CultureHISTORY: Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Olympics 1968
“We were just human beings who saw a need to bring attention to the inequality in our country.” - Tommie Smith
On this date (10/16) in 1968, the ‘black power’ salute at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. One of my favorite historical photos and one of the most powerful moments in black history. More background here.
- Summer Olympics, Mexico City, 1968
- Summer Olympics, Mexico City, 1968
- San Jose State University honors former students Smith & Carlos with a statue on campus, 2005
- Smith and Carlos, 2011
You know, I read it and I thought it was really interesting. Made me think a lot.
Then I learned Bruce Norris is white and I thought, huh, that’s weird, why is this white dude writing a sequel to one of the great works by a WOC?
So, it’s hard for me to separate the writer and the work at this point, unfortunately.
Reasons I love fuckyeahgreatplays. But also AHHHHHHHHHHHHH that schools are doing this play. I can only hope they handle the tone correctly. But count me skeptical.
I’d rather they just put on Raisin instead. It raises A LOT of questions and doesn’t give simple answers and is an incredibly vital text still.
i’ve got my faults, but changing my tune isn’t one of them
I keep forgetting to cross post blog posts here…but Daniel Kitson is doing some shows in London in December AND he promises a revival of TREE and touring in the US, UK, and Australia.
I got a rock…
I NEED this.
10th Doctor or nothing.
Behind every successful cat there is a good cardboard box.
Photos by ©Maru the Cat
“Funny, heartbreaking, sly and unblinking…The Flick may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity and profound uniqueness of theater.” —Jesse Green, New York
“Hilarious and ineffably touching…Ms. Baker’s peerless aptitude for exploring how people grope their way toward a sense of equanimity, even as they learn to accept disappointment, is among the things that make her such a gifted writer…This lovingly observed play will sink deep into your consciousness.” —Charles Isherwood, New York Times
“This hypnotic, heartbreaking micro-epic about movies and moving on is irreducibly theatrical.” —David Cote, TimeOut New York
For those who don’t already own it, The Flick is available on Amazon.
Some favorite modern plays: Anything Annie Baker does. I’m afraid she already knows I’m obsessed with her so I might as well put it in print. Her plays move me in a unique and powerful way and I can’t say enough about how excited I am she’s a living breathing writer.
We feel you Fran.
“Sam gets weird.” This stage direction, on Page 32 of the newly published script of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play The Flick, reminded me in an instant why I love reading plays, why I’ll always love reading plays, even though I haven’t acted in a play since I was 21 years old. The stage direction, printed in italics as all stage directions are, appears when Rose, the projectionist at a crummy Massachusetts movie theater, mentions a tradition called “Dinner Money.” Sam, an experienced employee, has already started to befriend the newbie, Avery, but hasn’t yet told him about Dinner Money, so when Rose brings it up, Sam—well, the beauty of reading a play is that it is up to me what Sam does.ROSE(to Sam)
Did you tell him about Dinner Money?Sam gets weird.SAMUh—what? No. Wait—
Awesome vintage book cover: The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
The Shambles, York, England
I’m literally writing about this RIGHT NOW.
CUTE SMALL PIRATE CAT FRIEND
The National @ Boston Calling 2014
Photo by Tim Toda
It’s been a while since I’ve reblogged The Bangs.