Profile: Ifa Bayeza 

Ifa Bayeza (born Wanda Williams) is a playwright, producer, and conceptual theater artist. She wrote the play The Ballad of Emmett Till, which earned her the Edgar Award for Best Play in 2009. She is the sister of Ntozake Shange, and directed Shange’s A Photograph: Lovers in Motion, which was a part of the Negro Ensemble Company’s 2015 Year of the Woman Play Reading Series in New York City. Continue reading Profile: Ifa Bayeza 

Profile: Russell Atkins (1925-)

Russell Atkins  is a musician, playwright, poet, and composer from Cleveland, Ohio, known primarily for his contributions to American avant gardepoetry. He was born in Cleveland and raised on Cleveland’s east side by three women – his mother, his grandmother, and his aunt Mae – after his father deserted the family. The family resided in Atkins’ aunt Mae’s home. Continue reading Profile: Russell Atkins (1925-)