An iconic former heavyweight boxer is appearing on Broadway. ‘Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth’ is a one-man show that chronicles the fighter’s tumultuous struggles both in and out of the boxing ring. Directed by Spike Lee, the nearly two-hour show chronicles Tyson’s life from childhood and early boxing career. Tyson says this might not be his only foray into acting and that he would like to take more challenging roles in the future. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson “I have a lot of things I would like to do. Do my own Broadway shows as well, me and my wife, she does the writing. We already have plans to do our own shows, besides. We could do Mike Tyson Life as a Broadway play but I wouldn’t want to do that. I’d like to do other fighters lives, other people’s lives.” Director Spike Lee is famous for chronicling the New York City borough of Brooklyn and he says that no character is more synonymous with the area than Mike Tyson Director Spike Lee: “You can’t get more Brooklyn than Mike Tyson. And if you remember the film, ‘Do the Right Thing,’ the great Robin Harris had many references to Mike. And the side of Sal’s Famous Pizzeria we painted a mural, Brooklyn’s Finest: Mike Tyson, so this is history. This is history.” Tyson’s last professional boxing win was in 2003, the same year that he filed for bankruptcy. Tyson has since spent much of this time to his collection of 350 pigeons and staging public training sessions in Las Vegas casinos.
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The General’s Son. Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. Born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family, his grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His Father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai. Miko’s unlikely opinions reflect his father’s legacy. General Peled was a war hero turned peacemaker. Miko grew up in Jerusalem, a multi-ethnic city, but had to leave Israel before he made his first Palestinian friend, the result of his participation in a dialogue group in California. He was 39. On September 4, 1997 the beloved Smadar, 13, the daughter of Miko’s sister Nurit and her husband Rami Elhanan was killed in a suicide attack. Peled insists that Israel/Palestine is one state—the separation wall notwithstanding, massive investment in infrastructure, towns and highways that bisect and connect settlements on the West Bank, have destroyed the possibility for a viable Palestinian state. The result, Peled says is that Israelis and Palestinians are governed by the same government but live under different sets of laws. At the heart of Peled’s conclusion lies the realization that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals in their shared homeland.
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