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By Lou Cedrone | November 14, 1990
On the Block,'' a film locally produced and directed by Steve Yaeger, will have its premiere at the Senator Theater on Monday, Dec. 10.Howard Rollins, the former Baltimorean who is starring in ''Heat of the Night'' on television, stars in the film. He will be present at the premiere. Marilyn Jones stars as a dancer on the Block.Blaze Starr, who has a small role in the film, will join Yaeger, Rollins and Jones as they unveil a commemorative cement block in front of the theater.A ''Block'' party will follow the screening.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Sun Reporter | April 1, 2007
Classic black musicals and a documentary on the life and career of the Baltimore-born actor Howard E. Rollins will be shown in May at a film festival at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. This is the second year for the festival, which is titled "Showcasing the Works of Independent Film Makers in Maryland." "I wanted to showcase directors from or in Maryland," says Nicole Shivers, who selected the films and is the public-programs director at the museum.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Sun Reporter | April 1, 2007
Classic black musicals and a documentary on the life and career of the Baltimore-born actor Howard E. Rollins will be shown in May at a film festival at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. This is the second year for the festival, which is titled "Showcasing the Works of Independent Film Makers in Maryland." "I wanted to showcase directors from or in Maryland," says Nicole Shivers, who selected the films and is the public-programs director at the museum.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | October 20, 2006
The late Howard E. Rollins Jr., a Baltimore-born actor nominated for an Oscar for 1981's Ragtime, will be honored starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. "An Evening With Howard" will include remarks from John Waters and a film on Rollins directed by Steve Yeager, an instructor at Towson University who cast Rollins in his 1990 film, On The Block. The evening, hosted by Kweisi Mfume, will close with the unveiling of a wax figure of Rollins to be installed at Baltimore's Great Blacks In Wax Museum.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | October 11, 1990
WILLIAM HANLEY'S riveting drama ''Slow Dance on a Killing Ground'' will launch the 30th anniversary of the Towson State University theater department. The production will be presented tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.In conjunction with the university's new affiliation with The Theatre Project, now in its 20th season, a joint photo retrospective celebrating ''50 years of Theatre in Baltimore'' will be on display. This exhibit marks the official collaboration between the two establishments in the presentation of experimental theater productions and workshops.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 10, 1990
Like a first novel, Steve Yeager's "On the Block" wants to get it all in.The movie, which has its world premiere tonight at the Senator in a benefit for the Maryland Food Committee and which will eventually play on HBO, is a gritty, ambitious, honest, occasionally ludicrous attempt to examine the culture of The Block, that strip of flesh and woe that inhabits East Baltimore Street.Yeager is a Towson State graduate and industrial filmmaker who heroically raised the $360,000 the movie cost, and shot it, stop and start fashion, over the past four years.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | September 19, 2002
When Andre De Shields was growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, black people who wanted to act and sing and dance were often looked down on by their community. In a segregated city in which black audiences weren't welcome at the major performing arts venues, he says, it smacked too much of a minstrel show, of shuffling and jiving for the white folk. That's why the Arena Players was so important. "It was a place where black people appearing before a black audience were living out my dream of one day being a performing artist," De Shields said in a telephone interview.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter | October 20, 2006
The late Howard E. Rollins Jr., a Baltimore-born actor nominated for an Oscar for 1981's Ragtime, will be honored starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. "An Evening With Howard" will include remarks from John Waters and a film on Rollins directed by Steve Yeager, an instructor at Towson University who cast Rollins in his 1990 film, On The Block. The evening, hosted by Kweisi Mfume, will close with the unveiling of a wax figure of Rollins to be installed at Baltimore's Great Blacks In Wax Museum.
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December 11, 1996
In yesterday's appreciation of actor Howard E. Rollins Jr., an incorrect name was given for the MPT-produced black soap opera he appeared in during the early 1970s. The series was titled "Our Street."The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 12/11/96
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January 2, 2007
Born to the late James and Etta Fields, made his journey on December 1, 2006 due to congestive heart failure. Known in Baltimore for being a part of the musically talented Fields family. He is survived by wife Hattie, children Jacqueline, Kenneth, Courtney, Charles, and Samuel, one grandchild London, one brother Alvin, mother-in-law Ruth Rollins, and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on January 6, 2007 at the Carriage Hill Community Center in Randallstown, MD at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to family's foundation: The Howard E. Rollins Foundation, 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | September 19, 2002
When Andre De Shields was growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, black people who wanted to act and sing and dance were often looked down on by their community. In a segregated city in which black audiences weren't welcome at the major performing arts venues, he says, it smacked too much of a minstrel show, of shuffling and jiving for the white folk. That's why the Arena Players was so important. "It was a place where black people appearing before a black audience were living out my dream of one day being a performing artist," De Shields said in a telephone interview.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 10, 1990
Like a first novel, Steve Yeager's "On the Block" wants to get it all in.The movie, which has its world premiere tonight at the Senator in a benefit for the Maryland Food Committee and which will eventually play on HBO, is a gritty, ambitious, honest, occasionally ludicrous attempt to examine the culture of The Block, that strip of flesh and woe that inhabits East Baltimore Street.Yeager is a Towson State graduate and industrial filmmaker who heroically raised the $360,000 the movie cost, and shot it, stop and start fashion, over the past four years.
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By Lou Cedrone | November 14, 1990
On the Block,'' a film locally produced and directed by Steve Yaeger, will have its premiere at the Senator Theater on Monday, Dec. 10.Howard Rollins, the former Baltimorean who is starring in ''Heat of the Night'' on television, stars in the film. He will be present at the premiere. Marilyn Jones stars as a dancer on the Block.Blaze Starr, who has a small role in the film, will join Yaeger, Rollins and Jones as they unveil a commemorative cement block in front of the theater.A ''Block'' party will follow the screening.
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By Winifred Walsh and Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff | October 11, 1990
WILLIAM HANLEY'S riveting drama ''Slow Dance on a Killing Ground'' will launch the 30th anniversary of the Towson State University theater department. The production will be presented tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.In conjunction with the university's new affiliation with The Theatre Project, now in its 20th season, a joint photo retrospective celebrating ''50 years of Theatre in Baltimore'' will be on display. This exhibit marks the official collaboration between the two establishments in the presentation of experimental theater productions and workshops.
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January 2, 2008
On December 18, 2007, JACQUELINE FIELDS; loving daughter of Hattie Fields. She is also survived by her loving brothers Kenneth, Courtney, Samuel, and Charles; grandmother Ruth Rollins; and niece London Fields; and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue on Thursday after 9. The family will receive friends on Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1501 E. Oliver Street at 11, followed by funeral services at 11:30.
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By Karlayne Parker and Karlayne Parker,Unisun Editor | December 3, 2006
Ten years ago this month, Baltimore and the entertainment industry lost a talented actor. In October, family, friends and others remembered Howard Rollins Jr. during a tribute ceremony at the Senator Theatre. The event included several receptions and a program that involved a sneak preview of a documentary by Steve Yeager, who directed the Baltimore-born Rollins during the early years of his career. The film was followed by the unveiling of a wax statue of Rollins, who died at age 46. It is now on exhibit at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum on North Avenue.
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