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  • Lawrence Grandpre and Dayvon Love's ambitious, challenging 'The Black Book'

    Lawrence Grandpre and Dayvon Love's ambitious, challenging 'The Black Book'
    Peniel E. Joseph begins the narrative of his definitive 2014 biography of Stokely Carmichael on a humid Mississippi night. He describes the 24-year-old Carmichael speaking to a crowd in the open air on a warm, late-spring evening after his most recent arrest while organizing for change in 1966 America. “This is the twenty-seventh time I have been arrested,’” Joseph quotes him shouting. “With words that echoed through the night, Carmichael urged the crowd to take control of their destiny . . . ‘We want black power!’ [Carmichael] shouted. A thunderous reply of ‘Black Power!’ emanated from the crowd, sparking a call-and-response chant that gave the event the feel of an outdoor religious revival.” 
  • Arena Players produce James Baldwin's 'The Amen Corner'

    Arena Players produce James Baldwin's 'The Amen Corner'
    It can be difficult to find subtlety on the stage. After all, there are no close-ups, no cuts, none of the tools with which film- and television-reared audiences have been trained to recognize implication or ambiguity. On the stage, the actors must be...

    "Dear White People": The film every white person should see but won't

    "Dear White People": The film every white person should see but won't
    In many black homes, parents give their children “The Talk.” It covers everything from how full capitulation during interactions with cops can save your life to how some whites will be convinced they know everything about you before they...

    "The Amen Corner" by James Baldwin

    "The Amen Corner" by James Baldwin
    One of James Baldwin’s only plays, “The Amen Corner,” is an inspired choice for the Arena Players’ 2014-15 season. Not only is Baltimore the home of the James Baldwin Literary Society, and the writer’s sister, but the play&...

    More than Prop Joe: A tribute to Robert Chew

    Robert Chew was one of those talents you could easily underestimate. If you didn't already know how much of a powerhouse he was on stage, you could easily pass the quiet, mysterious man sitting in the back of the Arena Players' theater. I'd known him...