Adilah Barnes - Author Lecturer
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Adilah Barnes - Author Lecturer

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"Adilah Barnes – I Am That I Am: Woman, Black"

Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 7 p.m.
Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

In this one-woman play, Adilah Barnes takes audiences on a historical journey from slavery to present through the lives of seven renowned women – Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, and Maya Angelou. Barnes is best known for her five-year run as Anne Marie on TV’s Rosanne. She has appeared in TV’s Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and Mad About You. She played in the film Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock and Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts. Co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Barnes is a graduate, in theater, of University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Adilah Barnes

"Essence Magazine Bestseller Author and Lecturer"

On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey

Adilah Barnes is a testament to the truth that it is possible to become a successful working actor without the trappings of fame. Her humble beginnings began in the dusty prune fields near Oroville, California and her acting achievements have garnered her roles in such award-winning films as Erin Brockovich and HBO’s Iron-Jawed Angels. She has temped as a receptionist and also worked five seasons as an actor on the top-rated television sitcom, Roseanne. She knows firsthand the gritty reality of the have-nots and has also walked through what appeared to be the illustrious gates of Hollywood. Adilah has navigated through seemingly insurmountable odds and come out on the other side as an actor on her own terms. In a deeply personal account of her own life and career, Adilah shares her battles, triumphs, frustrations, and joys, both silent and overt. Includes readings from her book.

Crossing Over From College to the Real World
This interactive lecture specifically aimed at seniors, explores how students can begin to prepare for the transition into the real world after graduation. Adilah speaks on the territory of the unknown following completion of college, identifying where one’s passion lies and how to seek career opportunities that nurture the passion, getting work in your major, how to seek, approach, and make the best use of mentors, the power of relationship building in the marketplace, work place politics, and much, much more.

So You Want to Come to Hollywood!
This nuts and bolts interactive lecture speaks directly to those who want to make the trek to Hollywood to follow their dreams in the entertainment industry. Adilah discusses candidly the world of Hollywood in very sobering and inspirational terms, shares what steps may be taken to prepare for the big move including getting your chops before you arrive, the value of doing the research first, coming to LA with tools of the trade, a savings, juggling a flexible day job, representation, auditioning, the importance of surrounding oneself with a positive support system, wholistic health, dealing with sexism, racism, and ageism, becoming an entrepreneur, and how to maintain faith in an uncertain industry. Adilah uses her own life as proof that it is possible to be a working artist, and maintain one’s integrity at the same time.

From Self-Publishing to Becoming a Bestselling Author
Adilah shares her journey from thought to print in this hands on lecture that includes the importance of identifying your voice, genre and style, how to get started, disciplining yourself to write consistently to complete your book, self publishing vs. a mainstream publisher, literary agents, elements of writing a book proposal, creating a look for your book, choosing someone to write the forward, choosing readers and reviewers to write blurbs, distributors and booksellers, the importance of having a publicist and marketing strategy , handlng interviews, peddling your own book, reading from your book, royalties, book junket tours, book fairs, and getting reviewed.

Turning Personal Stories Into One-Person Shows
Adilah explores with participants ways they can approach the notion of creating a one-person show. Elements include making sure you have a personal yet universal voice that needs to be heard, theatre training, use of sensory exercises, photos, music, and stored remembrances of people and moments from your past to activate childhood memories, spring boarding from memories to get to the actual writing, and creating a clearly defined beginning, middle and end, She also focuses on getting from the page to the stage by way of dramaturgy, direction, staging and stamina.

On Finding One’s Center
This lecture takes a look at ways to go about finding and celebrating the uniqueness of oneself, the importance of balance in terms of work and play, the relationship between emotional, spiritual and physical health, the role of diet, exercise and rest in well-being, and other tools for centering such as meditation, yoga, spiritual affirmations and visualizations.
- Adilah Barnes


Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 10:57am

April 16, 2010
San Bernardino, Ca.
KimiRhochelle (KRPR) 909-543-2978

A soft breeze moved along the beach front site of the gorgeous Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Ca. The stage was set, the red carpet rolled out, the flat screens were placed throughout and soon hundreds of celebrities, officials, awardees, friends, family and supporters gathered to embrace those that have dedicated their lives to stop gang violence in the communities of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.

