Music: The Moral the Merrier

"The black man has always known how to organize time in a joyous manner," says Oscar Brown Jr., black man and joyous organizer of time. "The rhythmic beat of black music is what has gotten us through all our troubles. White people can accomplish anything they can put to words. Black people have always been able to accomplish anything they can put to the beat."

Well, almost anything. In the new off-Broadway show Joy, Brown aims for an evening of theater, applying the beat to a collection of soulful soliloquies —on friendship, time, women, love, Adam and Eve and, of course, joy....

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