IT WASN’T ME

JOSH ADAMS, (Eric Berling), CHRIS GENEBACH (Inspector Goole) with Bruce Randolph Nelson as Arthur Berling in the middle.

JOSH ADAMS, (Eric Berling), CHRIS GENEBACH (Inspector Goole) with Bruce Randolph Nelson as Arthur Berling in the middle.

When found, an autopsy report revealed she was pregnant. Who killed her, and why?  Or was it suicide? This involved a police investigation, which led to the big house on the hill, and its occupants.

A wife with upturned nose for the impoverished, a husband with political ambitions, a daughter who has to marry someone with values similar to her father; and a son, someone of doubtful character, but has access to riches; in some circles, he is a drunk that wears tuxedos.

THE INSPECTOR CALLS, gives us a glimpse of people, who can entomb their personalities to meet a public belief that belie their true identities.

Is this a thriller? You bet, and well done, especially CHRIS GENEBACH, as the inspector. Even though this play was written in 1945 and first performed in the then Soviet Union, the underlying theme is relevant. For Baltimore, our political and social climates are rife with pretense. Perhaps, Pope Frances’ visit may contribute to the slow evaporation of that, and ensure some personal self examinations.

The Birling family is highlighted in the play, currently running at EVERYMAN Theatre in Baltimore; anyone who has hobnobbed among the who is who, could easily identify a modern day family with similar or even worse problems.

For those of us, who can hire brilliant lawyers, the ultimate outcome is, as always, to prove, “it wasn’t me”. (all photos by Stan Barouh)

DEBORAH HAZLETT (Sybil Birling) and BRUCE RANDOLPH NELSON (Arthur Birling)

DEBORAH HAZLETT (Sybil Birling) and BRUCE RANDOLPH NELSON (Arthur Birling)

SOPHIA HINDERBERGER (Sheila Birling)

SOPHIA HINDERBERGER (Sheila Birling)

 

Dream 4 it Gives Away 1200 dollars

Police commander, Eastern District, Baltimore City, MELVIN RUSSELL

Police commander, Eastern District, Baltimore City, MELVIN RUSSELL

AWARDEES, with their packages.

AWARDEES, with their packages.

JOSEPH O. WOODFOLK, educator.

JOSEPH O. WOODFOLK, educator.

Part of attending audience

Part of attending audience

Every year Rev. Dr. Anthony Brown, bestirs his foundation to give to the education of  Baltimore City youth. Unfortunately, most inner city youth never master those disciplines to meet the money requirements, thus the scholarship monies go primarily to the more disciplined kids, who live on the fringe of the city limits.

This year, THE DREAM 4 IT FOUNDATION gave out 12000.00 dollars in scholarship funds. This is applaudable, when one is left to consider, the first scholarship some eight years ago was only 500 dollars.

These scholarships are handed out through a concert presentation, of which Rev. Brown is the main feature on the ticket. This year his supporting cast were gospel singer, Maurette Brown Clark, (a Stella Award Winner) and Kadejah One.

In his potpourri Anthony Brown highlights persons who dreamed and “made it “in Baltimore. Joseph Woodfolk for his work in the school system, handling at-risk students; and Police Commander Melvin Russell of the Eastern District.

Who was it that said “keep hope alive?” To the foundation “keep {the} dream alive”.

WHY DID SERENA WILLIAMS LOSE

Why Did Serena Williams Lose?

Hailed as the greatest female tennis player ever! The little girl “straight outta Compton” was on the verge of winning all the major tennis tournaments in a calendar year. Has not been done since 1988! One more to go, THE US OPEN in New York!

Madison Keys, the tall, African American, 21 years old, hard hitting, with serve speed of 120 or more miles per hour, was going to be her biggest threat. I watched the match, Serena, did not overpower Madison, Madison overpowered herself and lost. then came big sister Venus, the match of the tournament, and it was. Venus pushed little sister, but Serena played her best, and the world marveled, I did too. Serena moved, her eyes were on the ball, and her power was magnificent.

On to the semi-finals, postponed from Thursday September,10 because of rain, to Friday 11th,..Serena started out winning the first set. She was playing a player who is ranked in the double digits, one she can wake up in the middle of the night and beat mercilessly in her nightgown; but she lost the second set. Now the world is waiting to see the usual Williams “come back”, that has been part of their DNA, lose a set, give their fans heart palpitations, then come back to win the third set, and raise their hands in respectful victory. Both Venus and Serena are guilty of this.

Serena lost both the second and third sets; it was like watching the “Challenger” blow up on its way to outer space, and a cloud of smoke descending to earth.

At the press conference, Serena said “I was not under any pressure”. She lied. Why did she lose? She was under pressure to solidify 2015 as SERENA WILLIAMS YEAR. So why did it not happen? Could it be her coach ? Did she misjudge her opponent? (Roberta Vinci of Italy) Was she tired?

The history of African American tennis players is that they often choke, especially on big events. Commentators have talked about Jo Wilfried Tsonga (France) Gael Monfils (France) Donald Young (USA), who all possess great athletic ability, but make poor decisions on shot selections at crucial moments. I remember Zina Garrison, who had Steffe Graff against the Wall, but let her come back to win the tournament. Tennis is not basketball or football, it’s an individual sport, mental steadfastness along with athletic prowess have to be in combination. Serena and the aforementioned have to know how not to take relationships to the court. To know what to do once the ball crosses the net. Your mother, father, boyfriend/girlfriend, luxury car, messed up date, who is in the players box, (DRAKE) are not going to help you decide how to hit the ball.

TSONGA AT HIS BEST

TSONGA AT HIS BEST

Zina out of Houston Texas

Zina at Wimbledon

SHOWMAN MONFILS

SHOWMAN MONFILS

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 06:  Donald Young celebrates a point against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by Geico at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on August 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)   Original Filename: 120502641.jpgvia Flatbed 1

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 06: Donald Young celebrates a point against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during the semifinals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by Geico at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on August 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Original Filename: 120502641.jpgvia Flatbed 1

 

Serena has no excuses, no reasons to explain her loss. She has disappointed millions, because of her mental misapplication.