Charles Sifford (June 2, 1922 – February 3, 2015) was a professional golfer who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour.  He also won the United Golf Association's National Negro Open six times, and the PGA Seniors' Championship in 1975. For his contributions to golf, Sifford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. He was awarded the Old Tom Morris Award in 2007, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014, and an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews. Lee Trevino referred to Sifford as the "Jackie Robinson" of golf, and Tiger Woods acknowledged that Sifford paved the way for his career.

Juney Smith of Rainbow Media Group and Reed R. McCants of Black History Mini Docs have partnered to film a feature length documentary “King of Stage” (The story of legendary theatre producer Woodie King Jr. ) The native New Yorkers who began their theatre artist careers in New York City, always respected and admired Woodie King Jr., and were compelled to make a film due to their strong belief that his life, his works and career should be documented in a film.

 

Woodie King Jr. is the founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre and National Black Touring Circuit in New York City. He has presented over 200 productions in New Federal Theatre 47th Season, which began in 1970.  In addition to producing Broadway shows such as “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” , “What the Winesellers Buy” and “Checkmates” in which he also directed. This giant of a man facilitated theatre artists of every discipline. Many of the actors have become house hold names such as Glynn Turman, Phylicia Rashad, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and so many more.

 

“King of Stage” will have it’s premiere screening August 28, 2017 in New York City, with an official release to screenings at various film festivals and public screenings throughout the 2018/2019 campaigns before moving on to television, DVD and online distribution.

“Cut and print that sucker”, is the saying that Neema Barnette always yells out after a “shot” or “film take” that she is pleased with on her film shoots. Once again Neema is putting her coined phrase in action with VH1's newest original television series, The Breaks,  currently filming in New York City, her hometown.

 

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Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (November 11, 1914 – November 4, 1999) was an American civil rights activist, publisher, journalist, and lecturer who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957. 

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