Never before has there been such a collaborative effort, a joint passion, a unity of purpose from all three counties representing all ethnics until this day. This day, 12 community leaders, some called heroes, were awarded the 2010 Spirit of Peace Awards. Amongst them: DEPUTY CHIEF KENNETH O. GARNER (posthumously), CONSTANCE L. RICE, SHERIFF LEROY BACA, BISHOP PAUL TURNER, BILL DUKE, ADILAH BARNES, TONY MASSENGALE, CAPTAIN II RIGOBERTO, MRS. MYRTLE FAYE RUMPH, MR. BERNARDO ROSA, MR. ROCK JOHNSON, THE LAPD and MR. AQEELA SHERILLS.

The evening began as attendees walked the red carpet to enter into a private serenade of jazz from violinist Karen Briggs, given gift bags and then escorted to their tables’ either poolside or over deck to view the magnificent esthetics of the beach, the lights, the portraits of hugs and smiles. A moment of prayer opened the invitation to dine and then the program began.

ABC-7 Co-Anchor David Ono was Master of Ceremonies as he introduced producer of the event Mr. Khalid Shah, President of Stop the Violence Increase the Peace Foundation. With special acknowledgements and thanks, a video presentation of each awardee spoke to the hearts of all those that watched. The listener heard moving tales of gang violence; yet an exclamation point of hope with solutions to peace, to changing minds, to elevating lifestyles. A moving moment on video was Khalid Shah in the audience of a talk show telling Suge Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, who was on stage, to join the cause, to stop the violence. Shah stated there were mothers in the audience of kids he has lifted off the street from just being shot down. The emotional plea to Knight received a surround of claps from those watching the video.

The transition to jazz violinist Karen Briggs was just the right touch allowing everyone a moment to reflect on their loss, their communities, themselves. And the moment came for all the awardees to come to the stage. One by one, they received an award and certificate of thanks from officials such as: California Senator Roderick D Wright, Ca,. Assembly Steven C. Bradford, Ca. Assembly Isadore Hall, III., Ca. Assembly Wilmer Carter, Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Supervisor, Second District Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Councilmember Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Councilmember Janice Hahn.

What made this event a true 3-County salute were the entities that participated: Mr. Terrance Stones’ Young Visionaries of San Bernardino, Mrs. Margaret Hill, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the San Bernardino Drug and Task Force, various law enforcement units from both the Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside City and County Sherriff and Police Department, various Stop The Violence Collaboratives’ from all 3-Counties and the various organizations represented from the awardees such as Constance Rice: Advancement Project, Bill Dukes: Educating Young Minds, Myrtle Faye Rumph: Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, Bernardo Rosa: Spirit of Manhood and Community Wellness Partnership of Pomona, Rudolph “RockHead” Johnson: Amer-I-Can, and Aqeela Sherills: The Reverence Project.

“It will take joint efforts from all Counties to share resources to maintain sustainability, training of our youth and adults, counseling and employment not only those from gang environment but individuals released from incarceration” states Shah.

In fact, Shah made a special announcement about a new television documentary about gangs that will be produced by Actor/Producer Mr. Bill Duke (an awardee) that will not only focus on gang life and those touched by it across the U.S.. Specifically, families and individuals from all counties of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles that have been part of the gang problems or effected by the violence will be featured. Such an example is Michelle Ramirez, a San Bernardino resident whose son of 11 years was killed. Ramirez was a personal guest of Mr. Shaw at the 2010 Spirit of Peace Awards and walked the red carpet with her family taking pictures with a poster of her son that was killed.

The 2010 Spirit of Peace Awards was the talk of the town, an event that will grow to national exposure in the years to follow! “ - Adilah Barnes

"Self Publishing Q&A with Adilah Barnes"

19. Nov, 2009

Author Adilah Barnes talks about having her book, ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor's Journey self-published with Xlibris.

How did you first come to learn of Xlibris, and what made you decide to publish with Xlibris?

I heard of Xlibris from a former acting student of mine, Pamela Durant-Aubrey who was an employee of Xlibris at the time. Unfortunately, by the time I moved forward with Xlibris as my publisher, Pamela had left. I had counted on her being there to support me in the process but though she was gone, I did have a team at Xlibris who supported me along the way until my book was completed and printed.

How was your publishing experience with Xlibris?

Quite honestly, I met a number of challenges along the way (ie editing issues, printing issues, etc). However, in the end, we turned out a well-presented book of quality!

