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Renée Westbrook's Writings

Short Story
Aug.23.2012
     One of the coolest things about rock and roll music is it has the ability to make you feel bigger and better than you actually are.  Listen to the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil” with its chaka-chaka jungle beat and you’re Mick Jagger in his Pony dance, purse-lipped prime.      If you’re a Rhodes Scholar...
Short Story
Jan.26.2010
Fabulous Realities No. 12, 1984
Moody was a pretty tall kid for a sixth grader.  She had long stick legs and clown-like feet.  Her skirt always hung long in the front and short in the back so that when she walked, the back of her skirt would flip up and down and up and down because her butt was so big.  Well, what she really had was a sway back, technically speaking.  She also had splotchy skin...
Article
Jan.16.2010
The Record Timeout Section
by Renee Westbrook Special to The Record,November 19, 2005 12:05 AM  The men of Pink Floyd may never reunite for a world tour but, then again, they don't have to. Based on the response of the mostly fiftysomething crowd Thursday night at the Bob Hope Theatre, the Australian Pink Floyd Show is the next best thing. Opening with "Speak To Me," the first...
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Jan.16.2010
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by Renee Westbrook Special To The Record, February 23, 2006 1:30 AM  "Color Me Dark" bills itself as a story about Black Americans' migration north in the years after War World I. In truth, it's really about something much simpler. Family. Jerome Hairston's adaptation of Patricia McKissack's award-winning book chronicles the Love family's migration from...
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Dec.30.2009
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by Renee Westbrook Special to The Record January 26, 2006 3:14 AM  When comic Scott Kennedy tells audiences he is homosexual, it takes many of them by surprise. After all, Kennedy hardly fits the popular stereotype. A former linebacker, the Texas native stands a brawny 6 feet tall.Of course, his mostly macho one-hour routine includes only 10 minutes...
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Dec.30.2009
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by Renee Westbrook Special to The Record January 31, 2006 12:01 AM  Pay too much attention to Willie Nelson's past, and you might miss something very important about who he is today. The six-time Grammy winner and Kennedy Center Honor recipient hardly ever gets sufficient credit for his musicianship. Well, Sunday night's sold-out performance at the Bob...
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Dec.30.2009
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by Renee Westbrook Special to The Record July 28, 2005 4:36 AM  Moving forward in life isn’t always easy to do. It gets particularly complicated when you’re one-third of the most successful female recording group of all time. Mary Wilson was just that, spending 1964-69 on the fast track to success as one of the Supremes. Those years and that experience...
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Dec.30.2009
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by Renee Westbrook Special to The Record December 01, 2005 12:01 AM  Christmas is about family, the joy of giving and good will toward all. It's also about spreading the gospel -- the gospel according to Langston Hughes, that is. The writer presented his version of the Christmas story in "The Black Nativity." Featuring the Oakland-based Allen...
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Dec.30.2009
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by Renee Westbrook Special To The Record July 28, 2005 4:45 AM  As a movie and a stage property, “The Full Monty” remains best known for its stripping males. In reality, the story involves men revealing their feelings as much as their bodies. “It’s about stripping your emotional baggage,” said Scott Viets, who directs the current Sierra Repertory...