September 1

Nelson George

Nelson George (born September 1, 1957) U.S. novelist, filmmaker, cultural critic – The Plot Against Hip Hop (2011)

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Read Nelson George's 2011 New York Times commentary
on the white narrative of race relations

The latest cinematic endeavor is a feature adaptation of “The Help,” a 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett that has been on the best-seller list pretty much since its release and has been published in 35 countries. A larger problem for anyone interested in the true social drama of the era is that the film’s candy-coated cinematography and anachronistic super-skinny Southern belles are part of a strategy that buffers viewers from the era’s violence. The maids who tell Skeeter their stories speak of the risks they are taking, but the sense of physical danger that hovered over the civil rights movement is mostly absent. Medgar Evers is murdered in Jackson during the course of the story, but it is more a TV event, very much like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, than a felt tragedy. Do the filmmakers put us inside the head of the black woman braving a gantlet of jeering whites to integrate a segregated school? Do we understand the strain on a white diner owner who finally allows blacks to enter his place despite the anger of his neighbors? It is this nuanced humanity that this movement demands.

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James Reaney

James Reaney (born September 1, 1926) Canadian poet, playwright – The Essential James Reaney (2009)

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These clouds are soft fat horses
That draw Weather in his wagon
Who bears in his old hands
Streaked whips and strokes of lightning.
The hooves of his cattle are made
Of limp water, that stamp
Upon the roof during a storm
And fall from dripping eaves;
Yet these hooves have worn away mountains
In their trotting over Earth.
And for manes these clouds
Have the soft and various winds
That still can push
A ship into the sea
And for neighs, the sable thunder.

Eleanor Hibbert

Eleanor Hibbert (aka Victoria Holt; Philippa Carr; Eleanor Burford) (born September 1, 1906) U.K. novelist – My Enemy, The Queen by Victoria Holt (1978)

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Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) U.S. comedian, writer, actress – This Is a Recording (Live Performance Album)

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