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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
ADILAH TRAVELS TO SOUTH CAROLINA TO INTERVIEW HER MENTOR, DR. J. HERMAN BLAKE
MARGARET AVERY INTERVIEWED ON BLAKERADIO.COM
LAST CALL FOR THE WRITER'S WELL WRITING COMPETITION
KICK OFF 2013 WITH ABP UPCOMING WORKSHOPS!
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

 

  

 

Adilah Barnes Productions (ABP) would like to extend a very special thank you to all of our 2012 supporters in all of our many endeavors that include our venue presenter partners, literary readers and literary retreat guests, as well as to YOU for reading and responding to this newsletter with your kind thoughts and words of inspiration.

 

May the year 2013 hold for each of you magic and miracles beyond measure!!

 

  

ADILAH TRAVELS TO JOHNS ISLAND TO INTERVIEW HER MENTOR, DR. J. HERMAN BLAKE

 

 

Dr. J. Herman Blake

 

On January 3-4, 2013, Adilah will interview her mentor, Dr. J. Herman Blake, in person in South Carolina, on both Johns Island and in Charleston. Dr. Blake has an illustrious career in academia that began in 1966 at the University of California Santa Cruz, serving as the very first African American professor during the second year following the campus' inception. Dr. Blake has since touched, influenced and transformed the lives of countless multicultural students in colleges and universities across the country that include the campuses of UCSC, Iowa State University, Indiana University, Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

 

Interviews will take place at both Dr. Blake's lovely home on Johns Island, which is part of the Sea Islands, and at the Medical University of South Carolina where he currently holds the position of Humanities Scholar in Residence, a new position tailored for him.

 

Accompanying Adilah will be UCSC alum producer, Melvin Cox and other enthusiastic alumni who will work on this project and/or will be interviewed. Also travelling from around the country and scheduled to be a part of this heartfelt tribute documentary are Linda Hornbeak Ferguson, Cheryl Scott, Ervin Simmons, and Sabra Slaughter

 

Adilah met Dr. Blake when she was 16 years of age and a high school student in Project Upward Bound, a college preparatory program for "disadvantaged" students at Cal State University, Chico. Founded in 1965 by the late Sargent Shriver, this federally-funded program that has become part of the TRIO Program, was created with the mission of reaching out and nurturing low-income students to prepare them for higher education. 

 

Said Adilah of Dr. Blake, "Herman was one of my earliest angels. Like Project Upward Bound, Herman saw me as a diamond in the rough. He encouraged me to dream bigger. When I enrolled at UCSC in the Fall of 1968 at his urging, Herman wrapped his arms around us 28 Black students who were part of an enrollment of 2400. Herman lovingly wore multiple hats beyond being our professor by offering his guidance unofficially in roles likened to a father figure, disciplinarian, mentor, therapist and friend. I will forever be indebted to Herman and have been inspired to give back to high school and college students, as he gave to me."

 

  

MARGARET AVERY INTERVIEWED ON BLAKERADIO.COM

 

Adilah interviewed Academy Award-nominated Ms. Margaret Avery on November 30, 2012 on her BlakeRadio "Rainbow Soul" internet talk show, "Adilah"

 

Margaret is best known for her role as "Shug Avery" in the 1985 award-winning film, The Color Purple. She was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for this moving and widely-distributed film.

 

Born in Mangum, Oklahoma and raised in San Diego, California. Margaret attended San Francisco State University where she earned a BA in Education. Shortly thereafter, she began acting and singing on the stage. Among her stage credits are Revolution and Sistuhs. She appeared in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for "Performance in a Major Role." 

 

Margaret's recent film credits include roles in Being Mary Jane, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, and Welcome Home Roscoe Brown, along with made-for-tv movie roles in The Jacksons: An American Dream and Something Evil.

 

Her many TV credits include roles on Single LadiesThe Cosby Show, Murder, She Wrote and Jag.

