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Traveling to a New America – Florida State University

Tweet Traveling to a New America – Florida State University Last week, I gave a talk, via Skype video, with members of the Department of Dance at Florida State University. The group, under the direction of celebrated choreographer Millicent Johnnie, is creating a performance centered around the annual Minstrel’s Carnival in Cape Town, South Africa. [...]

Maya Angelou & My Friend Joe

Tweet Joe Morhaim was my best friend.  He died in 2006, at age 79, from complications of heart surgery. Joe had such a bright, brilliant manner.  He was a wonderful writer, and for twenty-five years he lived and wrote screenplays in Paris. He loved France.  Even after he returned to Los Angeles with his French [...]

Black and White

Tweet Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid this desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Hayward, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Corey.  Hayward, California. _________________________________________ Corey, what’s your take on America at this time? “Personally, I think the country is unstable.  There’s not a lot of leadership in terms of right side, left side, Democrats, Republicans.  It’s scary, having two daughters, 21 and 14.  I [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Soheila, Originally from Iran

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way Soheila.  Came to this country originally from Iran with her family when she was sixteen. ____________________________________ Soheila, what’s your take on America at this time? “I think we are going through really hard times right now.  But at the same time, I think this [...]

Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way – Fairfield, California

Tweet Traveling to a New America – People Along the Way. Demetrius.  Fairfield, California. ________________________ Demetrius, what’s your take on America at this time? “I feel like it’s very divided.  For several reasons.  I feel that race is a big issue.  It’s dividing everything, and obviously the President is a big issue right now.  I [...]

Richard Wright – Black Boy

Tweet I finished Richard Wright’s book, “Black Boy” today.  An extraordinary tour-de-force of the human spirit. Fifty years ago, perhaps, I remember reading “Native Son”, and I constantly had to put the book down, its emotional impact was so great.  I could not take too much at a time. Near the end of “Black Boy”, [...]

Modesto, California, American Graffiti, and the Republican Dream

Tweet Modesto, California – hometown of George Lucas, of Star Wars fame, and of another bygone era in America life represented in Lucas’ film “American Graffiti”. It was an era of youthful innocence, prom dances, cruising, drag racing, drive-in diners, rock-and-roll music and radio of the early 1960′s.  It was an era that was about [...]

Envy, Racism & Democracy in Trump-Time

Tweet I was in a food store recently, standing next in line behind a young black woman who was checking out some items.  Her behavior was rather uncontrolled, her voice loud as she spoke to a friend seemingly, several feet away.  Her language bespoke a lack of education, and her appearance – disheveled jeans, and [...]