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Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker
"100 years ago, Madam C. J. Walker was the richest, self made woman in America. She battled both racism and sexism in a post abolition world. She created an empire of hair care products for black women, and she also employed an empowered thousands of black women across the country. Her story is the subject of a Netflix series called Self Made. Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker. The show stars Octavia Spencer as Thie, tenacious businesswoman, and Blair Underwood plays her husband. You see him struggle to live in the shadows of his wife's massive achievements. You might know Blair from L. A law dear white people or sex in the city. He also starred in the Broadway production of a Soldier's play. I talked to Blair right around the time. The play had to shut down early because of covert 19 back in mid March, and I started off by asking him why Madam C. J. Walker story is so important. She accomplished something that was just a monumental An extraordinary at the turn of the century in the late 18 hundreds and building this hair care empire Ah, woman. An African American woman, um, during that period of time to to earn that kind of money she did, And as you as you said, she employed and empowered thousands of African American women all over the world, So she was really you know, before Mary Kay or Avon or M Way she was creating distributors. People could have their own businesses and be their own business people at the time, So it was really extraordinary. It was amazing what she created, especially given the times in which she did it. Yeah, the early 19 hundreds. Incredible. So let's take a listen to a clip from the new Netflix series Self. This is you. Yeah, This is you and Octavia Spencer as husband and wife. New hotel downtown. The iron figure you will meet wouldn't go down. There could be a bell half you could do laundry. You don't just plant a seed and expect fruit the next day. Color women here. Just gotta get used to that idea. Somebody was doing ahead as all you know. I always love you big ideas, but I'm not going back to long enough. Now. Wait a minute. No way. Don't all made sacrifices You won't do was best for this family. Yeah, so there's definitely some tension. Attention that we hear that Cliff. How would you describe the relationship between your character CJ Walker and his wife, Madam C. J. Walker. Oh, loving but strained. I say, loving first, because I think that's the most important thing to know about. These two people is that they have great had great admiration for each other and affection. They came together and fell in love before she became successful before she became Madam C. J. Walker. Her name was Sarah. Breedlove. And my character's name is Charles Joseph Walker. So she's known in relationship to him. Mrs. CJ Welcome, Madam C. J. Walker, Um and then when she because of because for intellect and her driving her tenacity and her persistence. She as the brand became more famous, and she built. She was the driving force behind the empire that she built. And it was ah, a lot for him to swallow in tow handle into process on a day to day basis and There's alcoholism involved, and there was a womanising involved. And you know he himself was a man of his times on did not want to be defined by the woman in his life, no matter how much he loved her. It was very hard for him to just find his equilibrium in the midst of all of that. Yeah, and to figure out how to play second fiddle and still, I guess, maintain his masculinity or maintain the image of masculinity at that at that time, that's right and still feel of worth in a value. How did you get yourself into into that head space? That sounds like a really intense head space to get into. Well, you got nothing with acting you just Ah, In the simplest terms, we we played from people and we believe it A cz long as you believe more specifically that that you want this woman to win this woman that you're in love with that you want her to when you want her to succeed. And if you live in that space, and then all these other dynamics coming to play her becoming more successful, who are becoming more famous for becoming more well known, and then her ideas are the ones that really work more than your own. And then you you feel less diminished. But if it's rooted in the fact that you bonded and you came together as a team because of the respect and admiration and love for each other. Everything else kind of falls into place. You've been married yourself for 25 years. Did you draw on any of your own experiences in figuring out the power dynamics of a partnership for this role? Uh, yeah, I think you know you draw them everything you've got, because I was sorry. I should be more specific. I guess I'm wondering like you're a famous person, and I'm wondering if there's anything for you not even in terms of like gender roles. But just just just what it is to be a person who is in the limelight and and also trying to make sure that they're there. Partner comes along. With them and shines just as brightly. Wow, you know, Tommy, That's that's really great question. I I do think what What I've learned is that it's important to make. I find everybody around. You feel of value, but you're asking specifically in relationships. But I think that's important, too. You know that your spouse in that marriage or relationship that has a kind of dynamic Where one person maybe more known to the public. And it's more public facing that that person is aware Of how your mate might feel. My my wife doesn't care doesn't look for it, which is great, So it's a part of its part in parts of what I do as a professional is part of my profession. So there's no conflict in that respect, but But there is a sense of you know that it's important that she knows that she is valued in her world and heard her desires and her passions. And I think that's true for any relationship, so I definitely you know. Use that and this character just understanding that
"blair underwood" Discussed on Small Doses
"For joining us. All legit. I in and when when we do used on your black game it at some point, I may hit you up because you know. We're doing actual marginean black. In the crib show, so we're doing it online. Next Friday now. This Friday this Friday and if all goes well, I will continue doing that Manabe hitting you up to be one of our black verts, though listen this list what you all do. You are there's no you all. Are got explain to you what the show is so you can understand what it is you already saying? No I'm not saying I'm just saying being funny. The Way y'all do it is a whole that skillset. But, it's not. The show is not about I'm funny. Yes, you are. I don't need y'all to be funny I. write it so that no matter what. Is Funny. CRADLE YOU! Like an African mother. This come on. Phrases of women who've never having been girl. On the bringing. Relief an open mind I will always. Listen scarface was like I ain't doing that shaped by the time I was on with him, he was like. I got faith mob ally. If I can get face mobbed flip, I know. I can get anybody to be convinced so people check out Mass Day Walker was after the colon. Suits. Wooded of Soap me, self, yes, South made the Management Walker story on Netflix and also just just go through. Just go through the UNDERWOOD's catalog. Yes, quite a number of I'm devi credits. so we thank you for your working dedication, and honestly it's been dope in this conversation just here. How much integrity is behind the choices you make and be able to see in the work you do. Because a lot of folks think that things just land in people's lapse that these pads just happen, and it's no you curate it. You're curing it from a place of purpose and creating a space to have your own identity. You better come on now. Stirling's. Bad cast network..
