Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Home-Going Celebration of Vanessa E. Cooper at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building in NY on 10/21/11

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper

My good friend, award-winning costume designer Karen Perry, lost her beloved sister Vanessa E. Cooper to pancreatic cancer on October 12, 2011. On October 21, from 6pm-9pm at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building (aka “The Harlem State Office Building”), Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, 163 W. 125th Street in Harlem, join in with family, colleagues and friends for the Home-Going Celebration for Vanessa, who was a talented broadcaster, writer, executive assistant, and the GB Events Coordinator.
Vanessa Cooper and Imhotep Gary Byrd

Vanessa Cooper and Imhotep Gary Byrd

Vanessa E. Cooper was the creative partner for Imhotep’s Guide to Black Events weekly column which appears in the NY Amsterdam News and on WBLS Radio. A graduate of Syracuse University (with a BA in Radio/TV Broadcasting), Sister Coop was also a regular contributor-writer to Imhotep’s broadcasts on WBAI Radio and served as Co-Producer, GBE Mind Flight and Express Yourself. At WBAI Radio, she was also a member of the WBAI Women’s Collective/Women’s Circle and a regular broadcast-contributor to the station’s annual Working Women’s Day programming, as well as the station’s Caribbean Carnival programming. Sister Coop’s professional credits also include actress, model, film critic, and co-executive producer for The Sweet Suite: Music from the Unsigned.

Friday, October 21, 2011
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building *
(aka “The Harlem State Office Building”)
Art Gallery • 2nd Floor
163 W. 125th Street • Harlem, NY
[at the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., aka “7th Avenue”]

Via Subway: Take the 2 or 3 train to 125th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard (6th Ave),
or take the A, B, C, or D train to 125th Street at Nicholas Avenue.
* You will need photo identification in order to enter the building.

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Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.


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