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12 Baby Names Inspired By Black Stars Who Are Making History

Nameberry | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.10.2017 | Parents

In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to activists, pop culture icons and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, we...

Viola Davis Thanks 'Fences' Author For Elevating Black Narrative In SAG Speech

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.30.2017 | Black Voices

Viola Davis took home the Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her stunning work...

Aisle View: Car Service

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Brandon J. Dirden and John Douglas Thompson in August Wilson's Jitney Photo: Joan Marcus The voice of August Wilson is heard in the land once mo...

Jitney: A Comfortable Ride

Danny Groner | Posted 01.19.2017 | New York
Danny Groner

August Wilson might be best known for Fences but the Broadway debut of Jitney it's clear the late playwright has a whole lot more to offer. It takes...

'Jitney' on Broadway, 'Fences' on film -- the August Wilson Legacy Continues

ZEALnyc | Posted 01.10.2017 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Helaine Feldman, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 10, 2017 The year 2017 brings us two exciting mountings of works by August Wilson, two-time ...

Denzel Washington's Fences: Celebrating August Wilson's Masterpiece

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.21.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

How do you bring the brilliant, Pulitzer Prize winning Fences, to the screen? You stick close to August Wilson's jazz poetry. This week Fences was cel...

Teaching Thanksgiving Dinner at the University of Paris 8

Karin Badt | Posted 12.05.2016 | Education
Karin Badt

This year like every year I had my theater class in Paris create Thanksgiving dinners. I gave them the same instructions I always do: four family m...

To Exhume or Not to Exhume

George Heymont | Posted 03.04.2017 | Arts
George Heymont

Whenever the anniversary of a famous author's birth or death reaches a significant milestone, critics and creative types may stop, look back, and think about a particular artist's cultural contribution.

Another Gem From Marin Theatre Company in August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.21.2017 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Some of the plays combine the two, such as Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man (the company's third-best-selling production ever), Danai Gurira's The Convert, and Will Power's Fetch Clay, Make Man -- all extremely well done and well reviewed.

'Black Bottom' Brings Audience to Their Feet

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 05.09.2015 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

The superlative performances in The Actors' Group production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were so convincing during opening weekend that when Ma Rainey halted the recording session to demand Coca-Cola from her white producer, a theatergoer left his audience seat to hand her his personal soda can.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Aisle View: Holler and (Hip) Hop

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There was only moderate hollerin' from the audience at the Monday night preview of Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac Shakur jukebox musical at the drastically altered Palace. We could hear them, yes, and loudly; but we couldn't make out much of what they were singing or saying.

Papa, Can You Hear Me?

George Heymont | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I first saw Wilson's play during its 1987 pre-Broadway tryout at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco with James Earl Jones in the lead role. At the time, I found it difficult to appreciate Wilson's play.

Theaters Contribute to Social Justice and Meaningful Change in Communities

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

The arts are losing out in the wave of a new philanthropic emphasis on measurable "investment."

Another Sad Farewell For August Wilson

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Howard Sherman

August Wilson in 2004 (photo by David Cooper; courtesy of Yale Repertory Theatre) If Trip Gabriel, the New York Times reporter who wrote Sunday's sto...

Interview: Keeping August Wilson Alive

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If there was a Mount Rushmore for the faces of America's greatest playwrights, Ruben Santiago-Hudson says, August Wilson's face would be among them.

Theater: Does Orlando Bloom or Wilt on Broadway? Plus Nude Legal Wrangling And August Wilson

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

How is he? That's the question people have when a movie star like Orlando Bloom makes his Broadway debut in a Shakespearean play. Well, he's fine, grading on a curve.

Theater: August Wilson Cycle Launches At Greene Space

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The most exciting theatrical event of the fall isn't taking place on Broadway, or Off Broadway or in any theater at all -- it's happening at a radio station.

Theater: Porn Stars, Preachers, Pop Music and a Piano

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Some things are indisputable. August Wilson is on the short list of America's greatest playwrights (along with Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee). And Signature Theatre has a special affinity for his work.

First Nighter: August Wilson's The Piano Lesson in Fine Tune

David Finkle | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Did August Wilson deliberately place The Piano Lesson in 1936, because that was the same Great Depression year Gone With the Wind was published? Did he intend it as a counter-balance to the version of slavery and its legacy depicted in Margaret Mitchell's best-seller?

Why Is August Wilson's Work Relevant Now?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 09.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Jitney, set in the '70s, seems on its surface to be specific and limited in scope, revolving around the lives of black men working at a 'jitney' or 'gypsy' car service in the city, but its themes are universal.

Dr. King's Volcanic Mountaintop Seductively Explosive

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.18.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

This is not a play for the faint-hearted, but it is a celebration of life, love, and country.

Laying a Clear Dramatic Foundation

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Each play took place in a very different time frame and was written by a playwright with a unique world view. Each was the work of an extremely prolific playwright.

Is Oprah Headed To Broadway?

The Theater Loop | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts

Oprah Winfrey has long said she would love to return to acting. But as her iconic, Chicago-based talk show approaches its final episode, Winfrey clear...

On Black Men

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Carroll

Despite the hope, as a parent raising a black son in a country very presently immersed in the horrific beauty of racial change and evolution, I am careful to remind him that there are still fences.