VALUE DEPENDS ON THE COLLECTORS FORSIGHT

MICHAEL JACKSON (A John Waters Collection)

John Waters is now Baltimore Maryland’s premiere and most celebrated filmmaker. He has arrived to age 76, this year.

He is known for the “unpleasant” and “outlandish”, and in some circles ‘crazy”. An outlier for sure. Especially with titles like BUTT BOY, HAIRSPRAY, MULTIPLE MANIACA and PECKER to name a few.

PINK. (One of John’s favorite colors)

Over the years he has had many homes and several apartments, and in each of these he has decorated with collectibles to reflect his mood swings.

John, described in some circles as the grandfather of the underground cult of crossdressers, has apparently retired from filmmaking, so, what did he do with all his personal collection from 1964 to present?

( SELF IMAGE?)

Two of his friends, Catherine Opie and Jack Pierson have mounted a display at the Baltimore Museum of Art, for us to look at what John was thinking while at home, be it New York, San Francisco, or right here in Baltimore.

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FROM CHUCK, FREDDIE, AND MICHAEL TO EZE.

EZE JACKSON and fans

It was in the 1960’s, when black men appeared on stage, trying hard to look like white men; with parts on the left side when getting hair cuts, to the application of hair straighteners, to look like Elvis Presley or Pat Boone. Chuck Jackson hit the scene with ANY DAY NOW, (a love ballad) selling millions to white and black audiences.

In 20 years, lifestyles changed; the Afro hair cut without parts took over, and love among black youth revved up the horsepower. Freddie Jackson was singing, ROCK ME TONIGHT, and YOU ARE MY LADY.

On the heels was (M.J.) Michael Jackson, who championed the jerry curl hairstyle, and in some ways confused the black world that made it unsure of its R&B roots, especially when Michael denied Billie Jean was his lover, and the “blended” world thought of him as the King of Pop, not R&B.

“Who is that spitting in the microphone?” Sorry, it is not spitting, the correct term is rapping.

For the purpose herein, I will bypass the originators of rap, and skip to Baltimore Maryland’s EZE. EZE JACKSON.

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A REAL NIGGA SHOW

Real Nigga show art work by Davon Carey

For clarification purposes, note the spelling of the “N word in the headline. In this case it is spelt as though it were a salutation, and not a derogatory word describing one’s ethnicity.

The use of the word as spelt above becomes a password for entrance to view the life of African Americans is an innermost circle, of concentric circles of our society. If said without the right tonality, you will be stamped with an exclusionary sticker, NO ENTRY.

What goes on in this world heretofore was a secret, comparable to the secrets held by members of a Grand Lodge. Emerging from such an experience, have left onlookers mouth- opened with expressions as, “Was he not…?…” “I thought he would have been dead by now!”

Black youth in Baltimore from the 1960’s to now is what this theatrical drama is about, at the Arena Players, (Baltimore MD).It hangs under the banner, U THOUGHT I WAS HIM.

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The Lord is My Shepherd…hallelujah!

It felt like a bulldozed voice Vol- canoeing from atop a mountain with a righteous announcement.

The actual location was not Mount Sinai, (that Moses climbed according to Biblical records) but the Clarice Center in College Park Maryland, November 13th, 2022.

The occasion, FALL CHORAL SHOWCASE, with JASON MAX FERDINAND, as conductor.

This two-and-a-half-hour program featured the university Chamber Singers, the University Chorale, and the new Director of choral Activities mentioned above.

The yells, screams and whistles were for the tenor/baritone of RODERICK DIXON.

King David wrote the book of Psalms but has no recordings of his voice for comparison. However, on hearing RODERICK, one could only imagine the voice of Israel’s second king.

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NOT A BAKER’S DOZEN

Artist Ernie Shaw Jr. in front of his Squeegee kid.

Artist Laura Amussen, shows her back, honoring her brother,

Laura’s artistry is thigh high.

A parlance for centuries, “a baker’s dozen” refers to 13 and not 12. Mary Sawyers Baker was an artist from Baltimore who studied voice in Europe. I could not find how she made her money, but somehow to honor her husband listed as a civic leader in Baltimore MD., she created the Baker Awards in 1964.

This philanthropic behavior is intentional of a baker, who often gave 13 instead of 12, thus establishing credibility in the community. The relevance of the surname here, purely incidental.

Of the many artists who applied for the awards, a baker’s dozen (13) did not make it, so that $K10 per person found only 5 to meet the criteria. The night of honor was November 11th, 2022, at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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LISTEN UP JIVE TURKEY, THE PRESIDENT IS BLACK!

Picture taken from cover of playbill.

The “street courthouse” is often where one gets the bare knuckles interpretation of what’s happening in politics, sports, and entertainment. For example, “Did O.J. kill Nicole?

In Baltimore Maryland, to get the “street” interpretation, required a trip downtown to Lexington Market. The views were aplenty, without solicitation.

