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- BlogFri, 14 Sep 2018Murray Sams, Jr Recalls Birmingham Church Bombing
Mr. Murray Sams, Jr. is an Army Veteran with six years of service. He joined in 1964 and was stationed in Munich, Germany where he was with the Fifth Battalion, 32nd Armory as a gunner and tank commander. But before his heroic service, the 74 year old was working as an orderly at Hillman Hospital in Alabama on a Sunday morning 55 years... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 26 Jun 2017An Artist on Top of the World – Remembering...
One night during Memorial Day weekend of 2014, my friend Bobby and I stood on the roof of a skyscraper residential building on 72nd street. As our friends and family partied around us and fireworks went off in the distance, we looked down upon New York City. I said to him, “Everything that we want is within reach, bro.” He... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 12 Jun 2017Peace Is Complicated
The philosopher Confucius was onto something when he stated, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This quote applies to many areas of life, but these days it makes me think specifically about conflict resolution, particularly on a national and global level. It seems that the higher the stakes are,... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogThu, 18 May 2017When Companies You Love Do Bad Things
I find myself running out of airlines to choose from. Recent news reports of passenger mistreatment leave me disappointed in these companies for their policies and/or personnel, and I remember these feelings when I travel, which is fairly frequently. If I am to maintain a stance of solidarity with the grossly mistreated, my options are... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogThu, 6 Apr 2017My Workplace is Sacred
I often refer to Studio 145, the performing space housed at Intersections International, as a sacred space. Its prestige is tied to religion, but not one particular religion. It’s a space where reverence is expected for all people, with respect for their spiritual beliefs. I believe that universal kind of reverence is foundational... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogMon, 27 Feb 2017When I Took On a Role Originated for a White Man
Last year, I began playing the role of Sam Simon in the one-man (and two musician) play The Actual Dance, the story of a married couple’s navigation of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis, told through the husband’s perspective. The anxiety and anticipation of potentially losing her is compared to waiting in a ballroom to... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogFri, 20 Jan 2017Am I Willing to Die For Justice?
I’ve probably heard it a thousand times now, Martin Luther King’s “Mountaintop” speech. He gave the speech in Memphis, TN the night before his assassination. It’s haunting. Especially the end where he specifically talks about having “been to the mountaintop.” And then it’s... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities
- BlogThu, 22 Dec 2016The Good in Messy Theatre
“It felt very one-sided,” one audience member said. “It’s one side of the story. Good theatre should at least create a sense of doubt about the message.” “So basically, he’s saying ‘All Lives Matter,’” a friend later said to me, summing up that audience member’s gripe. I... more...Filters: Arts & Humanities