensemble Company

Founded in 1967, the concept of the Negro Ensemble Company originated in 1964 while actor Robert Hooks was teaching an acting workshop for youth in the inner city.  Modeled after The Group Theatre started by Harold Clurman, one of the most inf... Continue Reading
Article titled Lloyd Richards

Lloyd Richards

Lloyd George Richards was born in Toronto, Canada on June 29, 1919.  When he was four years old, his family moved to Detroit, Michigan in order to attain a better life.  His father, who hailed from Jamaica, was a follower of Black nationa... Continue Reading
Article titled Vinnette Carroll

Vinnette Carroll

Vinnette Justine Carroll was born in New York City, New York to Edgar Edgerton and Florence (née Morris) Carroll on March 11, 1922.  At the age of three years old, her family moved to Jamaica, where they spent much of her youth.  Her par... Continue Reading