Strolling down 125th Street towards Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Plaza, the sweltering heat wasn’t enough to keep all of “Black Mecca” inside. Emerging from the 3 train to the sounds of Betty Wright letting us know that “Tonight was the night,” the street was lined with vendors selling goods of the Diaspora from beads to head wraps and black art to Dashikis as the smells of authentic incenses filled the hot air of Harlem. As moms pushing strollers loaded with shopping bags strolled through the plaza, couples holding hands and waves of melanin in all varieties strolled through the plaza most couldn’t help but stop and marvel at the production taking place on the stage in the center. Right in the center of the historic Apollo district a celebration was taking place.
Tempest Walker and Rankin Street Productions in association with Black Noise Media Present “Be Tina: A Tina Turner Tribute” on August 15, 2015 at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Plaza in Harlem, NY.
“Be Tina” is a musical stage production created by top producers, directors, and executives that celebrate Tina Turner and her legacy through an array of dance and live musical performances covering some of Tina Turner’s greatest hits including “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Proud Mary,” and “When the Heartache is Over.”
“Be Tina” featured a five-piece band, three dancers and Tempest Walker starring as Tina Turner. Walker’s performance embodied what we’ve come to love about the legendary Tina Turner: energy, audience engagement, and most of all inspiration. Walker credits Tina Turner as being an inspiration in her own life and being a lesson to others to live the life they want while inspiring others to dream.
The production opened with “What’s Love Got to Do with It” as the dancers entered the stage in all black. It was an experience to see them glide across the stage in a sultry way as Turner’s background dancers had done. When Walker entered the stage, she immediately delivered a non-stop musical production of Tina Turner’s greatest hits which left the audience dancing and singing along with her. She had an uncanny ability to really channel Tina Turner from the big hair, to the fringe and flashy dresses that showed off a pair of killer legs in a pair of killer pumps. Her back up dancers dished out lots of energy as they did some of the signature moves from songs such as “Proud Mary.”
“Be Tina” was a free community production opened to the public in the city of Harlem’s historic Apollo district where legendary singer Tina Turner has graced the stage on numerous occasions. It was a fun family event and brought the community together to celebrate a legend who taught us perseverance and to be resilient.
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