To Be Black…. or to be Post-Black. This week we hear excerpts from Chicagoan Lorraine Hansberry’s play “To Be Young Gifted and Black”. We hear her recollections in her own voice, and the play as it was performed circa 1970 (featuring James Earl Jones and Barbara Baxley). Best known as the playwright behind “Raisin in the Sun”, Hansberry’s play ”To be Young, Gifted and Black” draws heavily from her own life exploring themes of identity, particularly those of blackness.
Born in Chicago in 1930, Hansberry, pictured at right, died in 1965.
Also this week, we return to a conversation with Artist/Poet Krista Franklin in which she speaks about the ideals behind Post-Blackness, a contemporary expression of Black Identity. She also talks about one of her inspirations, Romare Bearden, and artist who came of age in the Harlem Renaissance and died in 1988. His work, “Pittsburgh Memory 1964”, is pictured above. We also hear archival tape of Mr. Bearden speaking circa 1970 about his role as an artist, and how identity plays a part in his artistic expression.