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Brooklyn, NY 11217
A celebratory night to benefit 651 ARTS honoring three incredible women-of-color executives in the arts: Patricia Cruz (Executive Director, Harlem Stage), Sade Lythcott (Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre) and Roberta Uno (Director, Arts in a Changing America) with performances by Amel Larrieux and Kris Bowers. Hosted by Jodine Dorcé. Come dressed in your party best for a reception, honoree presentation, performance and party with DJ Run P.!
6pm - VIP Reception
7pm - Program & Performance
For additional information contact the 651 ARTS offices at 718-304-1045. For sponsorship opportunities, email sponsorship@651ARTS.org or call 718-304-1046.
Patricia Cruz began her term as Executive Director of Harlem Stage in 1998. Ms. Cruz is a member of the Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing Board Development, long range planning, fundraising and program development. The highlight of her tenure has been the renovation of the Gatehouse for use as Harlem Stage’s new home. Cruz serves on the board of The Urban Assembly and the CalArts Board of Overseers. She is a past Board Member of The Andy Warhol Foundation. She is also past president of The New York Foundation for the Arts and ArtTable.
Sade Lythcott, CEO of The National Black Theatre, is the daughter of the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, founder of the National Black Theater and legendary champion of African-American arts & culture. Sade is the Chair of the Coalitions of Theaters of Color representing the oldest theaters of color in New York State. Sade has performed with several Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater companies, including appearances as Gail in Ron Milner’s Urban Transition: Loose Blossom at the New Federal Theater directed by Woodie King, Jr., and as Dorothy Dandridge in Dorothy Dandridge: Before, After & Now, directed by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. In 2012 Lythcott wrote & produced the highly acclaimed musical A Time To Love, garnering three AUDELCO nominations and the Key to Harlem for her Excellence in the Arts. Prior to joining the world of theater Sade enjoyed a successful career as a television producer—associate producing MTV’s flagship show Total Request Live (TRL). Sade currently remains a fashion journalist, designer and stylist. Her styling clients include Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Beyonce Knowles, Solange Knowles, Katie Holmes, Jamie Fox and Mos Def. Born and raised in Harlem, Sade received her BA in Art History from New York University.
Roberta Uno is the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics, aesthetics, arts practices and social justice, based at the California Institute of the Arts. Prior to that, she was the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation, leading initiatives in the United States on equitable arts space development, changing demographics, and infrastructure support for artists. Her Future Aesthetics initiative forwarded Hip Hop as a cultural and organizing platform. From 1979-2002, she was the founder and Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater at the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Professor of Directing and Dramaturgy. New WORLD Theater earned a national and international reputation as a visionary cultural institution dedicated to works by artists of color. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, her numerous directing credits include a range of playwrights works including: The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang, Clothes by Chitra Divakaruni, Unmerciful Good Fortune by Edwin Sanchez, Blues for Mr. Charlie by James Baldwin, the bodies between us by thuy le, Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage, Stop Kiss by Diana Son, Sneaky by William Robe, and Sheila’s Day by Duma Ndlovu. As a director and dramaturge, she has spanned generations and genre working with James Baldwin, Horace Clarence Boyer, Pearl Primus, Alice Childress, Sekou Sundiata, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Keo Woolford, Crystal Truscott and others. She has led devised processes to create new work and is currently directing and co-writing the musical Bone Hill, composed and co-written by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby. Her publications include The Color Of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance, UK: Continuum Press, 2002; and,Unbroken Thread: Plays by Asian American Women, Amherst: UMass Press, 1993. She is the editor of new editions in 2015 of Monologues for Actors of Color: Women and Monologues for Actors of Color: Men, UK: Routledge.
