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A graduate of Dartmouth College (2005) and Washington and Lee University School of Law (2010). These are my personal blogs, and the musings expressed on them do not reflect the positions of my employer. They do reflect my readings, thoughts, and aspirations, which I figure is good enough.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

STELLLLAAAAAAAA

I would just like to point out for the record that Taye Diggs is not gay.

At least I don't think he is. Unlike the real guy in "Stella"'s life, who turned out to be gay and is now in the middle of a nasty divorce case.

Strangely enough, I actually saw that movie (How Stella Got Her Groove Back). Not in the theaters, but I saw it with a couple of friends. Why? I don't really know.

I do know that Taye Diggs is a good actor - besides the movies (cameo in Chicago, Stella . . . ), I've also seen him in Rent and an off-Broadway production called "Dance Party" or something like that which wasn't very memorable.

It's pretty impressive what the original Rent cast has done - Taye Diggs has made a name for himself, a lot of the cast is still on Broadway (especially Idina Menzel, who's now in Wicked), and Jesse Martin is one of the best actors out there.

So yeah. Taye Diggs. Not Gay.

I'm also a little surprised about the tone of the article. It's not an Op-ed, but the writer tosses slang around like no one's business. Journalism is becoming much less formal these days, but the above article has a whole lot of editorializing to go along with the facts.

It actually just turns into an opinion piece after what was a very nice start referencing Their Eyes Were Watching God, even though the romantic relationship wasn't specifically what made it a "classic of black literature."

In fact, I believe that Hurston, and Alice Walker, who made it more famous when she "re-discovered" it, were more interested in the colloquialisms, the regional dialogue, and the more anthropological/sociological aspect of the story.

5 Comments:

Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"...I believe that Hurston, and Alice Walker, who made it more famous when she 're-discovered' it, were more interested in the colloquialisms, the regional dialogue, and the more anthropological/sociological aspect of the story."

I agree. It's a wonderful story, but the romance with Teacake is just a part of it. Whether the movie will be made/billed simply as a "romance"--which would be a horrible disservice to the story--is something I'm anxious (as in "nervous") to see.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Satchmo said...

Are you referring to the Oprah Winfrey TV version with Halle Berry? Didn't that air awhile ago? Or did they decide to make it into a feature length film, and I'm just not aware of it?

12:14 PM  
Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

I was referring to the Oprah Winfrey version, but clearly I haven't followed its progress like I should have or I'd know it aired a while ago.

Did you see it? How was it?

12:45 PM  
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3:25 PM  
Blogger Satchmo said...

I haven't had a chance to see it - but I believe it aired in March. I don't know that it got a whole lot of positive press, but it's probably coming out on DVD soon enough.

3:25 PM  

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