alice childress

Alice Childress: Why she kicks ass

  • She was an American playwright, actor, and author, who was one of the first African-American women to have work professionally produced on the New York stage. She also became involved in social causes, and formed an off-broadway union for actors.
  • Among her literary works are Those Other People (1989) and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich (1973). Also, she wrote a screenplay for the 1978 film based on A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich. Her 1979 novel A Short Walk was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
  • She described her writing as trying to portray the have-nots in a have society. In conjunction with her composer husband, Nathan Woodard, she wrote a number of musical plays, including Sea Island Song and Young Martin Luther King.
  • She acted in Abram Hill and John Silvera's On Strivers Row (1940), Theodore Brown's Natural Man (1941), and Philip Yordan's Anna Lucasta (1944).[4]There she won acclaim as an actress in numerous other productions, and moved to Broadway with the transfer of ANT’s hit comedy Anna Lucasta, which became the longest-running all-black play in Broadway history.
  • In 1965, she was featured in the BBC presentation The Negro in the American Theatre. From 1966 to 1968, she was awarded as a scholar-in-residence by Harvard University at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
  • Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White, was completed in 1962. The setting of the show is South Carolina during World War I and deals with a forbidden interracial love affair. Due to the scandalous nature of the show and the stark realism it presented, it was impossible for Childress to get any theatre in New York to put it up. The show premiered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and later in Chicago. It was not until 1972 that it played in New York at the New York Shakespeare Festival. It was later filmed and shown on TV, but many stations refused to play it.
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Ben Folds - Alice Childress

A strange phenomenon is indeed where our politicians are obsessively talking about Beyonce and sexuality. Are we harking back to the time of Sander Gilman, Geroges Cuvier, William H Flower,and George Buffon. Never heard of them? Google the names of these heathens and what they wrote about Black sexuality and the Black woman in particular. ****** But what we are witnessing from Huckabee and others might be something else all together. Maybe we are witnessing what Andrew Hacker said, we have a Black middle class but it only exists at the sufferance of white America.We decide how many of you will be allowed into which positions. Or is it what Alice Childress said of those Black who think they have integrated into white society are suffering from a severe form of hallucination.****Watch as it all unfolds the motive will be revealed.