Happy #JackieRobinsonDay! Could Othello Have Been His Relative?

Rude am I in my speech, And little blest with the soft phrase of peace . . .

The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,

by William Shakespeare, Act I, Scene iii, Lines 81-83

In a lot of ways, Jackie Robinson and Othello could have been ancestral relatives. Both were “representing” a minority group in a community where their decisions and actions were constantly judged unfairly. But luckily for us (and history), Jackie Robinson learned the lesson that Othello could not – how to withstand the blatant racist discrimination (and intimidation) with courage, grace and restraint.

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TIME Presents One Dream: The March on Washington


In order to truly appreciate (or at least get you guys in the theaters this weekend) “Fruitvale Station,” “42,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” you need to understand the history that it documents of LARGE communities of Black people in America.

Originally posted on LightBox:

Six months ago, TIME began to plan and gather materials for what would become “One Dream” — a multimedia commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. From a purely photographic perspective, the project involved research on a titanic scale, with photo editors poring over literally thousands of images by photojournalism greats, many of whom — Paul Schutzer, Charles Moore, Grey Villet, Stanley Tretick, Flip Schulke and others — are no longer with us. Living masters like Bob Adelman, Dan Budnik and Steve Schapiro, meanwhile, were welcome collaborators, helping to shape the direction of “One Dream” not only with their pictures, but their stories.

“Adelman’s insights and memories were invaluable,” notes Phil Bicker, senior photo editor at TIME and the creative lead on the project. “For instance, he was the one who insisted, in the…

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler Arrives in US Theaters Aug 16


Personally (as the granddaughter of a sharecropper and first Black nurse in Harnett County, NC), I am very excited to see this movie this weekend.

I feel like I’ll be watching my birthright on film like I did for “The Help,” “The Color Purple,” “Waiting to Exhale,” ANY Tyler Perry movie, “Rosewood,” “42,” “Carmen Jones” and “Lady Sings The Blues” – I better bring some tissues! Lol

Laurean D. Robinson, MA