When Your Hand is in the Lion's Mouth | Available now!My New Book!
Trouble In Mind - Broadway Production | October 29th - January 9 2022Follow an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production in Alice Childress's wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre. At the forefront of both the Civil Rights and feminist movements, the prescient Trouble in Mind opened to acclaim off-Broadway in 1955, and was announced to move to Broadway in 1957...in a production that never came to be.
Yamandje @ Mass Moca | October 5th - 14thMusical work by Angelique Kidjo
Classic Broadway Mother’s Day Show | May 12thClassic Broadway Mother’s Day Show- Vitello’s 7:30pm
Light up the Night | April 28thLight up the Night- The Grove of Anaheim (tix at apacf.org or 714-712-2700)
Michael Childer's One Night Only | April 25thMichael Childer's One Night Only, a benefit concert in Palm Springs.
One Night Only | April 24thOne Night Only- McCullum Theater
Billie Holliday songs | April 8thBillie Holliday songs with Corky Hale at Catalina Jazz room
Muhammed Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night Arizona | March 9-11Muhammed Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night Arizona
IN A WORLD WITH BOOKS
We are a dedicated group of individuals who believe in the power of reading and how it can enrich one’s life. We are a volunteer organization, and every gift we receive will help purchase and deliver books to underserved and underprivileged children.
In the spirit of the generosity of Don LaFontaine, we give these books because books were the fundamental, integral foundation of his voiceover career. Our dream is to expand this ideal to reach across the nation so that every child can have at least one book in their home.
I try to find the calm in the storm of media that bombards us by simply turning it off. The noise of what he or she did, and the exposure to tales of ever more horrific crimes that make the headlines, makes me weary and sad. But I look into the kind faces of a passing strangers and there is a smile, a good wish and wave from my neighbor, and simple acts of kindness here and there, I know that we as a people, as Americans, are more than the collective negative divide which seeks to do just that. Divide us. There is no all right or all wrong; no conservative vs. liberal, right vs left. I get overwhelmed hearing the sides putting us in boxes as though if we are on one side or the other, we are without principles that are for the greater good of all. Why it is viewed this way? It is all inflammatory and just how we are kept from seeking ONE truth. We all deserve the right the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Taxes, and tariffs, and affairs, and superpacs, and privatization, coverups and Russia, he said she said...I am so sick of the noise of it all. Where does peace live...somewhere in the space between all the noise? In our homes and neighborhoods? Can we make America more peaceful again? I say, if you spend some time with a child, you can regain some of the innocence you came with. They just want to play, be feel loved and protected; to be seen and heard. If we can break it down to that, isn't that what we all want? Yes. So let's keep it simple. Let's keep it about love. Let's stop hurting each other. Let's stop pointing fingers. It starts at the top with leadership and character, they DO count. Your words matter. Treat EVERYONE with kindness. Everybody is important to someone. Results aren't everything when in the getting, you trampled on those less fortunate. Blessed be, Nita
The author shares engaging family stories that celebrate the wisdom, tenacity, and limitless love of her 96-year-old father. Whitaker, writes with a conversational elegance that carries a hint of the musical lilt of her Shreveport upbringing.
A compelling and affectionate tribute, peppered with historical tidbits and brimming with sage, homespun counsel. ---Kirkus review
NITA WHITAKER, recently made her Broadway debut as Wiletta Mayers in Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind in 2021. As the 2019 NAACP Best Supporting Actress award winner for her role of Mom Winans in the Broadway bound musical Born For This. Nita is also a favorite singer of legendary producer David Foster. Having sung with some of the most famous voices of our time including duets with Andre Bocelli, Michael Bolton and Josh Groban. She also sang the original demos for Whitney Houston’s standards, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “I Look to You”, and worked with greats Carol Bayer Sager, Walter A. and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Burt Bacharach, James Ingram, Steve Tyrell, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Ritchie, Yolanda Adams, Nathan East, and Barbara Streisand. She has entertained thousands as well hundreds in her own intimate one woman shows, charity galas and corporate events; her expansive talent and humor continues to find new avenues to be expressed. Nita has recorded 4 independent records, appeared in movies, television shows and multiple studio recordings.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana this former ICU registered nurse, former Miss Louisiana and Star Search Hall of Fame Grand Champion continues to champion literacy through her 501c3 non-profit In A World With Books (www.inaworldwithbooks.org) which has put 18,500 new books in the hands of 8500 underserved children and counting. She continues to expand as an artist having performed in four world premiere musicals, “Ragtime”, “Ten Commandments the Musical”, “Breaking Through”, and “Born For This”. Nita has contributed articles for Inspired Women online magazine, and penned an independent award-winning memoir entitled: Finding My Voice: My Journey from Grief to Grace. She released her newest book release, When Your Hand is in the Lion’s Mouth: The Life and Wisdom of a Man named Green, is available online everywhere in print and audiobook.
Still the greatest delights of her life are her robustly talented daughters Skye and Liisi LaFontaine as they continue to soar. The best is yet to come.