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Students Spread The Message of Racial Unity and Anti-violence in “Phi’LA The Musical!”
With racial tensions and violence between African-Americans and Latinos greatly increasing among LA’s youth, local high school performing arts students have a powerful message of racial unity and anti-violence to share.
“The Only Play for the Kids of LA,” High School Performing Art Students
Spread The Message of Racial Unity and Anti-violence in “Phi’LA The Musical!”
“This presentation is a testament of the power of the arts...the true genius of this show is the ability to transcend cultural divides...it profoundly impacts everyone in the audience and is a masterful violence-intervention piece that will benefit any community both state and countrywide.”
—Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
LOS ANGELES, CA. –With racial tensions and violence between African-Americans and Latinos greatly increasing among LA’s youth, The Speakes 4 Them Foundation in collaboration with Jesse Jackson/Rainbow PUSH-LA and local high school performing arts students have a powerful message of racial unity and anti-violence to share.
“Phi’LA (fee-la) The Musical!,” a stage play written and directed by Dorsey High School Drama Teacher, Jamal Speakes, Sr. M. Ed., addresses overwrought racial contention and its effect on friendships and family among a diverse group of teens in LA. Part “High School Musical”, part “Romeo & Juliet”, add the freshness of FOX TV new series “GLEE” and a big dose of Hip-Hop and Spanish melodies, “Phi’LA”
“Gang violence and racial hate are epidemics that our children have learned to accept,” said Reverend Jackson, National Director of Rainbow PUSH. “It has become a part of their everyday life. With “Phi’LA,”
Additional performances are scheduled at the newly renovated ICM Foundation Performing Arts Center at Dorsey High School, October 13-18, 2009. For show times, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.philathemusical.com.
A Community Youth Forum will be held following the production to discuss “Black and Brown issues that effect our youth” on Saturday October 24, 2009 at 1pm. Scheduled panelist include Phi’LA cast members, celebrities, politicians and grassroot organizations. For more information email email@example.com.