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  • Oscars: A look back at some early, pioneering roles for black actors

    Oscars: A look back at some early, pioneering roles for black actors
    Nearly three-quarters of a century before the film "12 Years a Slave," a scathing indictment of slavery, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, Hattie McDaniel won a supporting actress Oscar for playing the loyal slave Mammy in 1939's "Gone With the Wind."
  • Diahann Carroll honing stage chops anew for Broadway 'Raisin'

    Diahann Carroll honing stage chops anew for Broadway 'Raisin'
    This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. Diahann Carroll is no theatrical Rip Van Winkle, although one might think that was the case, going by early reports of her recently announced return to Broadway next spring opposite Denzel...

    Tupac Shakur on Broadway? New musical features the rapper's songs

    Tupac Shakur on Broadway? New musical features the rapper's songs
    Hard-core rap could soon be experienced by a whole new crowd. A new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur's music is in development, with an eye toward Broadway. Helmed by Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun," "Fences"), "Holler if Ya Hear Me" is being...

    August Wilson's words came straight from his soul

    August Wilson's words came straight from his soul
    Stage and film legend James Earl Jones once said, "It's hard for an actor to go wrong if he's true to the words that August has written." As an actor and writer, I have found that statement to be true of only a few playwrights. There is usually at least...

    'Joe Turner's' actors share August Wilson's gift of gab

    'Joe Turner's' actors share August Wilson's gift of gab
    Among the pleasures of seeing an August Wilson play, it's often said, is just listening to the people talk. As Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty has noted, Wilson stocks his scripts with "natural raconteurs" and lets them soar in...