Prince Harry of Wales made certain that England’s “newest princess,” Meghan Markle was adorned with a crown in her epic journey. In America, “a royal echelon” of men and women in Georgia have gotten together to assure that there will be a “royal celebration” to “enstool” the woman playwright/producer, Aduke Aremu for her musical play about her epic journey called “American Black Princess”.
“American Black Princess” is a “must-see” entertainment event. It has its own Royal Gala from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a world premiere of the choreopoem based on the life of female writer/producer, Aduke Aremu.
The mega-event includes a Royal Gala to set the stage for the Royal Show. This will be the playwright/producer Aremu’s 12th staged play. The “American Black Princess” Debut Organizing Team is lead by: Janice Barnett, Joe Phillips, Patdro Harris, Daryl Harris, Cherice Kirkland, and Michael Bryant. The entire event takes place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the historic Rialto Center for the Arts at the renowned Georgia State University — located at 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. “American Black Princess” will be directed by the award-winning Broadway choreographer, Patdro Harris. Original music has been composed by the renowned artist,Chika Kaba Ma’Atunde.
“American Black Princess” is a choreopoem based on Aduke Aremu ‘s book of poetry called “Reaching Out With Love” (c) 1982. “Reaching Out With Love” was first published when Aduke lived as a writer in Heidelberg, Germany. Her poems are about “the black U.S.A., European, and African continental experience”, and her transformational relationships. It was later staged as a play at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY by Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer John Parks, with music by the late, Grenoldo Frazier in 1988.
The choreopoem genre was first introduced in the U.S.A. by the late, Ntozake Shange with her renowned “Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf”. Her poetry was supported by dance diva, Dianne Mc Intye, and the iconic theatre director, Woodie King Jr.
In the choreopoem, “American Black Princess,” we get to see and to hear up close that Aduke has a zest for life. A few of the ideas and metaphors that are explored include: “A rose emerges from concrete…”, “ One cannot stand alone…”, “I long forgot how-to create a people-sense…”, “Being me is less easy than not…”, “My tears are solid, pragmatic and cold…”, “Ain’t I a Princess too”, “ Walking down yellow African road…”,”Life touched my mind…”, “Reaching out with love”, and “ I am a Jeweled Princess…”.
As a thought-inspired part of civilization we will always be a much younger society and nation than England. Nevertheless, we have the 21st century cultural and entertainment “powers” to still be pivotal “stage-setting” leaders too — when we rise to the occasion! In September, a true-to-life heroine in the arts is about to roll-out the purple carpeting just for you.
Shared-Royalty brings Loyalty and Alignment… Honoring Aduke, and the “American Black Princess” production.
National and international supporters and collaborative associates are part of a support initiative started by Aduke. There is also a social media blogging opportunity on Twitter with hashtags #MenWhoSupportTodaysWomen, and #ChoreoPoemDivas for ongoing positive micro-blogging communications. This is greatly needed in our era of toxic gender politics, and divided relationships today.
Chairing this part of the event are the following influencers:
GA State Senator Dr. Donzella James, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Yewande Austin, Dr. Mildred Summerville, Deidra Tate, Evangelist Sandi Collins, and Lillian Samuel
Paul Jenkins, Attorney Kendall Minter, Ricky Poppell, Bishop Kenneth Curry, Jerome Preston Bates, Garland Thompson, Jr., Michael Bryant
Royal Theatre Celebration Gala event features Darryl Peek, and Daryl Harris with celebrity musicians and artists.
- Darryl Peek leader of the “African American Philharmonic Orchestra” Atlanta
- Daryl Harris an original “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company” member with many credits over the years
- Jonathan Dumas an A-List Producer of “Lady Ga Ga,” “AVANT,” and “SoulJa Boy” fame
- Jett Edwards Recording artist who worked with “Michael Jackson,” and the ” Japanese Mass Choir”
Other Celebrities/Honorees Include
- Rickey Poppel who worked in management with the iconic “James Brown,” and the “The Temptations,”
- Kendall Minter, international entertainment lawyer
- Dedra Tate an original member of Aduke’s “Harlem Children’s Theatre Company,” as well as professional relationships with “MoTown Records,”and “Queen Latifah”
- Paul Jenkins the CEO and Founder of META STUDIOS in Atlanta
Entertainment Features at the Royal Gala include
- “Ebony Blue Experience” a group of retired Air Force veterans with Daryl Harris, Tommy Mason, Aaron Miles, Laron E. Washington, Charles Desausurer
- Recording artist “Sir” Lane McCray, of “La Bouche” with over 12 million records sold worldwide
- Song stylist Alfreda Gerald of the “Gap Band” and “Yanni” fame
- ” The Executive Order Music Group” with: Dean Webb (bass), Laron E. Washington (keyboards), Gary Smith (drums), George McCullum (Saxophone), Kevin McNulty (Guitar), Jonathan Dumas (keyboardist), Calvin Kelly (percussion)
- Kenny Nightingale Gospel (saxophone)
- Kezia Alford (gospel singer)
- Janice Barnett (gospel singer)
- Naybu Fullman (vocal artist)
- Michael Meredith (vocal artist)
- Gospel Artists Eric and Dena Brice from Tyler Perry’s stage play stardom, and “Peabo Byson” fame
- Jett Edwards Japanese Mass Choir director
This event was produced by Aduke Aremu Productions, LLC., Janice Barnett Services, Inc., and Joe Phillips Video and Film Productions, Inc.
For Ticketing and Information
- * The painting of Princess Meghan Markle was a gift to the Royal Family by Jay’z and Beyonce
Aduke Aremu Backgrounder:
Aduke Aremu grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended Wingate High School, Hunter College and New York University. She is a pioneer producer and director of black children’s theatre in America having founded the critically acclaimed, “Harlem Children’s Theatre” company. The children ‘s theatre company was formerly located on NYC’s Theatre Row. The “Harlem Children’s Theatre” Company toured all of Aduke’s plays for several decades in the United States as well as Germany, France, Spain, Nigeria, Bermuda and Jamaica. Aduke has written 10 plays which were presented at The John F. Kennedy Center, The Public Theatre under artistic-director Joe Papp, the Apollo Theatre, The Negro Ensemble, the Billie Holiday Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 42nd Street Theatre Row, Town Hall, The Hudson Guild Theatre, The Gene Franklin Theatre, and Theatre at Lincoln Center.
Aduke Aremu won an Audelco Theatre Award for the children’s play, “The Liberation of Mother Goose” and received two U. S. Congressional Awards from Hon. Edolphus Towns (Former Congressman, Brooklyn) and Hon. Yvette Clarke (Congresswoman, Brooklyn) for long-standing accomplishments in the arts and education. The Nigerian Consul General of New York also awarded her an outstanding playwright award for her writing about the African American diaspora as it relates to Nigerian culture. Aduke’s work with black children’s theatre was documented in a dissertation by Dr. Jacqui Scott from the University of Wisconsin. Aduke, the educator, founded two schools in NYC and served as a licensed principal. She also hosted a radio talk show called the “Princess Chronicles” with a world-wide listener audience.