December 23, 2007 |
THESE days, "debate" calls up images of candidates lobbing non sequiturs and pyrotechnic diversions at each other. But that's not the way it works, according to debate coach Thomas F. Freeman. "An issue has little validity in a particular debate if it's not related to the subject," says Freeman, whose credentials include being a professor at Texas Southern University, church pastor and now consultant to Denzel Washington's new film "The Great Debaters."
December 24, 2007 |
Nate Parker was an All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a career in computer programming several years ago when a friend, who was trying to launch a modeling career, asked Parker to accompany her to Dallas. The trip would change Parker's life in ways he never imagined. While he was waiting for his friend, "this guy came in and asked me, 'Are you an actor?' " Parker recalled, referring to talent scout Jon Simmons, who would later become his manager. "I said, 'No.'