New York, NY – The 59th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony last night at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater. The awards were presented by Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Kelli O'Hara, Lily Rabe and Stephen Trask.
Newly minted Obie winner Sydney Lucas performed RING OF KEYS from this year's highly acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, FUN HOME.
Highlights of the 2014 included the Lifetime Achievement Award presentd to Estelle Parsons, 86, for her extraordinary multifaceted life in the theater. Sydney Lucas, 10, became the youngest recipient in the history of the Obies. The show FUN HOME was also honored by the Obies with awards for author Lisa Kron, composer Jeanine Tesori and director Sam Gold.
Kelli O'Hara presented 2014 Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement to Estelle Parsons.
In 1968, Estelle Parsons, then an Obie recipient for distinguished performance, presented an Obie for "best actor" to a newcomer for his performance in "The Indian Wants The Bronx." The actor sent this heartfelt message that was read to Ms. Parsons at the ceremony by Andy Karl:
I am sadly unable to attend tonight’s ceremony so speaking as the invisible man I say to you, Estelle is a guiding light, she is a force and a genius actor. We have spent years together working, acting, directing and engaging in all the variables of putting on a play. It’s a relationship that I hold very deeply in my heart and one that has given me much joy and insight. Congratulations on getting the OBIE award for Lifetime Achievement, it’s a great honor and endures, and you endure. Thank God you do. I love you Estelle and in writing this it at least gives me a chance to feel a little like I was there with you tonight, I sure wish I was. AL PACINO
The Obie for Best New American Play was awarded to playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.
A complete list of the award winners follows:
sustained excellence of performance
JOHN ELLISON CONLEE
The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)
K. TODD FREEMAN
Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)
JOHN EARL JELKS
Sunset Baby (Labyrinth) / Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)
Awake and Sing (NAATCO)
Fun Home (Public Theater)
An Octoroon (SoHo Rep)
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (SoHo Rep)
The Open House (Signature)
LISA KRON (author), JEANINE TESORI (composer), and SAM GOLD (director)
Fun Home (Public Theater)
Love and Information (NYTW)
The Open House (Signature)
(projections), Arguendo (Elevator Repair Service @ Public Theater)
EMMANUEL BROWN and SONYA TAYEH
(fight direction and choreography) Kung Fu (Signature)
(lighting design), The Correspondent (Rattlestick)
Sustained excellence of lighting design
This Was the End (Chocolate Factory)
HEATHER CHRISTIAN (music), JIYOUN CHANG (lighting) and HANNAH WASILESKI
The World Is Round (Ripe Time @ BAM Fisher)
RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER and LUCY THURBER
The Hill Town Plays
The Ross Wetzsteon Award
ABRONS ARTS CENTER
48 HOURS IN HARLEM
Best New American Play
Appropriate (Signature) and An Octoroon (SoHo Rep)
Judges: Michael Feingold, Chairman, Kirsten Childs, Nicky Paraiso, Tonya Pinkins, Michael Sommers, Rick Sordelet.
The Village Voice Obie Awards are presented by STELLA ARTOIS and benefiting A.R.T./ New York (Alliance of Residence Theaters). Additional sponsors include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Once the Musical and The New York Botanical Gardens . Congratulations to all of this years winners!
Oneida Indian Nation Applauds New York State Assembly for Unanimous Passage of Resolution Calling on Pro Sports Leagues to Stop Using Racial Slurs Such as the Offensive R-Word
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ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS (NY) (May 19, 2014) As NFL owners gather today for the NFL Spring Meeting in Atlanta, the New York State Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution calling upon professional sports leagues to end their use of racial slurs. The resolution, introduced in New York State, where the NFL is headquartered, specifically cites the Washington NFL team’s R-word mascot as a dictionary-defined epithet.
The Oneida Indian Nation today praised New York State legislators for their passage of this resolution taking a strong stance against the use of hurtful and derogatory terms like the R-word.
The new resolution passed today after being introduced by New York State Assemblyman and Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Karim Camara and Assembly Member Keith Wright.* New York State Senators Joe Griffo and George Maziarz have also introduced a similar resolution in the state Senate.
Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative, said in response to the unanimously passed resolution: “Today is so significant because this resolution signifies that New York is making a statement that it wants to stand on the right side of history. New York’s lawmakers clearly understand how important state legislatures have been to previous movements against pathologies like bigotry and inequality.”
Halbritter added: “Speaking out to end an injustice is never easy. It wasn't easy for those heroes who came before us, such as the state legislatures who stood with the civil rights movement and against segregation. But that is why we look at these members with such respect - because they are standing up and using their platform for a just and moral cause.”
