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Jazz Antigua: Roots, Rhythm & Swing!

 BACK TO THE FUTURE: In Search of a New Black Theatre Aesthetic

Back to the Future

Raisin in the Sun

 Raisin in the Sun

June 24-26 and July 1-3, 2011
Friday and Saturday 8pm
Saturday 2pm/Sunday 3pm

Ebony Repertory Theatre

by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Set in 1950's Chicago, this groundbreaking play portrays an African-American family's pursuit of their shared dream for a better life amid conflicting aspirations, betrayal, and racism. This timeless classic continues to shine an unflinching spotlight on America's struggle to overcome its past while paying tribute to those courageous enough to shape a future filled with an abiding faith in the fundamental decency and unlimited capacity of the human spirit. 

About the Director

production of
"A Raisin In The Sun"

On March 19, Ebony Repertory Theatre was delighted to receive 4 awards out
of 8 nominations for our production of Lorraine Hansberry's seminal play,
A Raisin in the Sun.

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle

McCulloh Award for Revival: A Raisin In The Sun
Lead Performance: L. Scott Caldwell ( Lena Younger)
Featured Performance: Deidrie Henry (Ruth Younger)
Ensemble Performance: The Cast of A Raisin In The Sun

Congratulations to all who were a part of this wonderful production!

Ovation Awarded


DEIDRIE HENRY as Ruth Younger,

"My heartfelt appreciation to the board of Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) and our supporters, Northrop Grumman, US Bank, Broadway Federal Bank, Honda Corporation of America, and Mr. Tavis Smiley ; to our Director, the inimitable Ms. Phylicia Rashad; to our terrific cast, Kenya Alexander, Brandon David Brown, L. Scott Caldwell, Kevin Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson, Quincy O’Neal, Bechir Sylvan, Ellis Williams; to our fantastic designers;  to our tireless crew and staff; and to our beloved Israel T. Hicks (1943-2010), ERT Founding Artistic Director, who brilliantly initiated our A Raisin In The Sun journey. It is this collective of talent and commitment that has made this possible." 
Wren T. Brown, Founder/Producer


Playboy Jazz Festival

Wednesday, June 8, 2011,

Presented in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.


For over thirty years the Playboy Jazz on Film program has presented the greatest names in jazz through rare and swinging film clips. This is the longest on-going such program worldwide and the tradition continues this June 8th with our partner, Ebony Repertory Theatre, at one of Los Angeles' brightest cultural destinations. Program host Mark Cantor will once again share a series of performances highlighting the most important, and sometimes forgotten, names in jazz. The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is located in the Mid-City area which was home to such legendary venues as The It Club, The Parisian Room and The Hillcrest Club. This is an annual favorite you won't want to miss!

 An Intimate Evening with Dianne Reeves

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8pm

A benefit for Ebony Repertory Theatre
Event Chairs: Mattie McFadden-Lawson & Michael A. Lawson, Esq

Join us for an intimate evening with four-time Grammy Award winner, Dianne Reeves.

Dianne Reeves

 An Evening With Legendary Comedian
          PAUL MOONEY
         "Do You Know Your History?"

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 8pm

Black is the NEw White

        Pat Taylor, Artistic Director

In Association with Ebony Repertory Theatre


Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 8pm

"Evocative, graceful and bubbling with rich, jazzy textures..." - Los Angeles Times

IN CONCERT premiering the dance suite EVOLVE inspired by the collage art of Michael Massenburg and featuring poet S. Pearl Sharpe and performing favorites with special guest jazz vocalist Dwight Trible & Trio

The award-winning JAZZANTIQUA DANCE & MUSIC ENSEMBLE celebrates The Art of Jazz with a performance event that weaves riveting dance with live jazz music, soul-stirring poetry and stunning visual art to create an evocative evening bubbling with rich, jazzy textures.


Ebony Repertory Theatre presents

Billy Childs

Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Urban Arts Theatre West and Jeph Willis Arts in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre present

ONE: One Man, Twelve Disciples, One Faith

The Concert

Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8pm

ONE: One Man, Twelve Disciples, One Faith – The Concert is a stylized and post-modern portrayal of the Apostles Peter and Paul’s last days in Christian-hating, Emperor Nero’s Rome and Peter’s memory of his last days with Christ. The Concert version of ONE: One Man, Twelve Disciples, One Faith presents an evening of the music of this intense drama with roof-raising vocals from America’s most outstanding male and female gospel and soul vocalists. This musical concert of this powerful show will uplift your spirits and enrich your soul!

