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“Phi’LA The Musical!” The Only Play for the Kids of L.A.
By Sentinel News Service
Published October 1, 2009

“Phi’LA The Musical!” The Only Play for the Kids of L.A.



High School Performing Art Students Spread The Message of Racial Unity and Anti-violence

“This presentation is a testament of the power of the arts…the true genius of this show is the ability to transcend cultural divides…it profoundly impacts everyone in the audience and is a masterful violence-intervention piece that will benefit any community both state and countrywide.”

With racial tensions and violence between African-Americans and Latinos greatly increasing among LA’s youth, The Speakes 4 Them Foundation in collaboration with Jesse Jackson/Rainbow PUSH-LA and local high school performing arts students have a powerful message of racial unity and anti-violence to share.

“Phi’LA (fee-la) The Musical!,” a stage play written and directed by Dorsey High School Drama Teacher, Jamal Speakes, Sr. M. Ed., addresses overwrought racial contention and its affect on friendships and family among a diverse group of teens in LA. Part “High School Musical,” part “Romeo & Juliet” with a dose of Hip-Hop and Spanish melodies, “Phi’LA” takes the audience on a journey that will push the envelope, spark debate and ultimately evoke consciousness to create change in our communities.

“Gang violence and racial hate are epidemics that our children have learned to accept,” said Reverend Jackson, National Director of Rainbow PUSH. “It has become a part of their everyday life. With “Phi’LA,” we are intervening in an unconventional way and empowering youth through performing arts to be agents of change.”

“Phi’LA,” supporters include; Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH, AEG, Mayor Villaraigosa, Marguerite P. LaMotte (LAUSD District 3 Board Member), Lisa Nichols (Author), Sheryl Lee-Ralph (Actress), A Place Called Home, West Adams Neighborhood Council, Congresswoman Diane Watson, Councilman Herb Wesson, Gang Alternative Program/Gang Free, The Reverence Project, UNITY ONE, Art Share LA, the DAX Foundation, ATTAIN Design & Marketing Communication, and UrBiz Magazine.


“Phi’LA” will open at Club Nokia at LA Live on October 12, 2009 with a FREE day show for area high school students through sponsored busing, and will feature a premiere red carpet event for the evening performance. Tickets for the evening show can be purchased online at and at the Club Nokia box office ($10 students with ID, $25 general admission, and $35 for the VIP seating with reception). Proceeds will benefit the Speakes 4 Them Foundation and the “Phi’LA The Musical National Tour,” being planned for the Summer 2010.

Additional performances are scheduled at the newly renovated ICM Foundation Performing Arts Center at Dorsey High School, October 13-18, 2009. For show times, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities please contact and visit

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