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October 13, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Sanaa Lathan has been a critics' darling here and in New York in the title role of Lynn Nottage's play "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," which runs through Oct. 28 at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. As Vera, Lathan plays an African American movie actress in the 1930s who can get only maid roles. Fast-forward to the present, where she costars as Mona Fredricks, the mayor's assistant, in the second season of the Starz series "Boss," which concludes Sunday. FOR THE RECORD: Sanaa Lathan: The Sunday Conversation interview with Sanaa Lathan in the Oct. 14 Calendar section said that her TV series "Boss" would be airing its season finale that night.
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October 13, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Sanaa Lathan has been a critics' darling here and in New York in the title role of Lynn Nottage's play "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," which runs through Oct. 28 at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. As Vera, Lathan plays an African American movie actress in the 1930s who can get only maid roles. Fast-forward to the present, where she costars as Mona Fredricks, the mayor's assistant, in the second season of the Starz series "Boss," which concludes Sunday. FOR THE RECORD: Sanaa Lathan: The Sunday Conversation interview with Sanaa Lathan in the Oct. 14 Calendar section said that her TV series "Boss" would be airing its season finale that night.
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February 11, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Tales of oppression are innately dramatic. That doesn't mean--ipso facto--they make good plays. In "To Take Arms," at the Tamarind Theatre, the narrator (Peggy Blow) tells us we should embrace the tale she is about to impart not as a slave narrative but as a story of the American people. No quarrel there. Playwright Susan Flakes is determined to prove the luminous humanity of her heroine Harriet Jacobs and expose the inhumanity and lechery of the slave owner, Dr. Norcom, which she easily does.
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September 7, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
You've probably never heard of the African American actress whose film career and life are dramatized in Lynn Nottage's play"ENMV0002398"> "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. " Don't feel bad: Plenty of serious film buffs haven't, either. Google the name and you'll turn up a documentary by scholar Herb Forrester, "Rediscovering Vera Stark," which includes a clip from her film "The Belle of New Orleans" (1933), a handful of photographs and some speculation about her mysterious fate.
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February 21, 2008 | Mark Sachs
Sanaa Lathan stars Monday in a TV-movie version of "A Raisin in the Sun" (8 p.m. ABC), but she and the play have some history together. "I first came across it when I read it in junior high," says the 36-year-old L.A. resident. "Little did I know that in 2004 I'd be doing it on Broadway. I got nominated for my first Tony, and it all was just a wonderful experience."
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April 20, 2000 | MATTHEW COLTRIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the new romantic drama "Love and Basketball," actress Sanaa Lathan confidently dribbles down court and pulls up for a jump shot. Wearing the women's uniforms of Crenshaw High and later USC, she crisply passes the ball around the key, fights for loose balls, plays tough defense and even does a little trash-talking. It looks like she's got game. Moviegoers might think the filmmakers discovered the athletic 5-foot-8 Lathan in a gym somewhere and gave her acting lessons.
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September 7, 2012 | By Margaret Gray
You've probably never heard of the African American actress whose film career and life are dramatized in Lynn Nottage's play"ENMV0002398"> "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. " Don't feel bad: Plenty of serious film buffs haven't, either. Google the name and you'll turn up a documentary by scholar Herb Forrester, "Rediscovering Vera Stark," which includes a clip from her film "The Belle of New Orleans" (1933), a handful of photographs and some speculation about her mysterious fate.
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May 9, 2004
Thriller (August 13) Fox With: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, Ewen Bremner The idea: Unearthed by a scientific expedition, two of moviedom's most menacing monsters square off in Antarctica. Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson and Shane Salerno; story by Anderson Director: Anderson Scientists discover an ancient pyramid (are there any other kind?) buried in Antarctica. Guess what they find inside.
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October 16, 2004
Sanaa Lathan and Orlando Jones will host a charity run, "Little Legs With Big Hearts," at UCLA Drake Stadium today to benefit children with sickle cell disease. The event, which starts at 10 a.m., will feature children ages 1 to 6 who will run quarter-mile laps on the stadium's track. The run is sponsored by B-Dads, a volunteer group of fathers who say they want to "counter the deadbeat dad" stereotype.
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June 15, 2008 | SUSAN KING
Sean COMBS, a.k.a. Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy and Puffy, has conquered the worlds of rap music, record producing and clothing design. This spring, he and the main Broadway cast reprised their roles in the ABC movie version of "A Raisin in the Sun." He and his costars Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Lathan are being touted for Emmy nomination consideration. Have younger generations discussed "Raisin" with you? Yeah, yeah, yeah.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2008 | Mark Sachs
Sanaa Lathan stars Monday in a TV-movie version of "A Raisin in the Sun" (8 p.m. ABC), but she and the play have some history together. "I first came across it when I read it in junior high," says the 36-year-old L.A. resident. "Little did I know that in 2004 I'd be doing it on Broadway. I got nominated for my first Tony, and it all was just a wonderful experience."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2000 | MATTHEW COLTRIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the new romantic drama "Love and Basketball," actress Sanaa Lathan confidently dribbles down court and pulls up for a jump shot. Wearing the women's uniforms of Crenshaw High and later USC, she crisply passes the ball around the key, fights for loose balls, plays tough defense and even does a little trash-talking. It looks like she's got game. Moviegoers might think the filmmakers discovered the athletic 5-foot-8 Lathan in a gym somewhere and gave her acting lessons.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 1997 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Tales of oppression are innately dramatic. That doesn't mean--ipso facto--they make good plays. In "To Take Arms," at the Tamarind Theatre, the narrator (Peggy Blow) tells us we should embrace the tale she is about to impart not as a slave narrative but as a story of the American people. No quarrel there. Playwright Susan Flakes is determined to prove the luminous humanity of her heroine Harriet Jacobs and expose the inhumanity and lechery of the slave owner, Dr. Norcom, which she easily does.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2012
Johnny Depp continues to jam as a single man in Los Angeles — this time with rock band Aerosmith. Depp showed up to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's Monday show at the Hollywood Bowl, where he surprised the audience and celebrity attendees by accompanying the pair on "Train Kept a Rollin'. " Decked out in his signature Walker hat and bracelets, Depp handled a guitar while Liv Tyler and Jim Carrey looked on. After the show, Depp, Tyler and Perry gathered famous friends and family for an after-party at Harry Morton's Pink Taco on Sunset Boulevard.
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February 28, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The ludicrous and bloody New Orleans melodrama "Repentance" offers the despairing sight of talented actors in full flounder. There's Forest Whitaker, as a basket-case divorcee and father who never got over his dead mother, stomping around with a mopey expression and a jittery left hand that's bad-movie shorthand for impending psychosis. There's Anthony Mackie, as a bestselling self-help author who changed his life after a devastating car accident, smiling uncomfortably through ridiculous therapy sessions with Whitaker - $300 an hour!
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