Famous for her 1984 hit "Let's Hear it For The Boy" Deniece Williams will perform at The Smith Center for Performing Arts with Artist-in-Residence Clint Holmes this weekend at Cabaret Jazz. Williams, who made her name on the pop charts, is an accomplished gospel singer and has performed with artists like Johnny Mathis and Stevie Wonder.
Brenda Russell's songs are threaded all through Hollywood's films and some of music's greatest voices. She's written music for "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "The Color Purple," and worked with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, and Sting.
Ishmael Reed is one of the most prolific African-American poets and essayists to date, known for stirring controversy when it comes to politics and black culture. He says he "holds up the mirror to hypocrisy.