Great African-American Poetry: "Gone Boy" (00:20)
Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee recite "Gone Boy" by Langston Hughes. Because a man stays out all night, he misses work. This performance is from an episode of "Camera Three" in which Davis and Dee perform poetry about the African-American experience.
Davis and Dee recite the poem by Hughes. The narrator explains that by liking others, he survives living in the ghetto.
Davis recites the poem by Hughes. Hughes asks the mourners to wear red because his death makes no sense.
Dee recites the poem by Hughes. The narrator asks if his or her significant other understands her point of view.
Davis recites the poem by Hughes. A wife decides to play her dying husband's dream number.
"Still Here" (00:18)
Dee recites the poem by Hughes. The narrator explains how natural forces are against her, but she is resilient.
"Bad Morning" (00:05)
Davis recites the poem by Hughes. The narrator is frustrated because his shoes are mismatched.
"Final Curve" (00:09)
Dee recites the poem by Hughes. Watch an excerpt of the performance.
"Quiet Girl" (01:03)
Davis and Dee recite the poem. The two actors co-starred in "A Raisin in the Sun." Today on "Camera Three," Davis and Dee chose to perform selections of African-American poetry. (Credits)
"Apology for Rhyming" (00:35)
Dee performs the poem written by Davis. Watch an excerpt of the performance.
"First to a Suicide" (00:46)
Davis performs a poem he wrote.
"Pete at the Zoo" (00:17)
Davis performs a poem written by Gwendolyn Brooks. The author compares herself to an elephant.
"We Real Cool" (00:32)
Dee recites the poem by Brooks. Dropouts think they will die soon.
"Kitchenette Building" (00:47)
Dee and Davis perform the poem. The family defers their dreams in order to survive.
"Madam and the Census Man" (00:38)
Dee recites the poem by Hughes. A woman gets frustrated when a census worker attempts to change her name.
"Madam and the Rent Man" (00:33)
Davis recites the poem by Hughes. A tenant fights back against an apartment agent who will not fix up the apartment.
"Me and the Mule" (00:16)
Davis recites the poem by Hughes about racial pride.
"Morning After" (00:40)
Davis recites the poem by Hughes. The narrator drank some bad alcohol and woke to his wife snoring.
Davis recites the poem by Hughes. A man arrives home to discover his lover has left him.
"The Old-Marrieds" (00:35)
Dee recites the poem by Brooks that creates a portrait of an aging couple.
"A Toast" (00:28)
Davis recites the poem by Frank Horne. A lover muses on the object of his desire.
"Border Line" (00:19)
Dee recites the poem by Hughes. The narrator muses on how similar here and there is.
Davis recites the poem by Angelina Weld Grimke. The author comments on the blood and labor that slaves gave while working on plantations in the South.
"Sister Lou" (01:27)
Dee recites the poem by Sterling Brown. Brown incorporates southern dialect into his verse.
"When Malindy Sings" (01:13)
Davis recites the poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. The narrator criticizes Miss Lucy, because she will never be able to sing well.
"Molly Means" (02:30)
Davis and Dee recite the poem by Margaret Walker. Molly Means cast a spell on another woman, and was cursed.
Davis and Dee recite the poem by Brown, which depicts the hardship and struggle for the African American.
Dee recites the poem by Countee Cullen. The narrator relates the only event she remembers about visiting in Baltimore was a racial slur.
"A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon" (08:15)
Brooks wrote this poem about the wife of the man who murdered Emmett Till. Watch Dee recite the poem in its entirety.
"For a Poet" (01:30)
Macandrew thanks publishers for allowing the poems to be heard on "Camera Three." Listen to Davis and Dee perform the poem by Cullen.
Credits: Great African-American Poetry Performed (00:35)
Credits: Great African-American Poetry Performed
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