Augusta Mini Theatre Presents: “The Man, The Message, The Music”

Augusta Mini Theatre is a community arts and life skills school located in Augusta, Ga. They are gearing up for its next production dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This showcase is an annual production, but this year will highlight the work of James Brown., the late great music legend who called Augusta home. Here is what the playwright and owner of the Augusta Mini Theatre as well as two of his students had to say about the production (Karlton Clay, WJBF):

Now, you have a new production coming up called “The Man, The Message, The Music.” Can you tell us what this production is about?

Symphnie: I play the role of Johnetha, and I’m basically a friend of James Brown. And we gather at the Third World nightclub to remember him.

Monae: And I’m also a friend and supporter of James Brown. Johnetha, another character named Flash, and I go to the Third World nightclub to talk about him and remember him.

Mr. Butler, what is the importance of this production?

You heard one name there, and there’s a guy named Flash, which is named after Flash Gordon. Flash and I were very good friends, and I’m paying tribute to his name by having his name in the play. Also, Flash Gordon was a very close friend of James Brown anyway. The main thing is to pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s our Martin Luther King, Jr. show. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for everybody to be treated equally and fairly and to be given a fair shot. And James Brown was the same. He said, “I don’t want anybody to give me nothing. Open up the door, and I’ll get it myself.” The teaching is in that; the same as Martin Luther King, Jr. We even say in this play that James Brown should’ve gotten the Nobel Peace Prize, and we talk about why because of the life he had coming up in Augusta and South Carolina from shining shoes to collecting coal from the railroad tracks just to raise enough money to pay $7 a month for the rent for the shack they had as a kid. That was rough. Can you imagine at 7 years old having to go out there even today with it raining to shine shoes?

So, why should people come and see “The Man, The Message, The Music?”

Monae: I think they should come see it because we’re paying tribute to James Brown, which I know before this show, I really didn’t know a lot about him. And just learning about him, I‘ve learned so much about life. So, I think they should come see it because of that. And it’s also very entertaining. It’s a good outing event for the family.

Symphine: Right, and we about to put on a show!

Mr. Butler: And when she says show, the first part of the play is the history of his life and what he went through. The next part is that the cast will be dancing as James Brown. They’re all James Browns. They’re five characters. And we have the original outfits that we received from James Brown’s entourage. They are really going to be dancing. In rehearsal, they’re like dead. (Laughs) And I push them hard like James Brown would’ve. And I told Symphine the other day, “James Brown the other day because you’re slacking.” But anyway, it’s a lot of fun! (Laughs)

“The Man, The Message, The Music” Show Times:

IJanuary 13th at 8 P.M.

January 14th-16th and 21st and 22nd at 3 PM.

Ticket Information:


In Person: 2548 Deans Bridge Road in Augusta, Ga 30906

Phone: (706) 722-0598

Cover Image Credit: Augusta Mini Theatre

Article Credit: Karlton Clay, WJBF

New “The Color Is” Exhibit by Nick Cave and Jack Cave Now Open at DuSable Museum Historic Roundhouse

Artists and brothers Nick Cave and Jack Cave’s exhibit entitled, “The Color Is” will be hosted by the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois. The collection boasts avant-garde and haute couture pieces. It opened August 27, 2022, and will run through November 27, 2022.

“The Color Is” will consist of 40-45 couture looks and fashion objects created by Nick Cave and Jack Cave and a number of specialty collaborators. All works including head-to-toe garments have been constructed from a wide variety of materials including beads, wire, sequins, recycled textiles and custom prints.  The ensembles feature intricate layering that is emblematic of human universality, highlighting intricacy, complexity, color, and uniqueness. According to both Nick and Jack Cave the clothing is genderless, and the more than 400 individual items can be composed into limitless looks, all designed and crafted by the artists (The Chicago Defender).

“The Color Is” also contains an education component that highlights the exhibition themes, references, and history through digital animation, film montages, extensive explanatory text and high-resolution still images. There will be some surprise audio-visual elements featured in the exhibition as well as on the DuSable Museum website and the Bloomberg Connects app. All objects in the exhibition were created for both “The Color Is” live performance and “The Color Is” exhibition as a companion exhibition of NICK CAVE FOROTHERMORE and are Nick Cave’s most recent body of created work, often referencing work of his retrospective contemporary art archive. The pieces have been created within the past 9 to 12 months (The Chicago Defender).

