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Monday, Sept. 24, 2001

REAL TO REEL

’Rocky Road’ actress overcomes racist assault to tell story on-screen

"This movie is about what people think but never say aloud - that’s what makes people uncomfortable," says Nicole Smith, star of the new independent feature, "Rocky Road." Comment.

LAST CHANCE TO SEE ’PANYARD’

Terry Boddie and Nicole Awai’s exhibit "Panyard" is on view now at the Five Myles gallery [558 St. Johns Place, (718) 783-4438] through Sept. 22. (Left to right) Boddie and Awai are pictured in front of "Gayelle," or stick fighting arena, one of the features of their multimedia installation which evokes the physical and psychological space of the panyard, the incubator of the Caribbean carnival. Comment.

LOST IN HISTORY

On a hot May night in 1951, a 30-year-old woman, attorney Bella Abzug, returned to Jackson, Miss., to appeal the conviction of her client, Willie McGee, a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Although Abzug had booked a room in advance, the hotel refused to honor the reservation and no other room could be found. So Abzug, who was pregnant at the time, spent the night in the bus station, and the next day argued McGee’s case in front of justices for six hours. Comment.

DEFINING AMERICANS

While the Brooklyn Museum of Art has been both critiqued and celebrated the last couple of years for exercising their First Amendment rights, the institution dramatically revealed its patriotic streak Wednesday by lifting its admission fee and unveiling a newly reinstalled American art collection, "American Identities." Comment.

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS

Red Hook has recently been the inspiration for a number of artists in a variety of media. Comment.

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