ST. JOHN, CHRISTOPHER, Filmwriter, producer, director, and actor. Residing in Los Angeles, CA. Educated at the Univ. of Bridgeport ( CT) and Actors Studio. Former member of the Yale Repertory Co. Founder of the Troupe Theatre. Acted in the films For Love of Ivy ( 1968) and Shaft ( 1971). Appeared in the television series "That's My Mama" ( 1975) and in the Off-Broadway play No Place to Be Somebody ( 1969). Directed the Off-Broadway productions of Tennis Anyone? ( 1968), End of Summer's Drought, and Antigone. Agent: Lew Sherrell Agency, 7060 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Top of the Heap (film: screenplay, 1972). Writer, producer, director, star. "Personal statement about a tormented and outwardly abrasive black cop who retreats into a fantasy world as a moon explorer and national hero. There are some racial cliches in reverse but moments of biting irony and penetrating sensitivity. "-- Black Creation, Fall 1972, p. 64 ( Murray). Prod. by Fanfare, 1972.
SALAAM, KALAMU YA (Val[lery] Ferdinand III) ( 1947- ), Described by Arthenia J. Bates Millican as "a speaker, dramatist, literary and music critic, interviewer, short story writer, photographer, editor, poet, . . . essayist, . . . journalist, activist, and emissary."-- Afro-American Writers After 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers ( Davis & Harris, 1985), p. 322. Salaam's biographical statement in Black Theatre, U.S.A. ( Hatch & Shine, 1974) p. 864, gives the following information concerning himself (prior to adopting Kalamu ya Salaam as his "free name"): "my name is vallery ferdinand iii, ain't got no free name yet, am married got a daughter named Asante Salaam (which means thank you peace). my education went like this: dropped out of carleton college in northfield, minn., served three years in the army, got kicked out of southern univ. in new o. as a result of participation in a student movement to create a black university." According to Black World ( April 1972), he "has been a long-time force in