As a new chapter begins in this country, THE BLACK LIST offers a dynamic and never before heard perspective from achievers of color. This series of inspired - and inspiring - observations on African American Life in the 21st Century forms a roll call of some of the most compelling politicians, writers, thinkers and performers ever to tackle their fields of endeavor. Watch the interview-portraits and get a sharper snapshot of where this country has been and where it's headed.
* Passing Strange celebrates 100th performance
* Sundance coming to Brooklyn.
* Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation ticket deal.
* Frank Langella to star in A Man For All Seasons
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Passing Strange, which is currently nominated for 7 Tony Awards, recently celebrated its 100th performance at the Belasco Theatre. The show, which is nominated for Best Musical, has also been a celebrity hot spot as of late. Samuel L Jackson, Terrence McNally, Angela Davis (aunt of Passing Strange actress Eisa Davis), Toni Morrison, Rosie O'Donnell, Lauren Bacall and Harry Belafonte have all been spotted at the show.
Passing Strange was developed in part by the Sundance Institute. Coincidently, Sundance will be bringing their film festival to Brooklyn for the third year in a row. The showcase will feature 12 documentaries, 10 feature films and 36 short films from the 2008 festival. The Sundance Institute will be in residence at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) through June 8. Check BAM****/Sundance for more details.
The Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation offers a service where members can purchase premium seats to Broadway shows and support cancer research at the same time. Theaters allocate a handful of their best seats, which the Foundation then sells for double the face value. The difference is a tax deductible donation to the Cancer Research Foundation. The program, which was started by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was closely backed by Bob Hope and Marlene Dietrich in their prime. Go to DamonRunyon**** for more info.
Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella has signed on to play Sir Thomas More in the first Broadway revival of Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The production will begin previews September 12 and opens October 7 at the American Airlines Theatre. A Man For All Seasons is directed by Doug Hughes.
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White Collar Jihadists have become a cause for growing concern following the arrest of technology-savvy members of a militant group that exploited insecure wireless networks to send messages. The suspects sent e-mail claiming responsibility for serial bombings in the major Indian cities of Delhi and Ahmedabad.
White collar Jihadists concern India
It is extremely worrying that Islamist terror groups have targeted the information technology and engineering sectors, in a successful effort to give India's jihadist movement a quantum jump in skills and ideological focus. Till his arrest believed to be a model citizen Mohammed Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy, worked as a software engineer at multinational Yahoo India is a part of the militant group which sent e-mail claiming responsibility for serial bombings in the major Indian cities. We need to be vigilant and patch poorly secured wireless networks especially after the arrest of technology-savvy members of a militant group that exploited insecure wireless networks to send messages. The technique used by the militants is similar to "wardriving," where hackers roam around to detect and access Wi-Fi networks with security weaknesses. India has recently witnessed a spate of serial bomb blasts that has put the country in a state of alert. We as citizens need be more vigilant and perform our own bit cautiously and responsibly.
Philippines is considering asking China to "help out" businessmen in the country who imported milk products contaminated with melamine. The government is expected to make a representation with the Chinese embassy to seek compensation for the businessmen who incurred losses.
Philippines demands Chinese compensation
Two groups of people have suffered as a result of melamine-tainted Chinese milk powder — those who consumed the milk and milk products and employees and business owners of related industries. The first group includes those who have suffered physical harm. The second group consists of owners and employees of firms that purchased contaminated powder for use in their products and then had to take them off the shelves. These businesses have incurred financial losses and the scandal has tarnished their reputations. There are also other manufacturers whose products do not contain tainted milk but who have still suffered because many consumers remain afraid of buying dairy products. These businesses have lost orders and their reputations have been damaged. Several manufacturers and retailers have recalled and destroyed products that contain milk imported from China. Since many companies fear retribution in claiming direct compensation from the Chinese government, Philippine authorities should pick up the responsibility to represent these companies in dealing with China.
The world's largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, which will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. The project will give a major boost to green energy within the country.
