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Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due Presents 'Black to the Future'




On Tuesday, Nov. 27, award-winning author and Cosby Chair in the Humanities Tananarive Due, hosted a conversation with actor, director and producer Blair Underwood, and science fiction writer, lecturer and creative consultant Steven Barnes.

Underwood, who  recently finished a successful run as Stanley in the mostly-black cast version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway, spoke about his life as both an artist and an entrepreneur, especially as an actor of color.

The actor is best known for his television roles in "The Event," "In Treatment," "L.A. Law," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Sex and the City," and "The Old Adventures of New Christine," and for film roles in "Set it Off," "Just Cause," "Madea's Family Reunion," "Something New," "I Will Follow," and "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the Seventh Day."  He also recently launched a clothing line, the BU Collection.

At the event, Due, her husband Steven Barnes and Underwood signed copies of their NAACP Image Award-winning Tennyson Hardwick mystery novels.