Ohlone College Kicks off Black History Month with Hollywood Celebrity Performance

Monday, February 6, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Barry Henley.Fremont, CA-Barry "Shabaka" Henley is not only dramatic, hilarious, and everything Hollywood, he is also part of the defining generation of the civil rights movement in the entertainment business. To start off Black History month, Henley will take the audience on a journey through time to the history of black artists in drama beginning in New York in the 1820s, through the 1960s black artists movement. His performance at the Ohlone College Smith Center will include excerpts from his internationally acclaimed play, Jungle Bells. In the play, an African American man searches for his identity and ancestral past as he travels to his motherland encountering both the laughter and the pain of Black America.

A familiar primetime face, Barry "Shabaka" Henley has appeared in TV shows like Heroes, Law and Order SVU, Grey's Anatomy, Numb3rs, and more. He also starred in movies such as State of Play, Collateral, Four Brothers, and Miami Vice. Distinguished theater performances including Waiting for Godot and Richard II.

He is a sought-after lecturer with his dynamic stage presence and experience. Henley has taught acting and theatre at San Francisco School of Dramatic Arts, Occidental College and the San Francisco County Jail. Barry "Shabaka" Henley is a one-man show not to be missed!

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