Mississippi Charles Bevel is a nationally recognized singer, multimedia artist, writer, actor and lecturer. He is best known for co-creating and starring in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which earned him a Tony nomination in 1999 for best book of a musical.
Born the 14th of 17 siblings on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, he has lived in or visited all 50 states. Few days in his life have not intersected in some way with our national and rather paranoid-schizophrenic behavior as it relates to “race.” Time spent in 10 other countries and a myriad of cultures (the most extensive stay being four years in Liberia, West Africa, where three of his four children were born) brought Bevel extensive insight into the quite different ways that other peoples and cultures relate to and define differences between human beings. Travel and observation, in turn, have led to a lifetime and veracious appetite for knowledge.