In the 1920-1930s their was a cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance; where the most significant singers, actors, dancers, musicians, writers & social intellectuals the world has ever know lived. These descendants of rebellious enslaved Africans, created & influenced every form of music on earth, except Opera & Classical . Those same Africans they bought & sold & locked in cages, now shined like Stars when they stepped on stages. This is a small clip from one of the scenes. Injured my knee earlier that day at the hotel, so there was slight limp, but the show must go on.
Near the end of his career the world weary Paul Robeson is fighting depression, being blackballed, ostracized by the US Gov’t & his own people and the separation of his wife. He takes the blows as a symbol of our emerging Black manhood; armed with nothing but the strength of his convictions & his dream a world where men live as brothers. His message was his life.
TV & Film Demo reel
From the horrors of the Slave Trade, to the shame of the Holocaust. From the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz- Bebop era. To McCarthyism, Blacklists, Racism & oppression. Robeson shows us that in spite of our differences; we still have more in common than we do in conflict. This show & the lively Q & A that follows; like Robeson’s life; serves as a Cultural Ambassador inspiring us to greater achievement & a more noble life. Robeson paid the price for leading from the front, rather than pushing from behind. This descendant of rebellious slaves, stood tall & took the blows for those of us handicapped by ignorance or subdued by tyranny. For those who arrived in shackles & on bloody feet, surviving the nightmare so that others could live the dream.
Slide show courtesy of Harclyde Walcott of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hills, Barbados.