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‘Idol’ gives message of redemption

By Kimberly Simmons
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Faith, money, fame and redemption make up “Idol,” the latest stage play set to hit the Paul Roberson Theater at Northwestern Activities Center on September 7.

Produced by Janaya Black, “Idol” stars Kamal Smith, Dez Cortez, Nunu Thurman, DeLorean Cotton, Delores Harris, Michael C. Lee, Martini Harris and London Allen.

“Idol” depicts the struggle of a young Christian man Rico Williams, played by Kamal Smith, and the temptations he faces and falls prey to on his road to secular success. The play also reveals how love and forgiveness can turn any situation around.

“People will relate to Rico’s character,” said actor DeLorean Cotton, “They’ll see that God is forgiving and true and that His arms are always open for to you come back.”

Cotton plays Steve, the main character’s best friend and manager. Cotton says people will walk away from the play knowing that “God will open more doors for you if you do the right thing.”

Black says she was inspired to produce this play because of the stories she heard from different people she worked with in and around the entertainment industry.

“I wanted to shed light on what goes on,” Black said referring to those who chase their dreams only to encounter the dilemma of compromising their faith and morals.

Black, is no stranger to theater and the entertainment world. She started in the industry in 2004 founding Black-Smith Enterprises, which encompasses a publishing house, film production, songwriting, motivational speaking and stage play production.

Black said through this play she hopes people will see the benefit of listening to that still small inner-voice that many believe is God speaking to them.

“I’ve learned to listen to it,” Black said, “Every time I go against it, I regret it.”

“Idol” premiers Sep. 7 for two shows, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Paul Robeson Theater inside the Northwest Activities Center located at 18100 Meyers, Detroit.

Tickets are available at God’s World, Truth Books at Northland Mall, City Slicker and online at

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