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles in
A Sweet, Sweet Spirit

A Celebration of Black History: A Journey in Four Parts

The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles in A Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Byron J. Smith, Director

Join Ebony Repertory Theatre as we welcome The Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles, under the direction of Byron J. Smith. Come enjoy this internationally acclaimed ensemble as they perform spirituals, jazz and gospel pieces that will uplift your spirit. Come and hear the debut of Porgy and Bess Revisited (A Soulful Celebration). An event for the whole family!

Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

February 2010 Black History Month

Saturday February 13th at 8pm


Join us as we present an intimate portrait of love through romantic storytelling and soulful music. Couples and singles alike will be inspired and entertained by tales of love won, love lost and love that has yet to come. A perfect way to spend Valentine’s Weekend. Come and celebrate with friends and loved ones!

Saturday February 20th at 8pm


Join us as we present an evening in celebration of the black man in society. We will celebrate the many achievements of black men and their significant contributions to the world through literature, dance and music!

Saturday February 27th at 8pm


Join us as we present an evening in celebration of the black woman in society. We will celebrate the many achievements of black women and their significant contributions to the world through literature, dance and music!

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Join Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) in a month long celebration of black culture as we pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of African-Americans in the United States. Through song, spoken word and movement, each weekend will be dedicated to a aspect of the black experience.


For more information, call 323.964.9766

An Evening with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

A Celebration of Black History: A Journey in Four Parts

An Evening with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey
What You Didn’t Learn in High School History

Join us as Bernard and Shirley Kinsey take us on an extraordinary journey through history that is certain to transform our perspective on the African-American experience. It is not the history we learned in high school. Culled from their personal treasures, this evening will bring to light the extraordinary triumphs and accomplishments of our ancestors and in doing so gives these individuals a voice, a personality and a name. Parents, an event not to be missed by you or your children!

Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 8pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join ERT for its 2nd annual one night only celebration featuring noted actors, musicians and a gospel choir performing inspirational excerpts from Dr. King’s words, speeches and songs sung throughout the civil rights movement. An evening not to be missed!

January 16, 2010 at 8pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

This event is part of:

LA Arts Month

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents

Soul of Rodgers

Soul of Rodgers

Featuring two-time Grammy nominee Ledisi and more!

October 2nd and 3rd, 2009 at 8pm

Ebony Repertory Theatre and Reprise Theatre Company present a groundbreaking musical revue interpreting the Rodgers songbook through the African-American idioms of jazz, blues, soul, R&B, hip-hop and gospel. Conceived and directed by Billy Porter.

For tickets and more information click here

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal

September 25-26th, 2009

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Heralded jazz pianist, Ahmad Jamal arrives at the Holden for a thrilling weekend of music. A legend with a career that has spanned over five decades, Mr. Jamal has been recognized for his innovative, dynamic work in countries all around the world. Join Ebony Repertory Theatre in celebrating the talents of one of the most influential musicians in jazz history.

Take a listen to the music of Ahmad Jamal
clip 1 - Dynamo
clip 2 - Arabesque

About Ahmad Jamal

Celebrated pianist-composer Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Mr. Jamal was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of three. While in high school, he completed the equivalent of college master classes under the noted African-American concert singer and teacher Mary Cardwell Dawson and pianist James Miller. In 1951 he formed his first trio, The Three Strings.

Considering his trio "an orchestra", Mr. Jamal not only achieves a unified sound, but subtly inserts independent roles for the bass and drums. The hallmarks of Mr. Jamal's style are rhythmic innovations, colorful harmonic perceptions, especially left hand harmonic and melodic figures, plus parallel and contrary motion lines in and out of chordal substitutions and alterations and pedal point ostinato interludes in tasteful dynamics. He also incorporates a unique sense of space in his music, and his musical concepts are exciting without being loud in volume. Augmented by a selection of unusual standards and his own compositions, Mr. Jamal would notably impress and influence, among others, trumpeter Miles Davis.

