Last year, film director Cynthia Mort announced the release of a movie on the life of Ms. Simone. In response to the announcement, a furor erupted over the casting of actress Zoe Saldana in the lead role. Although acknowledging her African roots, Ms. Saldana, born to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, has been described by critics as being not sufficiently “Black” to play the role. Although pressure has mounted on Ms. Mort to recast the role with a more appropriately hued actress, she has resisted.
I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago.
And people that will see a world
that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before.
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.
It’s Oscar Week in the Romney household and all over America. So on Sunday, Old Mitt will sit lounging on his lush, fur covered sofa noshing on truffle ganache covered popcorn and watching the Ayn Rand classic, “Atlas Shrugged.” Frozen firmly in 1957, the year “Shrugged” was published, Romney is as clueless about the 2013 Oscar nominations as he was about his chances of winning the presidency.
Word is the “working girls” have descended upon Houston this All-Star weekend. So, speaking of “random thoughts,” just look and listen….
On a silky summer night, I see faintly in the distance the silhouettes of two Black cats in a celebratory saunter down the Champs-Elysees…one of them hoisting a statuette overhead. The beautiful young lady accompanying me turns abruptly to a policeman and asks, “Who are those two guys?” At a different moment in time, he may have said, “James Baldwin and Richard Wright.” But, this is 2013, so he dryly replies, “Just two ‘Niggas in Paris’.”
Could rapper “Ice T,” a product of the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, have envisioned Christoper Dorner when recording his prophetic and controversial cut, “Cop Killer?”
His music, as it did so long ago, continues to heal and reminds us that in this world there is only “One Love.” It’s Bob’s birthday. So, if you live in Colorado or Washington state…”smoke em, if you got em.”
The “chickens” are here America…and we have a choice. We can make “chicken soup for the soul,” or we can settle for egg on our face.
Gregory Porter is a musician, a “bluesician,” a “jazzician,” a soulful funkster, a melodic magician, a rhythmic romancer, a vocal Baryshnikov….Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Nat “King” Cole, Howlin’ Wolf, Stevie Wonder and R Kelly rolled into one….and just an overall cool cat.
Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion, Baltimore Ravens. They overcame a New Orleans power outage and a San Francisco power surge to take home the victory. And here’s why…