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Host Adilah Barnes invites as her guest singer and actress Margaret Avery best known for her role as Shug Avery in the film, Color Purple.  She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role In Color Purple in 1985.

  Born in Mangum, Oklahoma and raised in San Diego, California. Ms. Avery attended Point Loma High School. Later, San Francisco State University where she earned a BA in Education.  Shortly thereafter, she began singing and acting on the stage.  Among the plays Margaret appeared in were Revolution and Sistuhs. She appeared in "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?" in 1973, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for "Performance In A Major Role."  She performed in the television movie "Something Evil" with Sandy Dennis and Darren McGavin, directed by Steven Spielberg; "Cool Breeze," as Marilyn Monroe "In  The Asphalt Jungle," a prostitute in "Magnum Force" and she starred in The Jacksons: An American Dream.

  TV guest appearances include: The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Kojak, Sanford and Son, Kolchak:  Miami Vice, The Night Stalker, A.E.S., Hudson Street, Murder She Wrote,

 Spencer  For Hire, The Cosby Show, Walker, Texas Ranger, and JAG.  She played Mama Jenkins in "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins", opposite Martin Lawrence and James Earl Jones and in Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns." 

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


Tribute to Joan Benedict, with comments by Adilah Barnes

Dear Adilah,

Thanks so much for being part of our tribute to Joan Benedict Steiger today!

You helped make the show a special one indeed........   Best wishes for the continued success of your Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival activities.


Betty Jo Tucker  

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Los Angeles, Calif.) – BlakeRadio Network, one of the fastest growing Internet radio sites recently offered motion picture, television and stage actor, Adilah Barnes an opportunity to host and develop her own program for “Rainbow Soul,” a show on the Listeners with reel browser access can listen in by logging onto and clicking on to Rainbow Soul (Channel 5).

Barnes’ program, simply named “Adilah” offers a variety of engaging, informative and up close and personal conversations with accomplished industry figures who represent different facets of the business and who are doing outstanding work. August guests are actor Ella Joyce of the popular television show, “Roc”, entertainment journalist/founder Tanya Kersey founder of the Hollywood Black Film Festival and publicist, Pat Tobin. Upcoming slated guests include accomplished actors Hattie Winston, Virginia Capers, Anna Maria Horsford and Alaina Reed Hall, among many others.

Based in New York, owner and operator, Neil Blake, started BlakeRadio Network in 2000 out of his love for slow jams. airs 24/7 and can be heard anywhere a listener has an Internet connection. 

Blake’s first channel launched was Music Massage, dedicated to R&B, jazz, soul, reggae and slow jams 24/7. Music Massage continues to be the flagship broadcast for the BlakeRadio family of webcasts.

After a positive response to the 24-hour Slow Jam channel, created the webcasts “Mahogany Sunshine”, “Kids Café”, “Joyful Noise”, “Rainbow Soul” and “SpeakEasy”, which make up the current family of BlakeRadio channels.  

The goal of this Internet Radio station is to bring the listeners and viewers around the planet a variety of music, talk radio and video presentations that help to entertain, relax and empower the mind, body and soul. It already has listeners in over 143 nations around the world. Japan is second to the United States in listenership. Other loyal listener include those from Canada, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom. 

Ted Terry, veteran broadcaster and host of “The Ted Terry Show” on approached Barnes months ago about developing her own radio show. “Adilah brings a wealth of knowledge and command of the spoken word.  Her background as well as her wit adds another dimension to the roundtable for the Blake Radio Network,” states Terry.  “I was at first a little hesitant because I knew that I’d be crossing over into a new medium and although I’ve done voice-over work that has aired on radio, being a talk show radio host is quite different than doing radio commercial work. At the same time, I’m very excited about doing this because the truth is that I am able to transfer my chops to this medium while also reaching a larger audience. Now that I have taped a few segments under my belt, I can begin to exhale,” Barnes states.

 “Some of my guests, based on their view of the world, will certainly have things to say that have both social and political implications.  For example, my recent interview with journalist and Hollywood Black Film Festival founder, Tanya Kersey definitely stepped outside the box in terms of what needed to be said and hard data to back our talk up. Other conversations such as the one with actor Ella Joyce will hopefully be eye-opening, personal and inspirational,” remarks Barnes who fittingly uses as her theme song Here Comes the Sun, by the late Nina Simone.

Barnes, an award-winning actor with over 30 years of acting experience will portray historical figure, Ida B. Wells in HBO’s Iron-Jawed Women opposite Angelica Houston and Hilary Swank, which is slated to air in 2004. She is best known to film audiences for her role as Anna in Erin Brockovich  and more recently for Murder By Numbers with Sandra Bullock. She is also known to television audiences for her role as Anne Marie on ABC’s Roseanne for five seasons.

Barnes is Co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.  As a writer, her current projects include her internationally touring solo show, “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black and another one-woman show on the life of her mother, Just Call Her a Woman of the Soil. Her first book,On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey is slated to be released the end of 2003. She also teaches both writing and acting classes in North Hollywood.

  For additional information about Blakeradio, log onto  For information on how you can become a sponsor for the talk show, “Adilah” or for more information about Adilah Barnes, log onto or contact Allison Queen at (310) 674-1776.



Peace Adilah,

I listened to your show today for the first time. I enjoyed it! Please keep up the good work.   I also went to your website, and you are as equally beautiful as your spirit!

I made an attempt to pass on some related information to Angela Gibbs but i guess i wrote the email incorrectly.

Please pass on this URL it might be of interest.

They produce an annual film festival in NY that features the works of African American Women filmmakers. Reelsisters is owned by a sister Carolyn A. Butts who also produces an independent Literary Magazine - African Voices Magazine.

Kind Regards,

Sheila Prevost
President/Creative Director
SL Prevost Design
100 John Street
New York, NY 10038
212 937 9897


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