AV Logo  June 2012  

 Thanks for your support!
Dear Friends,

We're inviting you to spend the summer with us and sign up for our discounted creative writing workshops. On Tues., July 17, award-winning sci fi author Ken Sibanda will host an eight session science fiction workshop for only $125 (that's less than $20 a session)! You can also preview our fall memoir writing workshop by taking the one session introduction to memoir writing class with Michel Marriott on Fri., Aug. 10 for only $20!

Please don't forget to get your tickets for "The Sensational Josephine Baker," an exciting play written and performed by Cheryl Howard. On Thurs., June 28 at 6 pm, the play is hosting a performance to benefit African Voices. Enclosed is information on tickets, you may also make a donation.

We need your support! Thanks to everyone who has subscribed and donated. If you have not contributed to our 20th Anniversary campaign, visit www.africanvoices.com.  


You can also mail a check or money order to African Voices, 270 W. 96th Street, NY 10025. If you have any questions, call (212) 865-2982. 

Please pass the e-mail forward to family, friends and colleagues about the upcoming events!    


Take care,





Exciting Summer Workshops!  



Special Introduction to Memoir Writing on August 10, 7 pm! 




Do you have a story to tell the world? Anyone interested in writing everything from autobiographies to the intimately personal memoir should participate in this special introductory workshop. Research, interviews and soul searching are some of the ingredients that make-up the journey of a good memoir or biography. Get basic tips before starting your journey! Specific writing exercises will be used to help you tap into your creativity and work past writer's block. This is a one-session summer intensive workshop. Instructor: Michel Marriott. Get a preview of our fall eight session memoir writing workshop for the low price of $20! Date: Fri., August 10, 2012. 


The Science Fiction Novel: From Character to Finish



Students will learn the basic structure of a science fiction novel and the key ingredient towards building a novel that fits within the genre. They will develop and work on the opening chapter to a science fiction novel as part of the workshop. Case examples and assigned reading include: H.G Well's War of the Worlds and Robert A. Heinlein's The Green Hills of Earth. Instructor: Ken Sibanda. Sessions: 8. Registration: $125. DATES: 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/24, 8/28. 


The workshops will be held at 270 W. 96th Street (bet. B'way & West End Ave.). 



African Voices & the Charles Reese Experience Present
James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire on July 12!

SAVE THE DATE: JULY 12, 2012, 7 pm


African Voices & the Charles Reese Experience Present A Literary Performance Book Salon

On Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 7 pm, join African Voices for a special book signing for actor Charles Reese, the editor of James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire, the newly released short play written by the late Howard B. Simon. Enjoy an exciting evening of performance and dialogue as Charles Reese brings James Baldwin's spirit alive! The event will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of James Baldwin's death. An exclusive interview with Charles Reese is in African Voices' Spring/Summer 2012 issue.

Location: African Voices, 270 W. 96th St. (bet. B'way & West End Ave.). Books and magazines will be available.  


For information call: 212-865-2982.


RSVP here to reserve a seat!


About Charles Reese  


Charles Reese is a native of Washington, D. C. who resides in Los Angeles, CA (via Brooklyn, NY) He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications/Theatre Arts from Morehouse College. (Noted alumni include: Dr. Martin L. King Jr.; Filmmaker Spike Lee; and Actor, Samuel L. Jackson; Playwright/Composer, Lamar Alford). He holds a certificate of completion in Theatre Performance/Management from the Burt Reynolds Theatre Instituteunder the tutelage of the late Master Theatre Director/Producer, Jose Quintero (in association with Florida State University). Charles was a former student and mentee of the legendary Broadway artist, Lamar Alford (Godspell)--and now serves as the consulting curator /advisor to administer Mr. Alford's literary works into the 21st century and beyond.


Charles is best known for his critically acclaimed Off Broadway performance with Tony Award Nominee, Forrest McClendon in "James Baldwin: A Soul on Fire"
by the late playwright Howard B. Simon (5 New York AUDELCO Award Nominations).


 A fundraising performance for African Voices on June 28! 

*You are cordially invited to a special fundraising performance 
for African Voices Magazine on June 28! 

Emerging Artists Theatre presents

the Off-Broadway premiere of


*The Sensational Josephine Baker


Written and performed by Cheryl Howard

Directed by Ian Streicher



The unforgettable story of Josephine Baker springs to life in this tightly woven play featuring several of Baker's signature songs. The story goes from little girl to showgirl as we follow Josephine on her journey from conservative St. Louis, Missouri to the risqu� cabarets of the Rue Pigalle, France. Cheryl Howard delivers this tale through an array of fascinating female characters: Josephine's domineering mother, Carrie McDonald; fellow chorus girl Lydia Jones; Ada "Bricktop" Smith, owner of the infamous nightclub "Bricktop's in Montmarte..." And a raw, fearless portrayal of Ms. Baker herself in a series of defining moments: from the hilarious antics which rescued her from the obscurity of the chorus, to the humiliation of being shunned by a narrow-minded American public, to her life-long search for unconditional love.  


Tickets are $50.

For information call: 212-865-2982 


For tickets:


Josephine Baker Play - June 28 


The Beckett Theatre - Theatre Row

410 West 42nd Street (9 & 10 Aves.) 


Thursday, June 28, 7pm


Checks can be sent to African Voices, 270 W. 96th St., New York, NY 10025.

Please list how many tickets and your guests' names!


*A portion of the proceeds will benefit African Voices, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Thanks for your support!