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2013 Pre-Commencement Scholarship Benefit PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University is pleased to present the Broadway sensation Dreamgirls performed by Dillard University students with a special guest appearance by Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday. Ms. Holliday has been proclaimed by both critics and fans alike as one of history’s greatest Broadway legends. Over 25 years ago, Miss Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. The event will be  staged in Lawless Chapel & Assembly Center at 8:00 p.m. on May 9, 2013. Individual tickets are $25.00 each.

In previous years, this annual fundraiser has featured Grammy-winning talent such as Nancy Wilson, Roberta Flack, the Four Tops, Patti LaBelle, and the Chi-Lites, as well as members of the O’Jays, the Manhattans, the Temptations, and New Edition. It has blossomed into a great family event and a staple of New Orleans’ spring entertainment calendar. Most significantly, important scholarship funds have been raised to assist deserving and highly motivated students.

The Dillard University Theater, now in its 77th season is one of the oldest HBCU theater programs in the country. The theater program provides rigorous professional training in a liberal arts context for future actors, directors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre occupations. Committed to the aesthetics of Black theatre and creating globally aware artists, the Dillard theatre program perpetuates the highest standards possible as evidenced by its nomination and subsequent recognition during the 25th Annual Big Easy Theater Awards in New Orleans.  Their production of “Two Trains Running” was the winner of a 2012 Big Easy Theater Award for Best University Production.  The awards were announced by the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) which provides grants to support arts and education.

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Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday has been proclaimed by both critics and fans alike as one of history’s greatest Broadway legends.  Over 25 years ago, Miss Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie “Melody” White, a role which she co-created, not only brought theatergoers to their feet for 8 performances a week, but also garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. 

 Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Holliday went straight from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Choir to the Broadway stage in the Big Apple. One Sunday, while singing in the church choir, she was discovered by dancer Jamie Patterson who was touring in the national company of A Chorus Line.  Jamie not only set up an audition for Jennifer in New York for the show Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God, but he also bought her an airline ticket and made arrangements for her to stay with his aunt.   During the audition with the show’s creator and director, Vinnette Carroll, Jennifer sang her favorite hymn, “God Will Take Care Of You.”  And that He did.  She was hired for the show that same day. 

Jennifer considers herself to be a Broadway Baby and theater continues to be a significant part of her career. Her recent theater credits include Sing Mahalia Sing: The Mahalia Jackson Story, Downhearted Blues: The Bessie Smith Story, Harlem Suite (with Aretha Franklin), Chicago (starring as “Mama Morton”), Grease (starring as “Teen Angel”) and Black Nativity (starring as the “Angel of God”).  Jennifer also reprised her role as Effie to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in the 2007 Theater of the Stars production of Dreamgirls at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. 

 Jennifer’s arrangement and powerful recording of “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” remains her biggest chart-topping success to date.  The song was #1 on the R&B Charts for four consecutive weeks and a Top 40 hit on the Pop Charts. From 1985 to 1992 she has enjoyed solid public support with five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts.  The millennium brought her not one, but two “Best of Jennifer Holliday” CD Collections, which have received favorable response.

Jennifer has sung all over the world and continues to perform concert dates regularly with her 14 piece band. Her current repertoire showcases new songs, jazz classics, pop standards, show tunes and much more. She is thrilled to perform live with many of America’s most distinguished symphony and philharmonic orchestras, among them: The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, The San Diego Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, The Rochester Philharmonic with Jeffrey Tyzik, the Philadelphia Symphony with Peter Nero, and the Cincinnati Pops with Eric Kuntzel, just to name a few! 

This production is sponsored by:

BP Foundation, AT &T, Sodexo, and Pel Hughes


 
Michaela Angela Davis at Dillard - Springfest 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Dillard University and the SGA will host a special presentation entitled “Bury the Ratchet”  with writer, stylist and image activist Michaela Angela Davis. The campaign, aimed to improve the depiction of African American women in media,  specifically targets Black women who live in Atlanta, Ga., because of reality shows such as “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

According to Davis, when people encounter African-American women from Atlanta, “the first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like. Which is why Davis is starting this campaign, “The goal is to get the spotlight off the ratchetness and on the successful women in Atlanta.”

The event, part of SpringFest 2013, is free and open to the public and will take place in the PSB, in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Read more about "Bury the Ratchet" here...


 
Dillard Theater's Presentation of Dreamgirls PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University theater program will continue its 77th season with a six-performance run of “Dreamgirls,” the smash-hit Broadway musical that became an Oscar-winning motion picture. The show opens on Friday, April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 14 in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.

“Dreamgirls” captures the spirit and hope of the Motown era through the story of a Chicago girl group that makes it big. In a business controlled by men, this trio of women fights for recognition and and love while superstardom challenges their musical and cultural identity. A glowing spectacle about the price of showbiz success, “Dreamgirls” sizzles with sparkling dance and R&B soul.

Dillard University’s production of “Dreamgirls” is directed by Troy R. Poplous from Tom Eyen’s original book and Harry Krieger’s timeless music. Tickets are $20, and $15 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.

The Dreamgirls scheduled run:

Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.


 
Third Annual Champions of the American Dream, April 2, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University College of Business will honor local entrepreneurs Leah Chase and Preston J. Edwards Sr. at the third annual Champions of the American Dream program on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Chase has been cooking at Dooky Chase's Restaurant since 1946. During the civil rights movement, some of the nation's leading activists gathered at her restaurant to eat and discuss plans for integrating facilities in New Orleans. Chase was named to the Lafcadio Hearn Hall of Honor at Nicholls State University's John Folse Culinary Institute. She has received the NAACP Human Understanding Award and the Times-Picayune Loving Cup. She is the author of "The Dooky Chase Cookbook."

Edwards is the founder of the IMDiversity, Inc. media group. The company operates several websites, including DiversityEmployers.com and BlackCollegian.com, and publishes Diversity Employers Magazine, which targets both entry-level and experienced jobseekers. The magazine’s predecessor was THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Magazine, which Edwards founded in 1970. Edwards holds a B.A. from Dillard, an M.B.A. from Atlanta University and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Livingstone College in Salisbury, S.C.

During the Champions of the American Dream program, the honorees will lecture on business entrepreneurship and participate in an audience Q&A session. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building.

Past honorees include Paul Flower, Dorothy Perrault, Larry Lundy and Beverly McKenna.

For more information, please contact Travis Chase at (504) 816-4713 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Dillard Hosts International Arts & Music Festival PDF Print E-mail
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International Festival FinalDillard University will launch a new event to celebrate global cultures on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The International Arts & Music Festival will be held on the Gentilly side of the campus, in front of Rosenwald Hall and Stern Hall. Initiated by Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith and the Office of International Students & Study Abroad Program, the day long event will feature entertainment, art and cuisine from a host of different countries around the world, to provide the community with a globally enhanced view of the world in which we live.

"The students were definitely ready for this," says Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith. 

To aid in the effort to bring the world to the students, the Gentilly community and the city of New Orleans, the event will be infused with local community organizations that engage in and celebrate international communities and cultures. Featured performers include Casa Samba, Rock N Dopsie, Vivaz and Zulu Connection. Dillard Greeks will take part in a  Stroll-Off. 

The festival will be held the same day as the CDC's 7th Annual Health & Sports Festival, also taking place on the Dillard campus. Furthermore, the Dillard Department of Humanities is presenting "Dream Girls" beginning on April 6, 2013 in Cook Theater.

The International Arts & Music Festival is free and open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. For more information about the event, call (504) 293-2614.


 
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