August 30, 1995 |
Yellowman's life has been a series of challenges. He was born a black albino. A decade ago, he waged battles against throat and skin cancer. And now, having been known more for his prurient lyrics than for his skills as a singer, songwriter and musical trailblazer, he is fighting to change his image. In the early '80s, Yellowman--who performs tonight at the Galaxy in Santa Ana--pioneered the "dance-hall" style, reggae's counterpart to hip-hop.
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.
February 16, 1998 |
The legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley is more than his messages about God and freedom. Marley's reputation owes as much to a dynamic musical vision that stretched the limits of his genre. It was that side of Marley's work that was best celebrated Saturday at the 17th annual Bob Marley Day Festival at the Long Beach Arena. There was evidence enough of reggae's musical reach between the sweet soul crooning of Barrington Levy and the high-energy dancehall blends of Sizzla, Yellowman and Capleton.
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.