At the Theatre: Front Porch Society plays at the Ensemble

  By Dorris Ellis The Houston Sun Front Porch Society is now playing at the Ensemble Theatre through June 4. Setting in a delta county of Quittman, Mississippi in the city of Marks, seven families come-and-go to the front porches of two delta homes where ladies ages 95-50s bring the world to the audience. The…

Keith Sweat returns for limited engagement at the Flamingo

Tickets to “Keith Sweat: Last Forever” July 5 – 22 to go on sale Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m. PT (Black PR Wire) Las Vegas – After his successful debut in January, Keith Sweat announced he will return for an additional run of his limited engagement, “Keith Sweat: Last Forever,” in the Donny &…

Mirror of life awards set for Deluxe Theater

    The People’s Workshop in collaborative partnership with the TSU Department of Music presents the 2017 MOLA Awards, formerly known at the Sammy Awards. The event will be held on March 11, 7:30 p.m. at the the Deluxe Theater¸ 3303 Lyons Avenue near downtown Houston. In Grammy fashion, award winners have already been assessed…

Juneteenth 2016 Pageant

It was gathering of splendor and pageantry as girls and boys from area Houston schools showcased their talents in hopes of being crowned Miss and Mr. Juneteenth 2016 at the 8th Annual Mildred Johnson Miss Juneteenth Pageant presented by Friends of Emancipation Park and held at Trinity United Methodist Church. A total of 18 contestants…

Houston Theater Opens New Lineup For Anniversary

Applause was the appropriate reaction in Houston’s Ensemble Theater as it held the Dawn of The Decade 40-year anniversary press conference for the lineup of this year’s performances. Within the city lies an instrumental one-story building which holds a mission: to preserve African American artistic expression; to enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Eileen…

Amber Cloud, Self-Made Musician

Developed as a Self-Help for African People through Education, or (S.H.A.P.E.), this particular community center at Live Oak Street in Houston has continued over 47-years-of-existence with hard-working staff members and volunteers. One of the new standouts of this center is Amber Cloud, who realized at a very young age that music was for her. “I started…

Carnival Freedom celebrates military families

  Carnival Cruise Line threw out its cupid arrow on Valentine’s Day to more than 800 hundred military families aboard its newly renovated Carnival Freedom while welcoming the charming vessel to its new year-round homeport of Galveston, TX. Through the partnership with Operation Homefront, Carnival treated the service families to meals, entertainment and overnight accommodations. …

Hometown fame composer Jason Moran “Holed Up” in Houston

If you have seen the critically acclaimed movie, Selma, then you know that the sound track is equally compelling as the film.  The arranger of the powerful sound track is composer jazz pianist and native Houstonian Jason Moran.  The songs “Bloody Sunday”, “Final Speech” and “Cager Lee” are actually performed by the musical prodigy.            …

photos by C. Allen Media

Behind the Lens: Common Interview

    On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Houston was blessed to have one of Hip Hop’s biggest MCs grace the Warehouse Live stage for his “Nobody’s Smiling Tour”.  For this ambitious photojournalist, covering a Common concert was a dream come true.  I could not believe that after the show publicist Sarni Jaye would personally escort…

Legendary Jazz pianist and composer, Joe Sample dead at 75

Pianist and composer Joe Sample has died. He was 75. Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told the Associated Press on Saturday. Rains said Sample’s family was at his bedside. Sample was a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz…