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Posts tagged with "James Baldwin"

Remembering an influential legend

Remembering an influential legend

May. 29 | Yesterday, May 28th,my day started out like many others before it. I tuned into WBGO and heard the voice of the host of Mid-Day Jazz, Rhonda Hamilton. Instantly I could sense sadness in her tone, and then she said it: “Dr. Maya Angelou has passed...

Recently e-published writer ‘digs humanity’ Like Richard Pryor and James Baldwin, Dwight Hobbes speaks his mind

Recently e-published writer ‘digs humanity’ Like Richard Pryor and James Baldwin, Dwight Hobbes speaks his mind

Feb. 14 | By Charles Hallman Staff Writer   Name the subject — any subject — and Dwight Hobbes will have something unique to say about it. After his writing appeared over the years in such publications as Reader’s Digest, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine,...

Playwright Lesli Lee dies at age 83

Playwright Lesli Lee dies at age 83

Feb. 6 | By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Lesli Lee, one of America’s most significant Black playwrights prior to the emergence of August Wilson, died January 20 in Manhattan at 83 of congestive heart failure. Lee is best known for his Obie Award-winning...

My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future

My Country ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future

Jan. 17 | Ellison’s bio a cutting-edge tale of resisting bias religious and racial   By Dwight Hobbes Contributing Writer   Unequivocally a singular success, Congressional Rep. Keith Ellison is one of the more fascinating figures in contemporary politics...

Austene Van ascends in role of Aida

Austene Van ascends in role of Aida

Mar. 6 |       Austene Van, a brilliant performer, has long been outshone by fellow stars Jevetta Steele and Regina Marie Williams. But not because she’s, per se, a lesser talent. However, Steele saw her profile incredibly heightened by a...

A conversation with  Maya Angelou

A conversation with Maya Angelou

Oct. 17 | Renaissance woman speaks on Tyler Perry, Obama and ‘the sweet language’ By Charles Hallman Staff Writer Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Maya Angelou is a renowned “renaissance woman” who as a teenager became San Francisco’s first Black...

GLBT characters of color on the big and small screens

GLBT characters of color on the big and small screens

Aug. 29 |   It’s hard enough finding straight people of color — including Black folk — on TV and film, never mind non-hetero depictions. Here’s a thumbnail sketch roundup of positive portrayals. In the interest of being thankful for small favors,...

Rich summer music menu: Bill Frisell, Rachelle Ferrell, Cassandra Wilson

Rich summer music menu: Bill Frisell, Rachelle Ferrell, Cassandra Wilson

May. 30 |   I was scanning the magazine newsstand the other day and picked up a copy of the June issue of Ebony magazine. It’s their music issue. I open it up, and who is the first person I see? It’s Esperanza Spalding. So, I read the blurb about...

The Amen Corner: Penumbra breathes life into James Baldwin play

The Amen Corner: Penumbra breathes life into James Baldwin play

May. 30 |     Lou Bellamy brilliantly directs James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner at Guthrie Theater for a Penumbra Theatre Company/Guthrie Theater regional premiere. Bellamy, of course, is best known for taking scripts through their paces in St. Paul...

What you can do to preserve Black history — and why you should

What you can do to preserve Black history — and why you should

Feb. 8 |     ”When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the...
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