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B2: Hotlist! #65

Greetings Community,

What a crazy few weeks it’s been.  All good with work but I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath I’m glad to say.  

So Tony Season is upon us and there are lot’s of events and shows to see.  I hope you’ve selected your favorites.  As many of you may know we normally throw a large Tony Award Viewing event but with the number of projects we have been working on we just didn’t feel we had the time.  Yet here I am announcing that we will in fact be having an intimate viewing party at Billie’s Black in the Heart of Harlem on Sunday, June 10th, 2012.  There is NO COVER CHARGE just show up and let’s enjoy the show.  Oh did I mention that I created a signature cocktail for the evening…it’s called…”The Porgy & Bess”…you don’t want to miss that.

Also we are producing an All Male Vocalist show singing the music of the iconic Phyllis Hyman on Thur. June 28th, 2012 again at Billie’s Black.  I would recommend making reservations for both shows in advance, Billie’s is an intimate venue and fills up fast.

Finally we are producing a reunion show that my business partner created 20 years ago in Los Angeles.  So yes Black 2: Broadway is traveling to L.A. to present “Sean Hollingsworth’s Singer’s L.A.” on Thur. July 5th, 2012.

Those are just some of the projects we have been working on.  Now you understand why it’s been such a crazy few weeks.  I do want to point out that it hasn’t been all work and no play.  We’d like to send a special thank you again to Ruth J. Morrison and What’s The 411? for bestowing upon Sean and I their Vanguard Award for our work on and off the Broadway Stage supporting performers of Color.  It was truly an honor and thank you just doesn’t seem enough.  

That’s it for now, enjoy the latest B2: Hotlist, make your reservations early and we’ll see you all behind the lights.

As Always,



BILLIE’S BLACKI call Billie’s Black my living room because you can find me here literally every week…lol…the food is amazing, the staff is great and it feels like home.  This will be the spot for our 2012 Tony Award Viewing Party.  They have everything from catfish, barbeque wings to mac & cheese and red velvet cake.   There is definitely something for everyone so bring your appetite.  
THE PORGY & BESSWith so many nominations this year for us which of course we are thrilled about, we thought let’s create a signature cocktail for the evening.  So I came up with The Porgy & Bess.  Now remember I came up with this cocktail, so warning,  only the real grown folks step up….lol.  This is going to be a fun laid back time.  Just us and the Tony Awards.  Great food, great cocktails great friends and lots of laughs.  Hope you can join us.


Storytellers…A Master Class Presents:

Men of Storytellers Sing Phyllis Hyman

As part of the 6th Anniversary of Billie’s Black (http://www.billiesblack.com) in the heart of Harlem and the second season of “Storytellers…A Master Class”, 12 of NYC finest male vocalist take on the iconic Phyllis Hyman in a musical homage.

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 8:00PM


$20.00 In Advance


$25.00 At Door Day Of





If you haven’t seen the Star Studded production of  Tennessee Williams “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway, there is still time and trust me you will want to check it out for yourself.  With an amazing cast starring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wood Harris  and a Black 2: Broadway favorite and supporter Jacinto  Taras Riddick this production gives you that perfect Broadway experience.    Don’t wait get your tickets now…..

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Something Positive

Ancestral Chants:

Celebrating Cheryl Byron, Pearl Primus
& Nina Simone
This annual tribute concert celebrates the lives and legacies of three stalwarts of African American and African Caribbean Culture: Pearl Primus, Nina Simone and the founder of Something Positive, Cheryl Byron. Works include Michael Manswell’s Sweet Nina Suitehonoring Nina Simone, Pearl Primus’ The Wedding in celebration of her legacy, and Cheryl Byron’s signature choreographic work, Ancestral Chant.
Something Positive Presents: Cocktails & Conversations
A Fundraising Reception 6PM to 7:30PM

Hosted by author Akoshia Yoba and James Briggs-Murray. Special guests include Calypso King of the World The Mighty Sparrow and New York State Senator Kevin Parker. Music provided by the Nyasha Rhoden Steel Pan Quartet and DJ Keith. This reception introduces the Cheryl Byron Spirit Award. Recipients – Hazrah Ali, Gail Yvette-Davis, Charmaine Gumbs.   

$30- Performance Only
$100- Performance and Reception

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Show Time: 8pm
Kumble Theater Box Office:
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
LIU- Brooklyn
On Flatbush Ave. between DeKalb Ave. & Willoughby St.


IMAGENATION OUTDOORS kicks off with Talib Kweli & Brooklyn Boheme on Sunday, June 10th

A few of the stars in BROOKLYN BOHEME.
Talib Kweli

Join ImageNation at Von King Park SummerStage for a special screening ofBrooklyn Boheme followed by a Q & A with co-director Nelson George. The film will be preceded by hip-hop artist Talib Kweli, who hails from Brooklyn, NY. Kweli has worked with fellow luminaries such as Kanye West, Dead Prez, and The Neptunes. The mixing of his socially-conscious lyrics and insidious beats reflect his cutting-edge creativity.

