Paul Robeson, singer, activist, dies
Singer ~ Actor ~ Activist

Paul Robeson

April 9, 1898, Princeton, NJ ~ January 23, 1976, Philadelphia, PA

In 1925, he sang the first concert recital consisting solely of black spirituals, at the Greenwich Village Theatre in New York. ~ IMDb: Paul Robeson Sr ~ retrieved January 22, 2015 © IMDb

Paul Robeson was the epitome of the 20th-century Renaissance man. He was an exceptional athlete, actor, singer, cultural scholar, author, and political activist. His talents made him a revered man of his time, yet his radical political beliefs all but erased him from popular history. Today, more than one hundred years after his birth, Robeson is just beginning to receive the credit he is due. ~ PBS: American Masters/Paul Robeson Sr ~ August 26, 2006 © PBS

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During his attendance at the Hidden Heroes Awards in New York, director Steve McQueen has announced that his next feature film project will be on film about actor, singer, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson. McQueen, who directed last year's Oscar winning film “12 Years a Slave” and has ”Hunger” and ”Shame” among his credits, has brought on the legendary Harry Belafonte to assist him, although the capacity in which Belafonte will collaborate on hasn’t been determined. ~ Blackfilm.com: Steve McQueen To Direct Biopic On Activist Paul Robeson ~ November 18, 2014 © Blackfilm.com

Paul Robeson, Sr. ~ Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

Paul Robeson ~ Ol' Man River (Kern/Hammerstein) ~ Named one of the Time 100 All-TIME Greatest Songs in 2011 ~ Jules Bledsoe introduced Ol' Man River, but in a 1929 Broadway revival and in James Whale's definitive 1936 film version, the song found its ideal singer: Paul Robeson, a Rutgers football star and Columbia-educated lawyer whose charismatic presence would have propelled him to the top of any entertainment medium not hobbled by racism. ~ 2011 © TIME



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