Month: February 2021

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Martin Thomas, Lighting Designer – Black History Month, R. O. C. U.

By Liam Klenk In the course of Black History Month 2021, we are working together with Roadies Of Color United (R. O. C. U.) and we want to introduce you to a number of fabulous entertainment industry professionals. Today’s spotlight is on Martin Thomas, Lighting Designer and Lighting Director. He shares with us his thoughts on…
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INTRODUCING OUR MARCH 2021 FEATURED PROFESSIONAL OF THE MONTH Jennifer Jacobs

R.O.C.U. Staff Jennifer has 2 degrees 1 in Fashion Design and the other in Costume Design . She started her touring career as a wardrobe assistant with Luther Vandross in 1991. In her 30yrs in the industry she has been a wardrobe supervisor, Costume Designer, Stylist, and Seamstress to such artist as Natalie Cole, Tina…
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Roadies Of Color United and Theatre Art Life presents

Production Management for Concerts and Festivals About The Webinar Speakers: Victor Reed, Bill Reeves, Curtis Battles, Rebekah Foster, Tony Bulluck, Ronnie Stephenson Fantastic discussion panel on Production Management for Concerts and Festivals from some of the veterans in the live music industry was held on February 22, 2021. Between them, these panelists have worked with…
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Bernarr Ferebee, Audio Engineer – Black History Month, R.O.C.U.

February 13, 2021 By Liam Klenk Bernarr Ferebee is an audio engineer with 27 years of experience working as a Staff Engineer and Systems Engineer as well as in installation. He works for Eighth Day Sound. Since 2008, he has also served as CEO of Behind the Access, LLC doing artist management for his son Durand…
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Management for Concerts and Festivals ​​Webinar with Roadies of Color United In Collaboration With And Presented By Theatre Art Life

About The Webinar Speakers: Victor Reed, Bill Reeves, Curtis Battles, Rebekah Foster, Tony Bulluck, Ronnie Stephenson Join us Monday February 22, 2021 for this discussion panel on Production Management for Concerts and Festivals with some of the veterans in the live music industry. Between them, these panelists have worked with the likes of Chris Brown, Kanye West,…
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Jim Crow Union Forced to Change

New York Archives article written by Brian Purnell More Black history of the IATSE.Jim Crow Union Forced to Change”In existence since 1886, IA Stagehands Local 1 granted an all-Black auxiliary branch a charter in 1937 after Black workers in Harlem organized independently as a means of stopping white outsiders from hoarding all the theater jobs.…
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Musical Crossroads: African American Influence on American Music

by Steven Lewis Roots in Africa Describing the African-American influence on American music in all of its glory and variety is an intimidating—if not impossible—task. African-American influences are so fundamental to American music that there would be no American music without them. People of African descent were among the earliest non-indigenous settlers of what would…
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