LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE
154 imagesThe internationally acclaimed BLUE/ORANGE, directed by award winning director Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, opened to a sell out audience on 11 February 2012 at the world renowned Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, located in the heart of Union Square in downtown San Francisco, CA. -----Written by Joe Penhall, and featuring celebrated actor Carl Lumbly, BLUE / ORANGE centers on 'two doctors trying to deal with a young Black schizophrenic patient,'and is described as 'an incendiary tale of race, power, and madness.' It has garnered an Evening Standard, Laurence Olivier and Critics Circle awards, and received rave reviews. -----BLUE / ORANGE, debuted on 7 April 2000, was performed again on 30 April 2001, and began a third run in 2005 at the Royal National and Duchess National Theatres, respectively, in England; premiering in the U.S. in December 2002 at New York's Atlantic Theatre Company. -----The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre production of BLUE / ORANGE previewed on 8 February 2012, opened on 11 February, and will run through 18 March 2012. -----For more information and tickets please visit the LHT at http://www.lhtsf.org/ Enjoy!
106 imagesBefore 1941, there were no African-American pilots in the U.S. military. -----Pilots of the elite, all African-American 332nd fighter group, the Tuskegee Airmen, became the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. -----During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to the Jim Crow laws.[N 1] The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. -----The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. Primarily made up of African Americans, there were also five Tuskegee Airmen of Haitian descent. -----Although the 477th Bombardment Group "worked up" on North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat; the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then seeing action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe, where they were particularly successful in virtually all their missions. -----The Tuskegee Airmen initially were equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks fighter-bomber aircraft, briefly with Bell P-39 Airacobras (March 1944), later with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts (June-July 1944), and finally with the aircraft with which they became most commonly associated, the North American P-51 Mustang (July 1944). -----When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47s and later, P-51s, red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined. -----Bomber crews applied a more effusive "Red-Tail Angels" sobriquet.[N 2] -----Even though some disputes exist, it has been generally accepted for decades that Tuskegee Airmen did not ever lose any of the bombers that they escorted. -----For more details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_Airmen
310 imagesIn a gala event capped off by a brilliant theater performance and a joyously happy cast party to ring in the new year, Wright Enterprises and LaHitz News showcased the Lorraine Hansberry Theater's World Premiere production of Ron Stacker Thompson's REJOICE! -----Thus it was a special fete for Mary and Willie Ratcliff, publisher-editors of the San Francisco BAYVIEW Newspaper to be honored, while simultaneously launching fundraising for the SF BAYVIEW's Youth Media Arts Program, furthering the Black community's battle against the tyranny of embedded corporate mis-information and terror.