Archive for March, 2009

Inked Baby Premieres

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2009 by thebibliophile

Christina Anderson’s play Inked Baby  debuts tomorrow night at Playwright’s HorizonsInked Baby explores surrogacy and environmental racism. Ms. Anderson is a fabulously talented playwright. She writes complex characters and places folks of color at center stage. The production at Playwright’s Horizon’s has a hot cast, including Tony-award winner, LaChanze. You can check out her great blog  – and over at The Good Team blog, Christina shares some of her favorite artists. The show runs March 5th – April 5th, if you’re in NYC come check it out.

From the press release: “Stuck for money and unable to conceive, Gloria enlists the aid of her sister to make the child that she and her husband can’t. As they uneasily await the baby’s arrival, a mysterious contamination spreads outside. But consumed by their own struggles, is anyone paying attention? In this imaginative, other-worldly new drama, one family fights to find its place in a neglected neighborhood. “

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Top 10 Things I Intended to Write about in February

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2009 by thebibliophile

There was plenty of fodder in February and yet I neglected to write about it. Here is a list of what I intended to write about in February:

1. The NY Post’ clearly racist and inappropriate cartoon touting it’s feelings about the “Stimulus Package”

2. Fashion Week

First Lady Michelle Obama on the March 2009 cover of Vogue

3. Michelle Obama on the cover of Vogue!

Mother of 14, Nayda Suleman

4. Octuplet Family, led by Nayda Suleman

5. Season 14 of the “Amazing Race”

6. The inappropriate and uncomfortable media frenzy around Rihanna and Chris Brown. Specifically how whack (and illegal or at least questionably ethical) it was for TMZ to release that photo of Rihanna

7. The movie and the book The Reader, Kate Winslet’s performance, and whether the movie absolves the actions of the character she plays, Hanna

8. The Atlantic magazine’s article on “The End of White America” and all of this post-racial nonsense 

9. An ode to libraries and a debate about the new Kindle

10. The emotionally racist and deeply manipulative tactic of individuals and the media to push the idea of post-racial America, which is actually a desire to have race not matter to people of color so that white America doesn’t have to experience or feel guilt or discomfort. It’s a pyschological approach to make people of color question the role of racism, while also trying to fight back and avoid the reality that people of color, our opinions, values, and cultures aare not only mainstream, but are increasingly becoming normative and central.