Andrew Chin, a.k.a. Brushy One-String, had a vision as a child where he was playing a guitar with just one string. Since then, he’s crafted a unique style playing on one string, blending in his percussive style and utterly original voice.
This week, The National Black Theatre Festival kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Poet Kwame Dawes will be there to perform his poetry set to music in a work called HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Also on the show: Bernice Johnson-Reagon on her performance at the 1963 March on Washington.
For her high school drama class this spring, teacher Bonnie Dickinson had what she thought was a compelling idea: she'd have her students create a play about the war in Iraq. Barely two months into the project, her principal at Wilton High School in Connecticut told her that the play was biased and could not be produced. Bonnie admits she was ready to give in - but then the story drew national attention.
Patrick Sylvain is a Haitian - American Writer. He had planned to fly into Haiti on the day of the earthquake - but he did not. When the quake happened, Patrick was safe in the US. Later, he went to Haiti to help the people. He's made some sense of his own emotion through his contribution to the new book, Haiti Noir.