by Malaika Kambon
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, the premiere African American theater in the Bay Area, also garnered a $10,000 contribution from long time donors Jerry and Ruth Vurek and has been wildly successful in its new home on the second floor of San Francisco’s stylish Kensington Hotel on Union Square.
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Look for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre to become the truly premiere company on the West Coast and to eventually have a national and an international reputation, in the finest tradition of the African woman playwright and painter, Lorraine Hansberry, for whom it was named!
Malaika H. Kambon is a freelance photojournalist, candidate for the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and the 2011 winner of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association Luci S. Williams Houston Scholarship in Photojournalism. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Our Media Matters’ Theater Night, a model of mutual support for Black arts and media
by Jackie Wright, Wright Enterprises
“The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is creating an atmosphere of unity as it reaches out to individuals, businesses and nonprofits that can utilize an entertaining play to raise capital,” said Jacquie Taliaferro, filmmaker and director of LaHitz Media. “The Bay View, celebrating 36 years of journalism for the Black community, rejoiced at this opportunity to join forces with the venerable LHT for the benefit of our youth.”
“Thanks to Shirley Howard Johnson, Al Dixon and the board of directors, the theatre functioned in their darkest period last year until they found a new home in Union Square and hired their new artistic director, Steven Anthony Jones. Now in their 31st year, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is worthy of our support as it gives a platform for Black voices and Black talent in a multicultural enterprise that benefits all of San Francisco and the arts world,” added Jacquie.
Just recently New Birth Church of Antioch and Oakland, headed by Bishop C. Carl Smith, bought out the house to thank their more than 400 volunteers for their year-long service. “New Birth not only enjoyed ‘REJOICE!’ but they also brought additional commerce via parking, shopping and dining into the city.
LaHitz Media and Wright Enterprises have hosted events at international venues such as the Cannes International Film Festival.
More opportunities for Theater Nights are available with the upcoming production of “Blue/Orange” by Joe Penhall, directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and featuring Carl Lumbly, Feb. 5-March 18.
More opportunities for Theater Nights are available with the upcoming production of “Blue/Orange” by Joe Penhall, directed by Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and featuring Carl Lumbly, Feb. 5-March 18, just in time for Black History Month and Women’s History Month celebrations.
Jackie Wright is the president of Wright Enterprises, a full service public relations firm serving the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. A seasoned media and public relations professional, Wright has 20 years of media experience, including more than a decade of award-winning journalism experience in radio, television and print communications, and holds degrees in both journalism and drama from the University of Georgia. She can be reached at email@example.com.