A Song for You, Lena: The Legendary Lena Horne

National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) shares the history, art, and culture of the African American experience and serves as a gathering place for the community.

Join us for one of our two benefit performances:

Gala Reception and Performance
A Song For You, Lena—
The Civil Rights Journey of a Negro Woman: Lena Calhoun Horne
Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus
Reception: 7 p.m. Performance 8 p.m.
Click here to learn more and reserve tickets

Matinee Performance
A Song For You, Lena—
The Civil Rights Journey of a Negro Woman: Lena Calhoun Horne
Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Ohio History Center in Columbus
3 p.m.
Click here to learn more and reserve tickets

Gala Sponsors:
Honda of America Mfg. Foundation
Friends of Art for Community Enrichment (F.A.C.E.)
Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Veda Nami
Crabbe, Brown, & James, LLP
Donna & Larry James
Sylvia Garrett Agency/Nationwide Insurance
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/OSU

Promoted by:
Black Chick Media, LLC


A Very Funny Lady: The Legendary Joan Rivers

Photo Credit Via www.breitbart.com

Photo Credit Via http://www.breitbart.com

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a woman that meant a lot to not only the funny women in the industry, but all of us that know what it means to laugh out loud. She did it first, and some would say the best, and for that, we are eternally grateful. If Joan taught us anything, it was how to be authentic, beautifully flawed and never apologetic for who and what we are.

Yes, the world is a little less funny without Joan. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.




Experiencing Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe is truly something that someone has to experience to fully understand. It is thousands of shows from people who believe in them with all their hearts. Most of the shows were created for the Fringe and all of them have the devotion of their creators who are more than likely also their performers, directors or producers. It is a place where someone’s crazy idea gets one month of stage time and can become something wonderful or flop, and it’s entirely on the performance to capture the attention of the audience.

I think the nature of this festival to include anyone and almost everyone with an idea leads to some pretty incredible performances and draws performers of all types. While I was there I saw the Neo-Futurists do thirty plays in sixty minutes and an immersive zombie experience and participated in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh (Kay-Lee).

And in this incredible festival of inclusion and ideas, there were an astonishing amount of female performers. One women comedy shows, all-female sketch groups and female performers were all over the flyers plastered on every wall and fence at the Fringe.

It was no surprise that these females existed in the world of performing arts. They are ever present and always available. But I felt that it was the first time that I didn’t have to look for them. I felt that it was the first time that a female stand-up wasn’t going to be introduced by the MC with “our first girl of the night” or any other distancing remark about her sexuality. It’s unfortunate that I was surprised by this, but amazing that it exists somewhere in the world even if it’s just for one month.

But more than just the pervasiveness of female performers, there wasn’t a palpable distance between any of the performers based on experience level. In my experience, experienced performers distance themselves from rising performers. The absence of this may be that all of these acts are relatively unknown. However, those who received acclaim during the festival were still grounded individuals that would happily to have a conversation about their work with anyone.

The success of your show at the Fringe is not guaranteed. It makes you throw off your securities and be open to any performance. Each show must prove itself every time it comes back to the Fringe.

If you don’t go to the Fringe because it is basically a summer camp for adults and you don’t go for the amazing theater (which you should). Go for the experience of feeling like one person pursuing an incredible dream with thousands of others and all being equal for one month.

Find out how to get involved next year here.


chelsea weaver.