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Ray Proctor

Professor of Speech and Theatre at Albany State University, Albany, GA

Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" is the latest battleground in the theater community's fight against whitewashing. Whitewash ‘In the Heights’? Chicago, You Can Do Better. Samantha Pauly with the cast of "Evita" at the Marriott Theatre.

Whitewash ‘In the Heights’? Chicago, You Can Do Better

Part of the Problem: Porchlight’s Casting of ‘In the Heights’ Illustration by Sophie Lucido Johnson.

Part of the Problem: Porchlight’s Casting of ‘In the Heights’

Universal Shakespeare

What do Chicago theater actors make? A new study looks at inequality in pay, race and gender. The majority of Equity acting jobs across Chicago theaters are going to men, white performers are often paid higher salaries than performers of color, and women are paid less than men on comparable contracts, according to a study from the Actors’ Equity Association.

What do Chicago theater actors make? A new study looks at inequality in pay, race and gender

In June, the association, which is the labor union representing American theater actors and stage managers, released a national diversity study analyzing contracts (the paperwork from opening night union acting jobs in plays and musicals) from 2013 to 2015 that found the majority of contracts were going to white men, and women were generally paid less. Will-o' the Wisp of the East Anglian Fens.

The Woman in Black

Fens fog. Denny Hastert. Brock Turner. Dallas Officers. Freddie Gray. Emmett Till. Eric Garner. John Crawford III. Daniel Holtzclaw. Gregory Gunn. Philando Castile. Black Lives Matter. Laquan McDonald. Trayvon Martin. Tamir Rice. Ferguson. New Orleans Katrina Police. Alton Sterling. Romeo and Juliet. No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish. Man, do we HOPE we’re timely in passing this content onto to you.

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

Greg Savage, founder of Firebrand (an Aquent brand down under) posted this no-holds-barred post about the importance of showing up on time. We thought it was too good not to share. Greg, we should mention, has founded four incredibly successful staffing businesses and is a highly-sought after international keynote speaker. This post may offend some readers. But only because it’s going to cut close to the bone for many. And I don’t care if I sound old-fashioned, because actually it’s nothing to do with ‘fashion’ or ‘generation’. So here goes… How did it get to be “OK” for people to be late for everything? Because as far as I am concerned, it’s not OK. In recent years it seems that a meeting set to start at 9 am, for some people means in the general vicinity of any time which starts with the numeral ‘9’. How White People Got Made — The Message. “When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no ‘white’ people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years.” — Theodore W.

How White People Got Made — The Message

Allen “There’s nothing that a white man with a penny hates more than a nigger with a nickel!” — Chris Rock There’s a perception that whiteness is working for white people.

Race and Theatre

Hip Hop's Ultimate Battle: Race and the Politics of Divide and Conquer. Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion around Hip Hop and Race.

Hip Hop's Ultimate Battle: Race and the Politics of Divide and Conquer

The popularity of Eminem has been a catalyst for the impassioned exchanges that have been a long time coming. The most visible debate centers around Benzino and the Source Magazine and their claim that Eminem is a tool for the white power structure [machine]...But this has been a discussion that has surfaced and resurfaced ever since the Beastie Boys hit the scene back in the mid 80s. The discussion of Hip Hop and Race emerged during Hip Hop's Golden Age/Afrocentric era... when groups like 3rd Bass the Young Black Teenagers hit the scene. The slaves that time forgot. Most people have heard of the Great Famine, which reduced the population of Ireland by around 25%.

The slaves that time forgot

That pales in comparison to the disaster that England inflicted upon Ireland between 1641 and 1652, when the population of Ireland fell from 1,466,000 to 616,000. Then things got worse. What to do with the Irish? Interview: Jeff Hobbs, Author Of 'The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace' On a May night in 2011, a man was murdered — shot — in a basement just outside Newark, N.J.

Interview: Jeff Hobbs, Author Of 'The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace'

Cash and marijuana were found at the scene. Given the circumstances, it might be easy to make assumptions about that man. Reality, however, is more complex. Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana. The Racist War on Drugs. Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly Argue About 'White Privilege' Youtube. White-on-white murder in America is out of control. "Blacks represent 13% of the population but commit 50% of the murders; 90% of black victims are murdered by other blacks," writes Time's Joe Klein, calling for "provocative" thinking on race in America.

White-on-white murder in America is out of control

"The facts suggest that history is not enough to explain this social disaster. " there are many countries where white people murder each other at a much lower rate than you see here in the United States Yet the disturbing truth, according to the FBI's most recent homicide statistics, is that the United States is in the wake of an epidemic of white-on-white crime. Back in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available, a staggering 83 percent of white murder victims were killed by fellow Caucasians.

