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Stories by Malcolm Barnes

As a credentialed professional photo journalist, Mr. Barnes writes for the SQUARE BUSINESS journal, served as the Business Editor and columnist for the Washington Informer, and as the Community Development writer for The Common Denominator newspaper.

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Salome’: A chilling, erotic Biblical meditation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2015 – The Shakespeare Theater Company’s current production of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” transports you to a mystical period in Biblical antiquity where time seems to stand still. From the production’s opening slow march of players who emerge from the sparse grey trappings arrayed stage left, director Yael Farber creates a mesmerizing séance ...

‘Absalom,’ second Hothouse offering, draws diverse audience

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2015 – Now underway at the Anacostia Playhouse, the Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Series of new dramatic works in progress unveiled Dane Figueroa Edidi’s “Absalom” this week as its second offering. It’s an historical allegory of palace intrigue in a period in antiquity as filtered through transgender prism. The Alliance once again raised ...

Hothouse New Play Development Series off to sizzling start with ‘Play Ball’

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2015 – The Hothouse New Play Development Series—Theater Alliance’s commitment to developing, producing and presenting socially conscious, thought-provoking new works that fully engage the arts-loving community—is working again, as it presents a four-week October schedule highlighting the work of new playwrights at the Anacostia Playhouse. Last Monday featured an incredibly compelling reading ...

‘Destiny of Desire’ takes Arena Stage by storm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2015 – Paying tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month and to the telenovela – arguably the most popular form of entertainment in the world – “Destiny of Desire” has burst on the scene in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage with all the passion and energy of the Latin Grammies and ALMA awards ...

NNPA and NAHP form national advertising task force

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2015 – Tuesday was an historic day for minority media at the National Press Club, where the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and the National Association of Hispanic Publishers (NAHP) announced the formation of a National Advertising Task Force to educate corporate advertisers on the benefits of using African-American and Hispanic newspapers to ...

Vincent Orange ‘30 Day Rule’ ignored by Bowser administration

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2015 – At a July 10 public hearing on the inspector general’s “Audit of DC Government Agencies Small Business Expenditure Goals,” the committee chairman of the Business, Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Committee, Vincent Orange Sr., threatened to draw a line in the sand on Sept. 1 and enforce his newly invented “30-day ...

National Congress of Black Women launches CBE initiative

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2015 – National Congress of Black Women Inc. (NCBW) president and CEO Dr. E. Faye Williams has announced a new initiative dedicated to ensuring that women are included in the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) conversation. In addition, the initiative demands that applicable agencies enforce existing procurement laws to ensure a level playing ...

Scena Theatre: ‘The Importance of Being…Earnestine?’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2015 – I’m glad I neglected to read Scena Theatre’s advance press release before I wandered into Washington’s Atlas Performing Arts Center last weekend. That’s because reading the release would have only spoiled the unexpected fun of Scena’s revival of its 2011 production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, “The Importance of Being ...

DCPS scrambles to open Brookland, other renovated schools on time

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 – After a mad scramble that had landscaping and sidewalk cement contractors working throughout the past weekend, the newly renovated Brookland Middle School opened on time on Monday. Already set for the first day of school, an estimated 150 students, parents and caretakers were lining up at the school’s new entrance facing ...

Young Gentleman’s Institute transforms the lives of 75 young DC men

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2015 – Earlier this month, something truly transformational occurred in oft-neglected far Southeast Washington. The Young Gentlemen’s Institute (YGI) tour paid a visit to DC’s R. I. S. E. Demonstration Center and touched the young lives of the over seventy-five 11- to 17-year-olds who attended their event. Major recognition goes to Sadiq ...

M. O. M. I. E. Magic in the Nation’s capital

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2015 – Something extraordinary is taking place on the streets and within the storefront service economy in Washington, D.C. The city’s nonprofit arts community is reaching out into the streets and pulling young black, brown and yellow talent into storefront art houses with the aim of transforming the lives of our city’s ...

‘American Moor’: ‘Talk Back’ time at Anacostia Playhouse

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2015 − A unique feature of the current run of Keith Hamilton Cobb’s “American Moor” at the Anacostia Playhouse is their post-show “Talk Back,” which engages audience members seeking a deeper dive into the dramatic material. Read also: ‘American Moor’ makes DC debut at Anacostia Playhouse Guests are invited and encouraged to ...

Review: Asif Kapadia’s breakout Amy Winehouse biopic ‘Amy’

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 – In what will no doubt go down as one of the greatest musical biography/docudramas of all time, “Amy,” directed by Asif Kapadia, traces the life and difficult times of the internationally famed breakout British jazz and soul singer Amy Winehouse. July was certainly the time to debut this film, as ...

‘American Moor’ makes DC debut at Anacostia Playhouse

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 – The first thing you notice as you walk into the intimate black box theater space at Anacostia Playhouse to take in a performance of “American Moor” is Keith Hamilton Cobb’s brooding presence. The relentlessly pacing veteran actor is awaiting his imaginary turn in an audition for the key role of ...

FAME to celebrate 11th anniversary Thursday

MITCHELLVILLE, Maryland, July 22, 2015 – On Thursday evening, July 23, Rosie Allen-Herring, United Way President/CEO; Senator Douglas .J J. Peters; Prince George’s County Council Members Davis & Patterson, MGM and others will be Honored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME). International jazz recording artist, Pieces of a Dream, and ...

‘Emily’ At The Yards: A high point of DC Jazz Festival 2015

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 – On a hazy 90-degree June afternoon, Esperanza Spalding redefined the new age of jazz performance, performing her latest show as part of the DC JAZZFEST At the Yards recently staged at the District’s Southeast Waterfront. Part of a one-two musical punch with Common, Spalding—currently touring as “Emily”—gave Old Skool jazz ...

D.C. AG Karl Racine responds to DSLBD compliance crisis

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2015 – At a recent business briefing hosted by the National Business League at the Bladensburg Road Denny’s restaurant in the District of Columbia, a standing room only crowd of concerned and angry Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) members were anxious to hear from newly elected Attorney General Karl Racine. He did not ...

CapitalBop’s ‘Loft’ Series Friday show a hot, uneven mess

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – As a 30-year resident of Northeast D.C., I was keenly curious to see how the DC Jazz Festival’s CapitalBop “Loft” series in the old Hecht Co. warehouse on New York Avenue was going to be staged. Over time, I have been pleasantly surprised by the opening of a MOM’S grocery ...

Paquito D’Rivera in musical salute to Charley Fishman

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2015 – Following an opening set by Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda at the Hamilton Thursday, Paquito D’Rivera took the stage and offered a poignant tribute to D.C. Jazz Fest founder and honorary life chairman Charley Fishman, honoring him for his decade of service to the festival, which is now underway. Charley was ...