Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Featuring Life Art Music-An Independent Study Project with my KU Students

This semester I created an independent study with my students Rod Harris and Alan Ginsberg, two seniors at KU. I challenged them to create a web series and this is the first episode. Rod Harris is a theater major who is a rapper, actor and producer. Alan Ginsberg, a business major is a director and photographer and marketing person. The class asks the students to create a working production process to achieve their goals in entertainment. Enjoy this amazing episode that they produced in less than 2 weeks. If you believe it, you can achieve it.
Life Art Music- Episode 1.
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Hip-hop and Suzan-Lori Parks

Just wanted to update you about a new publication. I have the great pleasure of being in a fantastic scholarly company in a new volume on Suzan-Lori Parks entitled Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on the Plays and Other Works edited by Philip Kolin, published by McFarland, 2010. My piece "Sampling and Remixing: Hip-hop and Parks's History Plays" uses Hip-hop to read Parks's history plays The America Play

and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World. Here's what scholars are syaing about this publication:

"Comprehensive...consider[s] the eclectic and prolific Parks with careful detail and fresh insight; an important new study." --Harry J. Elam, Jr., Stanford University

"Parks emerges from these pages as the national mythmaker, the unbounded intellect, and the fearless visionary she is." --Una Chaudhuri, New York University

"A most effective presentation of the depth, breadth, and diversity of Parks's writings¦one of America's most influential playwrights of this century." --Sandra G. Shannon, Howard University

Check it out on amazon here.
More soon- NHP