"blair underwood" Discussed on Small Doses
"They were two women, the first black women on an Olympic team, tidy ticket and Louis Stokes, you know those stories need all Molyneaux let the lettuce snow Debra draper wrote threatening. DEUCE Olympic. Pride American Prejudices Book Talk. About which was based on her documentary, same title, right American veggies. She came to learn about these these Athens because she was doing a swam. Let know but let us jazz musician. In America. Had you go to Europe. To get a career and because that was the. Degenerate music. The Nazis were saying was saying that time she was imprisoned was put into a concentration camp. Let us know so. Incredible Google. So. Now Google Valetta snow. y'All the name right, but let us know so she was on her invalid snow had made a comment. She said I wish I had gone back to America. Those other seventeen athletes Dem's what. What do the nineteen thirty six Olympics of Benxi kind of hopscotched over her when told that story, but let us Ozora I would love to tell her sword. But. There are millions of stories that haven't been told terms of our history. That that, excite me. But but I'm fascinated. What you're saying is up the whole black. Woman, but men thing in Hollywood. And I can definitely relate as black actors in a position. Sometimes they have the right. I did this show. ironside. My characters objective in New York is inspired by based on a series from the seventies starring Raymond Burr. and WHO's wheelchair? and. I was adamant. because. I was leading show, and it came out of deal with NBC goes through. I had a chance opportunity to speak up. And we had a seeing where we have a couple of sleep careful. Who is quite different way? I, just want to let people in here like to hear inside baseball. So when you said you had a deal at NBC and so you had a chance to speak up. I just want you to clear to expand upon what that actually means because you chose. The spoke up earlier when you were younger, but this is a different situation. Because of your, your contract allowed you to have more creative implant. Exactly exactly back a little bit further, so what I did a streetcar named Desire Broadway Corey Barker. I didn't do the head of NBC. Bob By famous a streetcar named desire came backstage instead. I want to create something. So that next week by managing, I sat down with him out of that conversation came a deal with NBC production deal whereby they would present things to me. And I would. Do I present? Things to do that. I wanted to produce, so everything brought to them, they said. It have. But I had a monthly like a one year deal months left on this production deal with NBC and listen. We own strong. Own is I inside with think about. If you, say yes. was like yes, I wanna I wanna I WANNA I didn't want deal to pass up and coming. We'll have some fruit nut labor just to have something a result of that a well. Yeah, let's let's do noodles risk. Complain a disabled character my mother's. Twenty five years I wanted to do it out of respect for her and Amish to earn everything else so anyway. That's how that came to be. So, we're doing ironside. and. In the script I have a wife's carefully. And this is what's important to me. All the producers. INSA tricky thing. I'm just saying because discrimination laws But I said. Let me just say this. I. If it. Make it easy for you. Make safe for you. It's.
Why Actress Lisa Vidal Believes "I'm here because this was supposed to happen."