In 1951, Mr. Jamal first recorded Ahmad's Blues on Okeh Records. His arrangement of the folk tune Billy Boy, and Poinciana (not his original composition), also stem from this period. In 1955, he recorded his first Argo (Chess) Records album that included New Rhumba, Excerpts From The Blues, Medley (actually I Don't Want To Be Kissed), and It Ain't Necessarily So, -- all later utilized by Miles Davis and Gil Evans on the albums Miles Ahead and Porgy and Bess.

In his autobiography, Mr. Davis praises Mr. Jamal's special artistic qualities and cites his influence. In fact, the mid-to-late1950's Miles Davis Quintet recordings notably feature material previously recorded by Mr. Jamal: Squeeze Me, It Could Happen To You, But Not For Me, Surrey With -The Fringe On Top, Ahmad's Blues, On Green Dolphin Street and Billy Boy

In 1994, Mr. Jamal received the American Jazz Masters fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The same year he was named a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University, where he performed commissioned works with the Assai String Quartet.

Hal Leonard Publications issued The Ahmad Jamal Collection Piano Transcriptions in 1998. In 1994 Mr. Jamal received the National Endowment of the Arts American Jazz Masters award and also was named a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.

In June of 2007 the French Government inducted Mr. Jamal into the prestigious Order of the Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, naming him Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Former recipients being William Faulkner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jackson Pollack, Ella Fitzgerald, Alan Ginsberg and Tony Morrison.

His latest recording, “It’s Magic” released in June of 2008 hit the charts at #13 immediately after its release in the US, being touted as one of his finest works yet to date. “It’s Magic” is hailed by critics as a career highlight, it graced the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart, the iTunes Jazz Top 10, and it recently peaked at #2 on the Jazz Week Radio Chart In France. Mr. Jamal was awarded Best International Album (Album International de Production Francaise) by Les Victoire du Jazz, the French version of the Grammy’s. The album also garnered Record of the Year by Jazz Man magazine. His music remains, youthful, fresh, imaginative and always influential.

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents:
An Evening with Keith Black, MD
Conversation and Book Signing
Author of Brain Surgeon
with Arnold Mann

Keith Black
A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles

Friday, September 18, 2009, 8pm

BRAIN SURGEON: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles
By Keith Black, M.D., with Arnold Mann

BRAIN SURGEON is a compelling look at one man's journey into the inner workings of the body's most intricate and fascinating organ.

In BRAIN SURGEON, Dr. Black takes us behind the scenes into his life as a master surgeon. He uses the extraordinary cases of his patients to
illustrate fascinating details of the brain's inner workings as well as the techniques he uses to extend lives. BRAIN SURGEON is also an incredible human interest story - a thrilling, eye-opening look into the lives and dramatic stories Dr. Black encounters on a daily basis - from ministers and rock stars to wealthy entrepreneurs and uninsured students.

BRAIN SURGEON also recounts the personal journey of Dr. Black from his childhood as a African-American boy growing up in the civil rights era South, to his early fascination with medicine and the brain, to his rise to the top ranks of the elite world of neurosurgery.

Ebony Repertory Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse In association with Regina Taylor Present

Los Angeles Premiere
Adapted from the book by
Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
Directed by Israel Hicks

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

May 5th - July 5th, 2009

CROWNS explores the lives of the “hat queens,” six women in the South whose stories of love, loss, identity and sisterhood are woven into the hats that crown their heads and the songs that speak their truth. Based on the acclaimed coffee table book, CROWNS captures the thrill of self-expression with a series of intimate musical portraits.

Sharon Catherine Blanks
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Clinton Derricks-Carroll
Suzzanne Douglas
Paula Kelly
Angela Wildflower Polk
Ann Weldon

Choreographer - Keith Young
Music Director - Eric Scott Reed
Scenic Designer - Edward E. Haynes, Jr.
Costume Designer - Dana Rebecca Woods
Lighting Designer - Lap Chi Chu
Sound Designer - Cricket S. Myers

A Celebration of Black History: A Journey in
Four Parts

Staged by Israel Hicks
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

February, 2009

A Journey in Four Parts

2/7- Celebration of History, 2/14- Celebration of Love, 2/21- Celebration of Men and 2/28- Celebration of Women "

Join Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) every Saturday evening in February as we celebrate our journey from slavery to freedom.   Through word, music and movement, ERT will present four evenings dedicated to honoring the black experience in America.

