Artists who inspire
Black History Month Spotlight: We're showcasing contemporary Black artists who inspire us.
Actress and singer Audra McDonald is known for her work on Broadway. She has won six Tony awards for roles in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
After George Floyd's death, McDonald launched an advocacy coalition, Black Theatre United, which addresses racism in and outside the theater community. No stranger to activism, she has used her voice for issues surrounding voting rights, aiding families separated at the border and homeless youth.
• Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown's Singing You Home recording
• More about Black Theatre United
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Audra McDonald is incomparable in the breadth and flexibility of her skill as both a singer and an actor. The winner of a record-bursting six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was called one of Time magazine’s 100 most inspiring people of 2015 and got a 2015 National Medal of Arts, America’s highest uprightness for accomplishment in the arts from President Barrack Obama. She also balances a significant career as a concert artist, daily coming up on the renowned stages of the world and with chief international orchestras. Of all her numerous roles, her most-liked are the ones performed offstage: intense advocate for equal rights and exiled youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother.
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