Alfred Mutua Starts MachaWood

Spokane African American Voice’s editor and graduate of Whitworth and Eastern Washington University, Governor of Machakos County, Kenya, Dr. Alfred Mutua jump starts Entertainment Centre for Film, Media, Music and the Arts:   Full Story

Rogues Gallery Presents Emerging Designers for 2013!

The Rogues Gallery Presents Emerging Designers event has been a labor of love for the past seven years. It now attracts more than 1000 persons to the live show, and for the second year will be held Sunday, Feb 10th. Doors open at 4pm. Located at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, 401 Seventh Ave., across from Madison Square Garden. The fashion forward designers whose collections are selected for inclusion in the RGP group show, are mostly independent businesses who create and sell limited edition lines to stores, have garnered some press and wish to expand their lines into more retail outlets.

This season’s fashion show will feature designs by:
Franklin Rowe, Urban Masala by Sehar Peerzada, Willie Hall, Diane Liston, 7T7 by Tarique Tabani, Corinne Monique,  Mikasa La Charles.

Anticipated Celebrity Attendees:
– Syleena Johnson (R&B Divas)
– Erica Dixon (Love & Hip Hop, Atlanta)
– Jamilah Rouse (Real Housewives of Atlanta/Entertainment Host)
– Ariane Davis (Love & Hip Hop, Atlanta)
– Omarosa Manigault (The Apprentice)
– Katrell Mendenhall (Chicagolicious)
– Vaughn Harper (Legendary Radio Host, WBLS)
– Yasmeen Williams (former singer; Sweet Honey In The Rock)

Fashion Art Xchange also known as FAX was founded by Gwen Sargeant in 1994 and was created to provide a networking exchange for people of color in fashion and the arts. This includes retail, design, and anyone working within these industries. The organization also provides seminars, educational opportunities and scholarships for deserving students. Fashion Art Xchange will help to create a gallery of fashion history featuring 20 years of F.A.X.  Images and video of their past events will be on public display. F.A.X. will also supply high school and college interns to help the Designers with backstage production, front of house, production setup and break down. All F.A.X. members are trained and managed by F.A.X. staff.

FLOSS Magazine is a pop culture, fashion, celebrity and lifestyle based magazine available on Newsstands, and Book Stores. Fashion Designer interviews will be featured in upcoming issues of FLOSS Magazine’s print and online publication. Log onto:  Macintosh Smith

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ROGUES GALLERY PRESENTS is an organization of fashion professionals dedicated to providing an alternative option to showcase emerging designer collections and providing a “VOICE” for these designers during New York Fashion Week.

A History of Black Style

RGP will dedicate a special segment in remembrance of the style icons who have emerged throughout black history during New York Fashion Week as a salute to Black History Month.

Rogues Gallery Presents
Ron Cooke
Event Director
608 Ben Bow Drive
Virgina Beach, VA 23464

Mozart Playing in Manito Park

July 18 was a beautiful warm summer evening in Spokane’s favorite park – and Connoisseur Concerts’ Mozart on A Summer’s Eve’s 21st birthday. This popular event in Manito Park was well attended as always. Dinners from Luna at tables, picnics on blankets on the lawn, loungers in lawn chairs, everyone relaxed to the songs of the program Ciao, Belle Donne!  Colleen Bryant Palmer,Heather Steckler Parker and Heather Peterson sang solos, duets, and together sang the Three Ladies Trio from The Magic Flute. They were accompanied by special guest Zuill Bailey on the cello and the Connoisseur Concerts’ Ensemble: Keri McCarthy and Bethany Schoeff, oboe; Daniel Cotter and James Schoepflin, clarinet; Roger Logan, Margaret Wilds and Verne Windham, horn; Susan Hess and Ryan Hare, bassoon; Kim Plewniak, string bass.   See my digital images of the event . . . . . .


Congratulations to Granddaughter of Edward Thomas, Jr.

Spokane local grandpa’s granddaughter Rachae Thomas is seen in a national AT&T television commercial. She is following in Ed’s footsteps – he was seen in television commercials himself a few years ago – and on a billboard too!

Ms. Thomas projects a bright, fresh, positive and professional image.  See for yourself.


Emerge: The Play Was Talking About Yo Mama

Yo Mother Yo Sister Yo Daughter Yo Aunt Yo Cuzin . . . .

The ladies were talking about you, brothers, to our women . . . .

The message is right on! The production top notch! The delivery hit the high notes in message and tone! The band got a groove on that kept a beat that had us bouncin’ and clappin’ all evening long!  The big hips were swingin! The Christians’ hands and arms were wavin! And all in a palatial setting!

Let’s  help keep this show on the road – it needs recognition, sponsors and supporters.

 Read more about the cast . . . .


Greetings From Pacific Lutheran University

We are excited to offer this Chamber Music Theatre Work free to the public in celebration of African American Women in Women’s History Month.  Please, will you spread the word through your network!
Thank you!
Melannie Denise Cunningham
Director of  Multicultural Recruitment
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA  98447
253-535-8716 or 1-800-274-6758
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EMERGE: (The Play) 7 Women 7 Stools

Sat. Mar 3 @7:30 PM 

Fox Theater 1001 W Sprague Ave Spokane WA

Sponsored by Spokane Community Gospel Choir

Emerge, a play that takes you on a journey through the lives of seven very different women: a grandmother, a college student, an abused woman, a cancer survivor, an overworked housewife, a hustler, and a mistress. These women relive past struggles, feelings and pains, and transform from the pains of life to the pinnacle of success in an effort to Emerge.

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Youth Worth Watching

Please please check them out listen, sing and share. Click on the link below. Kudos to our Young People… They are “Keeping it Moving”.. Thanks Velma

This is worth watching . Please take time to visit the site. Then pass it on.

New Comedy Series: Key & Peele

Comedy Central is presenting a new sketch series. Check out the sneak preview this Tuesday January 31 at 10:30 pm.

Samples of the series are available at Comedy Central online:


Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele present “Key & Peele,” an original sketch-comedy show coming to Comedy Central in 2012. In this new series these fresh, relevant comedic actor-writers, used to being on the outside looking in, will examine life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments.

Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, “Key & Peele” will showcase their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.

Interview of Key & Peele on National Public Radio:

Obama, Peele goes on to say, was the best thing to happen to black nerds everywhere.
“Up until Obama, it was basically Urkel and the black guy from Revenge of the Nerds — Lamar,” says Peele. “Other than that, we had no role models. So he made us cool.”

For ‘Black Nerds Everywhere,’ Two Comedy Heroes