"You. Grew up acting. When did you know that this was for you? I knew from a very early age that I loved to perform. I was always singing because I'm a singer. I always had music on the radio. That was my first love. Actually I also used to watch lot of television because you know. We lived in the Bronx and Spanish Harlem, so my mother was not like letting us out some. certain times the neighborhood. We get tricky, so she was like no in my out. Or whatever and so I, watch them on television. That was my friend. I watched movies girl, so I used to I was so pulled in by movies, and then I have my my aunt, my the-they who? Is such a hero in my life. She was always taking us to movies. Song Forget. UH, she said, drop us off at the movie theater me and my presence, and she'll be like I'll be back five PM to pick you up that she felt bad for us. Abuse stuck in us from weren't allowed to hang outside. So, we would be at the movie theater. Day those days you go from one theater to one movie to another you know at then I saw funny girl, my my my d. c., funny girl and I just fell in love with Barbara streisand and how she was singing and acting. And that was it. That was it I knew I wanted to do. What do you mark as your big break? You know what my big break was a film that I did all I like him. that was my big because I like it like that and I think there was a big break for all of us in that gnome, it was a small film that became like a cult film that became huge, and so I pretty much soon after that I got signed a deal to Aden, C., which led to my semen Silbert show that was my i. like big, lead role on a network primetime television show that Steven Spielberg for. Do you Steven Spielberg Rating? You Fan Fan Mail. Did that's surreal, please? I? Thought they sent it to the wrong guy This must be a somebody else. I couldn't believe it. I mean I still have it up on. My Wall is one of my proudest moments, and I always. Love Steven Spielberg Right, but I thought it was interesting to that when you got that spinoff. And you were really going to be carrying a pilot that there was a little piece of you that worried. Can I carry this pilot? Right like that is a different level of pressure to be like this show will succeed or fail, and you're not like the fourth or fifth person down in the credits it is you. Well Yeah I mean they brought Blair underwood in and our characters just exploded on the show. You know we became a hot. Partnership shelves some Cups Yeah you know I think. I. Think when you go from a guest star. else doing these kinds of roles or even a recurring character writing comes in now. Maybe you do three episodes. Maybe you do five episodes whatever? When you come to the place of a lead. And they're they're absolutely is a whole new level of responsibility, and absolutely without a doubt there is that you know that little bit of light on my Gosh when I do this, but. That's when you. Really embrace you towns, and and recognize the you are and say. Yes I can do this. Yes, this belongs to me on here. Because this was supposed to happen and it's it's a battle right because we had that little devil on one side, a little angel on the other who they talk into each year, and so we consist. That's why that's why training is so important. That's why understanding the process of creating a character be prepared preparation. Discipline Professionalism. All of that comes into play. So that, you're standing on solid ground and you have foundation when you come into that position, you know what you're doing. I was looking through your IMDB. Have you ever played a non Latina character? I have there been a few of those roles were actually white. Jane. That was written white. Gabrielle and I have the same representation, and they sent me the script and I got a meeting with Martin Brock. Akil and she was like I know Lisa's work. And we sat down for three hours and talked about Cara and. She's like I want you to be my car. It also shows you the value of having a person of color. Be The other person on the other side of that table. Right like the heels would get that absolute asks. They are so fro. You know black and Brown. Absolute.
"blair underwood" Discussed on Strong Black Legends
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"blair underwood" Discussed on Strong Black Legends
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"blair underwood" Discussed on Strong Black Legends
"Do where I'm going to end up is based on this. I believe this already preordained. So have to listen to that. Inner Voice and not give that power over to somebody. Who's getting a paycheck to produce a product? But that's not easily done all the time I I recognize that. Yeah speaking of college. You went to visit Harvard Law. I think prepping for your role on La Law and a little Birdie told me that you met a young man who went on to become the first black president of the United States. How in the world that happen while I was in my first Season Valley Law and my character when he came on the show. He was from Harvard Law School in his backstory and he was editor of the Harvard Law Review in his backstory so the Harvard Law Harvard Law. School invited a couple of producers and myself to come speak to the law school. And I I did not even remember meeting him at the time and we went out to dinner that night. With a group of students and Alan Dershowitz which is Ironic And it wasn't until he ran for president where he did an interview and he mentioned that they would call him my character on campus and the Communists did so. Did you meet Rapporte? All men big ears at tall has the same great as reinforce seen him since then in a saw him was actually campaign for him was at at the White House at their first state dinner and it was just. It was a mind blowing moments. You talk about continuity and evolution Dec- to see this African American family in this this museum I e the White House That slaves enslaved Africans built And to see them as a first family this was like their first two months in the White House so it was just wild and You know Harkening back to when I first met him to see where he is now and he was of course the actual editor of the Harvard law right and the first black president. No salesmen wild. Yeah Wow typically I would I would ask you what Barack Obama smells like Book that That's why I'm just like I don't. I don't know that you know I think he smells like freedom and reparations. Just Awesome Okay. So we must talk about your work in when they I'm just glad that she exists. I'm so glad she's you know a really really am One of the things that I thought when I heard about this project I I was really excited but I was also like you know this is heavy you know and I mean like life is heavy. Sure but like it just seems like we're at a place in society where like everything's on fire and like you know trauma is just like front and center and so many stories. Was it ever like draining for you to like kind of exist inside this movie in this completely unjust case? Oh sure sure You Know I. It's your points. We'll take it when you say it's heavy and so many people have said. I wanted to watch it or haven't I haven't seen all four episodes four hours I started wash. It was just too heavy and you know my retorted that is these guys their lives altered and they did years in prison. You know if you're interested you know maybe we can give them at least four hours of a time but yeah it was but you know it's whenever you create anything of art performing art with its film television stage When it's heavy especially you have to have that release val and I would tell you. This was shooting because of Asia's