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Meet the host of “Holding Fast The Dream” 0

Hawai‘i actress Wendy Pearson will host the one-hour film, Holding Fast The Dream, now in production for a Fall release. Ms. Pearson most recently appeared on the hit television series Lost, and won a Po‘okela Award for her role as Rose Maxon in Fences, produced by The Actors Group. She earned a Bachelor of Arts [...]

Winter Institute for Black Studies 0

Holding Fast The Dream was featured at the Third Biennial Winter Institute for Black Studies in January 2009. The conference included scholars from around the nation examining the theme, The “Alternative” African Diaspora–a topic appropriate for the film’s focus on little-known Black communities that have emerged and thrived. A 22-minute sample work of the film [...]

Production Nears Completion 0

Principal photography on Holding Fast The Dream is nearly complete, after a two-day shoot on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawai‘i in June. Among the subjects: Honolulu Symphony violinist Fumiko Wellington, and jazz icon Azure McCall, who are pictured above. They are part of the the film’s treatment of African Americans in arts and [...]

Alice Ball honored by U.H. 0

The young African American researcher who pioneered the first effective treatment for Hansen’s Disease–but received little credit for it–was honored by the University of Hawai‘i almost ninety years after her death. Alice Ball was awarded the Regents’ Medal of Distinction for her achievements in a ceremony emceed by U.H. Dean Emeritus Miles M. Jackson, pictured [...]

U.H.-Manoa Colloquium Features “Holding Fast The Dream” 0

Holding Fast The Dream was the featured centerpiece of February’s Women’s Studies Colloquium Series at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. Producer and U.H. Dean Emeritus Miles Jackson and U.H. faculty members Kathryn Takara and Elisa Joy White discussed the history and issues of Hawai‘i’s African American community with a focus on the role and achievements of [...]