The Life of a Black Feminist Radical
by Sherie M. Randolph
University of North Carolina Press
328 pages, Illustrated
Film Review: “He Named Me Malala”: Powerful portrait of Nobel Prize-winning teen illustrates indomitability of the human spirit
Malala Yousafzai was named after a girl who spoke out and was killed for speaking out. That folk hero was a flag-bearing teenager who perished in 1880 while rallying fellow Pashtun resistance fighters to an unlikely victory over British invaders in a pivotal battle of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
Though it isn’t our only story, it is a story far too many of us find familiar.
Single Black mother raises her child in less than ideal circumstances. A father out of the picture. A son that growing with a mind full of wonder and abandonment.
[caption id="attachment_25647" align="alignleft"]Singer Sharon Jones is the subject of the documentary Miss Sharon Jones![/caption][caption id="attachment_25648" align="alignleft"]Fereweni Gebregergs stars in the Ethiopia drama Price of Love.[/caption]TORONTO (NNPA) – The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries. Their work in films that are positioning themselves for the upcoming awards season is on display in movies that will be released this fall and on into next year in theaters, VOD, Netflix, VH1….
“An Octoroon” opens the 40th season of the Mixed Blood Theatre Company.
The play is a take on “The Octoroon,” a 19th-century melodrama about illicit interracial love. From playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, has been characterized as a funny, disturbing, whirlwind about the antebellum South as well as present-day America. The play delves into the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to America’s legacy of slavery and genocide.
[caption id="attachment_25594" align="alignleft"]Baylen Thomas (Atticus Finch), J.C. Cutler (Court Clerk), Ansa Akyea (Tom Robinson), Peter Thomson (Judge Taylor) and the cast in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” Photos: Joan Marcus[/caption]I still remember being in my sophomore English class of about 30 students (only three of us African-American) reading aloud the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The Minnesota Opera kicked off its 2015 – 2016 season at the Ordway Music Theater this past weekend, with Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos,” staring Amber Wagner and featuring African-American opera singer, Helena Brown.
[caption id="attachment_25589" align="alignleft"]Joe Dowling[/caption]Joe Dowling, the Guthrie Theater’s recently retired artistic director, was honored at the 2015 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award, the celebration of Twin Cities theater.
Critically-acclaimed actor Mikell Sapp received the Emerging Artist Award.
[caption id="attachment_25568" align="alignleft"]Danai Gurira at left and Lupita Nyong’o[/caption](GIN) – While Liberia’s civil war is distant history to some, an African playwright has rescued the tale of five women, captive wives of a rebel commander, whose survival in a treacherous war zone resonates strongly even today.