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The Moor of Venice

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

Is Othello Really Black?

Ben Arogundade | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

William Shakespeare's character Othello is generally regarded as a black African. But is this true? Could he have been an Arab or a Spanish Moor?

The Wire Tangles With Shakespeare

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Arogundade

The link between The Wire and the works of Shakespeare has been a popular strand amongst both fans of the show and critics alike, ever since it was first aired on U.S. screens back in June of 2002.

PHOTOS: Most Memorable Othello Adaptations

Ben Arogundade | Posted 10.20.2011 | Books
Ben Arogundade

Originally entitled "The Moor of Venice," "Othello" was first performed by Shakespeare's theatre group, the King's Men on November 1, 1604, in the Banqueting House of London's Whitehall Palace. Today, over four hundred years later, it remains as popular as ever.