Brian Copeland

Brian Copeland

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Actor, comedian, author, playwright, television and radio talk-show host Brian Copeland will speak at a Napa Valley College Black History Month celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The free presentation and question-and-answer session in the Little Theatre, building 1200, is co-sponsored by the NVC Office of Equity and Inclusivity, Office of Student Life, Associated Students, and UMOJA, a program that specifically targets the retention, persistence and success of African-American students.

Copeland, based in the  Bay Area, will talk about his life and his stand-up comedy career, which began at age 18 in comedy venues in San Francisco and continued across the nation, as he opened for such legendary performers as  Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Julio Iglesias, Ringo Starr and Gladys Knight.

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Copeland performed his brand of biting, cutting-edge social commentary in venues such as the Universal Amphitheater and Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

He has written and performed several critically acclaimed solo plays, including Not a Genuine Black Man (2004), The Waiting Period (2015) The Jewelry Box and The Scion (KQED’s Best New Play of 2014).

The debut of his latest play, Grandma & Me: An Ode to Single Parents, came in San Francisco last fall.

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