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Stuart Connelly
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Author and screenwriter Stuart Connelly learned to write before he could crawl but to this day vacillates over which is the more impressive skill.

His book with Clarence B. Jones about Mr. Jones' intimate role in the 1963 March On Washington, Behind The Dream, was published by Palgrave Macmillan, and his first feature film, The Suspect, has just been released.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Stuart currently divides his time between Manhattan and rural Pennsylvania.

Entries by Stuart Connelly

Dialogue Isn't Just for Screenplays

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:16 PM

With the release of The Suspect tomorrow, I will debut as a feature film writer-director. Which is not to say the film's script is my first screenplay. I've written many others over the years, though none until now have been produced. But the story of an African American's...

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One Damnation Under God

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 5:14 PM

I was a guest at the American Black Film Festival in South Beach a few weeks back -- right around the time the jury was chosen for the George Zimmerman trial -- showing my new film The Suspect. The picture is shot in a distinctive style (the old...

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There's an Extra Charge for That

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:48 PM

The 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination comes on the heels of a somewhat minor controversy surrounding the use of his name -- or rather, the licensing of his name -- for the foundation that raised the money for the King Memorial on Washington DC's National Mall.

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What We Talk About When We (Don't) Talk About Race

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:35 PM

I've just finished shooting my first feature film, called The Suspect. It's a psychological thriller designed to entertain the audience and keep them guessing, but -- and this is truly painful to contemplate -- I fully understand that the film owes its very existence to the ongoing problem...

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New Year's on the Run

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Exactly one year ago I suited up in Dri-FIT for a New Year's Day trail jog along the creek in my favorite county park. The weather seemed tolerable enough for it -- though I don't tend to enjoy wintertime runs -- but more importantly, the day seemed appropriate for it....

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The Compliment

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 5:13 PM

Tuesday, August 28th marks the forty-ninth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is as good a date as mid-January's annual ballparking of his birthday -- if not better -- to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King.

It was the week before...

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Oh Me of Little Faith

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 5:24 PM

I've started to notice-if television is any kind of litmus test-that two seasons are kicking off here in America at right about the same time. On their face, they couldn't be more different: the nearly year-long home stretch to the 2012 elections is all about the gritty realities of clashing...

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Fighting Against Corporate America

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 5:08 PM

About fifteen years ago, I paid a small fortune for an indoor parking spot at a private attended garage in downtown San Francisco. My car was broken into while I was shopping; the window was smashed and the CD player was taken. When I spoke to the attendant about their...

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Patriot Games: Why the New Valerie Plame Film Matters

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 8:40 AM

I am no stranger to U.S. government's propensity to conspire against perceived enemies of the state. Having worked this entire year on a book with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s personal lawyer and trusted confidant Clarence B. Jones, I've had the dubious distinction of reviewing many disturbing, previously classified...

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Learn To Tell A Story

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2010 | 5:45 PM

I am watching my six-year-old daughter in the saddle, working a mare out during perhaps her third horseback-riding lesson. The ring is open oval, with a steep drop on one long side and a spiky hill hemmed in with large glass mirrors on the other. One of the short sections,...

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What About The Wisdom? The View & Bill O'Reilly

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 4:56 PM

I don't know if I have the stomach to be able to stand writing about either The View or Bill O'Reilly individually, so I actually welcome the opportunity to deal with them both in one posting. It's kind of a two-birds-with-one-stone situation.

Fortunately, The View doesn't require much attention. As...

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Ideology in Action

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 3:52 PM

There is concern among some in the GOP leadership that, by beating a more sensible candidate for the Republican spot in Tuesday's primary, Carl Paladino will have inadvertently handed the New York governorship to the Democrats this coming November.

Now what kind of can-do thinking is that? It smacks more...

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King's 'Dream' Message Survives the Latest in 47 Years of Flawed Messengers

(83) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 1:00 PM

Last week in a commentary in the Huffington Post, we promised not to prejudge Glenn Beck's planned Lincoln Memorial rally to "Restore Honor" on the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s "I Have A Dream" speech. With the rally concluded, however, it is time to weigh...

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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Glenn Beck's 'Restoration of Honor' Rally

(1043) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 10:29 PM

As nearly anyone with an even passing interest in Fox News knows, Glenn Beck is convening a "Restoration of Honor" Rally at the Lincoln Memorial this Saturday, Aug. 28, in Washington, D.C., in front of the Lincoln Memorial. His rally is schedule to occur at the same place, 47 years...

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Peek-a-boo: Technology and Translucency

(15) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 4:05 PM

I'm currently writing a book with a man who was illegally wiretapped by the FBI for more than seven years. Now reading that statement, you may be thinking this co-author of mine seems paranoid or perhaps delusional. But the records exist: I've seen the transcripts of hundreds of telephone conversations,...

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