Actress Kenya Brome

Actress Kenya Brome When I first heard a clip from the audio CD version of A Thousand Never Evers, goose bumps sprang up over my entire body. I couldn’t believe what a spot-on job Listening Library did casting it.

Dr. Teri Lesesne, a.k.a. the Goddess of YA Literature, writes, “The narrator of this audio, Kenya Brome, is perfection. She gives singular voice to Addie, creating something that moves beyond the text.” (Click here to listen to a clip from the CD.)

Kenya has worked as an actor in New York since she was a child. Her many theater credits include Tranced, A Young Lady From Rwanda, and Valley Song. Her television credits include Law & Order, Third Watch, Law & Order Criminal Intent, and All My Children. She was also in the award-winning commercials for Citibank Identity Theft Protection.

I recently caught up with Kenya. She told me about her experience recording the audio CD for A Thousand Never Evers:

“Working on A Thousand Never Evers was a rewarding experience. I got a sense of accomplishment by telling this story. I felt like I was contributing to the civil rights movement by helping to convey some of what life was like for black people in this country not too long ago.

I read the book quickly a few days before the first session, and I made some mental notes on how to vocally approach a few characters, but I was acting on my feet. Sometimes the director said that I was too much of a perfectionist in my trying to get the best or what I felt was a natural or an ‘authentic’ read on some sections; but I didn’t want to just get through it. I wanted to give my best; the same attention to detail and specificity that I would give to a stage performance, because all the audience has is my voice to help the listener hear and visualize the story.

“I hope the recording of A Thousand Never Evers can be a tool to help young people get a sense of themselves in the historical context of this country. It’s very unfortunate how people today dishonor the memory and fight of the civil rights movement by cavalierly using ‘the N word’ in their everyday language. That gives everyone license to abuse that word and ingrain its connotations into the fabric of society. Thousands of Black people were killed and oppressed with the venom of the N-word. Why make it the catch phrase of so-called hipness?”

In a few weeks, Kenya will be packing up to work in a play out of town; a regional production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, directed by the Tony nominated film star Delroy Lindo. She also has a supporting role in an upcoming film called Order of Redemption starring Tom Berringer, Armand Assante, and Busta Rhymes.

Click here to order the audio CD from Amazon.com.

Posted in Shana's Posts, Writing on 09/09/2008 06:37 pm
 

1 Comment

  1. Check out the following on the n-word:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP2U0jmZjec

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