Since its formation, Change the Mascot has garnered increasing support from bipartisan political leaders, religious groups, Native American tribes, educational systems, civil rights organizations, and even the President of the United States. After airing nationwide radio ads throughout the past NFL season calling for a name change, the campaign plans to continue its efforts in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
Learn more at www.changethemascot.org
To view this news release online, go to: http://www.oneidaindiannation.com/pressroom/Oneida-Indian-Nation-Applauds-New-York-State-Assembly-on-Passage-of-Resolution-Calling-on-Pro-Sports-Leagues-to-Stop-Using-Racial-Slurs-259862411.html
"THE ORIGINAL & HIS
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
July 12, 2014
(Doors open at 6:30 PM)
RED LION WOODLAKE
500 LEISURE LANE
(Formerly the Radison)
Republished from DogHouseBoxing.com - By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (May 7, 2014)
Roy Foreman is a leading voice in the boxing industry which he has served for over 25 years. He managed his brother George Foreman for his historic comeback, after a 10 year retirement, to become the oldest man to hold the Boxing Heavyweight Championship of the World. Fists don’t fly but words do as Roy, his guests and callers punch it out. This isn’t sports talk but people do talk about sports and almost anything else with the man who has traveled the world over, has visited heads of state and the rich and famous, after growing up poor in the Houston’s Fifth Ward.
Picture - George and Roy Foreman
“IN THE RING WITH ROY FOREMAN” is Roy’s intro into daily talk radio. He hosted his own show on the Comcast Network for 8 years, has been a Ringside Announcer for HBO Sports and was the originator for the popular TV Series “The Contender”. He has promoted over 200 fights in the Americas and Europe. He was appointed by the US State Department as Americas Ambassador for Sports, has served on the US Olympic Boxing committee and was appointed as the Commissioner of Boxing for The People’s Republic of China.
Roy Foreman has his own brand of sports apparel “Foreman Gear” and is a board member and founder of numerous philanthropies and youth organizations.
Roy lives in a community just outside of Atlantic City, NJ, and broadcasts his show from here in Houston, or there, or any place he happens to be in the world! Listen to Roy Foreman from 10pm to 12am weekdays at your sourceradio.com.
This writer has met Roy at various boxing events in Atlantic City over the years. In 2013 I got to meet his brother George in Atlantic City when his son “Monk” was supposed to fight but got injured in a previous bout and had to pull out. “Big Wheel” one of his other sons was also on hand. So I got to meet “two” of his sons named George.
Through top judge Joe Pasquale I was able to reach Roy for a Q&A:
KEN HISSNER: Not as many people know the “other” Foreman, Roy though you had a major role in George’s comeback. What made you get involved in his career at that time?
ROY FOREMAN: George wanted someone he could trust.
KEN HISSNER: George was 31-3 on his comeback and I believe with Top Rank. 17 months after losing to Tommy Morrison for the vacant WBO title he gets a title fight with Michael Moorer who held 2 of the organizations titles. He had close fights with Axel Shultz and Lou Savarese but then gets robbed in the Shannon Briggs fight. How much influence did you have in that decision to call it quits?
ROY FOREMAN: None. He was working on the fight with Larry Holmes when our mother passed. She convinced him to retire. By the way I do like Holmes. I also remember needing a ride and here comes Joe Frazier. He asked who I was needing a ride for? I told him my brother George Foreman. Joe went out of his way to give me a ride. Arum approached us about fighting on ESPN but USA was even more popular in those days. Ron Weathers was a big help getting George fights.
KEN HISSNER: Besides your radio show do you have any other involvements in boxing?
ROY FOREMAN: No for the radio show keeps me busy and it’s not just about sports though I do cover all of them. I’ve had “Sugar” Ray Leonard and recently I had John Carlos from the same Olympics George was in. (Carlos was one of 3 to hold up hand with black glove in defiance while George made his Olympic Gold even more gold walking around with the American flag).
KEN HISSNER: I know you had a rough upbringing in Houston’s 5th Ward. Did you ever think of giving up hope getting out and becoming the success you became?
ROY FOREMAN: It was like a (John) Steinbeck novel. (author of Mice & Men and others)
KEN HISSNER: I know God has played a big part in George’s life since his loss to Jimmy Young that put him into retirement. What roll if any does the Lord play in your life?
ROY FOREMAN: Same. It took me a long time but now I go to Him in everything I try to do.
KEN HISSNER: Do you have any final thoughts in encouraging people to support boxing today?
ROY FOREMAN: Boxing is the ultimate competition man against man. Boxing needs a better job of promoting. The commission’s work for the people who pay them taxes not visa versa.
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Marvin Shuler Promotions Presents...
Boxing at its Best from North to South
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014
Fights Start at 7:30 PM
South Carolina State University Smith - Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center
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CO-MAIN EVENT SAMMIE "DA BULLY" MILHOUSE
MARQUIS "DA BUSINESS" DACRES
JEAN PIER AUGUSTINE
TONY "THE TIGER" DUBOSE
Roy Foreman is regarded as a leading voice in the boxing industry which he has served for over 25 years.