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Cynda Williams is best known for her role in "Mo Better Blues", "Meet Dorothy Dandridge" and she has been in a number of films since that time. IMDB credits.
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RUNAKO JAHI Former Artistic Director of eta Creative Arts Foundation and Vice President of The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, Runako Jahi is a director, playwright, graphic artist, poet and actor who has appeared in numerous stage productions. As a playwright he has written Mainline Blues (directed by Pemon Rami), and Freeze (directed by Okoro Harold Johnson); Asante; Memories Of Gangway Superstars; Fats: His Life & Times (Fats Waller); A Passenger Past Midnight (Marvin Gaye); What Shall I Tell My Children? (musical biography about the life and career of Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs); Again Sometime Soon; Slowdance In Room 8-C.; Michelle and Barack: A Love Story (a special presentation for the Park Forest Commission on Human Relations Black History Month at Freedom Hall); also Emancipation Or Preservation: A Discourse Between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (co-written with Useni Eugene Perkins), commissioned by the DuSable Museum of African American History. Mr. Jahi has developed an impressive body of work for youth audiences that includes: Have You Seen My Daddy?; A Place To Be Me; The Positive Evolution Of Bongo Baker; Ama and The Magic Toy Box; Kasimu & The Coconut Palm; and The Reading Machine On Sunnyside Lane. On these productions, he collaborated, musically, with the following composers: Anthony Llorens, Wanda Bishop, Lynn Hilton and Durrell Daniels In 1985, Mr. Jahi wrote the Emmy-nominated NBC special, Martin Luther King Suite (based on an original concept by Abena Joan Brown). In addition to his playwriting skills, he teaches theater to adults and youth. In 2005, Mr. Jahi began a career as acting coach by working with Jennifer Hudson for her audition for the musical, Dreamgirls. His awards include: the Paul Robeson Award from the African American Arts Alliance; the President’s Award from the Boulevard Arts Center (for his contributions to theater for children); the African American Achievement Award from Columbia College; the Lorraine Hansberry Award for Drama from Afrique Magazine; the Monarch Award for The Arts from the Monarch Awards Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority’s Xi Nu Omega chapter at their 21st annual Tribute To Black Men, the Black Theater Alliance Award of Merit and the 2004 Best Director of a Musical winner for eta’s production of Mari Evans’ Eyes, a musical adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s literary classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God ; the Men of Excellence Award from the Chicago Defender; The Keeper of Tradition Award 2011 from Ashe, The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers; and an award from NDigo Magazine’s Tribute 2 Men. In 2012 he won the Black Excellence Award for Best Set Design for Broke-Ology. In 2013, he received the Alyo Award from the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. He has worked with Deeply Rooted Dance Company; the Madhi Theatre Company’s recent production of Chicago’s Bronzeville The Musical, plus work with The Court Theatre’s Artists-In-The-Schools’ August Wilson Monologue Competition. Mr. Jahi currently works as a drama coach for professional and novice actors.
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