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"The Mezz" - Brian Hersh, WSRQ Talk Radio
"Ma Rainey" stars Tarra Conner jones and Robert Douglas appear on the radio show on January 21
http://sarasotatalkradio.com/2016/01/the-mezz-january-23rd-2016-terra-connor-jones-robert-douglas-blake-walton-becka-mccoy/

[REVIEW] "August Wilson's early magic evident in Westcoast Troupe's 'Ma Rainey'" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
[HIGHLIGHT QUOTE] "Ma Rainey may get top billing in the play’s title, but she’s actually something of a supporting character, though that’s hard to believe from the fiery, take-no-prisoners performance of Tarra Conner jones."
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2016/01/17/theater-review-august-wilsons-early-magic-evident-in-westcoast-troupes-ma-rainey/

[TV] "Suncoast View" - Nate co-hosts and Tarra Conner jones performs
http://www.mysuncoast.com/videos/share/?video=603472fb966cdf0897f03e152a4ced2cbe9d0708

"'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' opens in Sarasota" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/marty-clear/article54547665.html

"Weekend Insider" - Sarasota Magazine
"Ma Rainey" scores the #1 slot!
http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=90b255b20087b1d87f7762948&id=b7aa9b0d9e

"Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents two ‘Voices’ community forums" - Tampa Bay Newswire
http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2016/01/12/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-presents-two-voices-community-forums-42324

"Good News Friday" - BizCEO
Lowe's donates Christmas tree and half of cost of washer/dryer to WBTT
https://biz941.com/2016/01/good-news-friday-good-deeds-jan-15-2016/

"Area theaters lighting up with new shows" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2016/01/13/area-theaters-lighting-up-with-new-shows/

[REVIEW] "A Motown Christmas" - Marie Kilker, Aisle Say Florida
http://www.aislesay.com/FL-MO-XMAS.html

[PREVIEW] "'Same fight, different round'" - Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2016/01/10/90-year-old-play-with-a-message-for-today/

[FEATURE] "Resolutions for 2016" - Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Arts organization goals for 2016
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2015/12/31/resolutions-for-2016/

[FEATURE] "A Merry Motown Mixer" - Nick Reichert, The Observer Group
http://www.yourobserver.com/article/merry-motown-mixer

[ARTS SEASON PREVIEW] "A look at Bradenton's most promising theather for 2016" - Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/marty-clear/article53798290.html

[FEATURE] "Behind the Scenes: What makes a holiday song classic?" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Jay features Nate's original song, "What's Up Under the Christmas Tree?" in a column examining which elements might make a holiday song a classic.
http://ticket.heraldtribune.com/2015/12/18/behind-the-scenes-what-makes-a-holiday-song-classic/