This is not to say that white people are inherently prone to violence. To understand the level of cultural pathology at work here, it's important to understand that 36 percent of those killed by whites are women — a far higher share than you see with black murderers. Ferguson, Missouri, protests show no sign of going away. Last Updated Aug 20, 2014 9:21 AM EDT FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

Ferguson, Missouri, protests show no sign of going away

Why Isn't the NRA Defending Ferguson's Blacks? - The Daily Beast. Black Women Are Killed by Police, Too. It is impossible to turn my eyes away from Ferguson, Missouri. As law enforcement continues to use military weapons to terrorize protesters seeking justice for slain teen Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the ache in my soul is primitive and all-encompassing. Ferguson riots, race and Obama's nightmare holiday. Klan heading to Ferguson to ‘guard white businesses,’ back shooting of ‘n*gger criminal’ By David EdwardsMonday, August 18, 2014 15:09 EDT Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members from three different states are reportedly traveling to Ohio to hold a two-day fundraiser for the officer who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown, and to “guard white businesses.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) first reported last week that that the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had begun raising money in support of the Ferguson police officer who killed Brown.

CNN’s Don Lemon on ‘Stop and Frisk’: ‘Would You Rather Be Politically Correct or Safe and Alive?’ During his radio commentary on Tuesday, CNN anchor Don Lemon partially defended the controversial NYPD policy of “stop-and-frisk,” asking its critics whether they’d rather put “political correctness” above safety. Don Lemon: 'People Have to Stop Making Excuses for the People Who Are Doing Bad Things' Don Lemon, CNN’s straight-down-the-middle news host, says the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., has jumped the shark.

During an early-morning standup Monday, Lemon said the rioting and looting in the St. Louis suburb, where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed August 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has begun to overshadow peaceful demonstrations against police abuse. “This is completely different, and I’m not talking about the majority of people who are out here protesting peacefully,” Lemon said. “I’m talking about the ones who are acting stupidly, out of stupidity. The ones who are looking for reasons to loot and rob and shoot off guns. Not Just Ferguson. A Mother’s White Privilege. A News Anchor Draws Comparisons That Make The Story In Ferguson Seem Even More Shocking.

Yet Another Man, Omar Abrego, Died After Police Beating In Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Department officers allegedly beat a man to death little more than a week before their fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, KTLA is reporting. An officer broke his hand during the incident, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, told the local TV station. After A Traffic Stop, Teen Was 'Almost Another Dead Black Male' Alex Landau and his mother, Patsy Hathaway, on a visit to StoryCorps. Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet. The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie. The officers got the wrong man, but charged him anyway—with getting his blood on their uniforms. Rand Paul’s op-ed on Ferguson shows why he is the most interesting voice in the GOP right now.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, N.H., on April 12. Arrested Reporter Smacks Down Joe Scarborough's Criticism. The Phil Donahue Show - Mulattoes who pass for white (FULL EPISODE) Youtube. Sister Souljah The Race Issue w/ Phil Donahue. President Obama releases statement on death of Michael Brown, Jr. (KMOV.com) - President Obama released the following statement about the death of Michael Brown, Jr. Woman who appeared 'loaded' before she was beaten by CHP officer did not have drugs or alcohol in her system, her attorney says. Woman beaten by CHP officer speaks out to Eyewitness News.

The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson. Photo credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images. State Senator To Ferguson Police: 'Will I Get Tear-Gassed Again?' Yes, It Is About Race  End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance  Michael Dunn convicted of attempted murder in 'loud music' trial. Ferguson police arrest reporters amid rage over Michael Brown shooting. Any American Can Take Any Police Officer's Photo. In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest. There's a police coup going on right now in Ferguson, Mo.

When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims. Renisha Was On Trial All Along. This Is Why We're Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown. On the Killing of Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn - Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Theatre

The Risk of Playing Down Racism. Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ WATCH: Man wrongly jailed for 15 months until this video proved cop had lied. This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist - Ta-Nehisi Coates. Wharton Study Shows the Shocking Result When Women and Minorities Email Their Professors. What The Hell Just Happened In Kansas? “Post-racial America” is a dangerous lie: Why this thinking is naive, insidious and deadly. Spike Lee Brooklyn Gentrification. What Happens When the Man Standing His Ground Isn't White? George Zimmerman Says He Lives in Constant Fear, Has PTSD. US airman stands his ground in Florida, sentenced to 25 years.

Grey’s Anatomy star: People should be outraged. Mistrial Declared on Murder Charge in Loud-Music Trial. At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases. What Would You Do? Bike Theft (White Guy, Black Guy, Pretty Girl) 21 Things You Can't Do While Black. Amiri Baraka "Somebody Blew Up America" SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Acting and being 'OUT LOUD' - 1625 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times. Review: Out Loud (eta Creative Arts) Review: Out Loud (eta Creative Arts) Review: Out Loud (eta Creative Arts) THEATER REVIEW Out Loud - 1228 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times. 10 New Orleans Po-Boys You Must Eat Before You Die.

Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? The problem with false feminism — Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and Western Animation. Groupthink.jezebel. Dear White Friends Who Are Upset By The Way I Write About Race.