What do you think is the most important thing to consider when you choose a self-publishing company?

The company, package, process and support team.

Is there anything that you would like to pass on to other writers who are presently entertaining the idea of self-publishing their book?

Yes, make sure you are clear on what your book is about, that there is an audience and market for your work, do the research needed, have an editor and allow the time to complete the process with excellence.

Would you recommend Xlibris to others?

Many have appreciated the quality of my book and have asked who my publisher is. I have referred others and one has a contract with Xlibris now. At the same time, I have also impressed on them the importance of double-checking the work and working closely with your team to get the excellence they desire. - Adilah Barnes


Adilah Barnes
Career Advice Network

An accomplished actress with numerous theater, film, and television roles to her credit--including five years on ABC's Roseanne--Adilah Barnes (Cowell '72) long ago left Santa Cruz for Hollywood. Nonetheless, she maintains her connections to her alma mater, driven by the influence that one of her UCSC mentors had on her life.

Herman Blake, founding provost of UCSC's Oakes College, has Barnes's life long gratitude for the counsel he provided to her and fellow African American students during their UCSC years. "He was our father, our therapist, our friend, our educator--he was everything to us," Barnes says. "If I could give to another student half of what Herman gave to me, I would be happy with that."

In many ways, Barnes has followed Blake's example. As a participant in UCSC's Career Advice Network, she makes herself available to students who are interested in the entertainment business. She also offers internships with the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival, of which she is executive producer.

Barnes, who serves as an active member of the Alumni Council, also travels to UCSC yearly to dispense career advice at the Multicultural Connections Conference (formerly Students of Color Conference).

Like her UCSC mentor, Barnes sees the value of nurturing students outside the classroom--especially minority students who may feel isolated in the university environment.

"By hearing of their struggles and what they're experiencing," Barnes says, "I can let them know they are not alone in whatever challenges they face."
- University of California at Santa Cruz

"Adilah Barnes – I Am That I Am: Woman, Black"

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 7 p.m.

Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall

In this one-woman play, Adilah Barnes takes audiences on a historical journey from slavery to present through the lives of seven renowned women – Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis, and Maya Angelou. Barnes is best known for her five-year run as Anne Marie on TV’s Rosanne. She has appeared in TV’s Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and Mad About You. She played in the film Murder by Numbers with Sandra Bullock and Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts. Co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Barnes is a graduate, in theater, of University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, Virginia

"University Communications - Press Release"

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

Actor Adilah Barnes, who played in 'Roseanne' for five years, is keynote speaker at Marshall’s Women of Color program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Award-winning actor Adilah Barnes, best known to television audiences for her five-year role as Anne Marie on ABC’s Roseanne, will be the keynote speaker at Marshall University’s Women of Color program Tuesday, March 3.

The program, which is free to the public, begins at noon in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room on Marshall’s Huntington campus. This year’s theme is “Retrospective: Recognizing Achievements and Moving Forward.”

Barnes, who has more than 30 years of acting experience, will be speaking on excerpts from her book, On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey.

Women of Color awards will be presented and a reception will follow.

The Women of Color Program activities are coordinated by Fran L. Jackson, Program Assistant II with the Center for African American Students’ Programs; Leah Tolliver, Director of the Women’s Center; and Lisa Allen, Administrative Assistant with Marshall University Multicultural Affairs.

Vendors and displays will be set up in the lobby of the Memorial Student Center throughout the day.

For more information, contact Fran L. Jackson at 304-696-6705.
- Marshall’s Women of Color program


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Adilah Barnes, an award-winning actor of stage, television and film recurred five seasons on ABC’s ROSEANNE. Recent tv credits include COLD CASE and THE MIDDLE. Film credits include ERIN BROCKOVICH and HBO’s IRON-JAWED ANGELS.

Her internationally-toured solo show, I AM THAT I AM; WOMAN, BLACK has toured forty states and three continents including North America (US/Caribbean) Africa and Europe . She received TOWSON UNIVERSITY ’S CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD’S 2010 PROGRAM OF THE YEAR. She is available for residencies and as a lecturer.

In 2009, her ESSENCE MAGAZINE bestseller, ON MY OWN TERMS, was named #3 behind PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2 books. She also received an AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERARY AWARD NOMINATION and XLIBRIS PUBLISHING’S AUTHOR’S SPOTLIGHT. She has delivered book signings internationally.