Not starting an alternative to our current higher-education system would be easier than starting one. So when things get muddled--as they always are in the early stages of planning and thinking and the miasma of sloppy uncertainty-- I need to always remember why, exactly, I'm doing this.
I spoke with Wendell Pierce - most famous for his HBO series roles in The Wire and Treme - on the closing weekend of Brothers from the Bottom, a critically-acclaimed play about gentrification in New Orleans after the storm, in which Pierce played a lead role both on stage and in production.
We're holding Health Month on the JBF blog. In this post, we conclude our extended interview series with actor and activist Wendell Pierce, exploring his views on potential solutions to issues of food access, both locally and globally.
Wendell Pierce: "Treme was art imitating life and life imitating art. I was depicting what was happening in New Orleans as people were trying to rebuild their lives, while I was also doing that in real life."
Residents in parts of New Orleans exit gas stations and "dollar stores" with big bags of groceries in their arms. And they're not carrying picnic food. It's tonight's dinner and pantry-stocking for tomorrow's meals.