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July 30, 2015

Oscar Grant's Mother Tells Church 'Our Lives Matter'

When I visited Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, N.J. on July 19 and heard Johnson speak, six years after her son's death, it wasn't a dramatization of events it was real life. A mother poured her heart out to a congregation, which understood her pain.

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    In this photo provided by Kraft Foods, Spice Girl "Mel B" poses for a photo wearing a T-shirt she designed based on the classic pink ribbon used for breast cancer awareness, after a fashion show and launch of "Pose for the Cure" web site to help Kraft Foods raise money for the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' fight against breast cancer in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. The shirt is for sale on the web site and the net proceeds will benefit the foundation. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, Ray Stubblebine) **NO SALES**

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    In this photo provided by Kraft Foods, Spice Girl "Mel B" poses for a photo wearing a T-shirt she designed based on the classic pink ribbon used for breast cancer awareness, after a fashion show and launch of "Pose for the Cure" web site to help Kraft Foods raise money for the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' fight against breast cancer in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. The shirt is for sale on the web site and the net proceeds will benefit the foundation. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, Ray Stubblebine) **NO SALES**

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    In this photo provided by Kraft Foods, Spice Girl Mel B, left, serves as the emcee at a fashion show and launch of "Pose for the Cure" web site to help Kraft Foods raise money for the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' fight against breast cancer in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. Mel B wears a T-shirt she designed based on the classic pink ribbon used for breast cancer awareness. The shirt is for sale on the web site and the net proceeds will benefit the foundation. The woman at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, Ray Stubblebine) **NO SALES**

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Though he has appeared as King Lear at the Yale Repertory Theater and most recently as Othello at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., the former 'Star Trek Deep Space Nine' star has found a place in the theater realm.

The Evansville, Indiana native recently directed 'God's Trombone' -- Craig Harris's brilliant new musical theater work interpreting James Weldon Johnson's 1927 collection of sermons by traveling African-American preachers.

The tour-de-force production recently performed a sold-out engagement as part of Harlem Stage's WaterWorks series at New York City's Aaron Davis Hall before making its way to Milan, Italy where they played at the Teatro Manzoni.

A Shakespearean actor of great credibility, Brooks previously appeared at Aaron Davis Hall in 'Paul Robeson,' the play about the great activist, actor and scholar and was the singing lead in the Anthony Davis opera.


"Many people do not know that Avery is an incredible musician and vocalist," Harris said in an interview about the show. "I have known Avery for 20 odd years and since I worked with him before, I called him and he was delighted to do this project. I think ... Avery is a prolific person and studied artist."

Brooks is currently a tenured professor of theater at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he was the school's first Black MFA graduate in acting and directing.

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