May 20, 2003 |
Praised by critics for his role as a death row inmate in "Monster's Ball," Sean Combs is taking on a musical role, that of Delta blues guitarist Robert Johnson in the HBO movie, "Love in Vain." Johnson, who died in 1938 at age 27, was said to have made a pact with the devil to be the greatest guitar player who ever lived. Combs has been playing guitar and he is also heading to the South where he will "work on a farm, learn about sharecropping and picking cotton."
June 2, 2004 |
Inside the pink brick estate he built with a blues fortune, 72-year-old Claud Johnson cannot shake the habits he formed when he was a poor man. Three years after moving in, he still has more rooms than he has furniture. Creamy wall-to-wall stretches across the second floor, which is mostly empty. To tell the truth, he's not sure if his wife, Miss Ernestine, has ever gone up there.
May 9, 2013 |
The setting for August Wilson's magnificent "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" is a boardinghouse in 1911 Pittsburgh, but the spiritual location is a crossroads between the ghostly past and the forbidding future, slavery and freedom, despair and hope. The great migration from the sharecropping South to the industrialized North is underway, and the characters of this crushingly beautiful play have no choice but to reassess the two strands of their African American identities. The change promised by a new century may be slow and incomplete, but it has come and it is unstoppable.
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June 10, 2006 |
One day in the 1970s, Stevie Wonder was at home in Detroit, playing around on the family piano. He had a piece of a melody, a slice of a lyric. And he sang it again and again: "Here I am baby.... Here I am baby.... Nearby was Lula Mae Hardaway, his mother, who eventually came up with the hook: "Signed, sealed, delivered. I'm yours." That song was a hit for Stevie Wonder. That moment was emblematic of the relationship between mother and son.
November 3, 2004 |
David O'Reilly, partner and winemaker in Oregon's respected Owen Roe Winery, didn't have the money to buy the Pinot Noir grapes outright, so he proposed a novel solution, at least for the 21st century: sharecropping. He would make the wine and he and the grower would share the profits. Hence the label Sharecropper's Oregon Pinot Noir. The 2003 vintage is a real beauty, with a lush perfume, voluptuous body and silky texture. What's not to like at this price?