October 15, 1986 |
In a bit of irony, the Jamaican singer who rode to popularity on a rapid-fire, rap-related vocal style has just weathered a bout with a serious affliction of the jaw. Just how serious depends on whom you listen to. Yellowman's record company, Shanachie, says in the bio that accompanies his new "Going to the Chapel" album that he underwent surgery for cancer of the jaw. Yellowman himself has a slightly different medical report.
February 21, 2005 |
A finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer in drama, Dael Orlandersmith's "Yellowman," now at the Fountain Theatre, is a sweepingly poetical yet down-to-earth drama about the ravages of racial elitism and generational abuse in the Gullah-Geechee culture of South Carolina's Sea Islands. The play commences in the late 1960s, when the burgeoning black pride movement is still just distant thunder to the Gullahs, relegated by race to the lowliest occupations of their isolated rural communities.
February 21, 2006 |
The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP's 16th annual NAACP Theatre Awards, announced Monday, gave a big nod to the Laguna Playhouse. It took producing honors for "Constant Star," which garnered four other awards, including best ensemble cast. Layon Gray ("The Girls of Summer") was the winning producer for smaller theaters. Writing awards went to Thomas Gibbons for "Permanent Collection" and the late August Wilson for "Radio Golf."
January 17, 2008 |
Born in 1950s Oklahoma, Peter Mui says he never felt proud of his ancestry. Afraid of ridicule, his Chinese immigrant father would ask Mui's mother not to speak Mandarin in public so that the family wouldn't stand out. But Mui has turned those childhood memories of prejudice into a $12-million clothing company. With his YellowMan brand, Mui has taken a slur and turned it on its head.
August 25, 2005 |
"Yellowman": A finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer in drama, Dael Orlander- smith's play is a sweepingly poetical yet down-to-earth tale about the ravages of racial elitism and generational abuse in the Gullah-Geechee culture of South Carolina's Sea Islands. The play commences in the late 1960s, when the burgeoning black pride movement is just distant thunder to the Gullahs, relegated by race to the lowliest occupations of their isolated rural communities.
January 14, 1989
The late Andy Kaufman's tribute/parody should have buried the others-as-Elvis shtick forever, so the Orange County Performing Arts Center's (coming) "Elvis: A Musical Celebration," featuring three actor versions of the King, is an unnecessary and puzzling presentation. By digging up the bloated corpse of Elvis while ignoring the vital contributions of living contemporary musicians, the "Arts Center" reveals itself to be nothing but cold concrete anchored in mud. Only an inventive, diverse booking policy recognizing fine talents such as Celia Cruz, John Lee Hooker, Public Enemy, Yellowman, 3 Mustaphas 3, Eddie Palmieri, Kassav, B-H Surfers, Dwight Yoakam, Black Stalin, Flaco Jimenez, Jane's Addiction, Alpha Blondie, Pancho Sanchez, and Beausoleil--to name a few--will bring much-needed credibility (and patrons)