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Staged by Andi Chapman

January 17, 2009 at 8pm

This one night only event will feature noted actors, musicians and a gospel choir performing inspirational excerpts from Dr. King’s words, speeches and songs sung throughout the civil rights movement. An evening not to be missed, please join us in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth.

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016


$20 - Reserved Seating
$10 - Students with valid ID


For more information, call 323.964.9766

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents

Two Trains Running, By August Wilson, Directed by Israel Hicks

Earl Billings - Russell Hornsby - Felton Perry - Roger Robinson
Glynn Turman - Michole Briana White - Ellis E. Williams

October 8- November 9, 2008

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

This is the 1960s chapter of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright's decade-by-decade saga of ordinary African Americans in this turbulent century.

It takes place in Memphis Lee's coffee shop in a Pittsburgh neighborhood that is on the brink of economic development. Focus is on the characters who hang out there: a local sage, an elderly man who imparts the secrets of life as learned from a 322 year old sage, an ex con, a numbers runner, a laconic waitress who slashed her legs to keep men away, and a retarded man who was once cheated out of a ham. (Samuel French)

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Play Award and from the mind of one of America’s most important playwrights, August Wilson, Two Trains Running reveals a world where money is short and justice an afterthought. With city renovators eyeing the building, Memphis is determined to make a fair profit from the inevitable sale of his restaurant and soon realizes that the fight for justice comes at a cost.

Read what the critics had to say about Two Trains Running!

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents


Rafael Amargo & Compañia de Flamenco in
Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)


California Premiere!

Rafael Amargo & Compañia de Flamenco in Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)
September 4-11, 2008

at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 W. Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

A truly authentic Flamenco experience, Tiempo Muerto arrives at the Holden stirring audiences with its rhythmic and meticulous footwork, expressive and articulate flamenco guitar and its soulful lyrics written by Rafael Amargo.

A dance event not to be missed, Tiempo Muerto will leave audiences breathless!

$50 Opening Night Orchestra and Balcony Seating (includes Wine Reception) September 4 only
$50 Preferred Seating        
$40 Orchestra General      
$35 Balcony General       
$25 Senior/Student (with valid ID)         
Groups of 15 or more 20% discount off Orchestra general seating




Rafael Amargo, (born January 3, 1975. Granada-Spain) is an eclectic dancer and choreographer. He received from his maestros the purest flamenco style, although he has cleverly assimilated other types of dance throughout the years, like the lessons he learned while attending Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance classes in New York in 1996.
Amargo´s choreography overflows with Tradition and Modernity, both conceptions perfectly matched on stage. His choreography is often closer to contemporary dance, but never moves too far from the starting point, Flamenco.
His second show, Amargo, marked the beginning of Rafael’s recognition for not only his prowess as a dancer, but as a choreographer and artistic director. Amargo received several awards and great critical acclaim from the national press and soon he gained notoriety in the media.

In September 2002, he received a “Positano Leonide Massine Prize”, in recognition for his work as a choreographer and a dancer. This award is the most important distinction given to Dancing in Italy. This very same award has been given to Rudolf Nureyev, Maurice Bejart, Lindsay Kemp and other stars of Dancing and Ballet. He has also received the APDE Award (Spanish Dance and Flamenco Teachers Association) together with Antonio Gades and Matilde Coral.

Since the creation of his flamenco company in 1997, Rafael has produced, directed and choreographed the following shows, LA GARRA Y EL ÁNGEL (1997), AMARGO (1999), POET IN NEW YORK Inspired in the poem by Federico García Lorca (2002), EL AMOR BRUJO by Manuel de Falla (Gitanería 1915) (2003), ENRAMBLAO (2004), DQ…PASAJERO EN TRÁNSITO (2005), Tiempo Muerto (2007)
In August 2007 he presented at Barcelona’s Opera House, Teatre del Liceu, his anthological work, Amargo al Liceu, for the 10th anniversary of his company. Rafael is currently working on the choreography for Broadway’s next production of Zorro, and touring his latest work Tiempo Muerto around Spain and the rest of the world.