Chicken manure to power 90000 homes
Many European countries, including the Netherlands, suffer under an excess of different types of animal manure that pollute the environment. The world's largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands, which will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. The power plant has a capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year. The biomass power plant is more than merely carbon neutral. If the chicken manure were to be spread out over farm land, it would release not only CO2, but also methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. By using the manure for power generation, the release of methane is avoided. The biomass power plant will utilize approximately 440,000 tons of chicken manure, roughly one third of the total amount produced each year in the Netherlands.
As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year's award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. The comments have invoked fuming response from many with in US.
Comment by Nobel Jury member
Anybody who has read Mark Twain, will be fast to point out his famous quotation "Why I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen; Even if it contains no other book". The quotation tells us about the hyperbole attached with the decisions of the some people who have taken up the power to tell us what is good or bad. And United States have been a sufferer in this regard. Why not how much United States has always been in forefront in supporting creativity and writers like Bukowaski, Hemmingway, Bellow, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, De lillo, Roth, Updike, Pynchon, etc. have produced path breakers .. such names have never found the deserved appreciation. It is a shame that a high member of award jury says that United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe.
The Nobel Prize Author Toni Morrison is the first African American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Biography Toni Morrison's novels include The Bluest Eye, Sula,and Beloved
Set in the 1680s, when this country's reliance on slavery as an economic engine was just beginning, 'A Mercy' explores the repercussions of an enslaved mother's desperate act: She offers her small daughter to a stranger in payment for her master's debt.
We The Artists are co chairs Lisa Kaess, Anthony Geathers and Toni Morrison. Greater Praise Gospel Choir ending the evening with an inspirational performance. Produced and Directed by Anthony Geathers. Lighting Director Bob Bushfield. Editor Amanda Pohan
President Obama presented musician Bob Dylan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author Toni Morrison, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, astronaut John Glenn and others, with the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.
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West Wing Week Episode: 76 Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President honored Memorial Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and more.
Though the poem is a recent addition to our literature, it has already had an effect on contemporary culture. Excerpts from the poem were used by Toni Morrison as epigraphs to her novels, Jazz and Paradise. Umberto Eco includes a portion of it in the introduction to chapter 50 of Foucault's Pendulum; and Larry Lawson and Levi Lee use about a dozen lines in their play, Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening with the Illuminati).
A 2005 film by Jordan Scott (the daughter of Ridley Scott) depicts a woman moving through various urban scenes (such as a nightclub, the back of a taxi, and around Potsdamer Platz in Berlin), while a recitation from the poem is read in as a form of narrative commentary. A shortened version of the film was used in a Prada advertisement, to promote the launch of the fashion house's first perfume.
"Soul Sisters triumphant!": From Psychedelia to Funk, 1967-1975.
The human race started from Africa. When drought hit, around 24 members of the Bushmen tribe set out into the unknown for food. The global journey of their generations seeded the entire planet over the next 50,000 years. These two dozen Africans created every one of us. We are all family, we've just forgotten it.
In the 1950's, sparked by Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights movement challenged segregation. The resulting 60's Counterculture meant to free the mind, body, and spirit from any shackles. They embraced the tribal and the communal, the future and each other. The late 60's-early 70's was a golden age of connection and exploration opening the possibilities that created the best in the world we now live in. This is a story of our shared jouney we shouldn't forget.
Here are many Soul Sisters who paved our path: LT. UHURA opened the future on "Star Trek"; the tribal Rock musical HAIR personified the re-evolution, which also gave us Melba Moore, Donna Summer, Leata Galloway, Marsha Hunt, Ben Vereen, Phillip Michael Thomas, and many more; all-inclusive music groups like BOOKER T & THE MG's, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, ROTARY CONNECTION, JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, The Loading Zone, Santana, and The Chambers Brothers; new world couples like Jimi Hendrix and Devon Wilson, Brian Jones and Donyale Luna; activist singers like NINA SIMONE; Native American and African clothes and hairstyles were reborn; this opened the door for MIRIAM MAKEBA and other World Musics into the mainstream; MARSHA "Brown Sugar" HUNT set the template for Betty Davis and the next decade of Funk Rock women; MILES and BETTY DAVIS stirred Funk and Psychedelia into the Fusion Jazz of "Bitches Brew"; by '69, the Fashion industry was opened by JOLIE JONES, NAOMI SIMS, DONYALE LUNA, Carole La Brie, Beverly Johnson, Jane Kennedy, and African ELIZABETH OF TORO; as Feminism dawned in the early 70's, ELAINE BROWN took command of the generally sexist Black Panther Party while ANGELA DAVIS fought The Man; modern poet/authors like NIKI GIOVANNI, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker inspired waves of new students; the new archetype of 'Soul Sister', with brains, class, style, and attitude, took its first proud strut; this modern amazon ruled the screens with actors like PAM GRIER, TAMARA DOBSON, CAROL SPEED (cutest eyes ever!), THERESA GRAVES, Vonetta McGhee, Jeane Belle, and Gloria Hendry; and in the comics with Wonder Woman's sister, NUBIA, and feiry STORM of the X-MEN.
