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SAG-AFTRA Announces New Executive Director

March 24, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

Seattle, Washington – SAG-AFTRA has announced the hiring of Shellea Allen as its Seattle Local executive director and administrator for the Portland Local. Shellea  will oversee the union’s day-to-day business in the Pacific Northwest.

Review of “ The Royale” at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center,

March 23, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor

New York, NY - The Royale is a powerful and riveting play by Marco Ramirez. The main character of the play, Jay Jackson, is based upon a 1910 fight between   Jack Johnson and James J Jeffries who was the undefeated of the world who was coaxed out of retirement.  This became known as the “the fight of the century”. Johnson won the fight and became a source of pride and advancement for African-Americans.

Opposition Grows to Altice’s Purchase of Cablevision

March 22, 2016
By Stephanie West 

Long Island, NY - As the public awareness increases of Altice’s plan to purchase Cablevision, there is growing concern across Long Island and the rest of the region. More questions are being raised as to how the company intends to serve the public interest in light of its stated intentions to dramatically cut costs while assuming a debt load pegged at $15.3 billion. Legislators want assurances that jobs will not be eliminated and costs will not be raised. Even the aspect of Cablevision’s headquarters being relocated must be addressed.

KCBS-AM Staff Joins SAG-AFTRA

March 21, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

San Francisco, California - All Staff at KCBS-AM based in San Francisco have voted to join SAG-AFTRA. The station is all news all the time and is very popular in California. The union had represented editors at the station and now represents writers and newsroom assistants as well as other titles.

NFL Players Union Foils Owner’s Workers-Comp Scam

March 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

St Louis, Missouri - When Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced he was moving the NFL team from St. Louis to Los Angeles, he wanted to leave one thing behind: He wanted the players to continue being covered by Missouri’s workers’ compensation laws, which are significantly stingier than California’s.

Review of “Disaster”, at the Nederlander Theater,

March 19, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor 

New York, NY - Disaster is a musical comedy that spoofs the disaster movies of the 1970’s. When we add 30 pop hits from that eera ( I am woman, daybreak, Alone again, Naturally, Hot Stuff, Don’t Bring me Down, and sighned Sealed and Deliver, and knock three times). we have a musical comedy that keeps you entertained.

Review of “ Blackbird” at the Belasco

March 13, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor 

New York, NY-  Blackbird stars Jeff Daniels and Michele Williams and was written by David Harrower. Joe Mantello Directed this play which transferred from off Broadway. This is an intense and disturbing drama concerning Una (Michelle Williams) who at twelve years old meets a forty year old  aged man Ray (Jeff Daniels) with whom she had a sexual relationship fifteen years earlier. Ray is arrested and jailed. Ray starts a new life with an assumed identity. Una sees his picture in a magazine and tracks him down to his work site. Ray brings her into an employee break room

Review of “ Eclipsed”, at the Golden Theater

March 12, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor

New York, NY - Eclipsed playing at the Golden Theater stars academy award actress Lupita Nyongo ( 12 years a slave) is one of  a Liberian’s warlords wife who is a captive and lives  in virtual slavery. This is a poignant play written by playwright and actress Danai Guriira (known as Michonne in the Walking Dead)  and Directed by Lisei Tommy. Lupita Nyongo depiction is Tony worthy. The play is powerful and poignant.

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