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Paul Robeson, An Amazing American, Sings
A Truly Amazing American
Paul Robeson was an amazing American, son of a former slave, multi-talented, multi-dimensional and courageous in acting on his convictions.
A precursor of Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, he starred in four sports and was a 2-time All American football player at Rutgers and class valedictorian; he was a classmate of William O. Douglas at Columbia Law School, an intellectual, a fighter for civil rights and a Broadway stage actor, including the title role in Eugene O'Neill's "Emperor Jones."
Perhaps he's best known today for his deep bass renditions of Negro spirituals like "Old Man River," "Go Down Moses" and the like. He was the first to bring these songs to the concert stage. He also sang in several foreign languages. His career pretty much came to an end when he was labeled a subversive by the McCarthy Committee as a result of his visits to the Soviet Union and favorable comments about it's government.
Robeson sings Let My People Go
"Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess"
The NY Review of Books--Two new books on Paul Robeson
- The Emperor Robeson | by Simon Callow | The New York Review of Books
"Asked by a journalist outside the White House whether it wouldn’t be finer when confronted with racist brutality to turn the other cheek, Robeson replied, “If a lyncher hit me on one cheek, I’d tear his head off before he hit me on the other one.” "
PBS American Masters--Paul Robeson
The Many Faces of Paul Robeson
NYTimes 4-19-98 Was Robeson a Bass, a Baritone or a Bass-Baritone?
- CLASSICAL VIEW - Of Basses, Baritones And Hedges - NYTimes.com
PAUL ROBESON, the renowned actor, activist and concert singer, usually identified his voice type as baritone. This fact led to an interesting internal debate at The New York Times recently, when Robeson was posthumously given a lifetime achievement a
Barack Obama's Place Among African-American Leaders and American Presidents
- Barack Obama's Place Among African-American Leaders and American Presidents
Obama's place among African-American giants of our country's history is secure. Only history will determine his rank among American presidents and other historical figures. In my opinion, he has the potential to rank in history among the very best.
Shenyang--A Rising Opera Star from China
- Shenyang--a Rising Opera Star from China
This morning on NPR I listened to an interview with and some partial arias by Shenyang, a 25-year-old rising opera singer from, of all places, China. There are few Chinese opera singers, not because the...