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Ol' Man River, Neo-Liberalism and the Politics of Race

Ryan Speedo Green, a thirty-year old African-American Bass-Baritone who stars at the Metropolitan Opera, was born in a poor home in southeastern Virginia and spent several months of his childhood in prison. Thomas Chatterton Williams, an African American writer who lives in Paris recounts Green's story in a book review in last Sunday's Times. According to Williams, Green appeared at a fundraiser in Manhattan and after singing one song was asked for an encore.
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