Clarissa Sinceno, Stage Manager / Marketing

Black Girls Rock


Actor and stand-up comedian Mike Epps is one of our funniest and favorite guys whose been making us laugh for a long time. But behind the laughter is a story of pain, poverty and possibly a life in prison. In just a few hours before Epps kicks off this long-awaited book tour in lower Manhattan’s Strand Book Store, he gets serious with contributor Dr. “Tea” Traci E. Alexander in his first sit-down interview to discuss racism, poverty, jail, and all the many mess-ups that he has experienced along his journey from a small town in Indianapolis, Indiana to Hollywood, unscripted and unapologetically told in his new book, Unsuccessful Thug; One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown.

"Unsuccessful Thug"

special guest

Whoopi Goldberg

Poet, novelist, activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, listens to questions from Dr. Traci Alexander during an intimate lecture at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle.

The event, sponsored by Women’s Enterprise Development Corporation and the New Rochelle High School, was moderated by Traci “Dr. Tea” Alexander, a director at WEDC and executive producer of The Book Talk, a series of conversations with authors. Walker also fielded questions from New Rochelle high school students.

Dr. Tererai Trent

Mashonda Tifrere

via video 

Sonny Hostin & Lion King Band

Mike Epps

Blackout for Human Rights will host “MLK Now,” a special MLK Day event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explore how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. “MLK Now” will feature historic speeches performed by some of today’s leading actors, musical and spoken word performances, and will close off with an interactive panel discussion addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today, including police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality, the prison industrial complex and grassroots and political mobilization.

Actor/Comedian Chris Rock; Oscar-Winning Actress Octavia Spencer; Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole; Tony Award-Winning Actress Anika Noni Rose; Actor Michael B. Jordan; Actress Tessa Thompson; Filmmaker and Blackout Member Ryan Coogler; Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Black Alliance for Just Immigration Executive Director Opal Tometi; Arab American Association of New York Executive Director Linda Sarsour; Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Executive Director Dante Barry; Racial/Social Justice Activist Leon Ford, Jr., and more. Event partners include VICE and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.


Jenifer Lewis

special guest


DJ Cocoa Chanelle

special guest

award winning celebrity DJ

The Mother of Black Hollywood



“MLK Now 2017” will come at an especially critical point, as people across the country prepare for the new President to take office. In addition to the performances, “MLK Now” will feature conversations with national and community activists, organizers and thought leaders including Million Hoodies Executive Director Dante Barry and Chicago Youth Peace Activist FM Supreme to address how issues of racial, social and economic justice will be impacted by the incoming Administration, and how to ensure the strength and sustainability of progressive movement-building going forward. Additional supporting partners for this year include Magnolia Pictures, ARRAY, MACRO Ventures, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, and Million Hoodies.

Blackout is a network of artists, entertainers, advocates, spiritual leaders, educators and everyday citizens who commit their collective resources towards addressing human rights violations in the U.S. Blackout is comprised of both high visibility and everyday citizens. Members include Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Nate Parker, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, John Burris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Shaka King, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and others.

​Hill Harper

Beverly Bond

Stage management requires a general understanding of all aspects of production and offers organizational support to ensure the process runs smoothly and efficiently.  Clarissa is an individual who has overall responsibility for stage management and the smooth execution of a theatrical production, special & high profile events. 

Clarissa Sinceno markets which includes and not limiting to advertising, for clients and businesses. 

Alice Walker




Dr. TEA in Conversation with Dr. Tererai Trent Tererai, who was born to a cattle-herding family in a village in Zimbabwe who against all odds achieved her dreams of attaining a Ph.D. in America. Today, she continues to fulfill her sacred purpose by serving her community through Tererai Trent International, an organization which provides universal access to quality education while empowering rural communities.


Presented by Blackout for Human Rights & CBMA, “MLK Now 2017” takes place on Monday, January 16 (MLK Day) from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at The Riverside Church -where Dr. King performed his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence” – and will feature speech and musical performances by some of today’s leading actors/influencers. Artists and entertainers confirmed at “MLK Now 2017” include Andre Holland (“MOONLIGHT”), Omari Hardwick (“POWER”), and more. Musical performers at this year’s “MLK Now” include Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, IMPACT Repertory Theater, and Samora Pinderhughes (“Transformation Suites”), with comedian and author Baratunde Thurston serving as the event M.C. Presenting partners for “MLK Now 2017” include PICO National Network and

More than 2,000 people came out to last year’s “MLK Now event”, which featured powerful speech performances by Chris Rock, Harry Belafonte, Lin-Manual Miranda, Michael B. Jordan, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Adepero Oduye, Octavia Spencer, Andre Holland, and more. Additional highlights included musical and spoken word performances by Grammy-Winning Artist India Arie; Acclaimed Poet and Performer Saul Williams; Grammy-Nominated Artist Bilal; “EMPIRE” star Jussie Smollett; and an “Artist’s Conversation” between Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who is a founding member of Blackout for Human Rights and served as executive producer and co-host of the event, and Grammy-Nominated Hip Hop Artist J. Cole.​

Dr. TEA in conversation with the American actress, singer and activist Jenifer Lewis.  She began her career appearing in Broadway musicals and worked as a back-up singer for Bette Midler before appearing in films Beaches (1988) and Sister Act (1992). Lewis is known for playing roles of mothers in the films What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), Poetic Justice (1993), The Preacher's Wife (1996), The Brothers (2001), Think Like a Man and in the sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), Baggage Claim (2013), and The Wedding Ringer (2015), as well as in The Temptations TV miniseries (1998).

As such, Lewis earned the title "Black Mother of Hollywood".

The Awakened Woman