From 1921 to 1935 there was an explosion of excellence in American history called the Harlem Renaissance. Black performers emerged writing, speaking, and singing the truth and beauty of the Black American people and their lived experience. They embodied intelligence and talent. Jazz and the blues. They found their voice and pronounced it loudly and unabashedly.

In a modern twist, we pay homage to the greats that paved the way before us while amplifying the Black voices in this art community. We are bringing back the Renaissance. We are bringing back the beauty, the grace, and the grandeur. With their talents these each artists will teach and entertain in new and exciting way. Join us virtually every fourth Friday at 7pm to emerge yourself in the beauty that is Resurrecting the Renaissance.

 

 June 25th-July 22nd, 2021 (Part 2) Featuring:

 

Trey Peace

Edward D. Peace Jr. was born in Buffalo, New York. His family moved to Ganado, AZ on the  Navajo reservation when he was 7 years old. He started dancing in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ when he was about 12 and that’s when he decided he would be an actor. He currently lives in Flagstaff, AZ and has most recently acted in Twelfth Night with Flagshakes and will be performing in their summer repertoire.

 

William “Issim” Ramsey

Billy Ramsey also known as Issim, is a professional entertainer, arts educator, producer, and writer. He has studied and performed as a spoken word artist, actor, director, step master, musician, and motivational speaker. Billy began his journey at the age of 8 when he was introduced to the church choir. He began playing drums at the age of 10 with a local gospel quartet, The Mighty Voices of Wonder. Two years later he was introduced to the stage as an actor landing roles in Mandela, Zooman and the Sign, and many educational films. Other noted performances include an after-school special with Paul Rodriguez and Sizwe Bansi is Dead performed with the Lost Boys of the Sudan Leadership Center. Mr. Ramsey is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He is the founding member of BlackPoet Ventures LLC. His past 25 years of serving youth, fathers, and families is now mirrored in his role of Artistic Director for BlackPoet Ventures.

 

Tyra Yvette

Tyra Yvette is a native Phoenician who has performed in Georgia, Tennessee, and throughout Arizona. Some of her favorite performances include the portrayal of Lottie in By The Way Meet Vera Stark with iTheatre Collaborative, Black Nativity with Black Theatre Troupe, Addaperl in The Wiz at Mesa Encore Theater. Her award winning performances include the portrayal of Motormouth Maybelle in Desert Foothills Youth Theatre’s Hairspray and Fannie Lou Hammer in SeekFirst Entertainment’s Black Woman Walking. She is grateful to God for her talents. Tyra is most appreciative of the support of her husband Melvin and her loving family support.

 

Truth B. Told
Born in Saginaw, MI, award-winning writer/spoken word artist Truth B. Told has wowed audiences from Ford Theater in Hollywood to the Alvin Ailey Theater in Manhattan & Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Truth has been featured on BET’s Black History Moment series and Dove/Twitter’s #SpeakBeautiful campaign as well as MTV, VH1, and PBS, and has even written a successful pitch for a company on ABC’s Shark Tank. Truth also runs Culture PHX, a community-focused company which gained national headlines for its work with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty to empower young women.
T.A. Burros

A New York City native, T.A. Burrows is a multi-talented professional entertainer who has over 45 years of experience and has performed over 3,000 shows throughout the U.S. and
Europe. He has appeared in Las Vegas, and he has opened for such stars as Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Pointer Sisters, Brian McKnight, The Isley Brothers, and Teddy Pendergrass.

A former stand-up comedian, T.A. is now a singer and master impressionist and who is capable of imitating everyone from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson. He is also an actor, who has been active in Valley theater for nearly 20 years. He is a four-time AriZoni Award winner whose theater credits include such shows as Damn Yankees, Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game, Purlie, A Few Good Men, Driving Miss Daisy, and Simply Sammy, a tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr.

In addition, T.A. is the owner and Executive Producer of Act Two Productions a Phoenix area entertainment company. He has written and produced such popular shows as Unforgettable, Sentimental Journey, On the Air!, Top of the Charts, Rockin’ the Classics, Remember When, Songs in the Key of Love, Swing Street Café, and many more.