Now Playing in Atlanta: Every Tongue Confess

I had an opportunity to see the stage play Every Tongue Confess at Horizon Theater.

After a young white teenager witnesses her mother's death at the hands of her black drug-taking boyfriend, the trauma causes her to lose the power to speak. Symbolically, a swallow stole her vocal chord and flew away with it.

A widowed southern preacher raising her son alone befriends a tattered traveling blacksmith who has more than skills with a hammer to fix things. Between the enigmatic attraction and his unexplained past life, the blacksmith offers answers to a whole lot of questions.

Every Tongue Confess is a spiritual that offers soul-stirring spirituals, volatile drug fueled relationships, bi-racial family secrets, murder, healing and retribution. Its packed full of drama, song, lust and love. By the time we got to the intermission I'm sure the audience was already emotionally invested with huge questions that we craved answers to.

Throughout the play, the story was loosely narrated by three choir members who closely mirror the 3 Hebrew boys (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego).

In the end, Every Tongue Confess gave a hair raising bible raising sermon and a twist no one saw coming. I refuse to give it away. Its a must see.

Every Tongue Confess runs July 12 – August 25, 2013 at Horizon Theatre located in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307). Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8:30 PM, and Sunday at 5 PM. Tickets start at $20. Tickets and information are available at horizontheatre.com or 404.584.7450.

Da Brat on the Comeback?


The official video for Da Brat's new single, "Is It Chu", produced by So So Def's FreeAgentz. This record marks the return of Da Brat thru her own independent label, Rare Breed!

The video is very 1990's in the cinematography and I'm not sure if this is just her way of answering people who wanna know what she's been up to, but I'm not really feeling the lyrics or the video. If she's going to sell records, she's got to come better than that...and we know she can.

Diddy Takes on Jeremih as Manager


The ink hasn't quite dried on the contract for Sean 'Diddy' Combs' new TV network and he's on to the next gig as Jeremih's (Birthday Sex) new manager.

Jeremih is set to release his new album Thumpy Johnson next year and it's also executive produced by Diddy. Collaborations on the album so far include Diddy (of course), Lil Wayne, French Montana and Busta Rhymes.

Lastly, has anyone addressed the elephant in the room? Are these guys related? Look at them! Who's your daddy?

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Look at Fantasia, Kelly and Missy. A new dynamic duo?

 

COMING SOON: Black Nativity

What do Jennifer Hudson, Langston Hughes, and Nas all have in common?
They’re all visiting for Christmas this season in the movie, Black Nativity. Based on Hughes’ 1961 “gospel-song play” about the birth of Jesus, writer-director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me) gives the story a contemporary spin and setting by exploring the coming-of-age pains of Langston (Jacob Latimore), who’s sent from Baltimore by his struggling mother (Hudson) to live with his grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) in Harlem.

Langston is a street-smart kid who knows little to nothing about his grandparents and has never been apart from his mom. Economic hardship results in Langston and his mom being evicted from their home, so he journeys to New York City to spend the holidays with his estranged grandparents. 
The film’s all-black primary cast includes Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (The Butler), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious 6), Mary J. Blige (Rock of Ages) and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls).
Watch the trailer below.