|July 19, 2002|
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AWARD-WINNING ACTOR ADILAH BARNES SETS SAIL FOR HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME WITH "BLACK BOATERS SUMMIT 2002" AUGUST 10-18, 2002 IN TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Adilah Barnes performs excerpt from Nationally touring one-woman show I Am That I Am: Woman Black
(Los Angeles, Calif.) - Motion picture, television and stage actor, Adilah Barnes (Erin Brockovich, Murder By Numbers, Little John) will join over 170 African-Americans from throughout the United States to participate in the 5th Annual Black Boaters Summit (BBS) -August 10th through August 18, 2002 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands ("BVI"). As an added feature on the final evening (August 17th) Barnes will entertain participants by performing an excerpt from her nationally touring, historical one-woman show I Am That I Am: Woman: Black. "Described as a whirlwind trip through time, beginning in the years of slavery and leading up to recent years," (The Daily Kent Stage, Kent State University), "Barnes lifts off the pages the life and times of seven great African-American woman in history. . ." (Iowa Daily News). She will also read a chapter from her soon-to-be-released book "On My Own Terms: One Actor's Journey" at Myett's Garden & Grill in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. Barnes, along with other participants ready to catch a little R&R and party in the sun will fly from various cities and states to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico and then on to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to board one of 21 Moorings Yachts. The captains of each yacht are all certified to captain Moorings Yachts and sail in the United States.
This annual event is the life-long dream of sailor/entrepreneur Paul Mixon who has been sailing the BVI on vacation for over 26 years. Operating from his home, Mixon has successfully marketed this event on the Internet stating "When you have very little money to run your business, you must rely heavily on technology and volunteers. 99% of our participants are online and I have figured out a way to reach them." Plans are already underway for the 6th Annual Black Boaters Summit to be held in the BVI in August, 2003 and sponsorships are needed. For eight fabulous days and seven wonderful nights, singles and couples (numbering eight to 10 per yacht) will sail to five of the sixty-four local Virgin Islands including Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Norman Island, Tortola and St. John. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and shopping and water activities are available. Barnes has guest starred on CBS' Family Law and The Agency, WB's The Gilmore Girls and UPN's Roswell and this season will recur as "Judge Randall" in Lifetime Television's new series For the People (also starring Debbi Morgan). Her first episode is slated to air on August 11th. Barnes is the founder of the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival and also works as an acting teacher, having coached some of Hollywood's hottest stars including Toni Braxton (Play'd and Kingdom Come), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Set It Off), Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), Don "DC" Curry and Kym Whitley, among many others. For additional information about the Black Boaters Summit log onto, http://www.honeyletstravel.com/bbs02, or call Cap'n Paul at (510) 222-6308.