The “Queen of the Cakewalk”, Aida Overton Walker addressed Black writers/critics’ disregard for and criticism of the acting profession in a December issue of The Freeman. After first addressing the main topic at hand, she proceeded to suggest proactive steps that could prepare up-and-coming black performers for the stage. Below is an excerpt from her article:
"I have stated that we ought to strive to produce great actors and actresses; by this I do not mean that all our men and women who possess talent for the stage should commence the study of Shakespeare’s works. Already, too many of our people wish to master Shakespeare, which is really a ridiculous notion. There are characteristics and natural tendencies in our own people which make as beautiful studies for the stage as any to be found in the make-up of any other race, and perhaps far more. By carefully studying our own graces, we learn to appreciate the noble and the beautiful in ourselves, just as other people have discovered the graces and beauty in themselves from studying and acting that which is noble in them. Unless we learn the lesson of self-appreciating and practice it, we shall spend our lives imitating other people and depreciating ourselves. There is nothing equal to originality, and I think much time is lost in trying to do something that has been done and "overdone," much better than you will be able to do it."
Tumblr family and friends This is Syrah. She has been missing since the 22nd of this month. Syrah is 16 years old, 5’3”, 180lbs and of African American decent. She has dark brown eyes and natural hair, which is usually worn in two strand twist or a twist out. The last time she was seen was with a large black man. She does NOT have a cell phone. The police have been contacted but were no help what so ever. Please, I urge you to share and reblog to bring awareness to her absence. If you are in the L.A./ Long Beach area in California please be keep watch. If you see her, approach her with caution. They have been spotted once since she went missing and was being aggressive and pushy with her when he noticed that someone recognized who she was. If you see her please contact Paula Shin on face book. (Click the picture to be linked to her facebook or click the link below) Thank you for your time.
Paula Shin: https://www.facebook.com/paula.shin.10?fref=ts