 

Ms. Avery also works with at-risk teenagers and battered women in Greater Los Angeles. 

 

On Air  

Margaret Avery

You may still hear this interview with Margaret Avery at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blakeradio/2012/12/01/adilah

 

 

LAST CALL FOR THE WRITER'S WELL WRITING COMPETITION

 

writers well

 

The Writer's Well is now accepting submissions for its 4th Annual Writing Competition. This contest has been re-named after Adilah Barnes' late mother and proudly holds the new title of The Mosea Lee Barnes Writer's Well Competition in her memory and in honor of her love of writing.

 

To submit, please send a cover letter, writing sample of up to three double-spaced pages and a submission fee of $35.00. Checks may be made out to Adilah Barnes Productions and submitted to:

The Writer's Well

c/o Adilah Barnes

P.O. Box 363

Sharpsburg, GA 30277

 

The postmark deadline is December 31, 2012 and notifications will be made by January 30, 2013. The week-stay winning must be completed by December 31, 2013.

 

The 2012 competition led to a tie. Sharing in the win were both Gail R. Moore of Texas and Norma Burgos of Puerto Rico. 

 

Please pass the word on to writers of all genres.

 

The Writer's Well looks forward to its submissions for 2013!

 

Writing  

 

 

KICK OFF 2013 WITH ABP UPCOMING WORKSHOPS!

  

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Mondays, February 11 - April 29, 2013

 

A demanding 12-week acting class allowing students the opportunity to develop concrete, in-depth scenes and monologues.  The workshop also utilizes improvisation to develop in-the-moment acting skills and touches upon the nuts and bolts of the business.  It culminates in a dynamic Industry Night Showcase.

 

Tuition: Early Bird Deadline: January 24, 2013. $225.00 per month. $250 per month after that date.

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JUMPING INTO THE DEEP WATERS 

Wednesdays, February 13- May 1, 2013

 

A 12-week workshop exploring non-fiction writing from the genres of memoir, autobiography and personal stories. Writers are encouraged to come ready to roll up their sleeves with writings that are dancing around in their heads or works they have already begun so that they may hone and shape their work further. The workshop  also addresses the areas of storytelling that may be challenging to give voice to, but ultimately freeing once the writing has been released. Works-in-progress will be presented to an invited audience on the last week of the workshop.

 

Tuition: Early Bird Deadline: January 31, 2013. $225 per month. $250 per month after that date.

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LET'S GET YOUR SHOW ON THE ROAD!  

Touring Workshop   

Saturday February 15, 2013

 

This popular return all-day intensive will allow hands on, in class time to move the solo artist from the stage to the road. It will focus on assessing if you are ready to tour, identifying your market, how to get a booking manager and/or booking agent, how to represent yourself in the marketplace, how to effectively use limited showcase time at conferences, how to create an appealing booth, creating a professional press packet, pitching your show, packaging your show to create residencies, creating a compelling demotape, negotiating a contract and rider, setting fees, how to tech quickly and efficiently, how to establish and build relationships with presenters, joining booking organizations, how to use local press, and much, much more!    

 

Tuition: Early Bird Deadline: January 31, 2013$225.00 per month. $250 per month after that date.

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For more information on workshops, please visit 
or call (818) 752-2225.
Instructor is also available for private coaching.


Edited by
Adilah Barnes and Gustavo Garcia 

 

ADILAH BARNES PRODUCTIONS TEAM

Phillis Brooks, Graphic Designer
Larry Coleman
, Webmaster/Graphic Designer/Photographer
Ellen Donovan
, CPA
Jackie Farmer, Writer's Well Caretaker
Gustavo Garcia, Marketing/PR Assistant
Phoebe Holston, Personal Assistant
Tracy Mapes, Commercial Agent
Allison Queen, Publicist
Dave Secor, Theatrical Agent 
Kristine Wallis, Voice-Over Agent

 


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