Category Archives: non fiction essay

Inequity, Violence, Grief and Trauma: The Battlefield at Home

Ain’t nobody got time to cry in a war zone; where I live — “*even the birds sing bass”. –WordSlanger, (*Reginald Lockett) Anthony Lake, the head of UNICEF, observed during an Al Jazeera interview on the impact of war on … Continue reading

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Oakland’s New Minimum Wage: A Living Wage?

This story was supposed to be about eateries and the new minimum wage. I eat out now and then. I like good food. While not a foodie per say; I know what equates good food and stellar service. When they … Continue reading

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Literacy through the Arts: An Artistic Approach to Mentoring

Mentoring is difficult, rewarding, and often extremely frustrating. It is an activity in which you will have to be able to take losses and stay the course. You may lose as many as you save and that can be heartbreaking. … Continue reading

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Eight of Ten: Jitney, a Director’s Note

I am mid way through the production of Jitney. Only 3 shows left. It’s the second show of the cycle we have done at the Flight Deck in newly dubbed “Uptown”, (used to be plain old downtown), Oakland.  This is … Continue reading

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August Wilson and Ferguson

Originally posted on A.Nzinga's Blog:
Wilson noted: “I think my plays offer (white Americans) a different way to look at black Americans,” he told The Paris Review. “For instance, in ‘Fences’ they see a garbageman, a person they…

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Happy Cul-du-Sac: A personal deconstruction of North American Holidays.

Originally posted on A.Nzinga's Blog:
My love of nation is evergreen. I killed Christmas over a decade ago. I wrote a piece called Xmas. It detailed my knowing surrounding the holiday practically invented by Coca Cola. I talked…

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How to Ground One’s Self on a Moving Train

Meditation One: Stay in Your own Lane Stay in your own lane. Everyone and everything has a purpose. It is important to find one’s purpose. Not connecting to purpose is a recipe for lifelong frustration. It is like being an … Continue reading

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August Wilson and Ferguson

Wilson noted: “I think my plays offer (white Americans) a different way to look at black Americans,” he told The Paris Review. “For instance, in ‘Fences’ they see a garbageman, a person they don’t really look at, although they see … Continue reading

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The American Century Cycle

I am often asked why August Wilson? Why did I decide to direct the American Century Cycle? I am producing the America’s greatest playwright’s seminal work in its entirety. I will be the first director to do so in chronological … Continue reading

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BAM: The Movement That Moved the World

The sixties, a time of social upheaval punctuated by the struggle of North American Africans to create Black political and social institutions, that advanced Black values, and promoted Black collective interest birthed, an affirmation, “Black is Beautiful”. It was a … Continue reading

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