direction in her spirit. Everybody wanted to really bring their a game But also you know you work hard and you play hard. So there's a lot of laughter on that said we'll leave him that because we knew we felt like we were doing something that was necessary and timely and relevant Tell me about some of the stories and stuff that would happen on that. Do you have a favorite memory from making the movie favorite memory? I think I don't know Bro. Funny member necessarily but just watching. These young cow walked on the set. The first day in and I I was blown away at how young these guys were guys. They were fourteen fifteen. Sixteen so one of the actors was actually fourteen. I think fifteen one was twenty one playing younger but but you forget that they were. They were babies as a parent. Now I look at these babies So I think that's what stuck out with anything but also then watching these kids come there as just professional active slamming Take after take this putting it in getting it in doing the work honest and raw So that's that's that's inspiring to me to watch these. These young kids do that thing. I'm always very taken by the roles that you take and another project that you worked. Last year was dear. White People Another net flicks Netflix series. My last bar products with Netflix. Oh Yeah How's about that? I don't want to spoil it too much. Who Haven't seen it but your character is a professor college. Campus gets swept up in some me too ish type stuff With a student a white student so given our current political landscape like these conversations that people are having right now like the abuse of power of minute who are in charge and the metoo movement and then like matters of race. You know. Black lives matters a thing What was it like to portray someone in the middle of a fictionalized account of something? That's really going on right now. vet'll ballard wasn't executive producer on the show that time just in. Siemian created the show and she was a friend and she had dinner together. our families in she said. Would you come on show as well what will I I? Yeah 'cause he's a friend And she told me what the character was about so to answer your question in terms of the Hashtag metoo movement of it all I asked. I quite like getting in the middle of telling relevant stories. Part of my love of what I do is to entertain. But if you can provoke thought and stimulate thought and change and be a part of that conversation because we haven't had that conversation a lot in our community you know there's there's the bill cosby of it all and in this and that was really kind of the broad stroke template of this character because this character that play. Professor Brown was beloved by all the students and he was a hero to the students. What do we do in our communities? Specifically when our heroes fall that was the impetus of this of the storyline So to to be a part of telling that story from creatives sampling. I love being a part of that and the reason I love it is because it's it's necessary that we have these conversations with the guards specifically specificity of who we are and what that means to us. Why sometimes it's harder for us because we don't have we we don't have as many heroes as we probably should have needed to have someone. One of US falls alike cosby. What do we do with that? What are we put that whom we look to look within ourselves to look to other people look to our parents ourselves as leaders in our community or our homes families So I love being a part of those conversations so to portray you know he would probably now. I mean it's been also veit spoiler. I don't mind playing bad guys officer guy as my body works a lot of good ten years but some people see you always play. The bad guy for is more interesting to play. Because because there's a mystique good guys you know you know what you're gonNA get bad guys. You don't don't always know so I love that so this would be considered a quote unquote bad guys. Let's get under the layers. That's what I enjoy doing. Covert let's mine. What's underneath that find out? Why do people actively that's why I always have to explain to people why I'm so interested in serial killers and they're always like you know what we could have been talking about the whole I'm have a morbid fascination with what goes wrong in a brain right. How how does one? How does one get to the point? Where you've got like body parts in your freezer circular just caused with Sean Connery. And Laurence Fishburne Adheres Scarlett Johansson at ten years old. Wow but but yeah. That exploration was Was was crazy but what. Yeah what what wrong you have. Another upcoming Netflix. Mini series about the life of a one madame CJ Walker Is a period piece. I love period and I feel like there are not enough black wins. I don't know if that's true. That's probably true but it's happening more and more because of Netflix and streaming services What are you most excited for people to see in this? Many call man Octavia Spencer for once. She added C. J. Walker Academy Award Winning Octavius Academy Award winning. Indeed Tiffany Haddish is in it as well. She plays her daughter And Garrett Morris and Bill Bellamy You know what I'm most excited for people to see the story itself It's called self-made. They have newtown now but self made the lifetime or legacy of inspired by Madame. Cj Walker But you know this. This was a woman for those who don't know who was the first self made female millionaire in our country that black about the first female self-made millionaire another what she did not inherited she worked for. She built it and she did that by creating black hair care products for for African American women at the time on this early nineteen hundred. She died in Nineteen Nineteen So this this was extra. She live right next door to John. John Rockfeller so she was balling out of control.
"blair underwood" Discussed on Strong Black Legends
"Black Film and Television brought to you by Netflix and strong weck lead each week. We talk with the folks that paved the way for us to imagine what was possible. Both on and offscreen. I'm your host Tracy Clayton Aka young whomever Mcgaugh my mix tape entitled. Why am I doing this? Drop in at some point. Maybe I'll now let's just see what happens. Let's talk so at the top of every show. I like to practice name the kind of parent that one day with Mike to be in. That is the kind that you'll that their kids about have don't know nothing about their favorite things so I know you know about Blair underwood but what's I know about Blair underwood you owe Blair underwood light of my life. Fire of my Loins Ladies and Gentlemen Friends and family in this episode. We are talking to none other than the beautifully faced and beautifully talented. Blair underwood himself. That's right yeah. He did not actually get hot GRITS HIS VASE IN AT ONE. Tyler Perry Movie. He was just acting an act. Hor Acts but seriously folks whether you know Blair from your most recent net flicks marathon or from your Mama's VHS tapes of La Law. You already know that Blair underwood has been Hollywood royalty for a minute. I still can't believe it but I got a chance to sit down with the man himself the same end that we have all dreamed about in our lives at one point or another for sure. We talked about him growing up as a military brat. We talked about that role of his own. Sex and the city That role and how he met a certain president of the United States early on in his career wonder who that could be. You will definitely WanNa hear that story because it's a good one so sit back relax and take in this conversation with the also lovely Blair underwood..
