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Soul Food Restaurant Jezebel’s Owner Dies at 84


Alberta Wright, the owner of Jezebel, which brought soul food with panache to Manhattan’s theater district and helped make sophisticated variations of Southern dishes a culinary trend, died on Friday in the Bronx. She was 84.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Alberta opened Jezebel in 1983, and designed what became an airy, yet intimate fabulously romantic dining spot in the center of Hell’s Kitchen, adjacent to the bustling theater district. Complete with 15 glowing chandeliers and almost as many “courting swings” for which to sit on while dining, Jezebel is a true taste of the South right here in Manhattan.

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Prince to Take Over The Arsenio Hall Show

Arsenio Hall Show

Arsenio Hall Show

Принц на Шоу Арсенио Холла


Prince took over the Arsenio Hall show on Wednesday night when he was invited as the sole guest invited onto the show. In a rare television appearance, he kicked the show off with a debut performance of Funkroll with 3rd Eye Girl, a track off his upcoming album. Prince also performed his classic hit, “She’s Always in My Hair” and “Mutiny” for an audience, half of which was wearing shades of purple.

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People born on the Year of the Horse

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People born on the Year of the Horse – Constantly on the Move

2014 The Year Of The Horse

2014 The Year Of The Horse


The Horse is by nature a gregarious creature and those born under this sign are generally very popular with a wide circle of friends. Given as they are to “horsing around,” they tend to be the life and soul of every party! For centuries the Horse has been the symbol of freedom in cultures all around the world, and this is the case in China, too. Those born in the Year of the Horse do not take kindly to restrictions. Independence is their lifeblood: they need to feel free to go where they please, when they please.

1990 – Metal Horse (24 years old in 2014)

The element of metal gives the Horse an extra dose of arrogant stubbornness, but also adds a degree of resolution that may be lacking in Horses generally. The truth is that Metal Horses need an enormous amount of stimulation to keep boredom at bay. If Metal Horses are kept busy doing something they find interesting, then they’ll work incredibly hard and achieve great things. On the other hand, if they find themselves bored or stuck in some kind of a rut, their behavior can get very wayward, almost out of control. That’s when Metal Horses are liable to simply take off for distant shores or another job, another relationship, whatever it is that can hold their interest for a while.

Sean Kingston - Metal Horse

Sean Kingston – Metal Horse

Soulja Boy - Metal Horse

Soulja Boy – Metal Horse

Sean Kingston (rapper) – February 3, 1990

Soulja Boy (rapper) – July 28, 1990

1978 – Earth Horse (36 years old in 2014)

This is a very different type of horse altogether. The element of earth adds a weight and gravity that other Horses simply do not possess. Earth Horses have a strong sense of responsibility that is definitely not shared by their brethren. At the same time, the element of earth lends a slowness and cautiousness that is not merely uncharacteristic of Horses, but can actively work against the positive attributes of Horse nature. The ego may not be so large, and the fickle skittishness not so obvious, but Earth Horses’ sense of fun and adventure is not so well developed wither. Those born under this combination may well be wise and astute, but on the down side, they are not especially exciting Horses.

Tony Yayo - Earth Horse

Tony Yayo – Earth Horse

Tony Yayo (rapper, G-Unit) – March 31, 1978

Memphis Bleek (rapper) – June 23, 1978

Foxy Brown - Earth Horse

Foxy Brown – Earth Horse

Foxy Brown (rapper) – September 6, 1978

Swizz Beatz - Earth Horse

Swizz Beatz – Earth Horse

Swiss Beatz (producer) – September 13, 1978

Usher Raymond (singer) – October 14, 1978

Shyne - Earth Horse

Shyne – Earth Horse

Shyne (rapper) – November 8, 1978

Eve - Earth Horse

Eve – Earth Horse

Eve (rapper) – November 10, 1978

Trina (rapper) – December 3, 1978

Tyrese Gibson (singer/actor) – December 30, 1978

Papoose - Earth Horse

Papoose – Earth Horse

Papoose (rapper) – December 31, 1978

 1966 – Fire Horse (48 years old in 2014 – Female Fire Horse is Hinoe Uma)

This is a decidedly powerful combination. “Flamboyant” may be one way of describing it, “loud” could be another. The least you can say is that this type of Horse is never backward in coming forward. Those born with this mixture of animal and element are naturally charismatic, always pushing to the front and inevitably finding themselves in the position of leader.

