By Kyle Fraser
Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930: its cover features a color print of a poster promoting Haiti, the Federal Theater Project’s (FTP)’celebration of the anticolonial revolution’. The old adage warns against judging books by their covers.
Fine. But in this post-palpable atmosphere of digitized letters, in which read-only text files are unzipped and consumed with increasing regularity, a book cover, when available, shouldn’t go overlooked either. Produced by the FTP’s Harlem Unit in 1938, Haiti, a story of black empowerment revived by William (no Burghardt) Du Bois enjoyed a 103-show run at the storied Lafayette Theater, (just two years after a 20-year old Orson Welles-directed version of ‘Macbeth’—set in Haiti and with an all-black cast—opened to such fervor that 7thavenue had to be shut down for ten blocks in each direction of the theater) selling ‘some 74,000 tickets’ and prompting a theater reviewer to declare that Harlem had ‘stole [n] some of Broadway’s thunder’ in Time’s March issue that year. “Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan.” Time Magazine 14March 1938. Print. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Harlem, Harlem Style, HW History, HW Picks, Review
Tagged african american, Blackface, David Nasaw, Frederick Douglass, Haiti, Hubert Julian, New York, Orson Welles, W. Fitzhugh Brundage
It’s hard to believe that Leonardo DiCaprio could have done such a good job in “J. Edgar” and that the movie would still be so bad.
But that appears to be the audience consensus: three people walked out of the Manhattan theater I was in on Sunday night. Continue reading
I am a member of the Harlem Writers Guild. I used to be an avid reader. I readily admit that my relationship with books changed the moment I decided to become a writer. Before I read books the way I watched television, purely for enjoyment. Now, I read to study style, voice, and syntax.
Posted in Books, Review
Tagged arts, Chris Abani, Dorothy Allison, Eartha Watts-Hicks, Graceland, GraceLand: A Novel, Harlem, Harlem Writers Guild, Harlem Writers Guild member, Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
The Off-Broadway debut of what playwright Radha Blank has referred to as her ‘love letter to Harlem’, the award-winning ‘Seed’, starts its run on September 16th at the National Black Theatre on 125th Street and 5th Avenue. Continue reading
Posted in Harlem, Review, Theater
Tagged Harlem, Harlem School of the Arts, Kyle, LaTonya, National Black Theatre, Nigel Smith, Radha Blank, Seed, West Harlem
By Michael Andre Adams
With summer in full swing, it’s time to hit the parks, mountains and lakes nearby. Gas, although on the down swing here recently—is still a concern. Continue reading
Wow….Hyundai has done it again!
They had me in model year 2009 when the sixth generation Sonata debuted under $20,000, resembling the $33,000—Mercedes C Class. Continue reading
The buzz around Mo’Nique’s portrayal of Mary, an abusive single parent in Precious, is building. Continue reading
L-HOSTELS, 1961 Seventh Ave. (118th Street) in Harlem, Manhattan; http://www.l-hostels.com or 212-222-3103. Rate: $24. Reviewed by Suzanne B. Ma, 25.
Best thing about the hostel: Appearance. Converted from luxury apartments shortly before they were set to go on the market, the apartments and lofts, complete with kitchen counters and dark wooden cabinets have been transformed into hostel guest rooms. The kitchen cabinets were turned into guest cubbies with locks, and bunk beds went in the living room. Continue reading
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