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"blair underwood" Discussed on Slate's Culture Gabfest
"Up now with Samantha. Talking about so about the Black Guy Now. That was a bit of in a very powerful thing. Yeah but I I love that because again speaking about we spend a lot about how. Tv has changed over the course of a career and it's interesting to see the places where more black lives are allowed to kind of be explored. Be and where it used to be. How are we still have to go? Because it's not the norm that you get to play a character who is suffering from some kind of racial trauma. Whatever you know. It's like it's it's fine to do that. It's reality of life in America for many people but I also think it's it's this is it. Just that's what I love to. And that's another thing that I loved about something new which again I watched slightly obsessively which is fine. But it's fine. I've got over therapist. I'm fine but I just remember again. One of the things that one of the characters says is IBM the ideal black man and it made me law. Because I feel in that regard. You really couldn't get a better car like actor Blair underwood replay. You know what I mean like. He's He's played the ideal on so many times in different forms in different films on TV. And feel. So I just want she said that and then it turned out to be You I was like Good job everyone. Everyone's cooking with gas. Today it's twenty twenty the yearbook low up and it's time to get what you want that dream job more amazing friends that perfect departments and the best sex you've ever had with Kyi Lube. Sex goes from good to an experience so mind blowing. It'll leave you glowing better. Sex can reduce stress boost your mood and get you glowing so whether you're planning a sexy Valentine's Day or just looking to spice up your day ton up the pleasure and show the Gloat Kyi get your glow on at K Dash Y DOT COM and get ten percent off with Promo code sexy. That's K Dash Y DOT COM and get ten percent off with Promo Code sexy. We do talk about a soldier's play currently starring in now I saw it. That's incredible. I'm sorry you've talked a little bit about how you are very much interested in black history and honoring our history and the things that we have gone through. Did that play a role in why you chose to be a part of this production? Oh yeah this. One checked a lot of boxes that being one of them being a lover of history being lover of respecter of our armed services My father's retired army colonel. Twenty nine years So I grew up. I was an Army Brat. I grew up Self self proclaimed arch up on your army basis Up until high school so the whole understanding of living in a military family and and the sacrifices of military personnel is Very much in my blood so to be able to portray care like that's not the first time but in this piece. That's the other boxes. Come into play the fact that it was Charles Fuller Pulitzer Prize winning. Play the iconic history of you know the nineteen eighties version. The Negro Ensemble Company produced off Broadway. The NEC that started in Washington. Sam Jackson Jim Pickens Brent Jennings so many other people who've had an incredible career since then the movie assault on the soldier story two years later. Nineteen eighty-three so there's a whole history. And the fact that it had never been on Broadway the first time on Broadway. It's been produced all over the world literally so to be a part of that and to work with David Alan grier part of the film. He was part of was in the film and he was also in the play. That play ran for two years he was. He ran the last couple of months of that run. So this is his third iteration of third by the apple of a soldier's play But no it's an amazing end work with Kenny Leon. Also right this is fifteenth Broadway. Plays JUST COMES. Kenny again stays employed. So I don't worry about me I'll be I'll be on Broadway. Come find every time I see his name. I'm like any all right Kenny. A playwright by the way. Oh real yeah. Thanks for the plug. I appreciate yes. I had my first place in London last year. Congratulations what's the name of it? It's called yes. It's about a Nigerian British family. London which is loosely based on my company. But you know it was. It was very. Yeah it was very thanks Nicole. Looking for yourself combined with my hope is my hope. Is that an American producer. We'll hear this on contact but no I I was very I was very honored And Yeah it's wonderful to kind of it's interesting to kind of see it play on on the page and how it kind of translates. And how would you balls? You know I remember when we were doing it. We started out you know workshop and then you know you do a little changes a little bit and then the final thing is so different and I. I'm always fascinated to see how something translates with. Someone like David Alan grier being on every iteration of that becomes interesting as well. Like how the play evolves as the more you performance so the play is still kind of new onstage at this production. Are you already feeling yourself like changing like fitting in into the role in a different way play? Every night I find something new. You know. We've been running only five weeks now. It's an eleven week runs. We have six weeks left and then we'll be done march fifteenth. But but still I mean every night. I'm finding something new It you know it's one of those plays like any great play Shakespeare. Whatever it is. You can't lean back even when you think you know and you've done it a million times you can't asleep back so every every night when the curtain goes up do you have to lean into it and just and drive it because I think a couple of nights ago I was still feeling very comfortable You know we've been doing it so many times. We we've done all the reviews have come out and we had opening night and and doesn't think a million times in my opening of his long opening monologue and something has happened and it was a to show days where our head already done the matinee. There's an evening performance. I just said a line and my mind play tricks on as I did. I say that line three hours ago and it was. I got lost for second and you'd get out of it but but it's it's live theatre. Anything goes right yeah. It's a new play every night. New Play in the you know the audience informs that to like tonight we just heard I'm a Sigma Phi. Beta Sigma we have sixty sigma members coming tonight. So I know it's GonNa be a little rock is going to be a different show tonight. Let's say you're gonNA like sneak a little hand signal