Starring hiphop legend Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins and directed by Phill Brown, Henry Box Brown: A Hip Hop Musical uses theater as a tool for education and re-education. Henry Box Brown was a slave who read and wrote poetry, practiced magic, sang in a church choir and was a hypnotist. He performed all around the world once freed, and publicly expressed his political views.
Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins
Executive Producer, New Raw Media
Karl “ Dice Raw” Jenkins is a mainstay of the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Scene, and most commonly associated over the years as a principal songwriter/collaborator /producer for The Roots.
In 2014, Dice Raw had taken on the cause of Black male incarceration in America with his magnum opus, “Jimmy’s Back”. The highly acclaimed concept album inspired by New York Times bestselling book “The New Jim Crow” is a lyrical odyssey through the plight of the prison system, told musically by Dice Raw and a cadre of excellent MC ex-felons. Most recently, the album debuted as the stage play “The Last Jimmy” at Philadelphia’s coveted Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He also has plans to release a book in the near future, and was an instrumental contributor to The Roots’ 2014 album, “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin”, released in May 2014.
Minister Jamie Knight
Cast. Nancy, wife of Henry
Music comes naturally to Jamie. She has been captivating audiences since the age of five. Hailing from Philadelphia, she began her career on the prestigious precursor to “American Idol,” Ed McMahon’s “Star Search,” where she won the“ Junior Vocalist of the Year” award. This would only be the beginning of many more accomplishments.
At eight years old, Jamie had released her first CD entitled, “Spotlight,” honoring the legendary ladies of Jazz and had appeared on multiple regional and national television shows, including ABC’s “Good Morning America.” By ten years old, she was performing on stage at the world famous Apollo Theater, being named youth Ambassador of the United States and becoming the youngest artist to ever play at Carnegie Hall. It was no wonder that she was included in a feature in Philadelphia Magazine’s “30 Greatest Under 30 Years Old”.
Before there was music in Frankie Midnight’s path, there was always performance art; theater performance. As a youth, Frankie studied the teachings Sandford Meisner’ Method Acting techniques along with classical theater acting and soon performed in many local theater productions such as Miami Stage Production of “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring as Travis Younger), Juggerknot Theater Co. production of “Miami Motel Stories”, Dice Raw production of “Henry Box Brown”, and many other stage productions. He began writing and performing his own skit monologues, challenging perception through concepts of love, God, emotion, and mental perspective. Through his performance, Frankie becomes an illusion on fantasy and reality, entrancing his audience with elements of nostalgia while reflecting their own fears, hypocrisy, and overall beauty.
Seth “Digital Crates” Barmash
Music Arranger & Composer
Seth is an accomplished producer nominated twice for Producer Of The Year in the Philadelphia hiphop awards and the backbone of Rawlife Records song production.
Symone Titania Major is an award winning choreographer, photographer, poet, and community enthusiast. Most recently receiving awards from The Knight Foundation, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Art Center SF. As a multidisciplinary artist based in Miami, her concerns have always been to show the authentic nature of each art form while curating a style that connects with one’s feelings and understanding of her portrayed message through the depth and color of her storytelling.
Karl St. Louis
Karl Stephan St Louis is an emerging dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, of Haitian descent, currently residing in Miami, FL. His dance style is heavily influenced by the movement vocabulary, philosophies and techniques of African, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop and Jazz Dance. Karl Stephan’s work is driven by his desire to observe, understand, explore and deconstruct; environment and its connection to humanity in the social, physical, ethereal and spiritual sense. Through inquiry, discourse and the activation of atoms in space; Karl Stephan’s aim is to create dialogue about humanistic experiences in a more holistic and engaging way.
Genesis R. Love
Creative Director, choreographer, commercial dancer, and more; Genesis Love is a multi-talented creative who proves you can truly do it all! Genesis is a native of Miami, who moved to New York for two years in pursuit of industry training and work experience in the dance world. As a commercial dancer, Genesis has performed at the Latin Billboards and has toured with a modern dance company. As a choreographer and teacher, Genesis is all about changing how people experience movement. He’s consistently reaching to make self-love a norm and not a revolution, while pushing the mindset that it’s not about notoriety, but your journey and those who are empowered by it.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Janiya grew up with dancing in her blood. She started at the tender age of 4, but didn’t start professionally dancing until a year later. Throughout her childhood, she’s experienced a handful of genres: from ballet to jazz, hip hop, modern, the list goes on. She’s even had experience with modeling and acting throughout her child and teen years. As she entered high school, she began dancing with her high school’s dance team and that’s where she shined the most. Her talents have gained her plenty opportunities, and have allowed her to be apart of many amazing productions. Now at the age of 19, she’s hoping to win the hearts of many with her dance skills and dedication to the art.