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The News Argus, September 1982, Page 9
Rosey Grier Shares The Gospel
!Former actor, professional football
player, Roosevelt Grier appeared on cam
pus recently to address the students.
Below is an exclusive interview that he
granted to Ar^us Entertainment Editor
VRGUS: Why did you leave football?
lOSIE; Time to quit, time to go on to
VRGUS: Who was your favorite quarter
lOSIE; I hated quarterbacks. I didn’t like
any of them.
\RGUS: Which one did you have the most
pleasure in sacking?
tOSlE: Johnny Unitas.
piOSIE; Yes, Johnny Unitas was the
neatest quarterback who ever played the
Igame, so it was always a pleasure to beat
up on him.
I ARGUS: Do you still love the game?
IROSIE: I still love the game, I don’t watch
lit as much as I used to just whenever I
(have time; when I don’t have time I just
[keep on doing what I’m doing because
[that’s not where I’m at now.
I ARGUS: And just where are you?
[ROSIE: Sharing the gospel.
[ ARGUS: Really?
[ ROSIE: Yes. I believe that this nation is at
I a point where men and women have to get
I their lives in order for this nation to turn.
It’s not going to turn by the intellect of man
because man’s intellect has shown that he
cannot change the world, he messed it up
but he can’t change it.
ARGUS: What college did you attend?
ROSIE: Penn State.
ARGUS: How would you compare Penn
State with predominately black institu
ROSIE: No comparison. They don’t have
the financial resources- they just don’t
have the money to compare but it doesn’t
mean that we can’t be as educated, it
means that a school with more finances
has a better chance of getting the equip
ment and the professors and I think we
miss out on the fact that teachers have to
be paid and if we want the best teachers
then we have to pay them. It’s too bad, you
see on television all the time to give to the
United Negro College Fund. The thing that
bothers me the most is that the Jews have
shown that a man can overcome economic
recessions and we (blacks) have yet to
achieve economic capabiUties of the Jew
or the Japanese, and I feel when we can
reach those capabilities, we won’t have to
ask anyone for anything.
ARGUS: What advice do you have for
black students who want to make it in the
Guild To Perform
By Michael Hampton
The Drama Guild will present a play en-
Ititled “The Influence” which was written
Iby WSSU graduate, Kenneth Headen.
I Headen, who prefers to be called Ken, said
I that he wrote the play at the request of Ms.
[ Gwendolyn Hill of the Placement Office.
Ken was recommended to the placement
I office by Dr. Fred Eady who is advisor of
Drama Guild. Ken stated that Ms. Hill
wanted him to write a play that would in
crease the students’ awareness and in
terest in the placement office.
“She gave me a list of facts and a couple
of books and some specific points that she
wanted brought out in the play. I created a
story, centered it around what she wanted
and came up with a drama,” Ken stated.
Ken, who is from Goldston, North
Carolina, graduated in May and had been
a member of the Drama Guild for four
years and appeared in such plays as “The
Amen Corner,” “Porgy,” “Media,”
“Twelve Angry Jurors,” “No Place To Be
Somebody” and many others. Kenneth
now holds a B.S. degree in medical
technology with minors in chemistry and
drama and hopes to be working soon in his
major area of study.
When asked if he enjoyed writing “The
Influence,” Ken said “Well it was kind of
hard because of everything that had to go
into it. It wasn’t like I go just do my own
thing but I really enjoyed writing the play
although I didn’t get it as perfected as I
would have liked. I really didn’t know that
the play was going to be presented so I
really didn’t do the best possible job I
could have done.
“The Influence” is the story of a high
school graduate who goes on to college and
does very well in school. The play covers a
four year span and in that time he tries to
pursuade his friends to get down into their
studies. Campus slang junk talkin’ and
jivin’ are all included as well as a very im
“The Influence” will be performed
September 30-0ct. 2.
10 Vie for
The Mr, Ram Pageant will take place
Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Williams
Auditorium. Ms. ■ Elaine Browne coor
dinator for the pageant said that she an
ticipates an even more exciting show than
the past pageants. Ms. Browne asks that
the students show respect and courtesy to
the contestants who are hard working,
determined and talented young men.
Student cooperation will be appreciated.
The hosts for this event are students Ricky
Morris and Angela Jackson. The 10 con
testants will be a surprise.
Entertainment editor, Michael Hampton interviews Rosey Grier, who has found glory in God
rather than on the gridiron. (Photo by Keith Hilliard)
ROSIE: Well first of all, it does not matter
what color a man is. I say that I am black
it doesn’t mean that I am different or that I
am weak it just means that I am black. It
doesn’t mean that I’m inferior or anything
like that -1 don’t think that there’s anyone
in the world better than I am and at the
same time I don’t think that I m better
than anyone else, and so my advice is to
pursue your goals. If you desire to be a
doctor, be a doctor and don’t go around
telling anyone that you need a break
because you’re black.
ARGUS: How did you get started in film
ROSIE: Well my first opportunity I had
was a part in a T.V. series called the Man
from U.N.C.L.E. and I really was not ex
pecting to be an actor, that wasn’t my goal
in life. I never even dreamed I’d be acting.
In fact I didn’t think I could speak well
enough to be anything, but it was just that
when I got started in acting, one job came
after another and so it kept coming and I
kept getting more jobs and I continued to
grow as an actor and began to feel I was
capable of doing major roles. So it was
always neat to do a film and get paid for it.
It was great!
ARGUS: How competitive is the entertain
ROSIE: Well for blacks it’s super-
competitive, you get one part and every
one in California is going out for that one
part so it’s very competitive. What has to
happen in the acting area for blacks is that
they have to come up with a story line and
do it themselves.
ARGUS: Do you think that Hollywood
discriminates against blacks?
ROSIE: Without a doubt.
ARGUS: Who do you consider to be the
most influential person in your life?
ROSIE: God. Of course if I talk about the
physical being without a doubt mom and
dad are always influential but in terms of a
man Bobby Kennedy was a tremendous in
fluence in my life in terms of making a
commitment to do something to help
You don’t need a break because you’re
black, you have the ability like anyone else
to get anything you desire. Another thing,
put the time in and do the work because
that’s the only way you’ll ever achieve
anything. Nobody is going to give you
anything so do the work. But I find that we
have lost that spiritual foundation. We
need spiritual foundation because that is
the foundation that really overcomes all
things. Knowing who we are in Christ and
making a commitment in that area, we
find that there isn’t anything we come
against that we are not spiritually
prepared to deal with. We’ve done it for
years and years and so now we’ve lost the
joy of living and there’s a joy in living and
a joy in being successful and a joy in giving
and helping each other. We need that.
When asked how his needle point was,
Rosie laughingly said, “My nee^e point is
fine. I don’t do it anymore and I didn’t do it
for any reason other than it was something
that I wanted to do. But it seemed that a lot
of people got upset because they felt that it
was not a sign of masculinity and I’m ask
ing what is masculinity, does needle point
make me a man or a woman? It doesn’t
make me anything. 1 am who I am.”
Joseph Patterson Lecture
and Assembly Series
September 29,10 a.m.-Dr. Covington-Comm. Build.
October 27,10 a.m.-Steve Neal-Comm. Build.
November 17,10 a.m.-Dr. Michael Montgomery, Comm. Build.
December 8,10 a.m.-Dr. Ernest Fitzgerald-Comm. Build.
February 16,10 a.m.-Rev. Kelly 0. P. (k>odwin-Comm. Build
April 20,10 a.m.-Dr. Dudley P. Flood-Comm. Build.
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