December 4, 1999
Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu and Vanessa Bell Calloway will host a music-filled fund-raiser Sunday for the Jenesse Center, a women's and children's domestic violence shelter in South-Central Los Angeles. "Cafe Soul" begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Conga Room, 5364 Wilshire Blvd. The three hosts will perform along with R&B stars Ronnie Laws, Angela Bofill and Jon B. Tickets are $35 at the door. Information: (323) 938-2414.
October 25, 2012 |
"The Last Fall" is a modest, well-performed drama that asks, "What happens when a professional football player can no longer play football?" If, like the film's Kyle Bishop (a solid Lance Gross), he's a young, less-sought-after athlete short on savings, direction or career options, the situation can prove particularly crushing. But as they say, you can go home again, which is what Kyle, an undrafted free agent, does after being cut from his most recent team. Kyle's return to L.A., however, is a mixed bag: His divorced mother (Vanessa Bell Calloway)
March 4, 1999
Vanessa Bell-Calloway and Glynn Turman, known for their work in stage, film and TV, will perform a staged reading of Gus Edwards' romantic play "Louie and Ophelia," at the Lucy Florence Coffee House in Hollywood on March 14, 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. The fund-raising event launches the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Cabaret, a Sunday matinee series featuring plays by black playwrights, beginning with classic works from the noted Negro Ensemble Company.
August 1, 1992 |
When comedian Robin Harris died of a heart attack two years ago at age 36, he left behind a CD recording of a live performance in which he played himself, stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park. Harris' "Bebe's Kids" (citywide), based on that tale, has now become the first animated theatrical feature with exclusively African-American characters as principals.
May 4, 2000 |
"I thought I could step right into a ready-made family," sighs Louie, a 48-year-old cook contemplating his turbulent romance with Ophelia, an outspoken divorced mother of two. "It isn't that easy." No, it isn't. And among the many virtues of Gus Edwards' charming two-character comedy, "Louie and Ophelia," is the fact that it honors that complexity through its thoughtful insights into contemporary relationships.
March 14, 1995 |
So rarely do African American characters gain access to prime-time drama series that their mere presence in one has you uncorking champagne. So here's toasting the CBS newcomer "Under One Roof," at the very least for creating a fissure in this near wall of whiteness.