Friday, May 22, 2015
MY THOUGHTS ON REPARATIONS African peoples were deprived of their homes their lands their cultures their freedom and their lives. Their labor and that of their descendants was forcefully taken and used in the development of this country and its wealth. For years the descendants of African slaves have been and continue to be denied access to the benefits of their stolen and freely given labor, their loyalty, their taxes, their blood, and their lives in service to this country. Reparation is not just a nice or just thing for this country to pay – it is an unavoidable and undeniable obligation. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
JUST SHARING THOUGHTS ON VIOLENCE Like most writers I read a lot – much of it is done for character and story research; but I also love visiting the worlds writers create – I read across many genres, in fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy examining character behavior – why a character does what they do; why she/he makes the choice to do one thing instead of another. I often ask myself why I select one choice over another. Through the years I've learned to think critically about behavior. I awoke in the middle of last night thinking, again, about the young black lives recently taken by police and the peaceful and violent protests that followed; my thoughts centered on the violent protest. Why did some people choose violence in response to police violence; and why did that violent behavior, more often than not, result in property damage and not the loss of life? I have taken a critical look at black on black violence and the violent destruction of one’s own neighborhood. I think there’s an identical root-cause inherent in both forms of violent behavior: when a person fails to see any connection between his/her life and the life of another human being it becomes relatively easy to take that life; when one has no investment, no sense of ownership, in the physical property around them it becomes relatively easy to destroy it. What if the violence inflicted on a neighbor or the damage done to physical property is only a conscious or unconscious substitute for the intended target or targets of that violence - is it possible that one’s neighbor or property just happens to be closer and therefore easier to reach? If that is the case, then in military terms both would be considered collateral damage. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net
Sunday, April 26, 2015
AEA COUNCIL MENDING NOT BUSTING ITSELF As usual I make no pretense about speaking for anyone other than myself. Where I respect opposing views and viewers I am not easily moved from my position. Let me set out the bases for my YES VOTE. The apparent division among Equity members is created by circumstances that have had thirty years to mature. Many Equity members have strong and binding relationships with Producers – some producers are Equity members. I see Producers as the business part of theatre. It should be understandable that a producer’s primary interest is not the same as Equity’s primary interest. What Equity Council’s position has done is fracture the relationship between its members and the producers of theatre. Members who are bound to Producers feel the same pain producers feel and respond by siding with the NO VOTES of producers – it’s an understandable reaction; but one that will not benefit Equity members in the long run. As an actor I think 99 Seat Producers must and will continue to play their important role in the life of theatre here in the LA area. As an Equity member I will always support my union when it moves to protect my wellbeing as a professional actor.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
EQUITY COUNCIL ON 99 ALTERNATIVES I have the capacity to reel out a lot of rhetoric about why I voted YES on the referendum and why I fully support the Council’s decision now. I prefer, however, to cut through the hyperbole and get to the heart of the matter as I’m experiencing it. The reality of LA’s 99 Seat Theatre is that actors are its life blood – many of the actors are Equity Members; that reality presently compensates Equity Actors by allowing them to work just for the love of doing the work; that reality would have continued to exclude actors from any money consideration if it were not for Equity Council entering that reality with a process for 99 Seaters to Pay Equity members. Like many union actors, I do not get enough work to pay for all of my living expenses. So for me, receiving some money for all the work I do is vitally important – I don’t just work for the love of doing it.
Friday, April 17, 2015
ACTORS’ EQUITY REFERENDUM VOTE – “NO” VOTES WON BIG Conflicting opinions don’t get me too excited even when I’m on the losing side of the vote. If Equity Council Members fail to establish the means by which Equity Actors and Stage Managers share in the benefits of their labor then all Equity members will lose and Equity Association will fail to achieve its long standing mission. Adolphus A Ward Equity Actor
Monday, April 13, 2015
SHARING THOUGHTS ON BOOKS AND READING I use this space to thank Dr. Rosie Milligan for the opportunity to show and make my work available to the reading public. All day Saturday 18 April I will have a table at BLACK WRITERS ON TOUR. My trilogy of books is Historical Family Fiction – 3 books about three generations of the same family. I have long been an advocate for literacy. Reading is a skill; a skill that has to be acquired and developed. If you don’t like to read, it’s probably because you don’t read well – in order to read well you must READ READ READ and READ SOME MORE. On Saturday 18 April I will give a limited number of FREE BOOKS to High School – junior senior – and College Students. Click the link below for more information: http://www.blackwritersontour.com/
Friday, January 16, 2015
IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING – 11 Accidents caused by older drivers stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake seem to be increasing – this makes me say something. To begin with I will be 80 next month so I qualify as an older driver. My mind body and spirit are in good health. If you’re an older driver or know someone who is, consider what my experience has taught me. About eight years ago I was in a rush and making a left turn into a shopping center lot; an oncoming car changed lane and appeared to be making a right turn into the same lot – in a split second I concluded the driver would have to slow down to make the turn; just enough time for me to make my left turn and be out of his way: BIG MISTAKE! No one hurt but it crippled my income for a while. OLDER PEOPLE SHOULD GIVE THEMSELVES A FEW SECONDS BEFORE ACTING ON AN IMPULSE – our reflexes don’t readjust as quickly as a younger person’s. When convinced we’re on the brake we keep pushing that accelerator to the floor trying to stop the car. Another less hazardous senior moment may cause us and others some frustration. We open the fridge and forget What we wanted, go into another room and forget Why. I don’t beat myself up because of these moments – and I don’t let others get me upset. When you consider the number of times you open the fridge or enter another room it’s little wonder why our brain gets confused sometimes as to What or Why. You will usually find the answer to What or Why where you just came from. www.adolphusward.net, www.amazon.com/author/adolphus