Friday, March 13, 2009
The New York-based ensemble Universes mixes poetry, storytelling, original songs and adaptations of popular tunes to create a unique theater experience that the group hopes will not only capture the attention of audiences, but will also drive folks to make a difference in the world around them.
In "Ameriville," part of this year's Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Universes uses the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the city of New Orleans to shed light on issues of race, poverty and politics in America.
As you listen to Mildred Ruiz, a founding member of Universes, sing, "The Lord told Noah to build him an arky, arky," you may get lost in the power of her voice or in nostalgia, remembering how you sang that song in church as a child.But as soon as you've let your guard down, Ruiz hits you with the line, "But where was Noah when the levees started breaking." In an instant, Ruiz has morphed a playful children's song into a heartbreaking hymn about an American tragedy.
Click here to read the rest of the story, published in the Courier-Journal March 3, 2009.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
(Published February 9, 2009 in The Courier-Journal)
For Victoria Russell, a great Valentine's Day would include a romantic dinner and a beautiful bouquet of flowers. But if you're trying to impress Keta Redd, you'd better take her bowling or rock wall climbing and buy her a new game for her PlayStation Portable.
Feb. 14 is just days away, which means Hallmark stores and flower shops will soon be swarming with harried men desperately seeking last-minute Valentine's Day gifts for the special ladies in their lives. But as Russell and Redd show, and as most men should already know, no two women are the same.
Candy and flowers may wow some women, but other ladies will look at those red roses and be unfazed.
Several Louisville ladies agree that when planning a date and buying gifts for Valentine's Day, it's not about spending a lot of money. It's about showing your girl you know who she really is.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
Many see the election of Barack Obama as a sign that race relations in our country are truly changing. But are they really? And what is the racial climate like in Louisville these days?
The idea that Obama's election means black people can achieve anything has quickly become cliche. But it offers hope to some, and confirms a belief by which others have always lived.
We asked a panel young black Louisvillians who are deeply involved with their communities to discuss their own experiences, and to share their thoughts on what needs to happen to make this city a better place for all races to live.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Click here to check out a profile of a Louisville area teacher who recently had her first book published. The book, titled Handcuffs, is a young adult novel written specifically for teen girls, but it has such great character development that I believe it should be on the reading lists of grown-up girls too.
And don't forget to stop by my new website GeorgiaMae.com.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It seemed like a typical Monday.
Mariam Williams had just started her day at Main Line Broadcasting in Louisville, where she worked as a copy writer and research director.
“I had just written about three lines of a new commercial when my supervisor called me down,” Williams said.
It was about 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 13. Williams had been laid off.
And she wasn't alone. Last month, Main Line let go of several Louisville employees, including B96 radio personality J.C. White and the entire on-air staff at the rock station WLRS.
Meanwhile, local businesses have closed their doors as other companies continue to downsize amid a stream of discouraging reports from the number crunchers. Many economists believe the U.S. is headed for a recession — if we aren't in one already.
The signs are there.
In September, the U.S. economy lost 159,000 jobs, the biggest monthly drop in five years. Kentucky's estimated unemployment rate rose to 7.1 percent, up from 5.4 percent in September 2007.
But as bank bailouts and Wall Street meltdowns make the news, local 20- and 30-somethings don't need headlines to tell them things are bad. From lay-offs to failed businesses to home foreclosure, many young adults in the Louisville area are living the harsh reality of the nation's economic downturn.
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