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Recommended Watching

Still on my mission to increase awareness of history. Watch Civil War: The Untold Story, released in 2014. I found it on Prime, but it is likely available through a library. It is a 5-episode documentary narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey), an odd choice I thought. This is the first time I’ve heard this war story narrated by a woman.

If you can find the 1957 film Band of Angels, you might have a look at it as it also has the Civil War as backdrop. Sidney Poitier portrays Rau Ru, the right hand, or Claw of the man who saved him from death during a slave raid of his village in Africa by Hamish Bond (Clark Gable) the captain of a slave ship. The story centers on Amantha Starr (Yvonne De Carlo), the daughter of her white father and slave mother. Manty is born fair enough to pass for white, so her father raises her to be gentlewoman, sending her away to finishing school. However, her father dies and Manty is sold in a coffle as she has been outed by the woman who beguiled her father and took his money. Like Gone With The Wind, this film is beautiful and if you watch it you will see the tignon Black women were required to wear over their hair.

Also, on YouTube, watch and listen to Dr. John Henrik Clarke. You’ll be glad you did.

Peace, Beloved.

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Conditional Emancipation

Just a note on that 1863 Emancipation Proclamation: Black freedom was conditional upon the surrender of the Confederacy by January 1, 1863. As the Confederacy did not surrender, Blacks were declared free. The word didn’t reach the furthest reaches of what was then the West, Galveston, Texas until 19 June 1865, because southern planters wanted to get as much work out of their slaves as possible before it became mandated that they had to treat them as paid employees.

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I Miss the Theatre

All the drama of the day and none of it good theatre.

Good theatre is the high school ensemble production of The Crucible, in which I played Tituba to Billy Dafoe’s Sheriff. Billy was always serious about acting. He taught me how to moon.

I recently saw him in The Lighthouse. That was theatre, weird theatre. Total Billy. Glad I had the opportunity to work and play with him before he became Willem Dafoe. Good guy.

Watching Homecoming on Prime because I saw Janelle Monáe. She gives good theatre, so I’m in.

Eid Mubarak, people! May you receive and recognize guidance!