Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Two of the Best

This week has claimed two of entertainment's finest. First, August Wilson, responsible for a series of plays depicting blacks adjusting to life after slavery, died on October 2. Wilson was orginally from Pittsburgh, with most of his plays set in the city. Most notable were his plays Fences, which won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award and The Piano Lesson that won a Tony Award. Wilson was diagnosed with liver cancer in June 2005 and had admitted then that he only had months to live. Click here for more information on his life and impressive career. Click here for a heartfelt dedication to his life featured in the Seattle Times, where he lived.

Nipsey Russell, the 'Poet Laureate of Television,' died on October 2. He is best known to me as the tough on the outside, and emotional on the inside Tin Man in The Wiz, a role he played alongside Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. He was a frequent panelist on many gameshows in the 1970s and 80s, usually with a stanza or two of quips about current events. Russell graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in English and was a military vet as well. Find out more about Russell here.

Whether you know lots about these two pioneers or not, take the time out to learn about their contributions to black entertainment.


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