Author Archive | Ashunda Norris

Ariana-Klay (right) US Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant.

Film Review: ‘The Invisible War’ by Ashunda Norris

The U.S. military’s stance on sexual assault prevention is a joke. The shot of a poster that reads, “Don’t risk it. Ask her when she’s sober.” flashes across the screen. I chuckle then nearly choke on my laughter as the former director of the Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Dr. Kaye Whitley […]

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Film Review: ‘Crooked Arrows’ by Ashunda Norris

Did you know, dear reader, that the sport of lacrosse was created by Native Americans? Well, I sure didn’t until I watched the film Crooked Arrows, which is an educational force as much as it is a feel good sports film. Brandon Routh (of Superman Returns) stars as Joe Logan, a mixed-blood Native American who […]

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The Raleighs and the Novaks in a heated war of words in "God of Carnage". From left to right: Vanessa Lock, Paul Morella, Naomi Jacobson, and Andy Brownstein. Photo by Scott Suchman.

‘God of Carnage’ at Signature Theatre by Ashunda Norris

I absolutely loathe the fact that people must pretend to like one another for the sake of appearances and are deemed socially inept if they don’t go along with the status quo. Most people only unravel after the company has left their home. French playwright, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage explores exactly what happens when […]

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‘Passing Strange’ at Howard University by Ashunda Norris

To be marginalized for being Black is one thing. To be marginalized for being different and Black is another. Stew and Heidi’s semi-autobiographical rock musical Passing Strange directed by Eric Ruffin, examines this idea through song, dance and quite a bit of humor. This musical, like the protagonist Youth (Galen Williams), breaks the conventional mold […]

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