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Anita Woodley's Don't Wait Until It's Too Late
Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church
Oakland, CA
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Anita Woodley's Don't Wait Until It's Too Late
Amazon Best Seller Book "Successfully Raising Young Black Men"
Bishop Kevin D Barnes Presents...

Dont Wait Until its too late is an one-woman show about Anita Woodleys mothers real Breast Cancer Experience with a mini-Documentary. The performance features excerpts from the award-winning show Mama Juggs and new material focused on breast cancer. Anita portrays multiple characters in this performance, including her beloved great-grandma and mother Mable-Ree, a breast cancer experiencer. Together this family copes through humor while tapping into their community for support. They discover the perks of having cancer and Anita shares techniques for detecting breast cancer that may save a life. The performance is concluded with a 12 minute documentary about Anita Woodleys mother that goes behind the scene of her doctors appointments and into her home as she deals with breast cancer at 47 years old. Youll never view breast cancer the same way.

ANITA WOODLEY is an Emmy award-winning journalist, producer, actress, poet, mixed-media folk artist, baker, and playwright.  She is also a state-certified HIV counselor, a Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist in Drama and Literary, Improvisational Theater Teaching Artist for North Carolinas Durham School District. Anita works as a Community Education Intern for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, teaching K-9th graders age-relevant, empowering prevention strategies through the Safe Touch and Start Strong programs topics of sexual violence, consent, active bystanders to bullying behavior, and sexual harassment. Along with her own production company, Anita Woodley Productions, Mrs. Woodley is the Founder and President of the non-profit Spark Inner-Action, which promotes healthy lifestyle changes in communities with high risks for health disparities. In her spare time, she is a Columnist for the News & Observer Newspaper, the lead vocalist for the Improvisational Jazz band N4HC Improvisational Jazz band, and an Associate Member of the Sisters Network Triangle for Breast Cancer in Durham.

Mrs. Woodley is a native of Oakland, California where she grew up in Oakland Housing Authority and attended Oakland Technical High School. She served as the All-Student Body President in High School, PTSA Student Representative, and Youth Commissioner Co-Chair for the Mayor of Oaklands Youth Council. She is an Inaugural Hall of Honor inductee at her alma mater Oakland Technical High School in California with notable alumnus Marshawn Lynch, The Pointer Sisters, Rickey Henderson, and Clint Eastwood. In addition, Mrs. Woodley was inducted as an Emerging Artist in Drama at the North Carolina Durham Arts Council.

To date, Anita Woodley has wrote and performed ten solo theatrical performances and DVD movies, including the critically-acclaimeds Bucking The Bull, Mama Juggs, and The Men in Me, touring throughout the U.S. and Internationally to Cameroon, West Africas University of Yaounde.  Anita creates new creative works that are transformational, non-traditional theatrical series called Ethnodramas to educate, promote, and prevent harmful practices to overall health. Mrs. Woodleys work has proven to provide culturally appropriate and early intervention for disparities, such as from poverty, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, bullying, obesity, clinical trials and more.  Mrs. Woodleys creative work has been featured at the National Black Theatre Festival, New Yorks Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, and Chicago, numerous universities, hospitals, and faith-based communities nationwide.

Mrs. Anita Woodleys journalism career started while attending San Francisco State University school of Broadcasting, Radio and Television. She worked for NBC, CBS, and landed her first on-air newscast with the PBS sister station KMTP called Newsnight with Anita Morgan. She achieved those milestones while a full-time, undergraduate junior student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University. Anita Woodley graduated college in the top 8% of the Class of 2000, Top 15% of the country, and Magna Cum Laude. Three months after graduating college, Mrs. Woodley was hired at CNNs Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia to Associate Produce Domestic News. She went on to work for a FOX affiliate and spent 7 years in Chapel Hill with the Nationally syndicated National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station, WUNC-FMs award-winning show The Story with Dick Gordon. Mrs. Anita Woodleys accolades in the fields of Radio & Television Journalism, spanning more than 20 years, were earned from the Harry Chapin Foundation for Hunger and Poverty in New York, the National Association of Black Journalists, and an Emmy award for Exceptional Coverage on September 11th, 2001 when the World Trade Center in New York was attacked.

Anita Woodley has been invited to perform for audiences ranging from Benedictine Nuns at Sacred Heart Monastery to the University of Yaounde, Africa. In 2010, Anita reunited with the Tikar tribe in Cameroon, Africa, a meeting with her mothers heritage.  There, Anita became Princess Bekang, or boomerang, in the Chiefdom of the rainforest Nditam Tikar Village. Anita became the first African-American descendant since enslavement to return to the Nditam Tikar village in the bush and she learned their native language. The stories of her journey aired worldwide.

Pastor of the Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church.

The Reverend Doctor Kevin D. Barnes, Sr. was born and raised in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.  He is married to the lovely Brenda Barnes and is the father of three sons, Kevin Jr., Keith, and Kenneth Barnes, and grandfather of five.

Dr. Barnes received his license to preach in 1986, attended Bay City Bible Institute, and the Sacramento Theological Seminary Bible College where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.  He was elected Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Oakland, CA in January 1992.  Since being elected Pastor his primary focus is saving souls and changing lives.  He is faithful and understanding of the flock, and is like the Prophet Nehemiah is a strong leader, a man of character, persistent, prayerful, a brilliant planner, organizer, and motivator.  He is a genuinely humble servant of God and a passionate believer who is thoughtful, willing to listen, learn and to share his knowledge with others.  Dr. Barnes has a unique ability to train and teach the children of God, and is a living testimony and inspiration to all for what the Lord can do in our lives.

He ensures that the church congregation has a well-rounded biblical and spiritual foundation.  Almost all of us within the church have been in church most of our lives but never have we been taught in such practical and indepth methods to understand the meaning behind the words.  He has taught us to look at the history in which these verses were written, depend on the Holy Spirit to take us through the words and references, to ask questions of the Holy Spirit and expect answers because we love, we seek, and we yearn and we love Him who breathed the words of the Bible.

Dr. Barnes has spearheaded the feeding ministry in his church community for over 16 years.  He has been a part of the Pastors of Oakland organization, worked with local pastors, city officials, and other local businesses to help improve family and community relationships. Dr. Barnes is the author of Successfully Raising Young Black Men, which has made the Bestsellers List.  Successfully Raising Young Black Men is available wherever fine books are sold, including,,, and  The audio version of Successfully Raising Young Black Men was released October 2009.  Dr. Barnes new book Successfully Raising Grandchildren that he co-authored with his wife Brenda Barnes was released November 2010.  Additionally, he has authored two more books, one in 2013 and one in 2014 entitled How to Survive and Thrive In Times Like These, Volumes 1 and 2.

He continues to conduct workshops at schools, churches and other organizations.  He is actively involved in helping to encourage father and son relationships, and improve family relationships throughout the community.  He cares about the whole family, and teaches that nurturing our young boys and men helps produce positive young black men, which is the key to strengthening our neighborhoods and families.


Successfully Raising Young Black Men
Successfully Raising Grandchildren
How To Survive and Thrive In Times Like These, Volume 1
How To Surive and Thrive In Times Like These, Volume 2



Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church (View)
528 33rd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
United States

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