I knew about the HARLEM RENAISSANCE, but I fell in love with the time period when I studied it in Humanities at MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. This book isI knew about the HARLEM RENAISSANCE, but I fell in love with the time period when I studied it in Humanities at MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. This book is an excellent further exploration of that time period. The book not only highlights the key figures, but the entire environment in which this historically cultural time took place.
Black folk didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have a lot of anything, but what we had was SOUL. In the book you can see that ever since our presence on this continent, black folk had to do more with less and DID, even to the admiration and adoration of white folk. This book expertly details a lot of that. It also details the patrons of the Renaissance and how that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. The book touches on all aspects of the renaissance, including the environment/community like the section on the famous “Harlem Rent Parties”, the night life, the famous clubs like THE COTTON CLUB and THE SAVOY BALLROOM and the music artists/performers like JOSEPHINE BAKER, EARL “SNAKEHIPS” TUCKER, BESSIE SMITH, BILL “BOJANGLES” ROBINSON and ETHEL WATERS. The book focused most on the intellectuals, writers and journalists of the renaissance.
Famous figures like W. E. B. DU BOIS, LANGSTON HUGHES and ZORA NEALE HURSTON are heavily featured, but also JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, ALAIN LOCKE, ARTURO SCHOMBURG, WALLACE THURMAN, CLAUDE MCKAY, JEAN TOOMER and COUNTEE CULLEN are featured prominently. The book also highlighted the patrons of the renaissance like the “Harlem Hostess” A’LELIA WALKER, but also white patrons like CHARLOTTE MASON and CARL VAN VECHTEN.
As a passage in the book stated, “CONTROLLING THE BLACK IMAGE. One consequence of the rising white interest in African-American literature was the black intelligentsia's drive to control its own image. Renaissance writers, intellectuals, and artists were charged with articulating a racial identity that not only plumbed indigenous black experience but simultaneously assumed a positive face for white society.“ This is ALWAYS the struggle.
The book was a WEALTH of information on this time period. This was SUCH a prodigious time for black artists and being a black artist, the Harlem Renaissance has always made me PROUD.
As I write this review, April 18, 2019, we are a mere hour or so away from the public FINALLY getting to see The Mueller Report.
I just finished theAs I write this review, April 18, 2019, we are a mere hour or so away from the public FINALLY getting to see “The Mueller Report”.
I just finished the book yesterday and BOY was it a doozy. The recounts are as ridiculous as you’d think they are, but truthfully it doesn’t sound in any more disarray than any large organization where ideas are flying back and forth. Like any organization though, it all stems from the TOP. Yes it starts with T and ends with P.
The book IS NOT flattering to Trump and only reinforces that he was utterly unprepared and ill equipped to be President of the United States.
The book also makes it clear that while some in his circle thought he was “utterly unprepared and ill equipped” he WAS a “people person”. He seems to have known how to incite loyalty at the drop of a hat. Most people seemed to know he was full of it, but still enjoyed the praise heaped upon them.
Among the many books written about Trump since he was elected and sworn into office, I chose THIS ONE because it was written by a noted journalist. I minored in journalism in college so I know that done right, journalism is supposed to adhere to a “code of ethics” like “truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality and fairness" (American Society of News Editors (ASNE)). Part of that code is to base your information on FACTS and reliable sources. I trusted BOB WOODWARD to adhere to all of that. In fact a whopping (29) twenty-nine pages at the end of the book lists every source for his information.
I have to say I, a notoriously slow book reader, “read” the book by LISTENING also to the audio book version and bravo to the narrator of the book ROBERT PETKOFF. He read every argument and mostly profanity laced discussion with flair. As a filmmaker I also appreciate the voice work that went into that. He also had a “Trump voice” in his narration. Nothing over the top or distracting like a parody though.
I thought this was a very good book that gave insight into what many people already knew or felt about the Trump Administration. It also gave insight into what politicians and people of power will go through to deal with someone in charge and like it or not Trump is in charge. For better or worse.
It was ok. Not enough action and the silent brooding doesnt work well in comics as it did in the films.It was ok. Not enough action and the silent brooding doesn’t work well in comics as it did in the films. ...more
This book was solid. It seemed geared towards young women/girls in general and those who may want to pursue acting. It's filled with a lot of personalThis book was solid. It seemed geared towards young women/girls in general and those who may want to pursue acting. It's filled with a lot of personal stories that are raw and uncensored. You can see she is truly from around the way and this stardom she has attained did not come easy....more
Wow. I don't even remember many details of the book, but my Status Updates (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) show that I really enjoyed itWow. I don't even remember many details of the book, but my Status Updates (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) show that I really enjoyed it and ranked it excellent! WOW! I would never do that unless I really meant it. LOL You can read those updates for more. Review written February 26, 2015...more
Not all of these stories were gems, but I enjoyed them for the most part. Some of these stories were rather grim for children, but I think high schoolNot all of these stories were gems, but I enjoyed them for the most part. Some of these stories were rather grim for children, but I think high school students should be fine. The illustrations across the board were great and I think this book would be a good way to expose teenagers to black literature! ...more
As Pacino himself writes in the Foreward I had not yet said yes to our first interview, but when I read his interview with Marlon Brando on BrandosAs Pacino himself writes in the Foreward “I had not yet said yes to our first interview, but when I read his interview with Marlon Brando on Brando’s island in Tahiti, I was impressed.” Since that day in 1979 when he agreed to the interview, the two have become good friends and over the years they did many casual interviews.
Through these nine interviews, all the way up to 2005, you can see what kind of friendship they have and what kind of love and dedication Pacino has for acting.
I personally became impressed, before reading this book, when I read several bits of trivia* about his role in Dog Day Afternoon.
"Although he had initially agreed to play the part of Sonny [In Dog Day Afternoon], Al Pacino told Sidney Lumet near the start of production that he couldn't play it. Pacino had just completed production on "The Godfather: Part II" and was physically exhausted and depressed after the shoot. With his reliance on the Method, Pacino didn't relish the thought of working himself up to a state of near hysteria every day."
I’ve seen The Godfather films dozens of times, but had only recently seen Dog Day Afternoon and I could not believe he did what I personally thought were his most phenomenal and disparate acting performances—back to back!
Even though he eventually accepted the role in Dog Day Afternoon "halfway through the production, Al Pacino collapsed from exhaustion and had to be hospitalized for a short time. After production was completed, he decided to stop doing films for a while and return to stage work."
I knew then that the man was acutely dedicated to his craft and that was one of the reasons he was so good at it.
Throughout the interviews in this book you get to witness more about his dedication to the craft and his express love of theater especially “The Bard of Avon” William Shakespeare. You could tell that even though he has made millions off of movie roles he could easily be just as happy touring the country doing theater. A fact his now old friend and writer stated as he wrote in the final chapter of the book. I have only quoted several passages below.
And yet, Pacino is different. He still can’t wrap himself around the idea of doing something strictly for the money…He can’t take the millions and run when the script doesn’t capture his imagination. He’s a throwback to a time when artists did what pleased them, what inspired them, and if anyone liked what they did, fine with them. But if they didn’t, it shouldn’t matter…Because it’s not about money. It’s never been about money, with Pacino. It’s about how he feels inside his body and his head. It’s about his art. And in age of commerce, Al Pacino just may be the last artist standing.
That pretty much sums up what I thought of Alfredo James Pacino after reading his interviews in this book. He is a dedicated an artisan as I ever seen. ...more