A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, A Review
Tragic. This word seems inadequate to capture the immense suffering that Ishmael Beah and other Sierra Leonians go through during political upheavals in the country. At the tender age of twelve, Beah is separated with his close-knit family, witnesses the torching of homes, obliteration of people’s lives and livelihoods and the gruesome murder of human beings. He also comes to multiple close…
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Beah Richards as Mrs. Mary Prentice - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Golden Globe Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Barbara Stanwyck and Beah Richards in “The Big Valley” 1965 episode, “Boots With My Father’s Name”
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WHO WAS BEAH RICHARDS (1920-2000)
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I am a old movie bluff and I would see Ms. Richards in a few of the movies and earlier TV shows, she had a face that one would recognize and a performance you would not for get.
I will not post on every black that was in the arts but what I will do is post the artists that was activist for their people alone with the accolades of their craft.
Upon looking at a HBO special on Ms. Richards I felt in my very being she was an unsung ancestor of the black race with wisdom and a spirit of inward freedom as she fought for outward freedom, equality and justice for all.
Little was know about her personally until her friend Lisa Gay Hamilton and HBO presented her in her real true form with stories and gems of wisdom she drop along the way. I found myself thinking wow I wish I had known her.
As per the HBO documentary she was also part of the Harlem Renaissance group of the 1900′s. Beah Richards championed civil rights alongside Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois.
She was friends with Langston Hughes and Communist Party leaders William and Louise Parker. The FBI kept a file on her from 1951 to 1972, that totaled 100 pages.
As an actress in the Jim Crow era and the dark color of her skin coupled with her afro like features she mostly played grandmothers of mothers roles. Beah was best known for her academy nominated role for best supporting actress in Guest Who’s Coming to Dinner as Sidney Poitier character mother.
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Beulah Elizabeth Richardson (July 12, 1920 – September 14, 2000), known professionally as Beah Richards, was an American actress of stage, screen, and television. She was also a poet, playwright, author and activist.
Ms, Richards was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her supporting role in the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in 1968, as well as winning two Primetime Emmy Awards for her guest roles in the television series Frank's Place in 1988 and The Practice in 2000. She also received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the 1965 production of The Amen Corner. written by James Baldwin.
She was born Beulah Elizabeth Richardson in Vicksburg, Mississippi; her mother was a seamstress, and her father was a Baptist minister. In 1948, she graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans and two years later moved to New York City.
Her career began in 1955 when she portrayed an 84-year-old-grandmother in the off-Broadway show Take a Giant Step. She often played the role of a mother or grandmother, and continued acting her entire life. She appeared in the original Broadway productions of Purlie Victorious, The Miracle Worker, and A Raisin in the Sun.
As a writer, she wrote the verse performance piece A Black Woman Speaks , a collection of 14 poems, in which she points on how, while white women were enslaved, they played an important role in oppressing women of color.
The play's first performance was in 1950 for the organization Women for Peace, a white women's organization in Chicago. Her first play was written in 1951 titled One Is a Crowd about a black singer who seeks revenge on a white man who destroyed her family. It was not produced until decades later
From the 1930s to the late 1950s, Richards was a member and organizer with the Communist Party USA in Los Angeles after befriending artist Paul Robeson. She is among the Black women who "actively participated in movements affiliated with the CPUSA" between 1917's Bolshevik Revolution and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev's 1956 revelations. She was later a sponsor of the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis
Richards was nominated for a Tony Award for her 1965 performance in James Baldwin's The Amen Corner. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mrs. Mary Prentice, Sidney Poitier's mother in the 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Other notable movie performances include Hurry Sundown, The Great White Hope, Beloved and In the Heat of the Night. She appeared in “Roots: The Next Generations” as Cynthia Murray Palmer, the grandmother of Alex Haley.
She made numerous guest television appearances, including roles on Beauty and the Beast, The Bill Cosby Show, Sanford and Son, Benson, Designing Women, The Practice, The Big Valley and ER (as Dr. Peter Benton's mother.) She was the winner of two Emmy Awards, one in 1988 for her appearance on the series Frank's Place and another in 2000 for her appearance on The
Beah Richards died from emphysema in her hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi at the age of 80, just four days after winning an Emmy award.
A black woman speaks of white womanhood. What gives her the right? –slavery, lynching, etc have to do with white women.
Would like to speak of it as it will and should be. What is that? When white womanhood stands for full equality. –but it is not there yet.
Why? Still a superiority thing and a need to separate for their own validation. –this is taught to them by white supremacists.
White womanhood, slavery too; only to a different degree. You were “willing slaves” Both sold in different ways, and you did not fight.
She is fighting for unity just as she fought for freedom. We are women together.
White supremacy poisoned — “White skin is supreme” and you didn’t protest as even in your pink slavery somehow thought “my wasted blood confirmed your superiority.”
Both bore him sons—in different, yet similar ways. What happened to sons she bore? – sold! Your reaction—you felt avenged, taking his infidelity out on you as if you were the enemy.
You hated slavery, but abhorred equality.
But together we can be free and achieve justice, peace and human equality with plenty for all….. EXCERPT OF THE Poem by Beah Richard
PERFORMED BY MS. BEAH RICHARDS COMPLETE POEM
This is a phenomenal soliloquy
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