Dwight Hobbe

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The Amen Corner: Penumbra breathes life into James Baldwin play



Lou Bellamy brilliantly directs James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner at Guthrie Theater for a Penumbra Theatre Company/Guthrie Theater regional premiere. Bellamy, of course, is best known for taking scripts through their paces in St. Paul on Penumbra’s home ground at the Halle Q. Browne Community Center. An ace with ensemble casts, Bellamy has shown his hand to admirable effect with memorable Penumbra productions of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running. Here, Bellamy tackles an unwieldy script to winning effect. Continue Reading →

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Seen on da Streets takes the clinic to the community



News Analysis

By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Young Black men, naturally propelled by their hormones and bombarded by media images, especially music videos, are practically programmed to pester young Black women for sex. Accordingly, young Black women, along with those influences, just like girls of all colors — including White — are susceptible to peer pressure and self-esteem issues that can override common sense and land them horizontal without having thought things all the way through. Biological and social imperatives quite regrettably do not take into account the steady risk of such consequence as sexually transmitted disease. Or unwanted pregnancy. Both of which are the result of unprotected sex and a woeful neglect of sexual health. Continue Reading →

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The Haves and Have Nots: Tyler Perry rakes in more millions with new play



Tyler Perry’s license to mint money shows no sign of expiring anytime soon if ever. He began making morality plays a bankable enterprise in 1999 with I Know I’ve Been Changed, established his franchise character “Madea” the next year in I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and the cash register hasn’t stopped ringing since. Perry capitalized on the formula popularized by Michael Matthews’ 1990s hit Fake Friends: Take a protagonist tempted by sin, add a heavy helping of Bible-thumping dialogue liberally interspersed with gospel-message music, season with lots of humor, and bring to a close with the hero and heroine being saved by the Good Lord’s grace. All but cornering the market, his only real competition being T.D. Jakes, Perry graduated from stage to film and now is the richest man in show business according to Forbes magazine, hauling down $130 million between May 2010 and 2011 alone. His latest triumph, The Haves and Have Nots, premiered in September, is touring the States, and swung by the Twin Cities November 8 and 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Continue Reading →

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