Culture Connection: Invisible Cities Opera

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of the most ingenious pieces of performance I’ve seen in a while. The Industry’s unforgettable opera Invisible Cities left and eerily moving impression on me.  Set in Downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station, Artistic Director Yuval Sharon has created a one of a kind LA experience that rivals ambitious curated work around the globe.

I cannot do this work justice in my description of it so I figured I would give you the next best thing. Below are beautifully filmed segments from KCET’s Artbound.
One segment  is about the composing of an Opera in a space like Union Station  in which the audience and performers are all on headset.

Segment two showcases the beautiful choreography that weaves the opera in and out of Union Station’s crevices.

I do hope you will enjoy this week’s Culture Connection.  And please don’t forget to-
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
-Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brotha Malcolm

Culture Connection: West Indian American Day Carnival

Listen in as Brother Malcolm discusses his first time experiencing the West Indian American Day Carnival in New  York City during Labor Day Weekend! You can follow Malcolm on Twitter and Instagram @caliyalie.

For comments/questions about this episode call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

Culture Connection: Holding On To Our Artistic History

In this episode, Brother Malcolm explains why it’s important we maintain the history of Black artistry – and pass it on – so future generations know more about its origins and the forerunners of today’s pop icons.

For comments or questions on this episode, please call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!

Photos by Anna Mae Lam Photography

LA EVENTS: 10 Torn Layers of Silk

10 Torn Layers of Silk is a play written in Choreopoem format (a choreopoem is a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry and dance. the term was first coined in 1975 by Ntozake Shange in a innovative piece, presented in a confrontational, ‘in your face’ style, is a precursor to choreopoem, spoken word, and music.

Presented by Journey, an organization that embraces multicultural women from all walks of life, this thought provoking play is written by Makresha M. Reneau and Aisha Duncan. Based on true life stories of 10 women of Journey who have transformed liked butterflies and have chosen to share with audiences in both theatre and self-published book: 10 Torn Layers of Silk ‘ Journey from Fear to Faith’.

Revealing deep secrets of their past and shedding the sour layers of skin that have defined their lives on this Journey are: Aisha Duncan, Charli Taylor, Darline Dupree, Thea Austin, Tanya Stanford, Toushonta Hogan, Felicia Stinson, Rebecca Bell, Kumesha Driver and Deborah Magbie. This play leaves the audience with the thought that ,“today is Now and yesterday is a memory that has replaced healing and time.”

Details for this event are as follows:

10 Torn Layers of Silk

October 27-28th, 2012

Hudson Backstage Theatre
6539 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90038
Valet Parking

Tickets are currently available for $25-$35

LA EVENTS: Fraternity

Three weeks after Dr. King’s seminal I Have A Dream speech,a bomb destroyed an Alabama church, murdering four young girls and
shattering the dream that had inspired so many.

Set in a private club in 1987, Jeff Stetson’s Fraternity explores the journeys of seven successful black community leaders whose lives were forever affected by that tragedy. It examines what happens to those who seek power, privilege and inclusion, while abandoning the sacrifices that made their success possible.

Showing at the Ebony Repertory Theatre, NOW through October 28th. Tickets are currently on sale. The show runs Thursday through Sunday, matinees included!

Culture Connection: Fall Preview

Listen in as Brother Malcolm gives us a sneak peek into some of the events coming to Los Angeles during the fall season, including By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Robert Glasper Experiment, Fraternity, Meshell Ndegeocello and The Legacy of the Golden State Mutal Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business. For comments or questions, contact Brother Malcolm at or call the hotline at (323) 455-4219!


Photos by Anna Mae Lam Photography

Culture Connection: Malcolm’s “Must-Have” Music

In this episode of Culture Connection, Brother Malcolm shares with us some of the music he currently cannot live without. The records referenced in this episode are:

Pacific Standard Time – Slow Down – Poolside

Robert Glasper featuring Ledisi – Gonna Be Alright – Black Radio

Robert Glasper featuring King – Move Love – Black Radio

Tall Black Guy Move Love Remix

Kai Pineda – Speechless – Authentic Worship

Moodymann – Black Mahogani – Black Mahogani

Clams Casino – mixtape

Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Marvin Sapp – I Win

Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

For questions or comments about this episode, call our hotline at (323) 455-4219!

Photo by Anna Mae Lam Photography