However, they do not really understand tact or diplomacy and are more than likely to speak before they think or simply ride roughshod over others. Although Fire Horses have very magnetic personalities, they do have rather large egos to match the scope of their ambition, and this can sometimes get in the way of their own progress.

DJ Premier (DJ/producer) – March 21, 1966

Janet Jackson - Fire Horse

Janet Jackson – Fire Horse

Janet Jackson (singer) – May 16, 1966

Mike Tyson (boxer) – June 30, 1966

Halle Berry - Fire Horse

Halle Berry – Fire Horse

Halle Berry (actress) – August 14, 1966

1954 – Wood Horse (60 years old in 2014)

The element of wood has a calming influence on almost all animals, and this is particularly true of the Horse. Those born under this combination are a less unruly lot than their brethren and will actually attempt to cooperate with other people. Underneath this external helpfulness, there is still an independent-minded creature that does not handle taking orders very well, but the ego is considerably tempered. Like all Horses, wood Horses have a need to constantly experience new things, but at least they make an attempt to leave their affairs in order before moving on to new pastures. However, Wood Horses do not have quite such quick and accurate perception as other Horses and must, therefore, be careful not to be “taken in.”

Jackie Chan (actor) – April 7, 1954

Condoleezza Rice - Wood Horse

Condoleezza Rice – Wood Horse

Condoleezza Rice (former US Secretary of State) – November 14, 1954

Denzel+Washington+Flight+Premieres+London+-K__tCe8D0klDenzel Washington (actor) – December 28, 1954

1942 – Water Horse (72 years old in 2014)

This type of Horse is especially self-centered, and at this worst, he can show an almost total lack of consideration for others. Water Horses love their creature comforts and enjoy dressing in very bright, stylish clothes. The elusive nature of water, coupled with the easily distracted nature of the Horse, means that those born under this combination have an extra-short attention span. Needing to be on the move all the time, they find it difficult to stay anywhere for long. Water Horses make up for having itchy hooves by being extremely charming, and they are usually forgiven for their shortcomings. They have a way of making their lack of consideration seem rather daredevil, and consequently, to coin a phrase, they “get away with murder.”

Aretha Franklin - Water Horse

Aretha Franklin – Water Horse

Aretha Franklin (singer) – March 25, 1942

Curtis Mayfield (singer/producer) – June 3, 1942

Paul McCartney (singer) – June 18, 1942

Isaac Hayes (singer/producer) – August 20, 1942

Calvin Klein (fashion designer) – November 19, 1942

Jimi Hendrix (guitarist) – November 27, 1942

August Wilson American Century Cycle kicks off Monday, August 26

August Wilson – Our Black Shakespeare

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August Wilson

August Wilson

August Wilson is the most influential and successful African American playwright writing today. He is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, Jitney and Radio Golf. His plays have been produced all over the world.

August Wilson – American Century Cycle

August Wilson’s celebrated 10-play cycle captures 100 years of African American life during each decade of the 20th century. Let’s experience an historic series in The Greene Space as an extraordinary cast of actors and directors — many who worked directly with Wilson — gather to make the first-ever recording of all ten plays.

The series kicks off Monday, August 26, bringing together many longtime Wilson collaborators and interpreters, including the project’s Artistic Director and Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson; Associate Director and Tony Award-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson; Directors include Tony Award-nominee Kenny Leon; Tony Award-winner Phylicia RashadMichele Shay; and Marion McClinton. The readings will feature many actors reprising the roles they performed on stage, including Tony Award-winner Leslie Uggams; Drama Desk and Obie Award-winner Anthony Chisholm; Obie Award-winner Brandon DirdenRussell Hornsby; Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson; Emmy Award-winner Keith David; Ebony Jo-Ann; John Earl Jelks; Roslyn Ruff; S. Epatha Merkerson; Wendell Pierce; Jesse L. MartinHarry Lennix and Taraji P. Henson in her Wilson debut.

