TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Actor-director Clark Johnson on Hollywood, filmmaking, race and Obama
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Clark Johnson is an actor and director of vast experience. He’s best known for playing Det. Meldrick Lewis on seven seasons of NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, but one of his earliest roles was in two episodes of CTV’s The Littlest Hobo.
He also directed the blockbuster feature film SWAT which earned $207 million worldwide, television shows such as The Shield, Soul Food, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Third Watch and La Femme Nikita, and the forthcoming feature Chinese Wall.
He has numerous Canadian connections, having lived in
Clark Johnson recently starred in season 5 of HBO’s The Wire as newspaper editor Gus Haynes, and directed the first two and the final episode of that series.
Stay tuned in the weeks to come on The Terrordome, when I’ll be presenting a feature series on The Wire, and what it says about race, policing and power in the
I’ll be speaking with actors, directors, writers and producers of the series, as well as sociologists, political scientists, journalists, critics and others who are keenly interested in the impact of a show which has routinely been called the best American television series ever.
Clark Johnson spoke with me by telephone from his home in
We started by discussing Johnson’s connections to his adopted home of
Clark Johnson informed me during our discussion that he had been campaigning to help Barack Obama win the presidential nomination of the US Democratic Party. I asked him what he thought about how Barack Obama had dealt with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the influential
Last fall, South African novelist Rozena Maart visited
In 1987 when she was 24, Maart was nominated for the “Woman of the Year” award hosted in
Maart spoke in November with another African-Canadian programmer at FM88, Yo’vella Mizraahi-Ellis of the CJSR programme News Room. She discussed with Maart the vicious reality that fighting Whitesupremacy in apartheid and neo-apartheid