Get In Formation: Nu World Nuggets for Movement on Stage
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By: Stevanie A. Williams

The movement of an actor on stage and body language is very important.  Movement itself can tell a story, the passing of time, or convey a special message. The members and directors of WombWork Productions, Inc. Nu World Art Ensemble have perfected specific ways to move on stage to:

  • 1) To teach young people stage directions,
  • 2) To give awareness to spacing and body control, and
  • 3) To learn how to create certain pictures on stage that bring an audience into a specific environment.   

At Bernard Harris Elementary School, scholars in the 4th grade are learning how to move from one space to another using rhythm and a NU World step show-like method to change focus from female to male and set the audience up for what's next. This method is used by Nu World to help the actors keep time and be in a specific spot on the stage to deliver lines clearly. It is also used when needing to be together or moving and delivering lines in one voice. 

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In the following video these scholars are changing position using a piece called "I Am" to move the focus from the young ladies to the young men who are now getting ready to 'Rep Their Hood' by sharing where they live and what experiences they have as young black men in their neighborhoods. 

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UMBC The Choice Program's College Night
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By: Marvin Roxas

On Monday November 13th, WombWork Productions, Inc.'s Next Generation Art Ensemble performed at the University Center Building at UMBC to start a conversation with youth about addressing racial inequity, their personal journey to college, and how they see themselves working in partnership with social change activists in Baltimore. 

The program was organized by The Choice Program at UMBC in partnership with:

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"The Choice Program at UMBC is a not-for-profit organization administered by The Shriver Center at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). For 30 years, Choice has engaged, mentored, trained, and advocated for disconnected youth. The overarching program goals are to:

  • reduce recidivism of young people involved in the justice system;
  • reduce placement in foster care for youth in the social services system;
  • and strengthen youth and family ties to the community through increased educational and vocational opportunities.

The Choice Program interventions provide services in the Baltimore and Washington DC metro areas. The program has strong partnerships with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the Maryland Department of Social Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, and AmeriCorps."

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The Village that Vanished
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By: Cheryl Hinton

The Village that Vanished: Remember, Rekindle, Reclaim, Restore...

The Baltimore Cease Fire 365 is a citywide movement calling for all citizens to refrain from the act of homicide. November 3rd to November 5th was the second Cease Fire weekend this year filled with life affirming events asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life. The movement offered resources to families, make commitments to be non-violent in thought, word and deed and ultimately, honor the sacredness of life every day.

On November 5, 2017, The National Great Blacks In Wax held a Cease Fire event entitled The Village That Vanished- Remember, Rekindle, Reclaim, Restore.  The museum applauded the work of Rashida Forman-Bey and Kay L. Muhammad, Directors of WombWork Productions, Inc. along with thirteen others. The Honorees were applauded as Unsung Sheroes and Heroes who have worked tirelessly in the Baltimore community with our children, youth and adults who face the atrocities of inequities, marginalization, health disparities and more. For over twenty years, WombWork Productions, Inc. has saved lives through the arts and as a result, a standing ovation of acknowledgement was given. Others like Sallah Jenkins, Sheila Gaskins, Leon Purnell, Umar Marvin McDowell, Menes Yahudah, Navasha Daya, Stephanie Sayfiatou Edwards, Phyllis Smith, Eric March, Samuel Brice, Janet Jones and Barbara Redmond had their unique work and validating stories to share.

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Our own Dr. David Fakunle was the keynote speaker. Dr. Fakunle referenced the African folktale, The Village That Vanished which stressed the virtues of courage, faith, wisdom and leadership.  He shared the importance of each honoree’s life work and impact on our Baltimore community.

The National Great Blacks In Wax also provided a 365 Legacy Time Capsule adorned by Visual Artist Sallah Jenkins. The Capsule, intended for the legacy we will leave our children, highlights the value of life and identify virtues, morals and behaviors needed to survive in a world where many people have no beliefs greater than themselves.   Guests and Honorees were offered the opportunity to place items in the Capsule i.e. virtue cards, Bible, Koran, 42 Principles of Maat and “365” Commitment Certificates indicating the “work” they will personally do in restoring the Village That Vanished.  The Legacy Time Capsule will be housed in the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.  

What work will you commit to do to rekindle, reclaim and restore the village? Join WombWork Productions, Inc. today, to commit to this life affirming mission to save our youth, our city, your city, our future. Congratulations, Mama Kay and Mama Rashida!

...Restoring the Village of Baltimore
Norman WombWork Baby Shower
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By: Mama Kay

Norman Jackson is a loved member of this company. This is a baby shower of a new baby girl expected on December 8th. Nu World Art Ensemble is celebrating new life. Norman has done professional acting and has been on The Wire and is such a support to this family and the males of Nu World Art Ensemble have been such a team. He was my son's best man during his wedding and he has been so wonderful working in gang prevention pieces. He's been so consistent with us since the beginning and as a part of this family unit. He is a young man who was involved with the streets and flipped everything around because of his involvement with the arts.

We come together in painful times like the death of Next Generation Art Ensemble members like Norman's daughter this past summer. Now we are here again some weeks afterwards to celebrate a new beginning. We celebrate life and we celebrate death and that's a big part of our community.

WombWork Black Box Theatre is available to host these kinds of community gathering events.

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African Urban Culture: Bucket Basics
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By: Stevanie A. Williams

There is a rhythm to everything we do in life, the way we breathe, the way we walk, the way we talk, how we communicate and move through our day. This rhythm is innately put into us as we hear our mother's heartbeat in the womb. Somewhere along the way as we come into ourselves the recognition of that rhythm is lost or tucked behind scars of frustration and fear. Artists Charles Watson, Jumoke Ajanku, and Stevanie Williams have found a way to reconnect young scholars of Baltimore City to their core sense of rhythm and instrumentation using a basic bucket and a pair of sticks. 

Four days a week, scholars from Pre-K to fifth grade sit down with these artist and learn to create poly rhythms (many rhythms coming together to make one) simular to those of traditional West African culture. All three artist incorporate information and knowledge of these rhythms, how they are played, the names of traditional drums, the meanings for each rhythm and how this music is the birthing place of the music that most inner city youth listen, dance to and enjoy today.  Through the use of the bucket scholars are shown how to use simple materials to make music. How to create their own rhythms and sounds that immulate life and put them together to make one beat that everybody can move to. 

Scholars around Baltimore are excited to participate and encouraged to use the bucket as a new instrument.  A tool to say that the best things can come out of using what you have and working together to make anything beautiful, funky, and fun. Being drummers themselves, Charles, Jumoke, and Stevanie not only instruct but play with the scholars as an example of teamwork and unity, giving each scholar a piece of what being a musician in the community is all about.  Each artist has a teaching style both simular and unique that gets the scholars involved and learning, excited to share with the school community and families in a performance given at the end of each quarter. 

African culture and Urban Culture have again become one, and through the use of the bucket and basic traditional drumming another generation has been given the chance to change and cultivate the sound and look of music.  

#MyBmore
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#MyBmore #WombWork #Stories #Love

By: Marvin Roxas

In Baltimore, there are certain narratives that talk about the city's problems, its struggles, and its enormous potential. The #MyBmore campaign aims to share the positive stories and experiences of those who love this city and want to share what is happening here. Featured in this video is the President of WombWork Production, Inc., Dr. David Fakunle.

Share your stories about some Baltimore and WombWork Productions, Inc. love!

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