Tuesday, August 18, 2020



Axelrod Salutes BLACK and LGBTQ + Film and Song...and Action

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

The Axelrod Film Festival continues this week with three films that celebrate the alliance between the Black and Jewish communities. THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME, featuring Tamar Menasseh, a young Black rabbinical student from Chicago, JOACHIM PRINZ: I SHALL NOT BE SILENT, and SHARED LEGACIES: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

Subscribe to all three for $18–a portion of your donation goes to CCHANGE (Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education) and Equal Justice Initiative.

Last Thursday our Anne & Sheldon Vogel Virtual Concert Series presented TO BE FREE: THE SOUND OF NINA SIMONE, one of America’s great Black singer-songwriters and most influential civil rights activists. The concert featured Amma Osei (who played Nina on Broadway in Rock of Ages) and JaQuita May, celebrated recording artist who’s been compared to Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, plus cameos from American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle and Fredi Walker-Browne (Broadway’s original cast of Rent), under the music direction of pianist Darnell White. If you missed the concert, you can view it here: VIEW THE CONCERT HERE

Special thanks to Remember Jones and his team for co-producing this ongoing summer series. Your continued support helps us to continue hiring artists, musicians and technicians to bring quality entertainment “live” to you in your homes...and backyards! A portion of your donation goes to The Loveland Foundation, empowering Black girls and women in our communities. 

This Thursday evening tune in to hear up-and-coming singer-songwriter JOEY CONTRERASat the piano, joined by three fantastic vocalists: Brian Russell Carey, Mia Gerachis and Stevi IncremonaJoey has become one of the theater world’s “songwriters to watch,” having written original works for Lincoln Center, Disney and various regional theaters around the country. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the songs of Joey Contreras, check out one of his most popular songs “Love Me, Love Me Not."


A portion of your donations this Thursday will go to Encircle, resource centers for LGBTQ+ Youth and Families based in Utah with national outreach programs.