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“Not A Genuine Black Man”: Wit and Warmth, at The Marsh, S.F.

“Not A Genuine Black Man”: Wit and Warmth, at The Marsh, S.F.

Millennial Notes Brian Copeland: A Genuine Black Genius by Wes Adrianson and Barry David Horwitz With the recent bigoted demonstrations in Charlottesville, anti-Black racism and white nationalism has reached a new peak. Racism has always existed in America—but the current President has charged the bigotry with new energy. Black and white identities are under a heightened collective awareness. Brian Copeland’s “Not A Genuine Black Man” reminds us of our nation’s history through Copeland’s personal history. Copeland weaves together anecdotes about…

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“An Octoroon” Provokes Reflection at Berkeley Rep

“An Octoroon” Provokes Reflection at Berkeley Rep

Reflections . . . Jacobs-Jenkins Reveals: The United States Is an “Octoroon” by Ishai Padawer In the early moments of “An Octoroon,” the 2014 play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, we learn that an “octoroon” is a person who is 1/8th black. The playwright playfully calls his lead character “BJJ,” using him to vent that audiences think he is trying to “deconstruct race in America.” Complain he may, but he succeeds in making us think about the correlation between melanin levels and…

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