Thursday Night Laugh Lounge Rekindles Overtown's Legendary Spirit
^ Keep New Times Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free. That energy could come in the form of a weekly lounge-style comedy show at the Urban on NW Second Avenue. “This needs comedy.”As Black-owned businesses open throughout Overtown, Grooms sees a bright future ahead for the community. He singles out the opening of Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster, also on NW Second Avenue. 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at the Urban, 1000 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-424-8741; theurban.miami.miaminewtimes.com
In 'Ma Rainey,' channeling the blues of August Wilson
Following “Fences” and “Ma Rainey,” he intends to continue adapting Wilson’s famed American Century Cycle, a 10-play series spanning each decade of the 20th century. All of Wilson's plays hum with the sorrowful beauty of the blues but “Ma Rainey" is soaked through. On a sweaty, summer day, a band has gathered at a white-owned recording studio to cut a new record with Ma Rainey (Davis), the pioneering “Mother of the Blues,” and an unapologetically liberated woman from the South. It’s Cutler and Slow Drag and Ma Rainey talking," says Wolfe. For Davis, Ma isn't a character she wants to let go of, or stop admiring.
Convention centers, museums become classrooms amid pandemic
Students from Hesston Middle School hold class at the Cross Winds Convention Center in Hesston, Kan., Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Districts are setting up makeshift outdoor shelters, bringing in trailers to house classrooms and making use of otherwise empty spaces like museums. Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson is holding up the Hesston district’s plan as a model to be replicated. He said his visits to dozens of school districts revealed many were struggling regardless of whether they were offering in-person, virtual or hybrid instruction. However, some 1,100 New York City schools have been approved to spend part of their day outdoors.
About 100 years later, Harlem Renaissance impact still being celebrated
That might sound contradictory and impossible by math standards, but that partly explains the greatness of the Harlem Renaissance. The result was the birth of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, artistic, social and intellectual explosion that spanned the entire Roaring ’20s. One of his most recognized works was a poem called “Madam and the Minister,” which spoke of the mood toward religion in the Harlem Renaissance. One of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston was a key contributor to a magazine called “Fire! There no doubt will be good celebrations in 2020, but, given the Harlem Renaissance was more than just a one-year movement, the tributes will be lasting for years to come.
Lest we forget!
For the record, let us not forget the path from which we came. The one thing that brought to life the existence of Black people in America was, still and is the Black Press. I am not discounting the worth and value of the other media; however, the significance, fortitude, perseverance and sagacity of the Black Press speak to the resilience of the people that it represents. We know how hard you toil week after week to produce a media platform worthy your awaiting audience. I do believe that in order for us to move forward in writing our own narrative we must include the Black Press FIRST.thewestsidegazette.com