Larry Muhammad

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LouisvilleKY playwright presents two plays kicking off Black History Month

Louisville, KY., – The Bard’s Town Theatre hosts a double bill of African-American themed plays to kick off Black History Month this year – “DOUBLE V”, about a crusading black newsman during World War II who helps persuade President Harry Truman to integrate the US military, and DERBY MINE 4, about an African-American miner, rare in today’s coal industry, who rescues colleagues trapped underground by a methane explosion. Written by local playwright Larry Muhammad, the two hour-long dramas will be performed at The Bard February 1, 2 and 3, each night at 7:30 pm. They are brought to the stage by a team of…


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Jockey Jim Showcases Life of Jimmy Winkfield in Play by Larry Muhammad

LouisvilleKY play by Larry Muhammad Begins April 30 They’re a rare sight today, but African-American riders dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby, winning 15 of the first 28, including the inaugural run May 17, 1875. One of the most famous was Jimmy Winkfield, arguably the first superstar jockey who rode winners at racetracks spanning a quarter of the globe. He was earning $100,000 a year in the early 1900s. This fantastic horseracing saga, with all the backside intrigue and fortunes changing hands against the backdrop of 20th century war and upheaval, is performed live each night of Derby…


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Louisville Ky’s Larry Muhammad takes audience through time, tragedy and trials in new plays

     Louisville, KY – The Beatles. Black Power. Lunch counter sit-ins. “I have a dream.” Hippies. The Kennedys killed Malcolm X killed Dr. King killed. Woodstock. The moon landing. Vietnam. Women’s Lib.    Desperately nostalgic for the sizzling psychedelic 1960s? Miss the draft-dodging, bra-burning, the sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll?      Come see BOOMERANG, a theatrical romp through the turbulent decade headlining “3 From Cisco”, provocative new work by Larry Muhammad, live on stage in the MeX Theater at the Kentucky Center Nov. 19-22.      It has the radical politics, the nudity, the ritualistic pot-smoking and other…


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THE WEEK: Forecastle Fans, Funtown Funk

It must be time for Forecastle, maybe the coolest weekend of the year to be people-watching downtown. And there’s the music, and the food, and the beer, and the bourbon and the 60,000 people who come here. Credit to founder J.K. McKnight and Holly Weyler McKnight. We’ll be Forecastling here on LouisvilleKY.com, so watch the site for pics from our guy Bill Brymer. Here’s a link to J.K.’s and Holly’s appearances on the Rusty Satellite Show. Hey Mom and Dad, Bring the Kids: At Forecastle, Rusty alum Emily McCay is offering a “parent comfort tent.” Here are some other highlights…


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Rev. Coleman’s Impact Showcase in Larry Muhammad’s New Play

For 40 years he was Kentucky’s most outspoken advocate for social justice. Bullhorn in hand – and affectionately known as “Buster” – Rev. Louis Coleman picketed every major institution in the state to advance civil rights, promote minority hiring and protest police misconduct. He won a state-funded pollution program limiting toxic emissions in Rubbertown. He made the University of Louisville hire minority subcontractors to help build Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. He pushed Louisville Police to recruit more nonwhite officers, and even forced the PGA to expand the role of minorities in golf nationwide. “When I view the scriptures,” he once…


See Larry Muhammad’s “Double V” at Ali Center Feb. 4

It was “the good war.” That’s how America portrayed its involvement in World War II: a righteous struggle of freedom against tyranny. But America in the 1940s had legal restrictions denying its black citizens the vote, and segregated them in rundown neighborhoods, poor schools and low-paying jobs. Black GIs were assigned to building roads and waiting tables at officers clubs. Military hospitals kept black blood separate from white, and white officers treated Nazi prisoners more respectfully than they did black servicemen wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam. Crusading African-American newspapers exposed these hateful contradictions with their Double V campaign –…


Murder the Devil, Larry Muhammad’s New Play, On Stage at Vault 1031

Former Rusty Satellite Show guest Larry Muhammad has a new play being performed this week. I’m going to try to go, you should to. Here are the details: Add to upcoming 9/11 observances this year a new Larry Muhammad play at Vault 1031 examining the prospect of homegrown terrorism and how it links to ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Titled MURDER THE DEVIL, it was a finalist for the Kentucky Theatre Association New Play Award in 2010 and Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative did a stage reading in 2011 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in…


The Great Halloween Debacle of 2013; Rusty’s in Old Louisville with Mike Berry and Larry Muhammad

The date of Halloween is Oct. 31. On that date, children dress up in costumes, knock on the doors of their neighbors, yell ‘Trick or Treat” and merrily collect bags of candy. Now when I was dressing up as a pirate in the South End, our biggest fear was that some sicko would insert a razor blade in an apple. When my kids were little, I walked around with the little Riddlers and SpongeBobs while my wife stayed home and passed out candy.