Archive for October, 2007

Justice is served

Posted in Articles of Interest on October 29, 2007 by blackrep

Genarlow Wilson

Finally, after two years, Genarlow Wilson has been released from prison. See the New York Times for more on this absurd case of cruel double-standards:

Mr. Wilson, who is black, was 17 when he was caught on videotape having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a drug- and alcohol-fueled New Year’s Eve party in 2003.

Mr. Wilson was convicted of aggravated child molestation for the act, a charge that carried a mandatory minimum prison term so harsh it shocked his jury and prompted an international outcry from critics who asserted that prosecutors had been overzealous and racially motivated. The law, critics said, was meant to keep child molesters behind bars, not to curb teenage sexual activity. The jury was not told of the mandatory sentence before it issued its verdict.


Great stuff happening at the Carriage House

Posted in Events, Uncategorized on October 29, 2007 by blackrep

The folks at In House Freestyle brought Talaam Acey this past week. If you missed him, you can check some of the footage from his piece “Slave Trade.”

Roy Haynes, Jazz master

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2007 by blackrep

Roy Haynes
In this article by Ben Ratliff published in the New York Times during March of last year, Roy Haynes talks about the influence his Latin contemporaries had on his playing. Fascinating exchanges:

“We were always playing opposite Machito in Birdland in those years,” he said. “And I always did like the sound of timbales, the approach. Sometimes when I’d play my solos, I’d approach the traps with that same effect, like when I hit rim shots.” (A rim shot means hitting the head and the rim of the drum at the same time.) “Older gentlemen like Chick Webb and Papa Jo, they did rim shots too. But doing it with no snares on, with that tom-tom sort of Afro-Cuban feeling, I always liked that.”

Three for the weekend: Saxophones

Posted in Neon Soul Cabaret on October 26, 2007 by blackrep

There is no other lead instrument that has the power to be as emotive as the saxophone. Whether baritone, tenor, alto or soprano, the saxophone has the expressive sound of the human voice; and like the human voice it can carry joy, pain and sometimes fury. Start your weekend off with a couple Black Rep favorites, all of which prominently feature the sax, then join us on Saturday night (10/27 at 10:30PM) for the Neon Soul Cabaret. We’ll be featuring sax-player Paul Lowe Jr. on lead.

Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa

Pharaoh Sanders – Equinox

Dave Murray feat Pharoah Sanders – Gwotet (Yoruba Soul Mix)

Catch THE BLUEST EYE at Company One

Posted in Events, Theater on October 25, 2007 by megansz

Bluest Eye
You can get a preview of Black Rep’s next production right now in Boston — the excellent Company One is producing THE BLUEST EYE, adapted from the novel by Toni Morrison, and starring Black Rep Affiliate Artist Aaron Andrade.

THE BLUEST EYE is a haunting and tragic portrait of a black girl’s coming of age in the racially turbulent 1940s. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl. Directed by award-winning director and Company One member, Summer L. Williams.

Black Philanthrophy efforts more important than ever

Posted in Articles of Interest on October 25, 2007 by blackrep

 Black Non Profit Professionals

Another great post, this time from the Stanford Social Innovation Review, by way of Michelle Cruz and Jim Vincent.

if our current leaders never had to face the kind of challenges that go along with being a person of color in a community of great poverty, but are then tasked with paving the way for change in these same communities, who’s zooming who? If we are, in fact, buying into the idea that a White leadership pool is more desirable than one that is racially diverse, are we really getting anywhere with our goals of solving the kinds of problems that could benefit from leaders with first-hand knowledge of the issues? The nonprofit sector needs to recognize that people of color are often still seen as takers of handouts and charity instead of as empowered and valuable citizens, and having White leaders of philanthropic organizations only reinforces this notion and does more harm than good.

More evidence on the benefits of arts education

Posted in Articles of Interest, Education on October 25, 2007 by blackrep

Black Rep Education Workshop with YoungBlood Brass Band

The Boston Globe reported last month that school art classes may matter now more than ever, and not for the reasons you think:

By unveiling a powerful thinking culture in the art room, our study suggests ways that we can move beyond the debate over the value of arts, and start using the arts to restore balance and depth to an education system increasingly skewed toward readily testable skills and information.