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[NEWS] "'Russian Doll' star Charlie Barnett credits Booker VPA for getting his start" - Ryan Kohn, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/article/russian-doll-charlie-barnett-booker-high-vpa-sarasota-netflix

[NEWS] "Charlie Barnett, Star of Netflix’s Russian Doll Launched His Career in Sarasota" - Giulia Heyward, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/5/2/charlie-barnett-star-of-netflix-s-em-russian-doll-em-launched-his-career-in-sarasota

[EVENTS] "ARTbeat 4.4.2019" - Andrea Knies, Arts & Cultural Alliance
Brian L. Boyd Young Artist Program showcase included
https://mailchi.mp/sarasotaarts/artbeat-this-week-in-sarasota-arts-and-culture-537613?e=6ed0cdc029

[EVENTS] "ARTbeat 4.11.2019" - Andrea Knies, Arts & Cultural Alliance
"Black or White Makes My Music Right" is included
https://mailchi.mp/sarasotaarts/artbeat-this-week-in-sarasota-arts-and-culture-542741?e=6ed0cdc029

[EVENTS] "SRQ Daily - Things to Do" - SRQ Magazine, Phil Lederer
"Black or White" is included
https://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2019-04-12

[EVENTS] "May Arts on the Horizon" - Rodger Skidmore, Siesta Sand
The '70s Soul Party is included
http://siestasand.net/Arts-on-the-horizon-05-19/

[REVIEW] "Aretha Franklin Gets Her Due in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Season Closer" - Kay Kipling, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/3/17/aretha-franklin-gets-her-due-in-westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-s-season-closer

[REVIEW] "Theater Review: Westcoast Troupe raises the roof with Aretha Franklin hits" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20190317/theater-review-westcoast-troupe-raises-roof-with-aretha-franklin-hits

[REVIEW] "Regional Review: Love Sung in the Key of Aretha" - William Oser, Talkin' Broadway
https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/wfla/wfla445.html

[NEWS] "‘Lion King’ actress credits Westcoast Troupe training" - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Feature on WBTT and "Lion King" actress JoAnna Ford
https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20190326/lion-king-actress-credits-westcoast-troupe-training

[PHOTOS] "WBTT's April Fool's Fete 2019" - Lori Sax, Sarasota Magazine
https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/slideshows/2019/4/2/wbtt-april-fools-fete-2019

[PHOTOS] "WBTT April Fools' Fete 2019" - Rod Millington, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
https://www.heraldtribune.com/photogallery/LK/20190401/NEWS/401009981/PH/1

[PHOTOS] "Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe hosts a family picnic" - Amelia Hanks, Observer Group
https://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/westcoast-black-theatre-troupe-april-fool-fete-2019

[NEWS] "WBTT's Young Artist Program continues" - Tempo News
Brian Boyd's Young Artist showcase is featured
http://temponews.suncoastpress.com/?iid=163430#folio=2