City Lights: Joel P. E. King’s Hip-Hopera; H. Johnson On Nat King Cole Show; And More

Nat King Cole was the first black man to host a nationally televised variety show and he has been called “the Jackie Robinson of TV.”
Nat King Cole was the first black man to host a nationally televised variety show and he has been called “the Jackie Robinson of TV.”
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Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 2:42: The musical “Real Life: An Original Hip-Hopera” looks at the inter-generational trauma in African American urban communities and offers some ideas of ways to heal. Actor, director, playwright and composer, Joel P. E. King sat down with Lois Reitzes to discuss this touring production. The play opens tonight at Marietta’s New Theater in the Square and runs through May 5.
  • 19:10: Reitzes talks with WABE’s jazz host H. Johnson about the revolutionary, yet short run of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s television show. This is a continuing conversation and centennial celebration of the birth of Nat ‘King’ Cole. You can find our series at WABE.org/Natkingcole
  • 43:55: Last year, WABE’s ATL 68 series highlighted major figures, profound moments and memories of the civil rights movement. We revisited our conversation with Atlanta playwright and author Pearl Cleage to discuss what it takes to face the adversities of being an artist today.