Friday, July 31, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Ten years ago the groundbreaking film Brokeback Mountain debuted in theaters across the country to rave reviews and became an instant classic. The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal focus' on two cowboys who have secret and forbidden love affair which carries on throughout their lives.  Not only did the film capture a truly moving love story, but it also introduced the world to the fact that gay cowboys do exist, despite the cultural hypermasculinity that exists in the American West.  Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, the film was adapted for the screen and produced by Larry McMurtry and his longtime writing and producing partner, Diana Ossana. The two of them won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award (among many others) for Brokeback Mountain, and they both join me today to talk all about the film and the impact it has had.  

Kristen Green grew up in Prince Edward County, Va., the only community in the nation to close its schools for five years rather than desegregate following the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. She attended an all-white academy, which was founded in 1959 by her grandparents and other white leaders when the public school doors were locked and the private school did not admit black students until 1986, when she was in the eighth grade.  The situation in Prince Edward County, Va  was so bad in 1963 that US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, once said that “The only places on earth not to provide free public education are communist China, North Vietnam, Sarawak, Singapore, British Honduras—and Prince Edward County, Virginia.”  In her new book Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Right Battle, Kristen Green details this little known event in American history and tries to come to terms with her own families involvement in the resistance to integration.  Kristen joins us today to talk all about the book.  You can also follow Kristen on twitter.

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