my sneaking in there For those who are unfamiliar with a soldier's play. Can you give us a synopsis please? Absolutely it is first and foremost a WHO done it. It's a murder mystery so start with that genre of it. All said a nineteen forty four during World War Two and all black battalion and the sergeant of that battalion played by David. Alan grier sergeant waters is murdered at the beginning of the play. So that's the murder mystery. Mike Character Captain Richard Davenport comes into the mix and he investigates that The murderer what would you about? There is a quarter bomb. Like Nicole go unexplained yourself. There is a moment a couple of moments in the play where Captain Davenport has sunglasses on and it really bothers the white men around him and I mean number one. It is kind of rude to have my sunglasses when you're inside and you're talking to people but there's also the level of racism that comes with that because You know at that time and and even still to this day in some places they Why people want to make sure that you are not looking them in the eye that your eyes are appropriately. Dow cast in front of them. That you're not being you know Sassy that you're not doing anything with your eyes to reflect how much you hate them. That's another thing. They were afraid. Not only were. They afraid of You not being submissive enough but they were also afraid of seeing your dislike of them in their in their eyes so captain. Davenport has sunglasses on in one scene. And then there's another scene.
"blair underwood" Discussed on The Daily Zeitgeist
"Really wanna yes, yo they've been they've, they're out here. I've seen that movie. That's number also in deep impact. Their Blair Underwood's family. Wow. They were just because my uncle he's like a first AD. He used like when they retired who's getting him extra work, and then they're like yoga that'll black couple. Black couple and they'll be like you were now Blair Underwood's, grieving family, wasn't that deep impact Blair Underwood? I don't know. I did not. See deep impact was Morgan Freeman. Yes. Heap impact president Morgan Freeman president Morgan Freeman. And then also. Yeah. He was in. Yep. Frodo. Right. Alleger. Would I don't know? And then that one dude who goes blind, remember his like he looked at the sun or some shit, and he was all like blind, like, when he was about to die Donald Trump. No do not. Robert Duvall was Ron L dart oh, I don't know. I don't even know that name that sounds so that no. Yes. This dude. Yes. Fucking, Ron L Dard. He was like the man in the nineties, Ron L Dard. Yes. You, you won't like recognize him like that. But remember, this guy, this goofy, dude, this is more his remember that dude? Yes, I absolutely remember him. Anyway. Charlie? Do meets Wilson meets FOSS bender falls bend the. Yeah. Anyway, so yeah. Check out a worn. All right. We're gonna take a quick break. We'll be right back. Today's episode is brought to you by third. Love third. Love knows you have better things to do than worry about an ill fitting bra. That's why they use data points generated by more than twelve million women who have taken their fit finder quiz..
"blair underwood" Discussed on Yes, Girl!
"You're so great to put a face to the name with the Twitter handle. Yes, I feel like we've been friends in our heads. She's been a longtime supporter of yes. Crow park. This day one she found us. You know, she reviewed the podcast, one of the first people to do it and she s she fell in love with our backup. She shared it with other people, and she's always giving us credit until his what she liked and she didn't, which is what we love about her. But anyway, shots, very it was great to have lunch with you, and also like, if you guys aren't following her you should be 'cause if you love podcast for especially those created by people of color, come on, because Barry has a whole listing on her site, a whole guy, podcast and color. So get into as Tiffany, just reminded me guys with her laughing, the background Hong Kong onto if you got the Mike now, we also wanna share some love Corey. Do you see how Tiffany's filling in beautifully right our remission? But. To, to the point of my listening to more podcasts. We really appreciate when people listen to our podcast and give feedback Tiffany, especially Phelps for August again. So proud of you're doing graves doing great lady. Thank you. I think we should give tip of Mike all the time. I really do. But in the meantime, let's get into some comments on Twitter. So first of all, it was really apparent that you all love the leash Eckes interview as much as we did wasn't a moment. Then we tell you guys it was going to be advised such of. I and yes, the Canas will real if you didn't believe meeting go, my Instagram story and look for the photo, there is a photo little handles match the story. Alicia tweeted it. Okay. And thanked us and I need to read this tweet. Because in addition to the flower, she said it kind of made my twenty nineteen she said big love to two of the coolest freshest women. I know equerry Maury at Aetna Nueva, which is me on Twitter. Get into our yes girl podcast for deeper. Look into our candidate grown women ish combo for my essence cover story to hand clap emojis. These Vive with all the stars. Anyway. That was so much loud from Lucia keys, and she actually sent coy and I'm wanna actual beautiful bouquet of flowers, gorgeous. They were individual for each of us and a handwritten. No, girl, she gives a handwritten card. There is nothing like a handwritten. She was bare for entertainment music, play when she took. Release it. We love you forever. Nobody you guys love the cover story. I think what I saw a lot of people saying is that they really appreciated, the elisa's on her grown woman, and, you know, and we talked a lot about that, and people were sharing what makes them feel grown. Did you see people were really just like vibrant and excited for what's coming next and what? Oh, yeah, they've been rolling with her for like since the beginning. So the see this new chapter. Oh, yeah. It was epic and tell you, I gotta find people were talking about what makes them feel like a grown woman, and I gotta find it because it was so good. Okay. So at, hey underscore, ambulance says she feels like a grown as woman, Tiffany, when she has all the bills pay grow me, too. And when she really looks back on things and realizes that she took the high road when she could have gone low. I really liked that Amen to that. I still grow into I feel grown with my bills paid..
