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Wendi Berman

playwright, actor, director, singer, and dancer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the third child of Gloria Diaz Bagneris and Lawrence Bagneris Sr. Bagneris's mother was a housewife and deeply religious woman who “quietly outclassed most people,” and his father was a playful, creative man, a World War II veteran, and lifelong postal clerk. Bagneris grew up in the tightly knit, predominantly Creole Seventh Ward to a family of free people of color that had been in New Orleans since 1750 From the age of six he had a knack for winning popular dance contests and during christenings and jazz funerals he learned more traditional music and dance By the mid 1960s the once beautiful tree lined neighborhood in which he was raised fell victim to the U S government s program of urban renewal known colloquially as Negro removal A freeway overpass was ...


Robyn McGee

His father, the late Trevor George Smith, was a businessman and his mother, Geraldine Green, a homemaker. Both were immigrants from Jamaica. Smith has one brother, Paul, and four children.

Around 1989 Smith was given the moniker “Busta Rhymes” by fellow rapper Chuck D of the seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy. The original George “Buster” Rhymes was an NFL running back known for his charismatic, freewheeling style.

Busta Rhymes attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical School in Brooklyn with other iconic rappers, Sean Carter, aka Jay Z; Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G; Earl Simmons, aka D.M.X.; and Sean Combs later known as Puff Daddy and P Diddy As teenagers Rhymes and Jay Z famously held a speed rapping battle in the high school cafeteria which was won by Jay Z After living in Liverpool England for a short time Rhymes returned to New York ...


Paulette A. Ramsay

was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on 12 February 1942 to Gerardo Fulleda Abreu and Edicta León Ferrer. He was raised and educated in his hometown before moving to Havana to pursue a degree in history at the University of Havana. Drama school followed his graduation as he had a deep interest in producing theatrical works. He received his training as a playwright at the Seminario de Dramaturgia del CNC between 1951 and 1964; there, he was taught by well-known Cubans such as Alejo Carpentier and Roberto Fernandez Retamar. He writes for both adults and children, and many of his plays have been performed on stage by distinguished theater groups in Cuba. Others have been adapted for radio and local television, while Plácido was adapted to the large screen in 1982 by Sergio Giral, the renowned film director.

Fulleda has published more than twelve plays for which he ...