Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Raisin in the Sun Message from P. Diddy

If you're a 70's kid or earlier and grew up in a black household then you might remember hearing this announcement: "Black People on television!"
Just think back to when Roots debuted. Hurriedly every one within earshot of the call came running to see who or what was on the family tv set other than bad news. Then suddenly the phone would ring. Mrs. Such and Such from church or next door was calling to tell your family what y'all already knew. Word-of-mouth then was the best form of promotion and that hasn't changed.

With that same anticipation we should set our channels to ABC, February 29th, at 8pm, for Lorraine Hansberry's award winning play, A Raisin In The Sun, television debut. The cast features the Tony Award winning members from the 2004 Broadway production: Phylicia Rashad, Audra Mcdonald, Sanaa Lathan, and Sean Combs aka "Diddy". Below watch his personal message about this special broadcast followed by a trailer.



To see cast interviews and behind-the-scenes footage visit the A Raisin In The Sun's webpage on ABC.com by clicking HERE. Then spread the word, share the video, and email this blog entry to all you know. Let's blow the ratings through the roof!

And in the spirit of Black History Month here's a tidbit about the original play: A Raisin In The Sun was the first play written by an African-American to appear on Broadway. Premiering 1959, it ran successfully for 530 shows and won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the Year, making the 29 year-old Hansberry the fifth woman and only African-American to receive the award in that category. At the age of 34, Hansberry died of lung cancer.

Source: Raisinonbroadway.com

The 1961 original film adaptation starring Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Diane Sands, and Claudia McNeil is a definite must-have. Click the DVD to get your copy.

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