Author Archives: 100strings

About 100strings

Rodney is a storyteller who works in children's television and is an educator who works at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and at The Light Factory, the Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte.

The Show Must Go On

Marsha Jones is a writer and friend of mine from way, way, way back. Despite the fact that she’s up to her eyeballs in production work as she prepares for the premiere of her play, she offered to write this … Continue reading

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Doing the Work

At the start of every semester, I ask my students to name a favorite film and then I ask them to identify what makes that particular film so special. I do this because I want them to learn to analyze … Continue reading

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Revelations

Without question, Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line is one of my favorite films of all time. It’s not just one of my favorite documentaries; it’s one of my favorite films, period. That film tells a story that has thrilled … Continue reading

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For Colored Boys Who Have Considered “for colored girls…”

In 2009, I was asked to contribute an essay to the 2009 Writers Guild of America East Awards book. The theme was “Provoking Thought: Words That Made a Difference” and I decided to write about words that have never lost … Continue reading

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The Hidden Story: Jaleel Boone

When did they stop putting toys in boxes of cereal? Yes, it was a manipulative marketing ploy designed to increase profits – but it also increased the happiness of a whole lot of kids, myself included. I remember digging through … Continue reading

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The Story No One Can Ever Tell Again

THIS PAST JUNE, I traveled to my ancestral home in Fort Wayne, Indiana for my nephew’s graduation from high school. I don’t get back to the Fort often but when I do I always pay a visit to my former … Continue reading

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