LONG BEACH - Grammy Award-winning a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock - the all-female group that captures the African-American spirit and legacy through the sounds of gospel, blues, reggae, jazz and more - returns to the Carpenter performing Arts Center on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.Founded in 1973 in Washington, D.C., Sweet Honey's music includes social-conscious songs about hope, love, empowerment and justice. They released their latest album, "Are We A Nation?", in 2010 in response to the Arizona anti illegal immigration law SB 1070. "With the political upheaval that is happening around the world, Sweet Honey's commitment to singing out against oppression and social injustice makes them more relevant than ever," said Michele Roberge, executive director of the Carpenter Center. "The audience is sure to be moved by the powerful lyrics and uplifting, timely performance." Sweet Honey's performance takes place as part of "The B-Word Project - Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It" at Cal State Long Beach, an 18-month campus-wide initiative, running from September 2011 through December 2012. The project consists of performances and other activities to stimulate wide-ranging discussions that examine what happens when a voice - whether in artistic endeavors, journalism, scientific research of other areas - is stifled through governmental, commercial or social restraints. The goal of the project is to provoke thought, discussion and research into the effects of censorship across all disciplines at Cal State Long Beach. Tickets to see Sweet Honey are on sale for $45. For group rates or special seating requests, call the ticket office at (562) 985-7000 or go to carpenterarts.org.
********** Published: September 22, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 23