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Dred Scott meets Paul Robeson Heritage Foundation stages play to raise consciousness – and funds By Kenya Vaughn Of The St. Louis American

The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation presents “Stogie Kenyatta is Paul Robeson” at UMSL’s J.C. Penney Conference Center on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.

“This production is really about storytelling, and Dred Scott loved to tell stories,” said Lynne Jackson, great-greatgranddaughter of Dred and Harriet Scott and executive director of the Dred and Harriet Scott Heritage Foundation. “That’s one of the things that we’ve learned about him. And the art of story-

telling is best expressed through the arts.” So through their arts and education component, the foundation looks to the story of another black history icon. The Paul Robeson story – through a special presentation of “Stogie Kenyatta is Paul Robeson” – will appear onstage this weekend for two performances in St. Louis to benefit the Dred and Harriet See SCOTT, C4

Crawford breaks attendance records with three sold-out shows at Lumiere By Kenya Vaughn Of The St. Louis American When St. Louis native Lavell Crawford took to the stage for his final of three sold-out performances at the Lumiere Theater, his voice had already taken the rest of the night off. And by the time he dismissed the crowd at 1:30 a.m. (thank goodness for daylight savings time), they were equally hoarse thanks to howling laughter that continued from the time Crawford emerged onstage until he bid farewell to his hometown audience. Crawford enjoyed record audiences for his one-night, three-show engagement Saturday night (Nov. 3). His final show was added on Thursday, and in 48 hours it followed suit and sold out as well. And to say that he gave them their money’s worth would be

an understatement as they all but limped out of the Lumiere. Crawford, a finalist on the NBC hit show “Last Comic Standing,” has maintained a successful comedy career since he made a name for himself through popular urban comedy series like “Def Comedy Jam” and BET’s “Comic View.” But on Saturday, Crawford’s credentials in the mainstream were the farthest thing from the mind of those who filed in to see his show. “He can fall off this stage if he wants to, ‘cuz I’m ‘bout to get paid,” he said, accusing one woman of thinking such after he did the robot towards the front of the stage as he See LAVELL, C4

St. Louis native Lavell Crawford (“Last Comic Standing”) drew nearly 1,500 guests over the course of his one-night, three-show engagement at the Lumiere Theater on Saturday night. Photos by Lawrence Bryant

Black

& Single

He’s a good guy – but things got strange By Kenya Vaughn Of The St. Louis American “Is it wrong to wait out a relationship for your turn to jump in?” I couldn’t get this question out of my mind as I heard a friend discuss the wonky connection she has with her first love. They’ve remained in touch for the last twenty years, but the extent of their relationship was some under the bleacher touchy feely action and latenight phone caking typical of ninth grade lovin.’ She’s dated, and dated…and dated – and is currently on the downswing of a long-distance relationship. He’s been married for three years. The friendship has created no complications until eight months ago, when he kicked off this “maybe I should have married you” n “She campaign that could still be he shamelessly disgusted tosses into their that he didn’t conversations. make it in She says the NBA like he typically blurts it out as everyone they talk about expected,” purpose, vision my friend and faith. Their said of his conversations wife. NEVER go to a place that would be considered dangerous with respect to infidelity. But he swears that whenever he tries to talk with his wife about his life passions, he decides not to bother because she shut him down once for getting too lofty with his goals and ideas. “She could still be disgusted that he didn’t make it in the NBA like everyone expected,” my friend said of his wife. “Either way, whenever he’s feeling like he wants to talk through a major life decision I’m the person he calls.” My friend encouraged him on his desire to coach a youth basketball team, and it has been on and cracking ever since. He’s a good guy – I mean a really good guy. I remember him helping her move in and out of the dorm with his truck, giving her rides back to their hometown and complimentary grocery See SINGLE, C4

•Only Online • Ask Gwen I’m getting married and can’t keep my single friends! Last July, my boyfriend became my fiancé. My grandmother said she wanted to have a talk with me. She told me to set the wedding date one year from now giving me time to rid my life of single women friends.

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Abstract and African John E Rozelle ‘Survey on Paper’ opens Thursday at 10th Street Gallery By Chris King Of The St. Louis American For most artists, having a storage shed full of their finished art work is not enough to land a one-man show, but that did the trick for John E Rozelle, whose show Survey on Paper opens Thursday, November 8 at 10th Street Gallery (419 N. 10th St.) with a reception from 5:30-7:30. There is also a public reception 5-8 p.m. Friday Nov. 9. Rozelle, a St. Louis native who is retired faculty from the Art

Institute of Chicago, was in his hometown this summer at a national conference for minorities in the art museum field organized by the St. Louis Art Museum. He ran into his old friend Solomon Thurman, a St. Louis artist who recently opened 10th Street Gallery with his wife Pat Smith Thurman. Solomon suggested that the gallery host a show by Rozelle, and the artist said he would think about it. He went back to Chicago and “mulled it over.” “I thought, I have a huge

“Remain Yellow” by John E Rozelle stockpile of work in St. Louis in storage that has been sitting there a long time; a lot of it has never been shown or shown once or twice,” Rozelle said. He suggested to the Thurmans a show drawn from that

work in storage, then came back to St. Louis to take the gallery owners for a tour of his storage space. “We talked a bit, they took a long

WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

Isaac Carree & Jessica Reedy Friday, November 9 • Fox Theatre 314-534-1111 & MetroTix.com

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