Jamil A.C. Mangan

Actor | Director | Voice Over Artist
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GONE TOO SOON:  A Documentary Film

 a documentary project that examines the lives and documents the artistic, cultural and educational contributions of several of Newark’s cultural icons, among them: Cephas Bowles WBGO Jazz-88 CEO. Poet/Playwright/Activist Amiri Baraka, Poets Breya “Blkbrry Mollassez” Knight and Halim Suliman; Actor/Director/Arts Administrator Rodney Gilbert, Historians Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Charles Cummings and Dr. Robert Curvin, Artists Russell Murray and Jerry Gant and theater producer Kabu Okai-Davies.



Stingrays (2021). (20 min). Not rated.

Directed by LeRon Lee & Yvonne Michelle Shirley (Featuring Jamil A.C. Mangan as John L .Smith)


Stingrays is the true story behind the birth of the Newark Swim Team. With odds against them, one man helped build a community staple that positively effected the lives of youth from multiple generations. The Newark Swim Team has generated Olympic gold medalists and was the first team of color to win a state championship. Stingrays is a human story of goodwill, resilience, loyalty, and triumph. This inspirational short film infuses documentary, archival, and narrative storytelling.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film directors and Newark Swim Team President, John L. Smith. 


October 10th 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

John L. Smith

LeRon Lee and Yvonne Michelle Shirley are Newark-based filmmakers and the co-creators of The Newarkive, a boutique living multimedia that allows sharing of images and connecting stories of Newarkers.This event is part of The Newark Arts Festival.

Mangan joins The Board of Directors


Seven Devils supports the development of plays that embrace the diverse landscape of the American experience. By inviting audiences to participate in the new play development process, we empower artists and audiences to have a greater stake in each other’s success; create opportunities for dialogue that broadens our understanding of ourselves and others; and fuel the creation of work that reflects, challenges and celebrates us. We have a special interest in underserved and rural writers

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