Clarissa Sinceno, Stage Manager / Marketing

Stage management requires a general understanding of all aspects of production and offers organizational support to ensure the process runs smoothly and efficiently.  Clarissa is an individual who has overall responsibility for stage management and the smooth execution of a theatrical production, special & high profile events. 

Clarissa Sinceno markets which includes and not limiting to advertising, for clients and businesses. 


Susan Rice / 3-19-2020





Westchester, NY

Cyntoia Brown / 2-15-2020




Cyntoia Brown-Long, Keynote Speaker  Saturday, February 15, 2020  

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM  

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston  

138 Saint James Avenue  

Boston, MA 02116   

Tommy Davidson / 1-30-2020


 Mount Vernon STEAM Academy
Reads with
Mount Vernon, NY

Jordan Ariel / 12-30-2020


Jordan Ariel, a talented singer, writer, dancer and actress started off studying dance at The Harlem School of the Arts at a very young age. She then continued her dance training at the Alvin Ailey School in the Junior Division under scholarship for more than 5 years. She has had the pleasure of opening for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their Spirit Gala at The Apollo Theater and at Lincoln Center. 

While exploring her talents in dance, she then got into acting under the leadership of Lane Napper. Jordan is currently in the web series         "Yo Gilbert" and is also presently the child's voice for Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company’s, touring Fondly Do We Hope . . . Fervently Do We Pray. . . . which is now a American Master's documentary, "A Good Man".

Cyntoia Brown / 11-16-2019




Cyntoia Brown / 10-15-2019


Cyntoia Brown was sixteen when she was sentenced to life in prison. For the very first time, Cyntoia sits down to share her most intimate experiences leading up to and and after her arrest for killing a man who had picked her up for sex.  After spending fifteen years in the American prison system, Cyntoia comes to The Riverside Church.

Masonda Tifrere - Hill Harper 04-08-2019


Join Hill Harper and Mashonda Tifrere when they sit down with Dr. TEA to discuss Break-ups, Comebacks and Co-Parenting.

The number of first time marriages that end in divorce and the high percentage of remarriages have reshaped what family means. One in three Americans is now a step-parent, stepchild, or has a step-sibling. Mashonda Tifrere, who co-parents her son Kasseem with his father, Swizz Beatz, and his wife, Alicia Keys, will share tips and techniques for creating a life-affirming approach to processing the end of one relationship and the rebirth of a new familial dynamic with the well-being of children at its center.

This transformative discussion between Hill—author, actor, activist, and proud parent -- and Mashonda will explore ways to reconfigure our families in a way that is positive and life-affirming—through mindfulness, love and creating and environment in which our children/teens/families can thrive. There are joys and challenges that come with co-parenting. Join us as we discuss real and uncomfortable issues penetrating our communities and threatening our children.

Alice Walker / 10-10-2018


Alice Walker, author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple—“an American novel of permanent importance” (San Francisco Chronicle)—crafts a bilingual collection that is both playfully imaginative and intensely moving. 

Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope and, above all, gratitude. Whether she’s urging us to preserve an urban paradise or behold the delicate necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker encourages us to honor the divine that lives inside all of us and brings her legendary free verse to the page once again, demonstrating that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans. 

Mike Epps / 04-04-2018


 Actor and stand-up comedian Mike Epps is one of our funniest and favorite guys whose been making us laugh for a long time. But behind the laughter is a story of pain, poverty and possibly a life in prison. In just a few hours before Epps kicks off this long-awaited book tour in lower Manhattan’s Strand Book Store, he gets serious with contributor Dr. “Tea” Traci E. Alexander in his first sit-down interview to discuss racism, poverty, jail, and all the many mess-ups that he has experienced along his journey from a small town in Indianapolis, Indiana to Hollywood, unscripted and unapologetically told in his new book, Unsuccessful Thug; One Comedian’s Journey from Naptown to Tinseltown.  

Beverly Bond - Black Girls Rock 03-25-2018


Special Guest

DJ Cocoa Chanelle 

award winning celebrity DJ 

From the award-winning entrepreneur, culture leader, and creator of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement comes an inspiring and beautifully designed book that pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of black women around the world.  

Fueled by the insights of women of diverse backgrounds, including Michelle Obama, Angela Davis, Shonda Rhimes, Misty Copeland Yara Shahidi, and Mary J. Blige, this book is a celebration of black women’s voices and experiences that will become a collector’s items for generations to come.

Jenifer Lewis / 11-12-2017


Dr. TEA in conversation with the American actress, singer and activist Jenifer Lewis.  She began her career appearing in Broadway musicals and worked as a back-up singer for Bette Midler before appearing in films Beaches (1988) and Sister Act (1992). Lewis is known for playing roles of mothers in the films What's Love Got to Do With It (1993), Poetic Justice (1993), The Preacher's Wife (1996), The Brothers (2001), Think Like a Man and in the sequel Think Like a Man Too (2014), Baggage Claim (2013), and The Wedding Ringer (2015), as well as in The Temptations TV miniseries (1998).  

As such, Lewis earned the title "Black Mother of Hollywood

Dr. Tererai Trent / 10-12-2017


 Dr. TEA in Conversation with Dr. Tererai Trent Tererai, who was born to a cattle-herding family in a village in Zimbabwe who against all odds achieved her dreams of attaining a Ph.D. in America. Today, she continues to fulfill her sacred purpose by serving her community through Tererai Trent International, an organization which provides universal access to quality education while empowering rural communities.

#MLK Now 2017


 “MLK Now 2017” will come at an especially critical point, as people across the country prepare for the new President to take office. In addition to the performances, “MLK Now” will feature conversations with national and community activists, organizers and thought leaders including Million Hoodies Executive Director Dante Barry and Chicago Youth Peace Activist FM Supreme to address how issues of racial, social and economic justice will be impacted by the incoming Administration, and how to ensure the strength and sustainability of progressive movement-building going forward. Additional supporting partners for this year include Magnolia Pictures, ARRAY, MACRO Ventures, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, and Million Hoodies.   

#MLK Now 2016


 Blackout for Human Rights will host “MLK Now,” a special MLK Day event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and explore how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. “MLK Now” will feature historic speeches performed by some of today’s leading actors, musical and spoken word performances, and will close off with an interactive panel discussion addressing the most pressing human rights issues of today, including police violence, racial and social injustice, economic inequality, the prison industrial complex and grassroots and political mobilization.    

Lauren Raysor / 2010 - 2013


New York Attorney Lauren P. Raysor knows that wealthy living is about far more than money. After years of watching people struggle with debt and make poor choices in an attempt to obtain success, she has written Living the Wealthy Life to provide a guide and principles for how people can achieve success, prosperity, and happiness while being ethical, having common sense, and living a life that is meaningful and helpful to others. Her blunt approach and personal examples provide a form of leadership much needed in today's world where a moral compass seems to be lacking for our younger generation. Living the Wealthy Life is the perfect gift for our youth but everyone will find benefit in its pages.