The famed orchestra is one of the nation’s oldest contemporary majority African-American community orchestras; its mission is to showcase Black artists and composers while setting an example to the Black community that orchestras can include people that look like them
DALLAS – The African American Museum, Dallas (AAM) will present An Evening with Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra of Houston on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 5 p.m. at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, 1309 Canton St. in Dallas. The orchestra’s sixth Dallas appearance is in memory of revered musician, accompanist and educator Billie K. Roberts. Sponsored by the African American Museum’s Friends of Music, the event benefits the Youth Programs of the AAM. Tickets – $15 and up with a limited number of VIP tickets at $75 each – are available at the Museum and Ticketmaster.com.
Honorary co-chairs are Dean Hill, retired Dallas ISD band director, and Gloria King, retired Dallas ISD educator. The event chair is Dr. Vivian Bradley Johnson, senior vice president of clinical services for Parkland Health.
Jowanda E. Jordan Festival of Negro Spirituals, formerly Kwei-Kwei Festival of Negro Spirituals and originally named and chaired by the late Jowanda E. Jordan, will be held April 23 at 3 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, located at 3300 Mockingbird Lane.
Jordan was a charter member of the Dallas Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians Inc. organized in 1985, now known as the Dallas Metroplex Musicians’ Association. In 2015, the music association unanimously elected to rename the festival.
McColm Cephas Jr. spent three months in Greece filming the movie about the NBA superstar last summer.
Former Little Elm child actor McColm Cephas Jr. is building quite the resume since moving to Los Angeles with his family four years ago.
The 12-year-old appears in Michael Bay’s Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He also plays the young “Greek Freak” in Rise, a forthcoming Disney+ biopic about NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
McColm is the son of a former professional soccer player from Liberia. He says his mom “played a huge part” in helping him score his latest role.
McColm’s credits also include the CW Network’s All American, where he plays Young Billy. He also appears on FX’s Snowfall, and in a new show for Netflix called On The Verge, according to IMDb.
Monologues, short plays and a panel discussion about COVID-19 vaccines will take center stage.
After the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines, Ayvaunn Penn noticed the stream of misinformation swirling around online.
The theater instructor at Texas Christian University was interested in the gap between where medical professionals and the general public were getting their information. Over the summer, she got the idea to try to bring those perspectives together in the theater.
“It just occurred to me, why not use my profession, what I know and love, what people like to gather around — and that’s stories — to help share accurate information,” Penn said. “And also using theater to help everyone’s voice be heard. Because ultimately, when people take to social media, when they talk with their friends, their families, they want to be heard.”