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A&E Q&A - Sahr Ngaujah brings the iconic FELA! to life

Atlanta-trained actor and director portrays the rebel musician in touring Broadway musical

Fela Kuti, known to some as the inventor of the Afro-jazz beat and to others as the dude with 27 wives, is revered in Nigeria for being outspoken against government corruption. As popular as his principles were his songs, which he performed at his pot-laden, cage-dancing downtown Lagos nightclub the Africa Shrine. Though the original Shrine was leveled by the Nigerian military, the New Africa Shrine, built by the late Fela's children in memoriam, remains in its stead.

It was on this stage last May that Atlanta-trained actor and director Sahr Ngaujah played Fela, just as he had hundreds of times before as the star of FELA!, the touring Broadway musical chronicling the rebel musician's life. But this time, for the first time, Ngaujah was performing before an audience who not only admired Fela, but also knew him, partied with him and loved him.

Though the Nigerian people were "skeptical at first" of a foreigner portraying their beloved symbol of freedom, Ngaujah says performing FELA! at the New Africa Shrine was "magical." The opening scene actually takes place on stage at the original Africa Shrine of the 1970s, with Fela announcing his departure from Lagos after the military has murdered his mother and destroyed his home.

"Now we were performing this same piece in the Shrine. In Lagos," Ngaujah says. "So it was like standing between two huge mirrors that were both facing each other. We didn't have to finish a lot of the songs because the audience would just sing along. After we started playing, they said, 'You belong to us!'"

Ngaujah also belongs to Atlanta, his "first home" and the city for which he rejected the Royal Academy once and the Juilliard School twice. When asked if these decisions seemed risky at the time, Ngaujah dismisses the suggestion, crediting his time spent at 7 Stages Theatre with friend and mentor Freddie Hendricks' Youth Ensemble as "the reason why Atlanta was the place to be."

"There are so many voices that have nothing to do with us. They want some money out of your pocket, or they want whatever. Your time, your sex, your energy, whatever. And at the time I was making a decision about what my next step was going to be," says Ngaujah. "I was really working on paying attention to my own voice, listening to what was inside of me as opposed to what people were telling me. It was very difficult to make some of the choices that I made then, but I made them and I'm very happy I did."



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If you can't see down Edgewood Avenue tonight, it could be due to some heavy shade-throwing as local drag queens duke it out for the crown of Miss Edgewood Avenue 2014. The pageant is the second annual fundraiser for Barefoot Gypsy, a local production house that seeks to showcase area talent as well as grassroots organizations. CL caught up with host and reigning Miss Edgewood, Brigitte Bidet, as well as Barefoot Gypsy founder, 25-year-old video editor Liliana Bakhtiari, to discuss their partnership, thinking locally, and the how it doesn't get more American than drag democracy.  

While the first annual Miss Edgewood Pageant donated funds to the Meas family in Cambodia, a portion of this year's proceeds will benefit a local organization for homeless LGBTQ youth. What inspired you to take Barefoot Gypsy in a more local direction?
Liliana Bakhtiari: Just because we live in a better place, people here are survivors too. I can't even express what an honor it is to work with Brigitte and these queens. They're sassy and they're hard, but it doesn't mean that they haven't been through things themselves. It's really changed my view of what drag is. We all have a way of connecting to one another and we all have something to learn - doing these events linking people, not just overseas, but here.  

Tell me about your decision to support Lost-N-Found.
Brigitte Bidet:  Just like we create safe spaces for gender expression, they're creating spaces for people who live this and don't have the resources that we have. Lost-N-Found just opened a thrift store that helps raise funds. They just had a huge renovation day for a house on Juniper that they purchased. Those are two huge projects that they definitely need help with. We saw our paths crossing in terms of starting bigger projects and wanting to do bigger things. 
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In addition to raising money for charity, the Miss Edgewood pageant is Barefoot Gypsy's annual fundraiser. What projects are in store for the organization in 2014? 
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How did Barefoot Gypsy become involved with the drag community and how has that relationship evolved since your collaboration at the first Miss Edgewood pageant? 
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How will this year compare?
LB: This is going to actually be a pageant.  
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If you can't see down Edgewood Avenue tonight, it could be due to some heavy shade-throwing as local drag queens duke it out for the crown of [https://www.facebook.com/events/675776825806579/|Miss Edgewood Avenue 2014]. The pageant is the second annual fundraiser for [http://www.barefootgypsyatl.com/|Barefoot Gypsy], a local production house that seeks to showcase area talent as well as grassroots organizations. ''CL'' caught up with host and reigning Miss Edgewood, Brigitte Bidet, as well as Barefoot Gypsy founder, 25-year-old video editor Liliana Bakhtiari, to discuss their partnership, thinking locally, and the how it doesn't get more American than drag democracy.  

__While the first annual Miss Edgewood Pageant donated funds to the Meas family in Cambodia, a portion of this year's proceeds will benefit a local organization for homeless LGBTQ youth. What inspired you to take Barefoot Gypsy in a more local direction?__
__Liliana Bakhtiari:__ Just because we live in a better place, people here are survivors too. I can't even express what an honor it is to work with Brigitte and these queens. They're sassy and they're hard, but it doesn't mean that they haven't been through things themselves. It's really changed my view of what drag is. We all have a way of connecting to one another and we all have something to learn - doing these events linking people, not just overseas, but here.  

