Posts By: Wanda Waterman St. Louis

Wanda Waterman St. Louis

The Mindful Bard – Waste Land

Film: Waste Land (2010) Genre: Documentary Director: Lucy Walker The Magical Kingdom at the Threshold of a Broken World Every spring, It’s carnival time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And even while the parade is still in progress the dancers and prancers begin to shed their costumes and surrender them to the busy host of… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Charge of the Light Brigade

Charge of the Light Brigade is a Toronto-based alternative band influenced by punk, rockabilly, 60s folk-rock, techno, and prog rock. It’s known for its thoughtful, evocative lyrics and has recently released a debut album, The Defiant Ones. A previous solo release by the group’s songwriter and guitarist, Luke Sneyd, included an early demo of his… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – For Colored Girls

DVD: For Colored Girls (2010). Based on Ntozake Shange’s play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Director: Tyler Perry. Cast: Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington. Black Women Negotiating Social Justice for Women at Large Whoopi Goldberg plays… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – It’s Kind of a Funny Story

DVD: It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Focus Features 2010) Genre: Drama, Comedy The Movie about America That America Just didn’t Get Craig is a suicidal teenager. He is crushed under absurdly unrealistic societal and familial expectations, and he isn’t even given the resources with which to meet them. Worst of all, he doesn’t yet… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Amanda Martinez, Part II

Amanda Martinez is a Canadian singer-songwriter of jazz and Latin music. In 2010 she performed in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the FIFA Fan Fests during the World Cup celebrations. She recently released her second album, Amor, produced by George Seara (who also has worked with Holly Cole, Herbie Hancock, and Sting). Amor reached… Read more »