*Loni Love (“The Real”) hosted the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards, held recently at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where artistic creativity was honored with a red carpeted event.
Aside from awarding actors, actresses, directors, costumes designers, choreographers, producers, lighting technicians, stage designers, sound engineers and playwrights of the theatrical arena the NAACP Theatre Awards gave special honors to Academy Award winner Viola Davis (The Help), Lillias White (Hercules), Condola Rashad (“Sex in the City”) and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Jr.
Presenters of the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards included Primetime Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”), Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit), James Pickens, Jr. (“Greys Anatomy”), Raven-Symone (College Road Trip), Golden Globe Award nominated Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Julius Tennon (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice). Nominees included Choreographers Sergio Trujillo for “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and Joyce Guy for “Les Blancs;” Music Directors Jaret Landon for “Born for This” and Giovanni Adams for “Love is a Dirty Word;” Lead Female Actresses Phylicia Rashad for “Head of Passes” and Kacie Rogers for “An Accident;” Lead Actors Arthur Richardson for “Driving Miss Daisy” and Joshua Wolf Coleman for “Transitions” and Directors Luis Valdez for “Zoot Suit” and Gina Belafonte for “Lyrics from Lockdown.”
“It’s a Hip-Hop Spoken Word musical about mass incarceration and mistaken identity,” said Gina Belafonte about her nomination for directing “Lyrics from Lockdown.”
When I asked Kacie Rogers about the role she was nominated for in “An Accident” she said, “I was playing a woman who was paralyzed so I was in the bed most of it. I was only able to move in her mental state. So really studying what’s that’s like and the feelings of anxiety trapped in your own body, that was a really challenging because I wanted to do it justice.”
The challenges of choreography in the theatre were the topic of my talk with Joyce Guy (Lorraine Hansberry’s “Les Blancs”), she said, “How do I incorporate dancers from Ghana, Mali and Songhai – all the places I had to dance into the choreography. It’s like it’s something fresh and something new that their village would be doing. So that was a challenge but also we had a cast of like 20 actors and it was like putting movement into all those actors. So I enjoyed working on this movie so much.” www.NAACPTheatreAwards.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), into its 20th year, held in Baltimore Saturday April 20, 2019 in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times and in Los Angeles Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Los Angeles Convention Center (511) offering Entertainment Business Panel and a Talent Showcase and Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes. Celebrating 20 years! Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more info or to participate as a panelist or talent.