Portraits - The First Black American Divas of Songs and Opera

“Portraits: The First Black American Divas of Song and Opera”: Produced by Dina Cancryn via a grant to benefit K-12 classrooms, “Portraits” combines live performances and costumed historical monologues to introduce children to the great American Divas, Elizabeth Taylor-Greenfield, Sissieretta Joyner Jones and Marian Anderson. “The Black Swan”, “The Black Patti” and the famous soprano, all tell their stories of struggle as black women trying to perform and hone their craft over a slave holding/segregated/sexist/patriarchal 150 year swath of American History.