Read more here.

Culture News: Solange Knowles Makes History as the First Black Woman to Compose A Score for the New York City Ballet

Congrats are in order for Solange Knowles as she will be the first Black woman to compose an original score for the New York City Ballet. She made the announce via her Instagram. The score will be performed by the City Ballet Orchestra with soloist from her ensemble.

Show Dates For 2022 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

October 1, 8,11, 16

Show Dates for 2023:

May 2, 11, 13, 17, 18

Cover Image Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art Unveils “Say Their Names” Memorial Exhibit

The “Say Their Names” Memorial Exhibit honors individuals who’ve died at the hands of those perpetuating injustice and systemic racism. It is a grassroots exhibit that began in Portland, Oregon as a result of the nationwide protests in 2020. The “Say Their Names Memorial” organization was birthed from that nationwide outcry. Its goal is to ensure we never forget the victims and that we are able to place a name with a face. The San Diego exhibit at the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts also recognizes 16 local Civil Rights advocates.

The “Say Their Names” exhibit has been shown in over 25 cities since its inception. This is the first exhibition south of Los Angeles county.

Memorial Description:

The “Say Their Name Memorial” is a nationwide initiative to honor Black lives taken by systemic racism and racial injustice.  The memorial was started in Portland, Oregon on Juneteenth 2020 and has been put up in over 25 locations nationwide since then.  We manage an ongoing submission driven database that includes names, photos and bios.  We produce traveling memorials for public exhibition as well as providing support for communities looking to create grassroots memorials in their own neighborhoods.  Our aim is to facilitate conversation around systemic racism while honoring those whose lives have been taken by it. (SDAAMFA)

Gaidi Finnie, executive director of SDAAMFA, called the opening “a teachable moment for all of us. We invite you to come, reflect and think about what you can do to make a difference.” ( )

The memorial is a nationwide, grass-roots initiative intended to honor Black lives lost in the struggle against systemic racism. The memorial began in Portland, Oregon, and is an outgrowth of the protests that began nationwide in 2020 after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

San Diego will specifically remember the life of Demetrius DuBose, a former NFL player who was shot 12 times, five in the back, and killed by two San Diego Police Department officers in Pacific Beach on July 24, 1999, after an attempted arrest.

The New Children’s Museum will host art activities designed to help children process their thoughts about the exhibit. =

The “Say Their Names” exhibit is free to the public and will be open and accessible daily through July 25. ( )

Article Credit:, SDAAMFA

Cover Photo Credit: SDAAMFA

Award Winning Costume Designer, Ruth E. Carter, to have Fashion Exhibit at SCAD

Image Credit: SCAD

Veteran costume designer, Ruth E. Carter, known for her work in Spike Lee’s Malcom X, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, among others will have some of her most notable designs on display in an exhibit entitles “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costumer Design.” It is open for viewing at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum in Atlanta, Ga. More than 60 costumes will be on display including the ones she designed for Denzel Washington for Malcom X, Oprah Winfrey for Selma, and the late Chadwick Boseman for Black Panther.

Image Credit: SCAD
Image Credit: SCAD
Image Credit: SCAD
Image Credit: SCAD

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design is open for viewing now through September 12, 2021.

New Artist Relief Fund to Help Gig Artists of the CSRA

Jessye Norman School of the Arts has announced the formation of an artist relief fund to serve gig artists in the CSRA that have lost work and income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is made possible by a group of CSRA based local arts non-profits for gig, contracted, or self-employed artists of all disciplines

To learn more and/or apply for The Artist Relief Fund, click here.
This Artist Relief Fund is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the CSRA & The United Way of the CSRA. The fund is overseen by a consortium of local nonprofits:
-Augusta University Department of Art & Design
-Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
-Greater Augusta Arts Council
-Jessye Norman School of the Arts
-Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
-Sacred Heart Cultural Center
-The Augusta Players
-The Morris Museum of Art

Product Highlight: Art by Bouffants and Broken Hearts

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