I just had the privilege of seeing “A Raisin in the Sun” by renowned black playwright, the late Lorraine Hansberry, at Arena Stage. For years, I enjoyed reruns of the movie version of this dynamic play, starring Sydney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and others. I could not have imagined any other cast besides them in the roles Hansberry created. But then I saw this current version of the play, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the new actors and actresses did an outstanding job of bringing Hansberry’s play to life. This literary piece is a timeless story of an African-American family trying to make its dreams a reality in the face of racial discrimination and a new African heritage pride movement, characterized excellently by the role of daughter Beneatha. From the stage set to the passionate acting, this play is a winner! I would have no hesitation in seeing it again. If Hansberry had lived longer, I know she would have given us even more literary excellence than this. I urge all who can to see this production.
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One of the great pleasures of living in the Washington, D.C., area is having the opportunity to read The Washington Informer on a regular basis. Your paper provides its readers with informative articles that you would not find anywhere else. Take for instance your article, “#BankBlack Challenge Gains Momentum,” by D. Kevin McNeir in the April 27 edition of The Informer. What other media outlet would provide us with this information? This is what I am talking about, something of this magnitude, of importance to the black community being given to the community in The Informer. And this is only one example of the type of information you continually provide on a weekly basis. Keep up the great work. We need it!