These women created: bohemian musicians like Ruth Copeland, Funkadelic, Joyce Kennedy (Mothers Finest), Parlet and Brides Of Funkenstein, Grace Jones, Prince & the Revolution, Public Enemy, the Native Tongues rappers, Lenny Kravitz, Cree Summer, Nenah Cherry, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Dionne Farris, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Erykah Badu, The Roots, Joi, Kelis, India Arie, Joss Stone, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Nikka Costa; World musicians like Osibisa, Fela, King Sunny Ade, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mahotella Queens, Zap Mama, Cesaria Evora, Angelique Kidjo, and Antibalas; models like Naomi Campbell, Iman, Waris Dalie, and Alek Wek; activists like bell hooks, Sister Souljah, and Pam The Funkstress (The Coup); tough actors like Gina Torres (FIREFLY/ SERENITY), Halle Barry (CATWOMAN, X-MEN), and Jada Pinkett Smith (THE MATRIX); and superheroines like Vixen, Misty Knight, Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel), and Natasha Irons (Steel).
About ROTARY CONNECTION: The Chess label parlayed modern blues (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf) and Rock'n'roll (Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley) in the 50's. Young heir Marshall Chess stirred them into the psychedelic 60's with the RC. It combined a rock group with soul singers, all arranged by the radical Charles Stepney with jazz changes, operatic chorales, electronic dissonance, and sweeping strings. It also introduced Minnie Riperton, who went on to glory with "Loving You" later. Though Minnie has sadly passed, her daughter Maya Rudolph is a shining star on "Saturday Night Live". Stepney went on to arrange the great hits of Earth Wind & Fire. And Nuyorican Soul made "Black Gold" a modern standard with their 1997 remix hit.
Who is the black gold of the sun? We all are.
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I love this film. Pay no mind to the scrolling text behind the annotation. O was our best choice. That's all I have to say.
Thanks again to Toni Morrison for writing this novel.
Comedian Chris Rock as featured in The Black List. As a new chapter begins in this country, The Black List offers a dynamic and never-before-heard perspective from achievers of color. This series of inspired—and inspiring—observations on African-American life in the 21st century forms a roll call of some of the most compelling politicians, writers, thinkers and performers ever to tackle their fields of endeavor. Watch the interview-portraits and get a sharper snapshot of where this country has been and where its headed. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Interviews by Elvis Mitchell. Stars Collin Powell, Toni Morrison, Sean P Diddy Combs, Slash, Chris Rock, Susan Rice, Lou Gossett Jr., Russell Simmons and many more. The DVD of The Black List Volume One is available at Target stores and Target****
The clip leaving to the airport from Burn After Reading (2008)
My car is here. I'm off, mystery man.
What is that thing?
It's top secret, baby.
How many cities?
Seattle, San Francisco, Los ?ngeles, Chicago.
Why do they always send you to Seattle?
It's not a big market.
I don't know. Lots of independent bookstores.
Rains all the time. What else are people gonna do?
I can think of a couple of things.
You can think of one thing.
Where are they putting you?
Christ, it better be the Peninsula, the money I make for them.
Are you gonna be okay?
I'll be sad, but I'll be okay.
Not too sad.
Just the right amount.
I am crazy about you, baby.
Tony Bennett, Toni Morrison,
Solé visits the studio and reads from "Beloved" by Toni Morrison. Directed by Clayton Cubitt. Subtitles available (CC) in French.
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