The readings will be scored with original music by Grammy-nominated composer Bill Sims, Jr. and other composers who worked with Wilson. The plays will be presented in the order in which they premiered, with the recordings shared with institutions around the U.S.

About the plays
Wilson’s 10-play cycle chronicles the African American experience in the 20th century with each play set in a different decade. The cycle begins in the early 1900s, when wounds from slavery and the Civil War were still fresh, and closes in the 1990s, when even a large and increasingly influential black middle class would not escape persistent racial tensions. Two of the plays, Fences and The Piano Lesson, were recognized with Pulitzer Prizes.

Show Schedule

8/26 7pm Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
8/28 7pm Fences
9/4 7pm Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
9/9 7pm The Piano Lesson
9/11 7pm Two Trains Running
9/13 7pm Seven Guitars
9/16 7pm Jitney
9/21 7pm King Hedley II
9/24 7pm Gem of the Ocean
9/28 7pm Radio Golf

The Location

The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street (corner of Varick Street)

New York, NY




8/26 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Whoopie Goldberg as Ma Rainey

Whoopie Goldberg as Ma Rainey

The play is set in Chicago in the 1920s (the only play in the group not set in Pittsburgh), and deals with issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers.

In a Chicago-based recording studio, Ma Rainey’s band players, Cutler, Toledo, Slow Drag, and Levee turn up to record a new album of her songs. As they wait for her to arrive they banter, tell stories, joke, philosophise and argue. As the play unfolds it becomes clear that the tension is between the young hot-headed trumpeter Levee, who has dreams of having his own band, and veteran players Cutler and Toledo. The play’s title refers to a song of the same title by Ma Rainey referring to the Black Bottom dance.


Ma Rainey

Cutler, trombonist

Irvin, Ma’s manager

Levee, trumpeter

Sturdyvant, studio owner

Toledo, pianist

Slow Drag, bassist

8/28 – Fences

Denzel Washington as Troy

Denzel Washington as Troy

Set in the 1950s and tells the story of Troy, a restless trash-collector and former baseball athlete who, at 53, is struggling to provide for his family. Troy was a great baseball player in his younger years, having spent time practicing in prison for an accidental murder he’d committed during a robbery. Because the color barrier had not yet been broken in Major League Baseball, Troy was unable to make good money or to save for the future.

The first Broadway revival of the play opened at the Cort Theatre on April 26, 2010 with a limited 13-week engagement. Directed by Kenny Leon, the production starred Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson) and Viola Davis (Rose) as the married couple struggling with changing U.S. race relations. The revival was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning three for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington), and Best Actress in a Play (Viola Davis) The play also won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Directed by Kenny Leon and featuring actors Eugene Lee,Jesse L. Martin, Regina Taylor, Ray Anthony Thomas and Jonathan Majors.

Laurence Fishburne & Angela Bassett in Fences

Laurence Fishburne & Angela Bassett in Fences


Troy Maxson

Rose Maxson

Cory Maxson

Jim Bono

Gabriel Maxson

9/4 – Joe Turner’s Come and Gone

Set in Pittsburgh in the 1910’s. The play chronicles the lives of a few freed former enslaved African Americans and deals with themes of identity, migration and the conflicts of racism and discrimination. Joe Turner is more of a representational character in this play than a literal character. By illegally kidnapping freed and run away slaves, Turner represents the evil of the Southern, racist white man. He is based on the person of Joe Turney, brother of Tennessee governor Peter Turney, who would press Negroes in peonage.

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Directed by Phylicia Rashad and featuring Keith David,Taraji P. Henson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Roger Robinson,Raynor Scheine, Jason Dirden, John Douglas Thompson,January LaVoy, Nile Bullock and Alexis Holt.


Seth Holly

Bertha Holly

Bynum Walker

Rutherford Selig

Jeremy Furlow

Herald Loomis

9/9 – The Piano Lesson

Set in 1936 Pittsburgh during the aftermath of the Great Depression. The play deals with themes of family legacy, and tells the story of the Charles family and a brother and sister who have different ideas on what to do with the piano they own – keep or sell it. The play won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The brother, Boy Willie, is a sharecropper who wants to sell the piano to buy the land (Sutter’s land) that his ancestors had toiled on as slaves while the sister, Berniece, remains emphatic about keeping it. The piano shows the carved faces of their great-grandfather’s wife and son during the days of their enslavement.

