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Harmonies & Voices of Transformation: The Annual Benefit Concert for the National Black Writers Conference
(Published: March 20, 2011)

Featuring Ruby Dee, Mos Def, Guy Davis, Gary Bartz & Others, March 25, 2011

Produced By Jill Newman Productions

Mos Def, award-winning actor, and the legendary Ruby Dee are featured as part of a star-filled line up of performers at The Annual Benefit Concert for the National Black Writers Conference on March 25 at the Highline Ballroom - 431 W 16th St., New York, NY 10011. Tickets are $35, doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 9 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested.

The event, hosted by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, in collaboration with Jill Newman Productions, features appearances by Mos Def, famed actress and activist Ruby Dee, blues artists Guy Davis and Gary Bartz, and special guests. A portion of the proceeds shall support the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC), a biennial symposium dedicated to an exploration of "emerging themes, trends and issues in black literature." Inspired by the late John Oliver Killens, since 1986 the conference has brought together writers, critics, booksellers, book reviewers, educators, students, and the general public in a dialogue on emerging themes, trends, and issues in black literature.

This year's conference, to be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011, is titled "Honoring the Work and Life of August Wilson." Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson was a major contributor to the canon of American literature whose work - from Jitney, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Fences to Joe Turner's Come and Gone and Radio Golf - was highly acclaimed.

Jill Newman Productions and the Center for Black Literature dedicate the 2011 Concert to the extraordinary Artist, Abbey Lincoln.

The conference takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., in Founder's Auditorium at Medgar Evers College - 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. For more information about the NBWC, call the Conference hotline at 718-270-4811 or visit http://www.centerforblackliterature.org.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the Benefit Concert, visit http://www.highlineballroom.com & http://www.jillnewmanproductions.com.

About the Center for Black Literature

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers serves as a voice, mecca, and resource for black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. Through a series of programs that build an audience for the reading, discussion, and critical analysis of contemporary black literature and that serve as a forum for the research and study of black literature, the Center convenes and supports various literary programs and events such as author signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, conferences, and symposia.

About Jill Newman Productions

Jill Newman Productions is the producer of Concerts, Events, etc, worldwide and the creator of INDELIBLE. The 2010 concert for the National Black Writers Conference was also produced by Jill Newman Productions, which featured the legendary Gil Scott-Heron, Gary Bartz and Talib Kweli.

More Information: http://www.jillnewmanproductions.com

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