Those looking for a more cerebral, yet entertaining way to spend their Friday night can treat themselves to an evening of conversation and music at Cayman Cabana, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Author of the book “Incarceration Nations,” Dr. Baz Dreisinger, will be speaking at the event, joined by celebrity actor and activist Malik Yoba, who is scheduled to give a music performance. There will also be performances by James Geary, Earl La Pierre and special guest DJs.
In 1994, Yoba began his role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the popular Fox police drama series “New York Undercover,” opposite Michael DeLorenzo. Yoba’s work on “New York Undercover” earned him three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (in 1996, 1997, and 1998).
An accomplished singer and stage actor, Yoba’s talents were showcased in “His Woman, His Wife,” in which he had the lead role.
Yoba has also appeared in films such as “Cool Runnings” and “Criminal.”
He appeared as Gavin in the 2007 Tyler Perry film “Why Did I Get Married?” and its 2010 sequel “Why Did I Get Married Too?” In 2009, he co-starred as astronaut Ted Shaw on the futuristic ABC drama “Defying Gravity.”
In 2015, he joined the cast of Lee Daniels’s “Empire” as Vernon Turner, Lucious Lyon’s business partner and chairman of Empire Entertainment, playing the character through the first season. He is now playing the part of Jason Atwood, deputy director of the FBI, in “Designated Survivor” starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, “Incarceration Nations” is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world.
Professor, journalist and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of
America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex.
From serving as a restorative justice facilitator in a notorious South African prison and working with genocide survivors in Rwanda, to launching a creative writing class in an overcrowded Ugandan prison and coordinating a drama workshop for women prisoners in Thailand, Dreisinger examines the world behind bars with equal parts empathy and intellect. She journeys to Jamaica to visit a prison music program, to Singapore to learn about approaches to prisoner reentry, to Australia to grapple with the bottom line of private prisons, to a federal supermax in Brazil to confront the horrors of solitary confinement, and finally, to the so-called model prisons of Norway.
“Incarceration Nations” concludes with lessons about the past, present, and future of justice.
Entry is free, and part proceeds from food and drink sales will benefit the launch of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline Jamaica program. There will be a Caribbean Cookup farm-to-table style dinner offered. For more information, call Cayman Cabana at 949-3080.