Alvin Ailey

‘Moonlight’ Filmmaker Barry Jenkins to Direct Film about Choreographer Alvin Ailey

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Jenkins will direct a film based on the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey. A spokesperson for Fox Searchlight on Monday confirmed that the studio is developing the project, with the “Moonlight” filmmaker directing. Jenkins last helmed the Oscar-nominated James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Raised in segregated rural Texas, Ailey became a pioneering choreographer, dancer and director who helped popularize modern dance. He died in 1989 at the age of 58 from AIDS-related complications. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. The film will be partly based

Alvin Ailey Celebrates 60 Years of Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (AAADT) celebrates its 60th anniversary with a tour through the U.S., including its biennial return to the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 3 – April 7.  According to the AAADT website, the company is recognized by Congress as an American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” and has performed for over 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, celebrating the African-American cultural experience within the American modern dance tradition. Carman de Lavallade and Alvin Ailey were friends and danced under the tutelage of modern

Alvin Ailey American Dane Theatre Returns to the Music Center

The Music Center, L.A.’s performing arts destination, welcomes Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on March 8 – 12, 2017 as part of the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center 2016-2017 season at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The company will perform three different programs during the five-day engagement. This engagement will include the West Coast premieres of Untitled America, r-Evolution, Dream., and Deep. All programs will also include Ailey’s must-see American masterpiece Revelations. Many of the works connect directly with the African American experience, a founding tenet of the company.

This Week in Black History (December 17-24)

December 17   1991- Michael Jordan is named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.   December 18 1989- Ernest Dickerson wins the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography for Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing”.   December 19 1895- Dr. Carter G. Woodson was born in New Canton, Virginia. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African American history and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.   December 20   1986- Max Robinson, the first African American news anchor for a major television network, died from Acquired