Diva Dish Of The Week: Somi Kakoma & Jaja’s African Hair Braiding Live Stream–WATCH! Harmony Premiere

By   |   November 14, 2023   |   Entertainment
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Hey DivaGals, it’s a big week for Broadway!

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding Star Somi Kakoma on Natural Hair

The League of Live Stream Theater has partnered with Manhattan Theatre Club to present the Broadway sensation Jaja’s African Hair Braiding via live stream beginning today! The stream includes all evening and matinee performances through Sunday, November 19.

The one-act play centers around Jaja’s bustling hair braiding shop in Harlem, where a lively and eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders are creating masterpieces on the heads of neighborhood women. Written by award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Whitney White, the show stars Brittany Adebumola, Maechi Aharanwa, Rachel Christopher, Kalyne Coleman, Lakisha May, Nana Mensah, Michael Oloyede, Dominique Thorne, Zenzi Williams and Somi Kakoma.

In a gorgeous set of braids, Kakoma, who stars in the title role of Jaja, shares her thoughts on natural hair and why it’s so important to see on the Broadway stage.

Tickets to the live-stream performances of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding are $69 and are available at LOLST.org.

HARMONY Premiere

The Harmonists opening night

Mazel tov to Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow on the opening of their Broadway show 30 years in-the-making HARMONY, which opened at the Barrymore Theatre in New York City last night. The DivaGals interviewed Allison Semmes, who plays Josephine Baker in the musical. It tells the story of the Comedian Harmonists, a real-life ensemble of six talented German performers in the 1920s who took the world by storm. But their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history. Tickets are available at harmonyanewmusical.com.

photo credit: Kakoma, courtesy of the artist. Harmony, Jenny Anderson

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