Black celebrities who won at the 68th Annual Tony Awards:
James Monroe Iglehart, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for ‘Aladdin' Audra McDonald, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for “'Lady Day“’ Kenny Leon, Best Direction of a Play for 'A Raisin In The Sun’
Sophie Okonedo, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for 'A Raisin in the Sun'
Happy Birthday to Lorraine Hansberry! Writer, activist, and Daughter of Bilitis, Hansberry found success as a playwright for her work A Raisin in the Sun, but died of pancreatic cancer at the tender age of 34, leaving behind an unfinished novel and several other plays.
Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most; when they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain’t through learning — because that ain’t the time at all. It’s when he’s at his lowest and can’t believe in hisself ‘cause the world done whipped him so. When you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald was born on July 3. Take a look back at her career, from her Broadway debut in The Secret Garden to her current performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, at PlaybillVault.com.
“As an actress, Ms. Dee was a bridge between the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary black theater. Inspired by Paul Robeson whom she met at the Schomburg’s American Negro Theater, she helped make artistry as a form of activism real and meaningful for actors as influential as Harry Belafonte and Audra McDonald." —Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
BlaQ History Day 13: Lorraine Hansberry, playwright and author. Her best known work, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, was inspired by her family’s own battle against racial bias in Chicago. In 1957 she joined the lesbian organization Daughters of Bilitis and contributed letters to their magazine, The Ladder, that addressed feminism and homophobia. She wrote under the initials L.H. for fear of being discovered as a black lesbian.