When: Sunday, June 10th, 7pm
Where: Herbert Von King Park, Lafayette Ave & Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Admission: Free!

Click here for a complete line-up of our outdoor film and music series, and join theFacebook event!


SOUTH AFRICA REMIXED – Saturday, June 16th at the Schomburg Center

With special remarks by South Africa’s Consul General George Monyemangene, South Africa Remixed celebrates June 16th (South African Youth Day) and will feature a live drum and bass set by South African Music Award Winner, Nomsa Mazwai. South Africa Remixed is an electric evening of live music, amazing short films and discussion. This vibrant program gives a glimpse into the new South Africa and its emerging subcultures, remembers the sacrifices South African youth made to dismantle apartheid, and examines the future for South Africa’s next generation.When: Saturday, June 16th, 6:30pm
Where: Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037
Admission: Free! RSVP here.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 16 (FREE). 12:00noon-6:00PM
The Cooperative Culture Collective in patrnership with Urban Bush Women Present…
The 12th Annual Fort Greene Brooklyn Juneteenth Arts Festival @ Cuyler Gore Park – C train to Lafayette Stop in Brooklyn
Host: CHARLES REESE ( This is my 6th Year Hosting)

John Jay College (Manhattan). 7:00 PM
Project1Voice Presents A Stage Reading of James Baldwin’s THE AMEN CORNER with Tony Winners: Lillias White, Adriane Lenox & Chuck Cooper. Tickets are $25 & $50. Visit: WWW.PROJECT1VOICE.ORG. TICKETS ARE GOING FAST! I am honored to be a Founding Partner/Consultant with this amazing cultural project which raises awareness and funds to preserve African American Theatres throughout the USA.

With that being said, please check out my recent YouTube link below for highlights from my James Baldwin Literary Performance Book Salon Project. Join me on facebook for updates at www.facebook.com/TheCharlesReeseExp.

As always you can pick up your copy of the newly published playbook by visiting: WWW.JAMESBALDWINASOULONFIRE.COM.  The playbook has a foreword by DAVID LEEMING (Baldwin’s Biographer) and an afterword by Tony Award Nominee & Original Cast Member, FORREST MCCLENDON.


Lillias White, Chuck Cooper and Adriane Lenox Will Star in Benefit Reading of The Amen Corner

Project1Voice, a New York-based nonprofit service organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacies of African American theatres and playwrights, will present a benefit staged reading of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner June 18 at 7 PM in the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Part of P1V’s 2nd Annual 1 Voice, 1 Play, 1 Day, which will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the playwright’s passing, the evening will be hosted by 2012 Tony nominee Norm Lewis.

Walter Dallas will direct a cast that includes Tony winners Chuck Cooper,Lillias White and Adriane Lenox as well as Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hope Clark, Harriett D. Foy, Elain Graham, Ron Cephas Jones, Christopher Lane, Camilla Nichols, Patrick L. Riley, Jeffery V. Thompson, Flo Wiley and Cheryl Wills. The singing actors who will raise their voices in song under the supervision of Cary Gant are LaRita Gaskins, Kimberly JaJuan, Leonard Joseph, Monroe Kent III, Nillleili DaMone, Danette Sheppard-Vaughn and Virginia Ann Woodruff.

The National Alliance of Black Interpreters (NAOBI), New York City Chapter, will provide American Sign Language interpretation for the evening.

Set in 1950s Harlem, The Amen Corner, press notes state, is the “story of Pastor Margaret Alexander (Lillias White), a woman who insists on living a purely religious life. Her hypocrisy is exposed and her relationships with her son David (Christopher Lane) and her congregation are threatened with the arrival of her long-estranged husband Luke (Ron Cephas Jones).”Proceeds from the event will benefit the following New York theatres: American Performing Arts Collaborative, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, National Black Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre, New Heritage Theatre Group, New Professional Theatre and Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art.“1Voice 1Play 1Day is a national day of celebration that not only honors the late great playwright, James Baldwin’s seminal work. It also seeks to highlight the African-American theatre companies that are struggling for their very existence,” Project1Voice founder Erich McMillan-McCall said in a statement. “It is imperative that our community sparks renewed interest in the art, the artists and the organizations which nurture them. Project1Voice is proud to take on the challenge of trumpeting our artistic resources so that they can sustain themselves now and into the future.”Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College is located at 524 West 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues). For tickets, priced $15-$50, visit http://www.project1voice.org or call (631) 464-7421.By Andrew Gans
05 Jun 2012



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