__Tell me about your decision to support Lost-N-Found.__
__Brigitte Bidet:__  Just like we create safe spaces for gender expression, they're creating spaces for people who live this and don't have the resources that we have. [Lost-N-Found] just opened a [http://lostnfoundyouth.org/project-q-peek-inside-lost-n-founds-huge-new-thrift-store/|thrift store] that helps raise funds. They just had a huge renovation day for a house on Juniper that they purchased. Those are two huge projects that they definitely need help with. We saw our paths crossing in terms of starting bigger projects and wanting to do bigger things. 
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__How did Barefoot Gypsy become involved with the drag community and how has that relationship evolved since your collaboration at the first Miss Edgewood pageant? __
__BB:__ A group of my friends started doing drag almost two years ago. There's this competition called New Faces at Friends on Ponce where all the baby queens start out. We each won. Corian [Elsior] started deejaying at Mary's and we got a small following and started kind of a new drag scene. It became a new performance art outlet that wasn't, like, in a gallery. So I would say after noticing that buzz that was created in East Atlanta, Liliana wanted to put on a drag show to kick off Barefoot Gypsy.
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If you can't see down Edgewood Avenue tonight, it could be due to some heavy shade-throwing as local drag queens duke it out for the crown of Miss Edgewood Avenue 2014. The pageant is the second annual fundraiser for Barefoot Gypsy, a local production house that seeks to showcase area talent as well as grassroots organizations. CL caught up with host and reigning Miss Edgewood, Brigitte Bidet, as well as Barefoot Gypsy founder, 25-year-old video editor Liliana Bakhtiari, to discuss their partnership, thinking locally, and the how it doesn't get more American than drag democracy.  

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Thursday February 20, 2014 12:58 pm EST

  • Blane Bussey
  • Brigitte Bidet



If you can't see down Edgewood Avenue tonight, it could be due to some heavy shade-throwing as local drag queens duke it out for the crown of Miss Edgewood Avenue 2014. The pageant is the second annual fundraiser for Barefoot Gypsy, a local production house that seeks to showcase area talent as well as grassroots organizations. CL caught up with host and...

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While the phrase "medicinal weed" often brings to mind Snoop Lion, or "puff-puff pass," Charis Circle's Urban Sustainability and Wellness Program is hosting a weekly walking tour of local weeds that lean further from the psychedelic and closer to the nutritional side of medicinal. CL caught up with Wye Marley, a local herbalist who leads the Sunday walks from Charis Books and More in Little Five Points, to discuss the various benefits of wild harvesting and the benefits of having a not-so-secret garden in Atlanta's own backyard.             13074643 8829853                          Omnivore - Charis Books hosts medicinal weed walks in L5P "
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Friday August 2, 2013 09:44 am EDT

  • Isadora Pennington
  • Among other benefits, red clover is thought to stimulate the immune system.



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  • Bruce Covey
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  • MICHAEL HAVERTY
  • Raymond Carr as preacher in The Object Group's Chapel Perilous



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*Isadora Pennington
*Kory Calico talks at the first AZF


Last weekend, the first Atlanta Zine Fest was held in Castleberry Hill. The event included local artists as well as those who made their way across the country to participate in the event designed as a small marketplace for handmade books and a series of panel discussions on DIY culture. CL sat down with event organizer Amanda Mills, founder of the Atlanta Zine Library, along with Kory Calico, current head of Kill Your Darlings writers workshop, artist Becky Furey, and Jessie Feigert, Ar'nt I A Woman blog author, to discuss the importance of zines as a platform, the challenges of DIY, and the art of documenting Atlanta subculture from your bedroom floor.  

CL:  Talk a little bit about the zine-making/DIY process.  

Jessie: This was my very first zine and I very foolishly went in thinking, "This is gonna be really easy," because the appeal is that anyone can do it.  I still believe that, but you do have to do hard work to get it done.  Printing was my biggest headache.  I spent three days straight at FedEx.

To me the content was more important than the aesthetics, it was just more of using this as a platform.  I wanted more people to start talking about mental health, and women that suffer from mental health issues.  

Amanda: I have a sincere interest in the copy machine.  Knife!! of Atomic Heat Ray, who gave a sticker-making workshop during the Zine Fest, has an entire printing press.  He has like some ancient steel thing - not a letterpress, but it's kind of similar- two or three office copiers and a risograph.  

A risograph is the exact same thing as a photocopier but instead of using toner it uses actual ink.  Another thing is it prints really fast for some reason so when you hit copy, and you hit like 100, him and I were doing this just for the fun of it, and paper is just flying into your face, like 20 a second."
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*Isadora Pennington
*Kory Calico talks at the first AZF


Last weekend, the first[http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2013/06/05/atlanta-zine-fest-to-launch-this-weekend| Atlanta Zine Fest] was held in Castleberry Hill. The event included local artists as well as those who made their way across the country to participate in the event designed as a small marketplace for handmade books and a series of panel discussions on DIY culture. ''CL'' sat down with event organizer Amanda Mills, founder of the [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Zine-Library/154310121306120|Atlanta Zine Library], along with Kory Calico, current head of Kill Your Darlings writers workshop, artist Becky Furey, and Jessie Feigert, Ar'nt I A Woman blog author, to discuss the importance of zines as a platform, the challenges of DIY, and the art of documenting Atlanta subculture from your bedroom floor.  

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__Jessie__: This was my very first zine and I very foolishly went in thinking, "This is gonna be really easy," because the appeal is that anyone can do it.  I still believe that, but you do have to do hard work to get it done.  Printing was my biggest headache.  I spent three days straight at FedEx.

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*Isadora Pennington
*Kory Calico talks at the first AZF


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  • Isadora Pennington
  • Kory Calico talks at the first AZF



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