Were Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union
A powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.
One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.
In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
“Master Harold”. . . and the Boys
Set in , it was first produced at the Yale Repertory Theatre in March and made its premiere on Broadway on 4 May at the Lyceum Theatre ,  where it ran for performances. The play takes place in South Africa during apartheid era, and depicts how institutionalized racism , bigotry or hatred can become absorbed by those who live under it. It is said to be a semi-autobiographical play, as Athol Fugard's birth name was Harold and his boyhood was very similar to Hally's, including his father being disabled, and his mother running a tea shop to support the family. His relationship with his family's servants was also similar to Hally's, as he sometimes considered them his friends, but other times treated them like subservient help, insisting that he be called "Master Harold", and once spitting in the face of one he had been close to. The play was initially banned from production in South Africa. The play recounts the long, rainy afternoon that Hally "Master Harold" spends with Sam and Willie, two middle-aged African servants of his parents' household, in a tea shop owned by Hally's mother. Sam and Willie have cared for seventeen-year-old Hally his whole life.
Language and Meaning
Instead, the reader learns from the conversation among the three characters as well as the stage direction and author's notes that provide information about the setting, the physical appearance of the characters and the mood. The play takes place in South Africa, so the language includes native terms and slang expressions from that time and place. For example, all three of the characters use the word "ja" in place of yes. Hally's vocabulary and manner of speaking reflects his education and higher station in life, while Willie is deferential to both of the other characters, calling Hally "Master" and Sam "Boet Sam," a respectful term for brother. The author has styled the play's title to reflect something of its plot, placing "Master Harold" in quotation marks and
It's not mentioned, but apartheid is the law of the land. Two black men, Willie and Sam, dance as they clean the floor, practicing for an upcoming ballroom dancing competition. Sam gives Willie a hard time because he's run his dance partner off. It turns out Willie has a bad habit of beating up his girlfriends, and for some reason, they don't seem to like it. The tearoom's empty because the rain is keeping customers away.
Athol Fugard 11 June Sam has kept a table at the center of the stage for Hally to eat his dinner. Hally comes from the school and sits on the table and learns that his mother is not at home. He suspects something is wrong with his father at the hospital as generally the hospital does not entertain the visitors on Thursday. His father is an alcoholic and has an amputated leg. He does not feel good and comfortable with his father's condition. So, he is enjoying his father's absence.