November 2014 | Legacy Arts Newsletter

8th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards Production Recap.
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We would like to give thanks to the many, many people who contributed to this momentous event.

Erin Perry—Executive Director
Kineen Dillard—Admin. Assistant
Michele Betts/Production at it Betts—Production Director
Chrisala Brown, Amir Rashid—Creative Consultants
David Edmunds—Marketing Design
Umoja African Arts Company
Cheryl El Walker—Costuming/Make Up
Frankie Harris—Set Decoration
Michael Cupid & Co.—Stage Design
Nazura Asaseyeduru—Fundraising/Outreach
Bekezela Mguni—PR, Flowers for Black Girls
Nowe Productions—Videography
Gail Manker—Photography
Angel Perry—Restaurant Management
Ujamaa Caterers—Food
HearCorp—Sound and Light Design
Blues Band
Jay Donaldson
Larry Estes
Ronald Wingfield

Ashley Ford, Daynera Lovings, Imani Houston, Natasha and Jade Franklin
Anna Jean—Karla Payne
Band Manager/Drummer 1—Nick Spivey
Big Mable—Celeste Houston
Bouncer—Charles Timbers
Griot—Amir Rashid
Hapi—Henry Gaston
Hostess Betty Jean—Patricia Ford
Isaac– Jonathan Berry
Janie Smith– LaKeisha Wolf
June Bug—Saihou Njie
Lady– Keira Haywood
Miss Helen– Victoria Bey
Moonshine—Corey Lankford
Naomi—Lea Blumenfeld
Odessa—Danielle Howard
Rosalee—Erin Perry
Ruthie—Delana Flowers
Juke Joint Entertainment
Josephine Cook—Chrisala Brown
Drummer 2—Anthony Mitchell
Drummer 3—Dante Mitchell
Singers—Belove Sanaa
                Jacquea Mae




8th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards was a success!

Taking place on November 15, 2014, the Keepers of the Flame Awards production was held at the Homewood Colisuem. This years awardees included, Helen Baynes, Poogie Bell, Chico Butler, Dr.James & Pam Johnson, Dr.Joyce Meggerson-Moore and William "Oba" Wells. 

Helen's Juke Joint!

This year's production took a trip down memory lane as it recreated a 40s style juke joint that included an esemble cast of actors and performers. The show featured dance, drama and musical performaces all of which encompassed the honoring of the awardees.
"This was the most unique award show i've ever been to." said Chris Moore.
The show was developed around the idea of infusing the presentation of the awards into the actual production. Through the collaborations efforts of Legacy Arts Project members and Michele Betts, the original work culminated in a ground breaking performance with local artists having the opprtunity to perform in front of a packed house of 200 people. Designed to be interactive, performers mingled with the audience, encouraging them to feel comfortable and dance when the show called for it. Many have asked, "What's next?" for Legacy. Please stay tuned, as we will keep you posted.


Thank You!

This production reflected the aspects of a unified community, within and outside of the arts. Nine youth from Homewood and other surrounding neighborhoods served as wait staff at the event. Local businesses provided support by way of finacial contributions. With a cast and crew of more than 40 people, ranging in age from 5 to 85, the production reflected the diversity of the African-American community. This event highlighted the principle of Sankofa, of going back to remember what we have forgotten, and to bringing it forward so that we can build for the future. 
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