Ice Cream Everyday (Blisslife Records), Amel’s fourth solo album, was released in 2013. An urban chanteuse by birth, Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village “artists building” in New York City, her parents exposing her early to a community of artists and artistic experiences that would mold her eclectic sensibilities. At the age of 18, sure that she wanted to express herself musically, Amel wrote and demoed a song, which led to her pairing with Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove Theory. As lead vocalist and co-writer for the group, she enjoyed success with Tell Me, which broke the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on the R&B charts before being certified gold in October 1995. Released in April 2006, Morning (Blisslife Records) was Amel’s third solo album. She used it as an opportunity to explore the endless range of promise and potential—as well as the disappointments—in being human. Weary, the first single from this album, was inspired by a friend’s experience and was composed for independent people who long for someone with whom they can share life’s trials and tribulations. Flying high with a Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy nomination for her work on Stanley Clarke’s Where is The Love, Amel Larrieux stretched her wings in Bravebird (Blisslife Records), her second solo work that was released in 2004, rising courageously into atmosphere untouched by her contemporaries. The ballad For Real pulses with the beat of early Prince, offering a classic, unabashed ode to the human heart. In Bravebird, Amel mourns female circumcision by describing a fearless victim who fled her native Somalia for the U.S. In her solo debut in 2000, Infinite Possibilities (Epic Records), Amel fuses a range of genres - R&B, soul, hip-hop, jazz and folk, with flashes of Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian styles. Its single Get Up is an ode to working people that became a modern anthem and magnet for the growing legion of Amel’s fans. Amel has contributed to film soundtracks, writing and singing in such films as Barbershop, Love Jones, Down To Earth, Sunset Park, Takers, and Why Did I Get Married. Equal to Amel’s vocal and writing talent is her alluring beauty and eclectic style. She has been spotlighted as a style maven in Essence, Honey, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Lucky Magazine, Trace, The Fader and other magazines and was also featured in the Coach anniversary print campaign. More recently her vocal talent and beauty have been central to Coca-Cola’s “Keep It Real” campaign in television, radio and print ads. She is also a trained dancer and a dedicated yoga enthusiast. She is happily married to manager, producer and musical collaborator Laru Larrieux and they are the proud parents of two girls, Sanji-Rei and Sky.
Pianist and composer Kris Bowers makes genre-bending jazz that touches upon contemporary R&B, electronica, and forward-thinking modal improvisation. Born in Los Angeles, California in 1989, Bowers grew up listening to his parents classic soul records and hip-hop before falling under the spell of jazz, classical music, and film scores. He studied classical piano and jazz while attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and performed in numerous festivals while still a teenager. After high school, Bowers earned both undergraduate and Master’s degrees in jazz performance from Juilliard. It was there that Bowers began making a name for himself as a formidable jazz musician and he found regular work gigging around New York City. In 2011, Bowers won first place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. That same year, he showcased his versatility by appearing on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, Watch the Throne. In 2014, Bowers released his experimental jazz, R&B, and electronic-influenced debut album Heroes + Misfits on Concord.
New York native, Run P., is a seasoned DJ who’s been spinning since the age of 11. As someone who’s shared the stage with the likes of Miguel, Erykah Badu, Sango, and Nas at SXSW, A3C, and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Run’s exposed numerous crowds to his standout mixing and invigorating selection.
What resolutely separates Run P. from the super crowded cesspool of the music industry’s latest gimmick of the minute, the DJ, is the experience…your experience, his experience…the experience. He values the legacy of the DJ, never exploiting the craft for profit. He understands the audience; any audience; every audience—capable of taking any crowd in any direction. Whether it’s with high profile clients at New York Fashion Week and Grand Central or in more intimate clubs and concerts, Run P. is guaranteed to ensure that showmanship, style, and THE experience are paramount.
With a keen eye for raw talent and a savvy marketing instinct, no one knows the progressive lifestyle and its influences around the world better than Jodine Dorcé. The Miami native has been discovering, branding and promoting arts, music and culture for over a decade, ultimately catapulting underground musicians into stardom. Having an impressive career as an award-winning event marketing manager for the Arts, Entertainment and Consumer Product industries, her achievements include developing, packaging and promoting products for Disney, creating innovative trends on how to sell it to target audiences, producing event marketing programs for ESSENCE Festival as well as having significant success in branding Red Bull as a staple in the Atlanta cultural scene.
Dorcé has also produced and served as an on-air personality for various television shows such as Capital Jazz TV, Beehive FM, What’s Happenin’ TV, and several others. She is currently hosting Apollo Music Cafe in New York that spotlights progressive music artists and can be found hosting events throughout the city that empowers women and brings awareness to her beloved country, Haiti.
You can find Jodine’s Webisodes on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/ jodinescorner or on Facebook at facebook.com/jodinescorner.
Jessica Lynne and DéLana R.A. Dameron reflect on ways they make a home, creatively, wherever they are.