When Barak Hussein Obama won the Presidency of the United States in 2008, the real gut wrenching, “feet’s don’t fail me now! “shucking and jiving came from the bowels of that marketplace.

Before “yes sir!” had a certain kind of ring to it, alternately, “much respect you sir!” With Obama in office, it became, “yes saa!” with a smattering of sarcasm.

Brandi Porter (L) and Breon Arzell (courtesy Woolly Mammoth Theatre)

“We’s in charge now! Wanna know what I think of the Po, Po?”

Never in my wildest dreams, did I believe that a play filled with Ebonics would hit a major theater like CenterStage and get a “belly” of laughs.

This play looks at all the different shades of black language in America. Remember Tiger Woods (Cablinasian)? The educated would ask, “what is that?” Hazard a guess how the man in the street would ask that question.

AIN’T NO MO looks at the black man in jail, and his various “baby mamas”; since Obama is half white, half black, do you continue to call him “mixed breed” or something else?

The show is a riot, but you’ll be disappointed, no one gets shot!

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BASKING IN THE SUN OF THE LEGENDS

Who are they? History has recorded their phenomenal mastery, almost from their birth, known today as THE LEGENDS OF JAZ: Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, to name a few of almost 30 whose work is indelible to the American fabric of JAZZ, thus making this unequalled body, legendary.

What happens when European harmony is conjoined with African rhythms? It is the birth of an original, “JAZZ BABY!”

What made ROUND MIDNIGHT, the jazz piece all jazz musicians want to try? Perhaps, the words when Monk wrote that piece. It is a love song, when examined carefully. Many of us are familiar with the cautionary admonition, not to let the sun set with your mind in a bad state.

Monk could not handle the midnight chime, with his love life was in despair! Thus, ROUND MIDNIGHT.

Monk was born in October 1917, died in 1982 of a stroke.

An Die Musik (a cultural haven) in Baltimore, showcased the legends of jazz this October with Benny Russell (saxophone); Nuc Vega (drums); Greg Small (piano) and Phil Ravita (bass).

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THE ART OF PAINTING A MANDALA STONE

LARGE MANDALA STONE by Oswald S. Copeland

Why would you want to paint a Mandala Stone? For those of us who lead busy lives, interacting with multiple personalities, some found in one person, achieving CALM is utopia!

This quest for peace and serenity by using Mandala stones, is popular in the Middle East, associated primarily with Hinduism, Buddhism.

The full effect is to paint while humming, blocking out the concentric circles of confusion, anarchy, selfishness, greed, invoking a deity to overcome you with an edifying spirit.

BOWIE MANSION on Tulip Grove Drive

Some of us get there singing songs based on the 66 books of the Bible, others smoke a “blunt”, making sounds while eating, or become excited after an inebriated night out.

I was curious. The invitation said, “Wine and Design at Belair Mansion”; so, after a 2-hour session of designing your own Mandala stones, pat yourself on the back with a refreshing beverage of your choice: Merlot, Sauvignon, Syrah, or water; not to mention great conversations with participants, and host/ instructress.

Small Mandala stone

At the end, I took a short walk inside the mansion, on Tulip Drive in Bowie MD. Original construction began in 1875; it is now a museum.

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BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

SQUEEGEE KIDS at the INNER HARBOR, BALTIMORE MD.

It is the title of a new film/documentary financed by the PEALE MUSEUN of Baltimore MD. An attempt to document what African Americans, (when they were called Negroes) did, to survive. From the 1900’s onwards; now the new survivor is THE SQUEEGEE KID, “WHO HAS ENTERPRENEURAL SKILLS”, (described by some of the well knowns in the city) that should be harnessed, channeled, rather than be harassed or prosecuted.

Why would the Peale do this? To show how entrepreneurial this brain thrust was; the film was made in 2019, and the media and the Baltimore population ignored it. Here we are in 2022, the Peale tries again, by getting the Reginal F. Lewis Museum to run a Free showing for public viewing consumption and sympathy. Many of us attending had scholarly interests. What does that tell you? The masses have no interest in the film/documentary.

Assembled panel of problem solvers concerning the Squeegee Kids .

I have written a letter about the squeegee kids and sent it to the Speaker of the House (MD. General Assembly) the candidates for Governor, and the Mayor’s Office. It has been two months, with no response from any party.

First, I am queasy about the documentary’s title. It implies and implicates disingenuousness, deceit, by any “means” seen fit by individuals, regardless of principled behavior. THAT IS TROUBLING. Look at Haiti today, the first African Republic in the Western Hemisphere, overrun by gangs, the population at large surviving “by any means necessary” Is that the forecast for the squeegee kid?

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I HEARD THE SHOT THAT KILLED EMMETT TILL

THE CAST the play THE FACE of EMMETT TILL

Two white men dragged the 14-year-old into a jail cell, accusing him of whistling at a white woman. The “N” word was used continuously. Emmet kept pleading for mercy, saying he had not flirted with the white female; the angered white men ignored his plea. Minutes later, I heard the shot; Emmett was dead. The Chicago Illinois resident was visiting his relatives in Mississippi.

