Nu World Resurrection - First General Meeting
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By: Marvin Roxas

"minute by minute, hour by hour, if truth is light, then knowledge is power..."
~Mama Rashida

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On Wednesday, both new and old members of Nu World Art Ensemble met together at the WombWork BlackBox Theatre to discuss plans, organization and ideas for the reunion and rebirth of the adult theatre troupe of WombWork Productions, Inc. We shared stories about seasonal in-house performances, upcoming productions, and community agreements that would hold Nu World Art Troupe members accountable. 

Rising Up! Planning Sessions
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by: Marvin Roxas

WombWork Productions, Inc. has been diligently planning their work on an 8-week curriculum in partnership with The Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center that will take place in two Baltimore City schools. The aim is to incorporate the WombWork Productions, Inc. virtues training and theatrical skills methodology into a personalized script-writing program where middle school students will have the opportunity to perform scripts that showcase and share their own personalized stories. The end products will include a published book of the students' stories, a video about the curriculum and script-making process, and a whole-day performance of the students' work at The Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center.

Next Generation Tours Baltimore: Harambee
Members of Next Generation Art Ensemble at the Eubie Blake Jazz & Cultural Arts Center Kwanzaa Celebration: UJIMA, Collective Work & Responsibility.

Members of Next Generation Art Ensemble at the Eubie Blake Jazz & Cultural Arts Center Kwanzaa Celebration: UJIMA, Collective Work & Responsibility.

Things are well underway and moving toward the New Year in a blast of celebrations lead by WombWork Productions, Inc Next Generation art Ensemble. On Thursday, December 28, 2017 N.G. celebrated the third principle of Kwanzaa, Ujima, Collective work and responsibility. This principle reminds us that we are to build and maintain our communities, and share in our brothers and sisters problems and solve them together. Simply put, we are our brothers keeper. In this great performance Next Generation reminds us that strong communities produce strong individuals and that we should work together for the better, support one another in good times and in bad.  The Eubie Blake Center was packed with family and community from around the world and Next Generation would entertain and educate like no other. 

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The evening doesn't stop there. Next Generation packed up their drums, costumes, families and Kinara and traveled to Henderson Hopkins School for a 7:30 performance that would be equally energetic, educational and entertaining. Working in full force, Next Generation has been on the move with more to come.  Join Next Generation and the WombWork Productions family on Saturday, December 30th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 3050 Liberty Heights Ave. in Baltimore. Be prepared to sing, dance and celebrate life and learn about the greatness of our people.  

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Next Generation and the parents celebrate Kwanzaa.

Next Generation and the parents celebrate Kwanzaa.

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IT'S KWANZAA TIME!
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Next Generation Art Ensemble

By: Stevanie A. Williams

It's that time of year when families, friends and community get together and share love, laughter, gifts and the history of our rich African-American culture. Blazing through Baltimore City and spreading knowledge and sharing Kwanzaa cheer is WombWork Productions, Inc youth company Next Generation Art Ensemble. 

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For many years WombWork Productions, Inc artist have been performing at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. With a grand opening to the Kwanzaa Celebration this year would be no different as Next Generation exploded with the first day, Umoja, which means Unity. In a very unified effort the WombWork family came together in love, support, drum and dance to uplift Next Generation as they shared history, songs, and dance in an entertaining but educational show about the celebration of Kwanzaa.

From paying homage to ancestors, pouring libation, information about the Kinara, to facts about the lives taken at the hands of police enforcement.  Songs, drumming and dancing with community audience participation,  this show delivers it all. Members of WombWork Productions adult company Nu World Art Ensemble were in the building giving love and support as well. "It was like an African family reunion, I am intoxicated with love" ~Mama Kay~

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Next Generation will be touring Baltimore City:

Thursday December 28, 2017, Eubie Blake Jazz and Cultural Arts Center, 6:30pm, 847 North Howard St, Baltimore, Md 21201

 Henderson Hopkins School, 7:30pm, 2100 Ashland Ave., Baltimore, Md 21205

Saturday December 30, 2017, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 3050 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore, Md 21215

Below is a clip from the finale at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. A big thank you and hugs of gratitude go to Mama Brenda Brown and Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle for the beautiful costumes!

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Honoring Dorthy I. Height
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By Stevanie A. Williams

It was an awe inspiring 2 days of performance at Dorthy I. Height Elementary on Monday, December 18th and Wednesday, December 20th as young scholars grades Pre-k to fifth assembled together to learn about Kwanzaa and pay homage to the great woman their school has been named after.

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Dorthy Irene Height was an American administrator and educator who worked as a civil rights and women's rights activist, specifically focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. Born in Virginia in 1912, Mama Height as the scholars called her was a well known leader in addressing the rights of African-Americans as president of the National Council of Negro Women. She drew young people into her cause in the war against drugs, equal opportunity for young African American women and education. The numerous honors bestowed upon her include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal. She became our ancestor on April 10, 2010 at the age of 98.

Under the artistry of WombWork Mamas Kay Lawal-Muhammad & Rashida Forman-Bey, and Nu World artist Charles Watson & Stephanie Williams, the scholars were well prepared to bring the love and light to Dorthy I. Height. The scholars were able to give quotes and information about the life and legacy of Mama Dorthy Height and share a little Kwanzaa love with a performance for their families and school community.  A special thank you and a big hug of gratitude goes to Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle and the members of Saint Paul Baptist Church who donated the beautiful hats the lady scholars wore during their performance! Aren't they sharp just like Mama Dorthy I. Height! 

Lady scholars wear hats donated by Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle and the St. Paul Baptist Church.

Lady scholars wear hats donated by Mama Deborah Pierce-Fakunle and the St. Paul Baptist Church.

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Mama Rashida in Coppin State University's Tell Pharaoh
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By: Mama Kay

Tell Pharaoh is a play written by Loften Mitchell in 1963. The play was edgy for it’s time period, and progressive for the time that it was in. But for now a few things had to be tweaked because it was written about the black experience in New York City. The professor/director Willie O. Jordan, tweaked the play so that the focus didn’t revolve around New York. It was brilliantly executed by the cast and the singing was excellent. You know, Mama Rashida always complains that she was gonna forget her lines, and seeing her in a play that I did not participate in, I could tell that her hand was deeply involved. I know her rhythm, I know how she thinks, and I know how she embellishes the show with her experiences.\

You know Mama Rashida is a lover of black history. And when she played Rosa Parks, it was amazing. Christian Harris was phenomenal in the show. She played one of the main characters and she is a Nu World actress and singer. Her singing was exquisite and her trained voice was utilized in ways that I hadn’t heard before. Her levels that she used was amazing. My mother, Geraldine Waters, almost fainted when Christian sang, “Everything must change.” The Coppin Repertory Theatre should be proud of a show that was well-executed and brought back to life with their modern touches.