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^ In the Spotlight ^
The next best surprise movie hit of the
season could well be one written and
directed by a black filmmaker and starred
in by a black cast.
Filmmaker Spike Lee has quickly
entered the spotlight with his new movie,
“She's Gotta Have It.” With a surprising
ly low budget of $175,000, Lee pulls off
this high-class film with the use of fami
ly, friends and fellow students from the
New York University film school.
She’s Gotta Have It” Has It All
The plot focuses on the controversial sex
life of the liberated female character, Nola
Darling (Tracy Camila Johns). The droll
plight of this modern woman is comically
livened by her three lovers. Mars
Blackman (Spike Lee), Jamie (Tommie
Redmond Hicks) and Greer Childs (John
“She’s Gotta Have It” questions why it
is soully acceptable for a man to act pro
miscuous, but not women. It views the
double-standard inflicted upon women and
their sexual relationships.
In September, when the movie had only
opened in four cities, it had done surpris
ingly well by grossing $248,000 in five
The distributors will give Lee $4 million
to make a musical about a Black college
homecoming. Hopefully in March, Spike
Lee will begin filming at his alma mater,
Yet with all of his success, Lee de
nounces any immediate desires to go to
Hollywood. He stresses the importance of
blacks to seize their own opportunities and
make movies themselves.
According to a spokesman for the Var
sity Theatre on Franklin Street, there is a
high probability that “She's Gotta Have
It" will begin showing there in November.
Tonya Carter, Staff Writer
Jazz Artist to Perform
Jazz recorder and pianist James
Williams, along with his quartet, will
headline the first concert in the 1986-87
Jazz Artist Series Thursday, Nov. 6, in
This skillful soloist and accompanist has
used his talents to put himself in the
mainstream of today’s jazz tradition.
Williams has appeared with such jazz
greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones and
Having performed at all the major jazz
festivals, including Kool Jazz, Playboy
and North Sea Festivals, Williams has ac
complished a great deal in his chosen
field, although only in his 30s.
He has taught at the Berklee College of
Music, toured the U.S., Canada, Europe
and the Far East with Art Blakely and the
Williams has recorded more than 15
albums, including six as leader. He has
recently been fronting his group.
Progress Report, whose latest album
release, “Progress Report,” on the Sun-
nyside label, has received high praise in
many magazines and newspapers.
Featured at the concert with Williams,
will be saxophonist Billy Pierce, bassist
John Lockwood and drummer Anthony
Reedus. Pierce’s debut album, “William
the Conquerer,” also on the Sunnyside
label, has received much acclaim.
Lockwood is currently bassist in Fred
die Hubbard’s Quintet, and Reedus is the
drummer for the Billy Taylor Trio.
The Jazz Artists Series is co-sponsored
by the Performing Arts Committee of the
Carolina Union and the UNC Department
Tickets for the Nov. 6 concert are $5
for the general public, $3 for students and
are available at the Carolina Union Box
Office between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.,
For more information, call 962-1449.
Literature to Life
Combine a group of novice actors,
dramatically reciting the inspirational
speeeches and poetry of Martin Luther
King, Jr., Langston Hughes and other
great black writers and you have the Ebony
This drama group presently consists of
eleven black UNC students who “strive to
produce the black experience through
literary performance,” explained senior
Greg Bargeman, President of the Ebony
Readers. “What we try to do is recognize
black authors, poets, leaders and
Bargeman believes such a recognition is
necessary because of the ambiguous man
ner the black culture is presently taught.
“In high school, we (black students) are
not taught enough about all of the aspects
of the black experience in history or
English classes,” he said.
“When I first came here (UNC), I
couldn’t tell you one black poet”.
Bargeman said. “Now I can tell you
Bargeman credits this knowledge to his
African-American history courses and to
the Ebony Readers, which formed in 1972
In an effort to extend the purpose of the
group. Bargeman recently recruited
students from Chapel Hill High School to
form the Junior Ebony Readers, which he
says is doing well.
Earlier this semester, the Ebony Readers
held auditions for interested students. Ac
cording to Bargeman, who auditioned for
the group during his sophomore year, prior
experience is unnecessary to become a
However, the group requires the
memorization and dramatic reading of any
two literary works by black authors dur
ing the audition.
In addition, an impromptu piece is given
to memorize for two minutes and later
At the beginning of next semester, the
Readers will have another audition and en
courage interested students to join the
Every Monday at 8 p.m., the Readers
meet in the Upendo Lounge to discuss their
upcoming performers and to rehearse.
In their first performance, the group
recited black poetry in their Black
Awareness Week cultural program Oc
tober 8. Their successful performance has
given them outside recognitin as well as
recognition on campus.
The group has been invited to perform
dramatic readings at the Duke University
Solidarity Day on November 3 at Pittsboro
Church in February.
Although the Ebony Readers are known
for their oral interpretations of poetry and
speeches, their biggest project is the
November production of the play “Black
Cycle,” Marty Charles, directed by senior
member Eric Walker.
To be an Ebony reader is something to
take pride in because it gives the members
the oportunity to express their black culture
to the campus community and elsewhere.
Yvette Cook, Staff Writer
Opeyo Dancers Dance Recital
November 7, 1986
Black Writers Group Reading
November 11, 1986
Other details to be announced
First Annual Kappa Alpha Psi Invitational BSM Gospel Choir Recital
November 8, 1986
Lionel Richie and Sheila E. in concert
Student Activity Center
November 8, 1986
November 16, 1986
Kappa Alpha Psi Blood Drive
November 18, 1986