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and featuring Brandon J. Dirden, Roslyn Ruff, James A. Williams, Jason Dirden, Alexis Holt, Eric Lenox Abrams, Chuck Cooper and Mandi Masden.


Doaker Charles


Boy Willie



Wining Boy

9/11 – The Two Trains Running

Set in 1969 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. It tells the story of a local diner owner who fights to stay open as a municipal project encroaches on his establishment. His regulars must deal with racial inequality and the turbulent, changing times.

The restaurant in the play is at 1621 Wylie Avenue, in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Hill District was one of the most prosperous, culturally active black neighborhoods in the United States. In 1960s, however, the neighborhood had suffered a sharp economic decline.

In the play, Memphis recounts how his restaurant, which now sees few patrons, used to be packed with customers. He discusses how many once-bustling small businesses have since closed down.

Directed by Michele Shay and featuring actors Ron Cephas Jones, James A. Williams, Owiso Odera, Leon Addison Brown and Harvy Blanks.









9/13 – Seven Guitars

Set in 1948. A Blues singer Floyd “Schoolboy” Barton just released from prison is asked to sign a record deal after a song he recorded months before becomes an unexpected hit. He is ready to right the past year’s wrongs and return to Chicago with a new understanding of what’s important in his life. Unfortunately his means of righting wrongs are inherently flawed.

The play begins and ends after the funeral of one of the main characters, showing events leading to the funeral in flashbacks.

Directed by Stephen McKinley Henderson, and featuring actors Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Brenda Pressley, Wendell Pierce, Lou Ferguson, Harry Lennix and Cassandra Freeman.


Floyd Barton



Red Carter




9/16 – Jitney

Set in a worn-down gypsy cab station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in early autumn 1977.

Regular cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970s, and so the residents turn to each other. Jitney dramatizes the lives of men hustling to make a living as jitneys—unofficial, unlicensed taxi cab drivers. When the boss Becker’s son returns from prison, violence threatens to erupt.

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and featuring actors Anthony Chisholm, Amari Cheatom, Stephen M. Henderson, Barry Shabaka Henley, Harvy Blanks andJoaquina Kalukango.








Young Blood/Darnell



9/21 – King Hedley II

King Hedley II has been described as one of Wilson’s darkest plays. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of an ex-convict in Pittsburgh trying to rebuild his life by selling stolen refrigerators so that he can save enough money to buy a video store.

Directed by Michele Shay and featuring actors Russell Hornsby, Leslie Uggams, Kevin Carroll, Stephen M. Henderson, Marsha Stephanie Blake and Arthur French.






Stool Pigeon


9/24 – Gem of the Ocean

Set in 1904 in the Pittsburgh home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old former slave and renowned cleanser of souls. A young man from Alabama visits her for help in absolving the guilt and shame he carries from a crime he’s committed, and she takes him on a journey of self-discovery.

Directed by Kenny Leon and featuring Eugene LeeStephen Tyrone WilliamsPhylicia RashadDanai GuriraRaynor ScheineAnthony Chisolm and Keith Randolph Smith.


Aunt Ester Tyler

Citizen Barlow

Solly Two kings

Black Mary Wilkes

Caesar Wilkes


Rutherford Selig

9/28 – Radio Golf

Radio Golf is set in 1997 in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. It tells the story of a charming, powerful African-American politician who is running for the highest office of his career with the support of his savvy wife. As he steps into political prominence, his plans collide with his past.

Harmond Wilkes, an Ivy League-educated man who has inherited a real estate agency from his father, his ambitious wife Mame, and his friend Roosevelt Hicks want to redevelop the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The project, called the Bedford Hills Redevelopment Project, includes two high-rise apartment buildings and high-end chain stores like StarbucksWhole Foods, and Barnes & Noble. Harmond is also about to declare his candidacy to be Pittsburgh’s first black mayor.

Directed by Marion McClinton and featuring Rocky Carroll, John Earl Jelks, Sharon Washington, James A. Williams and Anthony Chisholm.


Harmond Wilkes


Roosevelt Hicks