INSIDE OUT / Beauty in Truth explores the resilience and richness of the celebrated author and activist
/ Xtra! / Toronto / Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Outspoken author Alice Walker once said, “Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.” Walker is known to many as the woman behind the wildly successful, groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Color Purple. Her rich literary career and advocacy work have always been fuelled by her deep desire to deconstruct society’s most complex conflicts — class, race, sexuality and gender — and examine the way they have affected the psychology of the African American community for generations. In the new documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, award-winning director Pratibha Parmar lovingly explores the life of a woman consumed by the beauty of language and its ability to effect social change regardless of the dark places it takes her.
The youngest of eight children, Walker grew up in small-town Georgia. She began writing poetry as a means to express herself and understand her world in the face of the crushing poverty and rampant racism in the Southern US during the Jim Crow era. Read More
David Jackson, USATODAY 7:20 a.m. EDT May 22, 2013
Now that an immigration bill has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Obama is urging lawmakers to pass a final product.
“None of the committee members got everything they wanted, and neither did I, but in the end, we all owe it to the American people to get the best possible result over the finish line,” Obama said after the vote on Tuesday.
The full Senate is expected to begin debating the immigration bill in early June.
The proposal passed by the Judiciary Committee would allow the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship, while also providing significant new investments in border security.
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