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Fern Gillespie

Celebrating the Ancestors with a Family Reunion

Every two years, Brooklyn resident Fred Price,75, takes a journey to celebrate his family’s ancestral history and recent achievements. Over the years, he’s traveled to cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Charleston to see siblings, uncles, aunts and cousins—the descendants of Lottie and Sims Bird. This July, Family Reunion Month, the Byrd family […]Read More

… Of Kings and Heroes

Fern E. Gillespie Chadwick Boseman, now soaring high in entertainment history with the milestone blockbuster Black Panther, began his acting career in New York’s Black theatre being mentored by legendary theatre producer Woodie King, Jr.at the New Federal Theatre. “Woodie is one of the people that gave me some of my first opportunities in theatre—especially […]Read More

Two-time Pulitzer Winner Lynn Nottage Honored at the New Billie

By Fern Gillespie Our Time Press was proud to be a co-sponsor of an intimate evening at Billie Holiday Theatre that honored Brooklyn’s historic two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. A third generation Brooklynite, Nottage is the first woman playwright to earn two Pulitzer Prizes in theatre. Her first was the drama Ruined about the […]Read More

Recording the Legacy of a Community Activist Mother

By Fern Gillespie Photos: Barry L. Mason For over 20 years, Bernice Green traveled around the US and Europe as the first Black publicist at CBS Entertainment and News promoting stories of fiction and fact. During her tenure as the network’s senior publicist from the 1970s through the 1990s, Green was a go-to for crisis […]Read More