Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!

HELP FUND THE FILM NOW Dear Supporters, Family and Friends: I am excited to announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign for JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana. In partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF), we are seeking $10,000 to complete production in the city of Tampa. Your contributions will be used in the following three areas: HD production crew Equipment … Continue reading Help Leslie bring Harlem in Havana to the Big Screen!

Brown Skin Showgirls, a photographic collection

BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS There are many art and entertainment resources that reference the contributions and important role women of color played in shaping the art of dance in North America. However, it is rare to encounter a historically rich and visually stunning book that is dedicated solely to the brown skin showgirl or black burlesque … Continue reading Brown Skin Showgirls, a photographic collection

Durham Needs A Living Wage!

I am very proud be on the steering committee for The Durham Living Project, a project of The People’s Alliance Fund in Durham, NC. I will be co-chairing communications and marketing as a part of an all-volunteer group of community members  - workers and employers - created a working group to get the program off the ground. This Project’s existence … Continue reading Durham Needs A Living Wage!

JIG SHOW!?

Jiggaboo...jigga...jigger...jig. As a journalist and documentarian, I am compelled to search out truth in my work and without bias of my own positionality in the world or in relation to the subject. Thus, I admit, I was offended when I learned my grandfather’s show, Harlem in Havana, was considered the carnival ‘Jig Show’. In my … Continue reading JIG SHOW!?

Brown-Skinned Showgirls, One Legged Tappers and a Lucumi Ritual Dance

JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s HARLEM IN HAVANA- Preserving An American Entertainment Legacy PRLog - Oct. 10, 2014 - DURHAM, N.C. -- The last remaining of the great entertainers from one of America’s most successful traveling shows are finally telling their stories in JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, the forthcoming documentary film from … Continue reading Brown-Skinned Showgirls, One Legged Tappers and a Lucumi Ritual Dance