Magazine article Black Masks

Generational Shift

Magazine article Black Masks

Generational Shift

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In his article on racial inequality in the theater in this issue, Patrick A. Bradford notes that there are over twenty positions for artistic directors that are about to be in need of filling-a phenomenon that some are calling a generational shift. The three artists I have memorialized on this page poignantly remind us the generational shift is occuring more broadly than solely among artistic directors.

Having been involved in Black theater in some way, shape or form since the late 1960s, many of those whom I memorialize these days are longtime friends or acquaintances: Olivia Cole recited poetry at my daughter Shairi's christening; Novella Nelson, a cousin through marriage, was a part of my extended family; Earl Hyman I may have met only once but he was a larger-than-life talent whose presence in the world seemed to make it a better place; his loss also feels personal. …

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