It was a great day for the 4th Black Arts Festival at Stage Aurora Theatrical Company. Even though it was raining, hot and humid outside; it was cool, dry and very entertaining inside. There was lots of entertainment, food, a contest, and speakers that had a vast array of knowledge that was given freely to all those present.
There is a picture of the judges for the Aurora Star Baby Contest: Piers Morgan, Sharon Osborn and Mr. Howie Mandel participated in the judging. All the contestants were adorable and the winners are also shown in the Slide Show.
Bob Devin Jones gave an enlightening history on “America’s First Civil Rights Martyr: Harry T. Moore” as he portrayed Mr. Moore in first person during his one-man drama. There is a book written by Ben Green (Before His Time) that tells the story of Moore’s rise from a principal at an all-black school to an uncompromising black leader in Jim Crow Florida. This close reference to local Floridians was very interesting to the attendees.
100 Youth Voices gave a ‘back-in-the-day’ 70’s Concert entitled “Afros and Bellbottoms”. Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Gladys Knight & the Pips and The Supremes were among the groups that sang songs that the crowd knew and could relate to.
Where can you find a buffet of delectable foods (including desserts) for only $5.00 a plate? The food was kept warm and there was plenty to go around. Other vendors and Stage Aurora Sponsors welcomed each and every person that entered the Gateway Shopping Center.
This is the first Stage Aurora Black Arts Festival that this writer has attended and if you take a look at the “Slide Show” to your left, you will see how it won’t be her last. It was a well spent five hours of time, and the rest of the festival that the other guests attended was probably just as entertaining. Don’t forget to check out the review on “A Rose Among Thorns: A Tribute to Rosa Parks” that will be posted soon.
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