"blair underwood" Discussed on Yes, Girl!
"Wait to hear your reaction. So mind day we've gotta talk about it. And the girl in the anti fa let you know also yet, see look the look at Tiffany producing. Okay. That was polite way of telling me it's time for the plug. Well, then to look now she's got Mike, so she left. So you guys seriously though, this is going to be powerful. We all can't wait to see this. Let us know what you think about the series when you binge watch it this weekend on Netflix. And please tell us using hashtag gift grow podcasts. So let us know what you think about if the grenades, new Netflix four part miniseries, when they see us using hashtag, go parks. And in the meantime, we got all in Blair into business. Oh, yeah. Didn't we? We've talked about. He's gonna game for over thirty ski has been in everything, and you guys have all seen the me where it's like Laurence, Fishburne and Blair Underwood. And it's like if you see one of these men in a movie, somebody's getting beat or something we had to talk about that we went in. We talked about the mean we talked about him as a husband a father, he loves his wife. He's such a happily Mary man, y'all, y'all know and love it. Happily married. So happy, happy man, he was giving it was just a glow of good vise. I'm just happy with their life and their career. He's. Gracious. He's humble he's kind he was a lot of fun. Yeah. I think he had a really good. He didn't wanna leave. Don't you love in that happened? It was a real good conversation. What ladies you wanna make us for this win in for the true die hard? Yes girl podcast fans, listen every week..
"blair underwood" Discussed on Yes, Girl!
"Life in New Orleans. So I have made a very special guest joins me day. Hi, Tiffany, acetate, our producer. Be very shy. You guys would be best producer in the world. She said passage she helps all this goodness happened behind the scenes. She is the reason that Corey ni- politic either every week. And you know, she's the one you kind of here, like in the background. We're like what's with that? And with this intivists, always there, helping us both talent like everything guys. She's always laughing in the background. So today, I was like Corey is my here. You're not gonna have me talking to myself tip tickets Aguirre's tips, here. We're going to, you know easier and slowly not too much KiKi behavior. Girl. Hey, how are you? Good. How are you? Trying. All right. But let me not embarrassed if any further you guys, we have a very good show for you. It's a tree a real tree. Blair Underwood is here. Icon layer again, Lehrer Underwood is here. Y'all gorgeous ladies. You're welcome. Fellas this still much to learn. But ladies again, you are welcome. Ted was he not just everything all kinds of goodness. Gorgeous kind, smart funny. Great sense of humor. He still looks thirty serious like what happened? He and Angela Bassett just need to quit. This is starting to get like I'm starting to be like you guys are about I just. just haven't the formula. That's it. That's all I want. I don't ask for much. I would go to the jungle and get the formula myself and the share it. We just need a map. Mike X makes us back guy. No. But seriously Blair, Underwood, his starring in or he plays in one of the episodes in when they see us, which is Eva do grenades, brand new four part mini series on Netflix out today. It is very powerful. If you guys haven't heard about it is documenting the story of the central park five who we now call the exonerating five. Yeah. Which, I mean, most black people know this story, it's a horrific story happen to these young men. They spent how many years thirty no almost twenty years, some of them. So the own the sixteen year old spent nearly twelve years in jail, and then the other one spent over a decade. So finally did not commit as young kids. They were teenagers limit happen wrongly accused because of their race because they win the wrong. As at the wrong time. And we know the story and we also know that the current president of the United States took out a full page ad asking that. They try for their crimes was what did he ask? What the death penalty ask for New York to bring back the death penalty just to penalize these men? You guys I don't get me started. It's the heartbreak Israel, the hurt Israel. But as usual are able to Rene is telling very important story and using her art to help heal we're all going to be tuning into when they see us, you'll hear the interview Corey saw the documentaries, and she is like it's heavy you're going to really want to settle into to fear. She's saying, yeah, she said you're going to want to, like blackout sometime over the entire weekend. Absolutely. Just take it all in. No. But sadly, Blair Underwood comes in. And he inquiry really talk about the power of the film. I can't wait to see. I wanted to wait. Sometimes I'd like to wait and you know, we get a chance to see things in advance. Yeah. But I like to experience them when everybody else does. I cannot.
