December 16th, 2012

Maiden's Blush rose

Sunday

I lay down around 2:30 a.m. or so.  I'm not sure when I drifted off, but I woke at 12:45 p.m., which was a few hours later than I wanted to.

I got out and ran a few errands today.  It was very damp out, and felt like it was going to rain, but didn't while we were out.  I got gasoline.  Mom and I went to the dollar store, and I got a birthday card for Dad.  We went to the grocery store.  I got Greek yogurt because the teachers of the nutrition classes I took said that that was good.  I got cut-up pieces of melon, which is still a carbohydrate but probably better than things with refined sugar.  Not that I don't eat refined sugar, too.  It was getting dark by 4:30 p.m.

We saw P. at the grocery store.  Sometimes she works Saturdays, but I didn't think she worked Sundays.  Hopefully she'll get a day off during the week.  She said she was getting a cold.  I'll give her a call in the next couple of days to see if she's feeling better.

Once we got home, I used the sunlight-like lamp.  You're supposed to use it first thing, but I've been using it at varied hours of the day.  I read more of African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960.  There's a fair amount of psychoanalysis in it, and I'd prefer if the book had stuck to biography, filmography, and discussions of attitudes of the times the actresses were active.  I'm not big on psychoanalysis, especially if it's someone the writer never met.  Aside from the dips into pop psychology, there's a lot I'm finding interesting.  Several of the actresses became members of Civil Rights organizations and fought against racism that way.

There's some mention of how extensive the use of blackface was in films in the first half of the twentieth century.  I had been aware of the use of blackface in movies, but I had thought the use of it like that only went into the 1920s.  It went on longer than that.  White actresses played Black characters who passed for white well up into the 1940s, too.  Southern censors cut scenes that included Black actors and actresses out of films.  Some movies were made with scenes with the Black actors and actresses separate from the main plot, so they'd be easy to censor.