Performances & Special Screening

Derick Cross (aka D. Cross) is a multidimensional visual and performance artist who creates imagery in order to reach deep inside the viewer of his artwork. His work is part of the collections of Erykah Badu (Grammy Award-winning Singer-Songwriter), Ed Lewis (Founder of Essence Communications), Ruby Dee (legendary actress), Judith Jamaison (Alvin Ailey director & legendary dancer/choreographer) and Bashiri Johnson (world renowned percussionist & music producer), among others. He is the Art Director of African Voices. As a performance artist he combines the art of Spoken Word, Vocal Percussion (beatboxing) and Hip-Hop (emceeing/rap), making music to ears of listeners everywhere. D-Cross has been featured on Nickelodean, TV Land BET’s 106’s and Park and the Electric Company.


Urban Bush Women

Performance by Love Muwwakkil

Love Muwwakkil started her relationship with UBW shortly after earning her BFA in Dance from UNC Greensboro.  After two seasons of touring with Urban Bush Women, Love went on to perform in HairSpray on the largest cruise ship in the world, as well as performing in several off-Broadway productions and as a member of contemporary pole dance company The Pulse Project. Love is thankful to maintain her relationship with UBW through performing and teaching!

Bitter Tongue (1987) is “a dance of resistance.”


Malika Franklin, the director of That’s Why They Calls Us Colored, is a Graduate of the New York Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts and Morgan State University’s Vocal Department. She has performed on stage at New Federal Theater, The National Black Theater, and Lincoln Center. Her most recent stage credits include NEC’s “Rosalee Pritchett” “Laundry”, written by David Bellantoni, and “Freedom Rider”, written by award winning playwright Ms. J. e Franklin. Her most recent onscreen projects include Marvel’s “Daredevil” and “Luke Cage,” the Amazon pilot “The Good Girls Revolt,” and the short film by Ashton Pina, “The Brother’s Texas,” which ran in the 2014 Oktober Film Festival. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Colored is Malika’s directorial debut.


Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 6:30 pm
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY

Tickets: $45 (Buy 2 tickets for $70)

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