Swami X: Stand-Up Comedy on the Boardwalk | KCET
Swami X: Stand-Up Comedy on the Boardwalk
Swami X belongs to an older generation of boardwalk performers from the 1970's. During that time he concerned himself less with making a dollar and more with scoring a girl. He once flowed poetic one liners soaked in sexual revelry, often participating in political animosity. While performing, he felt his intellect was on display and poetry on the boardwalk was more than a mere gimmick as he feels the boardwalk has become. He once drew crowds of fans, among them, the young present mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa. The development surge of Marina del Rey in the late seventies, has turned him from entertainer to spectacle, and while he remains Swami X, the boardwalk has replaced it's raw performers with a more polished clientele. He retired in 1985.
Vow of Silence
I used to do stand up comedy for about twenty years. For me it was reentry into humanity, reentry into interacting with people because my mother split when I was twelve. I was disenchanted with life and people so I took a vow of silence.
Drawn to Life
"They are drawn to the life. The pilgrims were drawn to life in this country, and the Indians were live people, they loved life, they loved the earth, and they loved each other. The white man came over and wiped them out."
A Public Service
Bill Rosendahl - who's opened his home to me for the last thirty years - is a councilman. He persuaded the mayor to come down to present at Beyond Baroque a recognition of my public service.
Jennifer Ferro, president of KCRW; Kevin Kane, arts education and community arts scholar; and Ananya Roy, social justice scholar ponder the meaning of community. What does it mean to be and work together in society?
A Q&A will immediately follow the screening with Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins.
During the late 19th and early 20th century, many mass-produced black dolls were stereotypical, caricature-like and expressed racist undertones. Shindana Toys helped change the paradigm, irrevocably changing the toy industry today.
On November 24, 1965, the Louis Smith and Robert Hall launched an organization called Operation Bootstrap. The organization emphasized the importance of black entrepreneurship and used its business initiatives to shift public perception of black identity.
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