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   Dedicated to the Exploration and Preservation of the Theatrical Visions of the African Diaspora

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The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance
The online scholarly refereed journal of The Black Theatre Network 

Inaugural Edition - "Inception"   -  

COMING SOON: second issue, dedicated to the life and work of Amiri Baraka.
Amiri Baraka Photo: francesco truono/Creative Commons License,  adapted by Continuum Journal

Baraka revaluation appreciation


Continuum Journal logo2015 CALL FOR PAPERS

Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions - Prizes

Papers must be received no later than May 15, 2015


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usitt logo red 72USITT’s Gateway Project Seeks 12 Mentees for 2015

USITT’s Gateway Project is accepting nominations for students and young professionals from populations underrepresented in the theatre industry for a unique mentoring opportunity at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati next March.

USITT is offering free registration to its 2015 Annual Conference & Stage Expo and professional mentoring to aspiring theatre artists underrepresented in their fields.   READ MORE

Kemati Janice Porter Named Interim Executive Director of eta Creative Arts Foundation

CHICAGO (March 13, 2014) -- The Board of Directors of eta Creative Arts Foundation today announced that Kemati Janice Porter has been named Interim Executive Director at eta. The appointment follows the resignation of Phillip Thomas who helmed the 43 year old institution for three years. Kemati has been affiliated with eta since 1976, serving under the tutelage of founding members Abena Joan Brown and the late Okoro Harold Johnson.  READ MORE

 BTN President Michael Dinwiddie: “. . . At last, we’re beginning to accept theater that allows for many visions and many voices. Both as consumers and creators of American culture, we have truly arrived.”   in   Black History: 'Amazing times' on Broadway as African-American star power lights up shows on the Great White Way - New York Daily News

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Howard University Gallery of Art Presents ‘Reflections: African American Life’ from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection<<<

Howard University is pleased to announce Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection, an exhibition which honors the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans in the 20th century. Featuring more than 50 pieces from the collection of renowned costume designer and arts patron, Myrna Colley-Lee, Reflections tells a story of heritage, community, and place. Reflections is on view at Howard University Gallery of Art from Aug. 17 through Oct. 27. The Gallery, located in Childers Hall, is open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Afrocentric Theatre Barbara and Carlton Molette, describes a framework for interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating theatre that is based in Afrocentric culture and values. It updates and expands the Molettes’ ground-breaking book, Black Theatre: Premise and Presentation, that has been required reading in Black theatre courses for over twenty-five years.   To contact the authors, for further information, or to order the book:  (view book cover)

Selected Plays by Alice Childress Edited by Kathy A. Perkins.  As the first African American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York City (Gold Through the Trees, in 1952) and the first woman to win an Obie for Best Play (for Trouble in Mind, in 1956), Alice Childress occupies an important but surprisingly under-recognized place in American drama. . . . Read More

Theorizing Black Theatre: Art vs Protest in Critical Writings 1898 - 1965By Henry Miller.  Henry Miller brings the heart of a dramaturg over the role of Black Theatre--is it for the sake of building a set of aesthetically strong dramatic art . . . or for the sake of propagandizing a point of view? Read More

Say Word!  Voices from Hip Hop Theater.  An Anthology Edited and with an Introduction by Daniel Banks The phenomenon known as Hip Hop encompasses a global, multiethnic, grassroots culture committed to social justice and self-expression through performance. Hip Hop Theater emerged from that culture, mixing spoken-word performance with music and dance and marked by Hip Hop's strong sense of activism and resistance. . . Read More

Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 - by Koritha Mitchell.  Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890–1930 demonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Often available in periodicals, lynching plays were read aloud or acted out by black church members, schoolchildren, and families.e.. . . Read More


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Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam Might Not Appear In ‘Justice League’

Johnson will play the villain in Warner Bros. and DC's 'Shazam,' but he isn't likely to appear alongside Batman and Superman in 'Justice League.'

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NYC subway performers: We're being over-policed

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway acrobats, dancers and musicians on Tuesday decried what they said was heavy-handed policing, gathering outside City Hall to join critics of a police clampdown on minor offenses.

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Samuel L. Jackson Plays A President On The Run In ‘Big Game’—Watch The Clip

Samuel L. Jackson plays the President on the run from terrorists in the first preview of his next film "Big Game."

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Nicki Minaj On Her Part In 'The Other Woman': Just Getting 'My Feet Wet'

MC says she's already auditioning for other roles.
By Emily Blake

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