March 25, 2017

Saturday Open Thread: African American Playwrights

Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey, on October 7, 1934. His father, Colt LeRoy Jones, was a postal supervisor; Anna Lois Jones, his mother, was a social worker.  He attended Rutgers University for two years, then … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African American Playwrights

  George C. Wolfe grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky and began to pursue his interest in the dramatic arts while still in grade school. At Frankfort High School, Wolfe directed and performed in several plays and wrote poetry and prose for his high … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African American Playwrights

Throughout her writing career, Adrienne Kennedy has used her own life experiences as symbolic of the divisiveness of American race relations. Like Kennedy, the characters in her plays are often light-skinned black women torn between their blackness … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African American Playwrights

Lorraine Hansberry is best known for writing A Raisin in the Sun, the first play by an African American woman produced on Broadway.  … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open ThreadL African American Playwrights

Playwright August Wilson was born Frederick August Kittel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 27, 1945. His mother, Daisy Wilson, was of African-American heritage. His father was a German immigrant named Frederick Kittel. … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: African American Playwrights

Ntozake Shange was born Paulette Williams into an upper middle-class African-American family. Her father was an Air Force surgeon and her mother a psychiatric social worker. Cultural icons like Dizzie Gillepsie, Miles Davis and W.E.B. DuBois were … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: P.O.U Sunday Jazz Brunch

Frederick Dewayne "Freddie" Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter.  He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post-bop styles from the early 1960s onwards. His unmistakable and influential tone … [Read more...]