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This is a photo of 7 Arts CORE chairman Frances Foster.
She was an award winning actress and stage director (one Obie and two AUDELCO Awards. .

She was also a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company and a director at the New Federal…

This is a film clip of 7 Arts CORE chairman Frances Foster taken from Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X".
She was also featured in Spike Lee's film "Crooklyn".

This is a photo of 7 Arts CORE chairman Jack Jeffers. A bass trombonist, he has played with a Who's Who of the Jazz world, from Clark Terry, Charles Tolliver, Herbie Hancock to Charles Earland. He went on to become the director of the Duke…

This is a still image of 7 Arts member Charles Gordone. It is taken from the film, "Coonskin" (aka "Street Fight"). An Obie award winning actor, Gordone was also the first Black to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with his play, "No Place to be…

This is a film clip of 7 Arts CORE member Charles Gordone acting in Ralph Bakshi's 1975 film, "Coonskin". He starred in this film and appeared in another of Bakshi's film, "Heavy Traffic".
CORE and Rev. Al Sharpton demonstrated against the film…

This is a photo of 7 Arts member Lloyd Richards. Both he and his wife Barbara were among the founding members of 7 Arts CORE.

Richards, as the director of the original 1959 production of "Raisin in the Sun" , was the first Black to direct…

This is a photo of 7 Arts CORE member Alix Kates Shulman. Originally brought into the group by her friends Lloyd and Barbara Richards, she believes she was the one who originally suggested they be called 7 Arts CORE. She had been around CORE as…

This is a 1965 photo of 7 Arts CORE member Gloria Foster performing in the title role of 'Medea'. She is an example, like many in 7 Arts CORE, of Black performers who successfully broke the color line of Hollywood and Broadway. '... During the 1960s…

This is a film clip of 7 Arts CORE member Gloria Foster in the science fiction film, 'The Matrix'. Starring in probably her most well known role as 'the Oracle', this was an especially interesting role for a Black person. The multiple Obie Award…

This is a photo of 7 Arts CORE member Benny Powell. A trombonist, he is mostly known for his long stint in the Count Basie Orchestra. He also taught at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music after 1994.