“Mississippi, God Damn!” (Nina Simone) ran through my mind with rocket speed.

Was Emmett really whistling at the white woman? How many knew he had a speech impediment (stuttering) and used whistling to correct it?

NIKKI SCROGGINS and NATHAN D. HOROWITZ (major role players)

This October 2022, the story about the death of Emmett Till and his mother’s efforts to make Mississippi pay for such a dastardly crime, has resurged into the public consciousness. MAMIE -TILL MOBLEY is featured in a new full-length film/documentary, and CBS’s Sunday Morning ran a special on Emmett Till’s family survivors. I then heard, America’s oldest black theatre company, (1953) Arena Players in Baltimore MD., is entering its final days of two- week run, of the play, THE FACE OF EMMETT TILL. I had to be there, and so should you, to hear and see the shot that killed Emmett Till.

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SENIORS TWERKING TO LOSE WEIGHT

Dr. Mama Deborah, watching her peers do the Congo dance classes.

It became a great rage some 15 years ago. Described as sexually suggestive because of the rotation of the waistline to a consistent beat or rhythm. Movement similar to actions engaged in animal cohabitation.

TWERKING.

In today’s world, such body action is associated with a particular age group and more so a race of women because of their prodigious endowment in the rear end.

“Hold Up!”

 They came with knee and ankle braces, some wearing t-Shirts with fortuitous messages; others with headwraps, and wearing no shoes, a preference for many of the attendees.

Are these seniors arriving at the Forest Park Senior Center to twerk?

Turns out, it’s more than hip and buttock gyrations, it’s a means of keeping in shape, covering a 40-yard auditorium for almost three hours nonstop, led by a native of Congo Brazzaville, Africa!!!

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET!

Picture taken from City poster, outside Pigtown festival,

But this little piggy stayed at home. Why?  Maybe one was white, the other black. Discrimination on the part of the farmer? Just a joke.

In Baltimore Maryland, there is a subdivision known as Pigtown. This section of Baltimore in the past was filled with slaughterhouses. Pigs came into town by the railroad B&O. The less educated worked in these houses, mainly whites from Appalachia, West Virginia, and blacks who could not find work elsewhere.

Over the past 40 years, PIGTOWN has undergone a transformation, more so with Caesar’s building a casino on the main drive, and in walking distance to Ravens Football stadium, and the Orioles baseball at Camden yards.

This October I was determined to witness the Annual PIGTOWN FESTIVAL.

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OUT OF AFRICA by ADIANTE FRANSZOON

Out of Africa was a big Box Office movie hit, in 1985. It won Best Picture at the Oscars and grossed almost 230 million dollars.

Today I bring you OUT OF AFRICA with a different twist. About a man whose ancestors were part of the MAROONS of GHANA They were human cargo of the Dutch slave trade that brought slaves to South America to work on the plantations of Dutch Guiana, now called Suriname. There are 3 Guianas: French, Dutch and British.

Woman relaxing. Chair and table by wood carver, Adaiante Franszoon
Wood carver Adiante Franszoon, his agent, Jill Warzer, and Oswald S. Copeland.

ADIANTE FRANSZOOM is now living in Baltimore Maryland, the United States, and even though an educated man, he makes his living as a carver; the skills he mastered as a child. He recently held an exhibition of his work at the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore.

I later took a tour of his studio/workshop:

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THE TALKING DEAD

Omens from the size of the moon

It’s that time of the year: ghosts, goblins, tombs and talking to your ancestors. HALLOWEEN!!!

Mankind is so preoccupied with his longevity; THE PANDEMIC (Covid-19) has the same or perhaps a more dire impact than it did in 1918. (Spanish Influenza).

Millions have died because of COVID-19, the world is running scared. Insurance companies are being solicited, rather than the other way round.

Copy of playbill cover

Going back to the town you grew up in, could be a startling revelation: Miss Betty’s Coffee shop is no longer there. Gone also is Malcolm’s garage, and the sub shop.

You’re back home after 20 plus years. Your high school sweetheart, whom you married, died in childbirth, and many of your close friends came back home, to “OUR TOWN”, but they are in the Cemetery. You are wishing you could talk to them.

Lance Coadie Williams is the Town Crier (Cast picture)

STEVEN WALKER-WEBB directs this new play at Center Stage Baltimore Maryland. You could be moved to tears.

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Frankenstein by design

Caitlyn Hooper. (Photo by Shealyn Jae)
Shaquan Pearson (L) as Victor Frankenstein. (R)(Jacob Albert Gross)

Victor Frankenstein, the mad scientist is redesigned by a woman Danielle Mohlman. Not only does she make him evil, but he is bisexual.

This interpretation throws one’s head in circles, almost destroying prior knowledge about the original Frankenstein.

One line said, “destroy a man who wants to destroy me”. Women revolution?

This Frankenstein at the STRAND theatre in Baltimore Maryland, is a black man, played by SHAQUAN PEARSON.

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