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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Sir Sidney Poitier – A Legendary Symbol of Dignity and Diplomacy

Sir Sidney Poitier – A Legendary Symbol of Dignity and Diplomacy

On Sunday, Chiwetel Ejiofor has the opportunity to make history as the first Black British actor to be named Best Actor at the Academy Awards. He is the first Black British actor to be nominated for the honor at all. Though Ejiofor faces formidable competition, he is considered by many to be a favorite to win the [...]

February 28, 2014 Brian C Scott Culturocity Celebrates 0

The Four People You Meet at Urban Roots: Last Friday Edition

The Four People You Meet at Urban Roots: Last Friday Edition

Last Friday, after a long, stressful work week, my fiancé Jamie and I decided to head to Urban Roots, one of our favorite places to chill, to listen to our favorite artists, Adam & Kizzie. Any live show featuring Adam & Kizzie is sure to be enjoyable. Their intimate renditions of songs from their album, [...]

February 25, 2014 Brian C Scott Reviews, Spotlight 0

The Luther Nobody Knew – A Candid Look at the Life of a Legend

The Luther Nobody Knew – A Candid Look at the Life of a Legend

For many, Luther Vandross is synonymous with love. In fact, saying his last name is hardly ever necessary at all. Sure, many artists have achieved one-name status: Michael, Madonna, Prince, Patti, Aretha, Anita,  and the list goes on and on. Far fewer, however, have achieved what I call substance status. Substance status is when an artist’s music transcends mere songs and [...]

February 21, 2014 Brian C Scott Culturocity Celebrates 0

Phyllis Hyman – A Woman of Passion, Direction, and Relentless Drive

Phyllis Hyman – A Woman of Passion, Direction, and Relentless Drive

  Phyllis Hyman’s sultry voice and her ability to convey true emotion with such vigor coupled with her unwavering belief in herself and her talent despite her challenges in finding love, battling mental illness, and drug and alcohol abuse not only sets her apart as a singer, songwriter, actress, and humanitarian but also demonstrates that [...]

February 14, 2014 Ashley Nicole Reviews 0

Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye – A Different Kind of Love

Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye – A Different Kind of Love

  We are all familiar with their hits. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, You’re All I Need to Get By, If This World Were Mine (yes, that one, before Luther had a hit with it), and the list goes on and on. These beautiful and ageless gems are undoubtedly the [...]

February 14, 2014 Brian C Scott Culturocity Celebrates 0

Playwright August Wilson – A Genuine American Treasure

Playwright August Wilson – A Genuine American Treasure

  Many playwrights have attempted to capture different aspects of the African American experience at various times in the 20th century. August Wilson managed to capture the whole century, decade by decade, and his stories only had to venture outside of Pittsburgh once. Born Frank August Kittel, Jr. on April 27, 1945 in Pittsburgh, August Wilson is most famous for a series [...]

February 7, 2014 Brian C Scott Culturocity Celebrates 0

Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center – An Institution in Peril, But Hope Remains

Pittsburgh’s August Wilson Center – An Institution in Peril, But Hope Remains

  Visiting the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, or even just browsing their website, one might get the impression that the center is a thriving bastion of culture. Behind the public game face of the beautiful facility, however, is an arts institution fighting for its life. A recent message posted by a visitor to the center’s Facebook [...]

February 7, 2014 Brian C Scott Culturocity Celebrates 0

A Tale of Two Troys – James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington Take on Fences

A Tale of Two Troys – James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington Take on Fences

  Last year, I had the opportunity to play the role of Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s Fences, in two separate runs at different theatres in Oklahoma City. Before auditioning for the role, I did what any serious thespian would have done: I went to the YouTube of the Interwebs. There I searched for actors playing [...]

February 7, 2014 Brian C Scott Culturocity Celebrates 0

2013 Poteet Theatre Awards Shine Spotlight on Diversity

2013 Poteet Theatre Awards Shine Spotlight on Diversity

  The landscape of theatre in Oklahoma City is gradually becoming more ethnically inclusive, but diversity has been at the forefront of one area theatre’s priority list for quite a while now. The 2013 Poteet Theatre Awards distinguished the local theatre as a pioneer in bridging the vast cultural divide that many minorities in Oklahoma City perceive in terms of both opportunity and recognition. This year, all of the [...]

February 3, 2014 Brian C Scott Reviews 2

2013 Poteet Theatre Award Winners

2013 Poteet Theatre Award Winners

2013 Poteet Theatre Award Winners [Related article: 2013 Poteet Theatre Awards Shine Spotlight on Diversity] 2013 Best Female Ensemble 9 to 5 Abby Fitzjarrell   2013 Best Male Ensemble 9 to 5 Dalton Harrod   Director’s Award The Sound of Music Allison Swift   2013 Jason Johnston Volunteer of the Year Chad Hester   2013 Best [...]

February 3, 2014 Brian C Scott Reviews 0