Wednesday March 3, 2010 | Call Mr. Robeson & Story Slam

March 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Part One: Call Mr. Robeson
We’ll take a look at the life of a controversial black activist seen through the eyes of Tayo Aluko. At the age of 33, Aluko discovered the history of Paul Robeson, famous singer and actor whose activism for civil rights had him branded as a traitor in his own country. Aluko was so moved by Robeson’s life that he made the story into a one man show. He’s been taking the show around the world, and it’s here in Charlotte this weekend.
Tayo Aluko
– Writer and sole performer of Call Mr Robeson: A Life with Songs

Part Two: Story Slam & Aphasia
We’ll learn about a new arts group that is supporting homegrown work across a spectrum of artistic mediums. Story Slam presents original poetry, prose, plays, screenplays and more and it’s the brainchild of longtime theatre veteran, Mark Woods. Mr. Woods is a founding member of the former Charlotte Repertory Theatre. He’s joined by Jim Gloster, a local writer and director who has written a screenplay called Aphasia, which is based on a real life Charlottean. Aphasia is the first Story Slam piece that will be fully produced into a motion picture. Woods and Gloster join us to talk about Story Slam and Aphasia.
Mark Woods
– Team Member, Story Slam
Jim Gloster – Writer/Director, Aphasia

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  1. This praise of Paul Robeson is laughable.

    Robeson was a radical Communist. Robeson the Communist won the ‘Peace Prize’? Little known historical fact: the Soviet Communists murdered A LOT more people than the Nazis in the 20th Century: the Soviet Communists murdered tens of millions of their own citizens during the early decades of the regime. Same with the Commies in China and other parts of Asia.

  2. While I respect the point Realist raises regarding the atrocities by the Soviet Communists, I am grateful Charlotte Talks had Mr. Aluko on the program to talk about his CALL MR. ROBESON. Mr. Robeson’s life is an excellent study in 20th century America.

    It wasn’t until college that I learned anything about the Communist Party in the US and its popularity among the repressed and the poor in this country. I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the Communist Party, but even as a middle class white kid who grew up in the South in the 70s and 80s, I can understand how the promise of shared resources and responsibilities would be very attractive to pre Civil Rights blacks. Read Richard Wright’s NATIVE SON, Ralph Ellison’s INVISIBLE MAN, and the autobiography of Malcolm X (with Alex Haley), and it becomes very difficult to judge a black person for being associated with an organization that provided some hope of better opportunities.

    I hope local teachers will encourage their students to see this production by Mr. Aluko and use it as a springboard for discussions about race, politics, college/professional athletics, and art in early 20th-century America.

    Thanks again, Charlotte Talks, for an informative and interesting program!

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