Sunday, March 1, 2009

Jesse L. Martin reads James Baldwin

The calendar says it’s no longer Black History Month. But hey... I didn’t do all I planned to do in February, so I’m extending Black History Month by one week.

Last year, BBC Audiobooks released an audio version of James Baldwin’s 1963 book “The Fire Next Time,” recited by actor Jesse L. Martin.

Click here to hear a 4-minute excerpt from one of the book’s two essays, “My Dungeon Shook,” which Baldwin wrote in the form of a letter to his teenage nephew (also named James).

5 comments:

Geneva Girl said...

Jesse L. Martin's voice is HOT - like slipping into a nice warm bath! He could have been reading the phonebook for how much attention I paid to Baldwin's essay. What a voice coming from such a good looking man! What a way to start a Monday morning! Thank you.

neptune said...

Speaking of Jesse L. Martin, what ever happened to the Marvin Gaye biopic he supposedly left Law & Order to work on? Talk about a role being born to play...

Undercover Black Man said...

^ I was wondering the same thing, neptune.

The Obenson Report said...

It's odd that there are only 2 Baldwin books available in audiobook format... to my knowledge anyway.

"Sexual Healing," the Marvin Gaye biopic is currently in pre-production, scheduled for a 2010 release.

Undercover Black Man said...

"Sexual Healing," the Marvin Gaye biopic is currently in pre-production, scheduled for a 2010 release.

Cool. (Even though music biopics often wind up disappointing.)