Tiempo Muerto (Time Out)

Tiempo Muerto

Tiempo Muerto, Rafael Amargo’s sixth show is a return to the his roots; the essence of flamenco.
In Tiempo Muerto, Rafael has entrusted one of the biggest names of flamenco music to compose the music scores, celebrated musician and flamenco composer Juan Parrilla.
The musical group of the Compañia Rafael Amargo has been enlarged with a wind section, stringed instruments, woodwinds, bass, synthesizers and piano to cover the musical needs of the score composed by Parrilla. El Cante (flamenco singing) has been committed to the notable voices of Maite Maya, Carmina Cortés and Pedro Obregón. All the lyrics of the show have been written by Rafael Amargo.

Ebony Repertory Theatre & Friends Three Presents the Spoken Word

The Words and Music of Oscar Brown, Jr.

Staged by Israel Hicks

Donald McKayle

Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 7pm

Special Guest Artists

(in alphabetical order)

  • Obba Babatunde
  • Marla Gibbs
  • Ted Lange
  • Dawnn Lewis
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Felton Perry
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Dick Anthony Williams


$25.00- General Seating
Champagne Reception to Follow

All tickets can be picked up at will call the evening of the performance.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door the evening of the event.

Ebony Repertory Theatre presents
An Intimate Evening of Dance Demonstration and Dialogue
Honoring Dance Pioneer Donald McKayle

Monday April 7, 2008, at 7pm

Donald McKayle
Donald McKayle  

Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson
Co- Artistic Directors

The New York Times hailed Rhoden as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day” while calling Richardson “one of the great modern dancers of his time.” Together they created Complexions Contemporary Ballet, recognized for its electrifying performances and breathtaking dancers.

Please join Ebony Repertory Theatre and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs in association with Dance at the Music Center for an exclusive evening with the company, it’s founders and a tribute to Dance Pioneer, Donald McKayle


$12- General Seating

Online ticket sales for Complexions have ended.  
Tickets will be available at the box office beginning at 6:30pm

Conversation & Book Signing with
Dr. Camille F. Forbes

Dr. Camille F. Forbes
Dr. Camille F. Forbes will be discussing and signing her new book Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway and the Story of America's First Black Star. Dr. Forbes will be interviewed by Miles Kreuger (Founder and President of the Institute of the American Musical), America's foremost authority on the American Musical in theatre and film and Author of Show Boat: The Story of a Classic American Musical.

Monday, February 18, 2008 at 7:30pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC)
4718 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90016

Admission to this event is free.

Biography of Dr. Camille F. Forbes
Dr. Camille F. Forbes is an Assistant Professor of African-American Literature and Culture at the University of California at San Diego. Her teaching and research interests include: Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature and Culture; African-American Performance; American Literature; Cultural Studies. Lost though he is to the annals of popular culture, Bert Williams was, according to critics of his time, nothing less than “The Greatest Comedian on the American Stage.” The black Bahamian performer (1874-1922) became the leading comedian in America in a career that spanned more than thirty years. Even as he faced the baffling rejection of an often rigidly segregated society, Williams also triumphed, earning the adulation of blacks and whites, alike. In this talk, Professor Forbes will introduce this singular comedian, discussing both his extraordinary work and the context in which he performed it.

An Evening with Dr. Cornel West

(all proceeds from the evening will benefit the theatre)

The Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) is proud to present Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University Professor and acclaimed NY Times best selling author of Race Matters, as he inaugurates our Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC) at 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM). Proceeds from this event will go to support the Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Dr. Cornel West

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 7:30pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (NHPAC)
4718 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90016


Online ticket sales for An Evening with Dr. Cornel West have ended.  There will be limited ticket availability at the Box Office beginning at 6:30pm.



Biography of Dr. Cornel West
One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” 

Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, selling more than a half a million copies to date. In addition, West has published 16 other books and has edited 13 texts.

West earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in three years, magna cum laude. Martin Kilson, one of his professors there, describes West as “the most intellectually aggressive and highly cerebral student I have taught.” After earning his Ph.D. at Princeton, he became a professor of religion and director of the Afro-American Studies program there. West has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. 

In his last book Democracy Matters, West analyzes the arrested development of democracy both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. He argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, it must first recognize its own long history of imperialist corruption.  His latest CD, Never Forget:  A Journey of Revelations is a collection of socially conscious music featuring collaborations with Prince, Outkast, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli. West also offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI. 

West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its official spokesperson, as well as playing a recurring role in the final two films