The 1994 Civil War left the beleaguered African nation of Rwanda a bloody mess, both literally and figuratively. Not only had the warring tribes, the Hutus and the Tutsis, hacked each other to death with machetes to the tune of about a million bodies scattered across the countryside, but to this day many of the survivors of the ethnic cleansing remain totally traumatized by the slaughter they'd witnessed.
"Ebony & Ivy... delivers a groundbreaking and incendiary exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, race, and higher education... Many of America's revered colleges and universities... Harvard, Yale, and Princeton... were drenched in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color...
"The Book Thief"(PG-13 for violence and mature themes) Adaptation of the Mark Zusak novel of the same name, set in Nazi, Germany, and revolving around an abandoned 9 year-old girl (Sophie Nelisse) adopted by foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) hiding a Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) from the SS. With Kirsten Block, Nico Liersch and Sandra Nedeleff.(In English and German with subtitles)
Traci Allen was born and raised in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Her mother was a music teacher and her father was a basketball coach. She left her hometown to pursue her dream of attending a historically Black university. Allen is a graduate from Howard University who earned a degree in theater arts with a concentration in musical theater.
That was the case when on the vast Ordway stage in St. Paul, just three musicians – Raul Midón on vocals and acoustic guitar and trumpet (well sort of), Lizz Wright on vocals and percussion (mostly just a wooden box that also doubled as her seat for much of the evening) and their accompanying acoustic bass player filled the theater with the most beautiful and soul-stirring sounds. And though I had been a Lizz Wright fan for years, why oh why did I not know about the musical treasure that is Raul Midón? Clearly I need to broaden my musical selection, but I already have a varied taste and on the many radio stations I listen to, not once have I heard Midón. We're being deprived by the play lists of commercial radio stations.