"blair underwood" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"The twilight zone and our story to serve man starring Blair Underwood. Well. Somewhere. Now here. This is the way back NASDAQ began the more to the point waiting. Pretty simple, direct and unadorned credible. And yet even while they're happening. We learn to live with them. We digest and assimilate new information as best we can beginning with the smallest pets, the ones that are easy to process. So if it's twelve o'clock, noon back home, the only home you've ever known. That's what occupies your mind. You don't think about side real time? Or when it will be twelve o'clock and next day with the day after that, we live in the moment. That's precisely what we should have been thinking. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, we were preoccupied with the hands are clock. Molly checked off the days on one by one and appreciated all that we had while still. It started on April Dade was then and people walked and drove and bought and sold and fretted and laughed as they have always done the world went on much as it had with a tentative tiptoeing along the precipice of crisis. That was the economy to worry about in wars and the Middle East and all the other myriad problems. Major and minor that had been with us. He is. But they had somehow begun to lose their edge, I suppose because we had grown so accustomed to them. And that's what had happened. What's that? Why don't know something flying in the sky? There must be an airplane. Right. Saucer can't be. It is. That's when we first heard they had come. And that's when we should have prepared us. But. Instead, we milled around like farm animals worried only about our creature comforts while the secretary general of the United Nations made the first official announcement. I watched that podcast the same as you did live from the lady of the UN in New York City. It came from the lobby not the general simply that rather large.
"blair underwood" Discussed on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA
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"blair underwood" Discussed on News Radio 690 KTSM
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Lawsuit filed in Charlie Rose sexual harassment case
"Coming up breaking news i i this is w s b twenty four hour continuing new on the big island in hawaii to back to back earthquakes one measuring a whopping six point nine and a volcano erupting this man who was forced to leave his house describes the noise from all the lava our neighbor can run an over says where's the awful noise and he said i never heard a noise like that and he's been here for forty years former newsman charlie rose and cbs news now named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by three women in new york you of the women worked with charlie rose on cbs this morning the third was his executive assistant all three claimed in court papers they were subjected to repeated physical and verbal sexual harassment they say they were in their early twenties and witnessed predatory behavior rose apologize late last year as more and more women stepped forward with similar stories but he said at the time not all the accounts were accurate the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages i'm jacky quin sports the braves losing to the giants last night at suntrust final score nine four it was a sold out game the braves will be hosting the giants again tonight and it's day here's abc's will clark in kentucky the low of tricia and sip barn stable best known as the double twins was the home of the biggest derby party of the night hosting a veritable who's who of musicians actors and athletes on the eve among those in attendance blair underwood from abc's quantico i gotta be honest more for the party but i will tell you i've always had been a horse lover and then loved the horrible western horseback riding so this has been on my bucket list my whole life to come to the kentucky derby the hopefully i'll come back joining underwood was johnny knoxville kid rock and packers quarterback aaron rodgers will clark abc news louisville wsb news time nine oh three we'll check traffic and your weekend weather forecast coming up next what does wsb meteorologist kirk mellish mean to you.
"blair underwood" Discussed on Thirst Aid Kit
"Sex in the city he played miranda's boyfriend for a few episodes in at that time i was like yes this man is fine as hell yes okay grandma get it yes and now i'm in my 30s and as an even more mature woman he is even hatter to me because blair underwood is like a grown man he grahammai in fine you now and the flag the older i get the more i appreciate him if like my first gets more potent as i age at just just fine i just wanna watch him do stuff like even little things like like this one watch him take off his watch at the end of the day you just a man his i him in he just awful themes like he might be a little unassuming we filthy like he will take you to a blacktie event and right before you get through the door he will whisper something like really nasty in your ear and then you're just in your feelings in your heart hatton bother all night and he's just sitting there like for straightfaced like poker filthy rate above blair underwood yet blur and the same way the vina was kind of like it's you know heard the older women in her family had been looking at him that's how i was my sister is about seven years older than i am pro has been fancying blair underwood for a very long time good on her she has a right place and i thought you know like ellie law remember ellie laws well ellie law he had kind of like a process or something in his head oregon was extra as some kind of text risers right i never watched that little we didn't get that in the uk as much much later okay so he had some kind of like super curley juicy look if be happening.
"blair underwood" Discussed on The mindbodygreen Podcast
"I thought about it but i wasn't that interested com in medicine but i did like blair underwood on law and order on a law that could be cool because he he's kinda cool on law and order in out uber's all the ad has it's crazy he came to speak at harvard law school when are still student and after his talk i was in one of the classrooms i went up to him because his care from in on laura order went harvard law so i came to my said hey this idea of a story line i play your younger brother in this in this is happens and he's looking at me and a you know a now with so plenty who is this guy that out an actor i i realize how crazy i must have come off because you know you realize now that you do with it actors have so little control over storylines you're going to be like really think i control storyline window in like i think people do like people come up to me be like mankind could the hook up put me on the show and like hey i'm not that come actors don't control any of that stuff were trying to stay on the show let alone you know it can help a kid anybody ocean but all that is to say is i go to college and when i go to brown what happens is that i just decided i'm a i'm going to play on football team and i needed a a.