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“Life’s way of talking, you don’t sing to feel better—you sing ‘cause that’s the way of understanding life.”

—Chris Joseph Stancato Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Established in 1927, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the third play in the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle.’ This installment takes place in a Chicago recording studio. August Wilson’s natural nexus to blues music is at its peak in this play. The migration of Black people, blues music and performers from the Deep South during the 1920s to the Midwest, like Chicago and St. Louis; and in the North, like Pittsburgh, began to change the geography. As Read more [...]

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Say It Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud!

Soul Music as defined by James Brown: “Can’t… Can’t makes you a soul singer.”

This documentary of the ‘Hardest working man in show business’ broadens the definition of Brown as a soul singer and his separation of ‘show’ and ‘business.’ Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown is a 2014 film that begins when he was a still-born and ends as the influence of his career and life are interwoven in rap and hip hop.

James went to prison at Read more [...]

Plimpton!

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself
He was not born in the woods to be scared by an owl.  Shadow Box

“A collection of experiences…no one could be that good—and Plimpton isn’t.” The documentary entitled, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, begins with the aforementioned as an introduction about his life as a “participatory journalist.”

As one of the founders and editors of the Paris Review in 1953, a position in which he would have until his death, George Read more [...]