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Twin Cities youth gains attention of national talent scouts

 

 
Musical theater performer started paying  his dues on stage at age nine
 

 

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer

 

To be young, gifted and Black, these days, isn’t what it was way back when. Nina Simone dedicated the song to Lorraine Hansberry in an era during which America tried to pretend gifted Black youngsters didn’t exist. Accordingly, avenues for success were scarce. Today, fledgling talent John Douglas Jamison, II, instead of being obstructed, has the opportunity to thrive. Minneapolis actor-singer-dancer and recent Southwest High School graduate, Jamison has been fast-tracked by Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the Orpheum, State, Pantages New Century Theatres in downtown Minneapolis, to pursue a professional career in musical theater. Continue Reading →

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