UPDATE: Watch the amazing performance of “Shuffle Along” cast performs on Maya & Marty.
(www.BlacksinHollywood.com) – Few moments in TV history has been so important to so many people at the same time as the performance delivered by SAVION GLOVER on May 25, 2016 at Rockefeller Center in NYC for the series premiere of Maya and Marty. (Slated airdate May 31, 2016 on on NBC). It’s so powerful that every emotion you’ve ever suppressed will bubble up inside of you and spill out through the corners of your eyes.
When you see Savion Glover – who is starring an the Black Broadway play “Shuffle Along – walk across a tiny brief case on his toes in perfect rhythm and class, you’re going to cry.
I CRIED FOR MAYA ANGELOU. I cried for James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston and Lorraine Hansberry. I cried for Kunta Kinte and Alex Hailey and Kizzie, Fiddler and Curious George. I cried for Malcom X and Martin, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer. I cried for Alvin Austin Attles Jr., the first Black head coach to win an NBA Championship (1975 Golden State Warriors) and Steph Curry who is carrying on the legacy as we speak.
I cried for my grandmother, my mother, my heirs, my sister and for all the Black Lives that ended before they realised they mattered. I cried for all the little Black kids whose parents force them to attend nearly all White schools only to grow up feeling they are less than and will spend half their lifetime trying to feel good enough. I cried for Gregory Hines and Buckwheat on Little Rascals and every kid who just wanted to dance. I cried for every tired, overworked Black woman who sold sweet potato pies and prized family recipes to raise money to send her grandchildren to college. In the words of Maya Angelou, “[Shuffle Along] is the hope and dream of the slave.”
As I sat in the audience at the exclusive taping of Maya Rudolph’s first episode of her new show, “Maya and Marty” (aired on May 31 on NBC), I could not be contained. As the crowd roared in appreciation, I leapt to my feel and cried out: “Glory!” I shocked myself. I never saw it coming. But it could not be suppressed. I was an eyewitness to Black History both with Maya’s show and with the cast performance.
For every Black boy who was told he’ll never amount to anything as a man, Savion Glover righted the ship, evened the score and saved the day. We need to rent charter buses, fill up church vans and school buses, load up the seniors and head to Broadway to support this play because thanks to the cast of “Shuffle Along,” our day in the sun has finally come.”
– DC Livers, founder of Historical Black Press Foundation
PRO TIP: TAPING of Maya and Marty
When you seen legendary producer LORNE MICHAELS hard at work on a new TV show, you can pretty much count yourself amongst the lucky. He’s created hit TV shows like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show and Late Show but now he’s focused on turning Maya and Marty into a hit.
Maya & Marty set itself apart from SNL mostly in its musical performances. Cyrus’ thematically paired, wardrobe-swapping covers of Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man” and the Lieber & Stoller standard “I’m a Woman” were a reminder of her cheeky versatility and also gave an opening for Rudolph to join her on the second song. A show-closing production number with Savion Glover and the cast of Shuffle Along was lively and energetic and the sort of thing probably made complicated on SNL by the shooting schedule.