Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #50

Contents

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2008!

A CONVERSATION WITH DENZEL WASHINGTON

DEBATERS: WORDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

IS SMITH LEGEND?

A LOOK AT A TEEN PREGNANCY FROM SMART SCRIPT

SWEENEY TODD DISTURBINGLY DELIGHTS

TOP OF THE ROX – RFF COMES BACK TO FIRST NIGHT

AMH AT THE WHITE HOUSE

UP-COMING


LOOKING FORWARD TO 2008!

3928cc1a22c93cb2cbc7d3cace0dd078.124.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #50All of us at KBAR wish you a happy and safe holiday season. We feel blessed to be able to share with you what is going on in the community and beyond. It is because of you that we feel energized and inspired to bring you the very best in what cultural organizations and talented individuals have to offer. Please continue to support KBAR and share it, generously with others. Look for the launching of the KBAR website in 2008!

This issue is mostly about the movies. Holiday vacation time should be spent relaxing and catching up, so we’re going to give you some ideas on what’s out there at your local theater.


A CONVERSATION WITH DENZEL WASHINGTON

by Lisa Simmons

a539cad48d5fc002941a809d385ae934.93.124 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #50DENZEL WASHINGTON recently spent an hour talking to a number of college students across the country via a telephone conference call. KBAR had a chance to listen in to the questions and conversations regarding Denzel’s latest directorial achievement, the movie ‘THE GREAT DEBATERS’.

Often times enamored, and sometimes giddy, the students posed questions to the celebrity icon that ranged from “When you retire from acting, what will you do?” to “Why this movie and why now? “

First of all, rest assured that Denzel is NOT retiring from acting, as he says, “You don’t have to retire from acting. George Burns was 99 and he was still acting….They’re going to have to wheel me out.”

On what inspires him, he simply states that “life and the opportunity to influence others inspires me. I wake up every day looking for an opportunity.” In his humble way, and his background of working with children through the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, he has already inspired so many. His portrayal of African American characters is rich and diverse, and the stories he has chosen to helm are inspirational.

Then, there was the question of what draws someone with his stature to act in a movie, let alone make it? Denzel says it’s about the script. “You know, when I read the script, I just liked the script. I thought it was an interesting story. I also just was attracted to the fact that it was about the spoken word. I mean, one of the dominant aspects of our culture now is hip-hop or rap and poetry, so I kind of, in some odd way liked that link and recognized the link. I mean this was sort of the – I won’t say it’s the rap of that time, but it was, you know, a real spectacle sport, if you will.”

Mr. Washington was gracious and focused, answering each question as if he was in the room alone with each one of the students. It was energizing to hear their well-crafted questions and their analysis of a film that speaks to them as students, especially those who are students of color. The call ended at the close of the hour but it could have gone on for at least one more, nobody wanted to hang up, including Denzel.


DEBATERS: WORDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

by Lisa Simmons

c6aa2a92b721616b16023885cfd9132b.124.92 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #50In 1935, the country was in the midst of a major depression. People were desperate, out of work and wondering how they were going to care for their families. Hard times. But out of hard times can come joy. Joy came for some Black folks in The Federal Theater, The Federal Music and Federal Writers project, and also in a program that had been almost forgotten – The Wiley College Debate Team

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