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From Black Engineer of the Year Awards

8:07 pm

Play Shaft theme song as play on, but Richard doesn’t come out on stage.

V/O Ladies and Gentlemen, a leading actor for the past 30 years in feature films and television, our host Richard Roundtree.

(PAUSE) RICHARD ROUNDTREE ON BACKSTAGE MIC:

Hey, that play-on song is not gonna cut it.

V/O AS DIRECTOR - What do you mean Mr. Roundtree?

RICHARD ROUNDTREE ON BACKSTAGE MIC:

What I mean is that I haven’t played “Shaft” for years. You need to get with the program . . . keep my image fresh.

I’ve been in over 70 other films and have worked with everyone from Clint Eastwood to Morgan Freeman. (PAUSE) I’m filming the mini-series “Final Approach.” I’ve been on “Heroes” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

So let’s try this again.

V/O AS DIRECTOR (NERVOUS) Okay, Mr. Roundtree.

I’m sorry, Mr. Roundtree. (PAUSE) C-c-cue the voiceover.

PLAY-ON MUSIC: BIG ACADEMY AWARDS STYLE PLAY-ON

RICHARD ROUNDTREE COMES TO PODIUM

V/O Ladies and Gentlemen, a leading actor for the past 30 years in feature films and television, our host Richard Roundtree.

RICHARD ROUNDTREE - Now that’s more like it.

Good evening, everybody. First I just have to say . . . to be appearing on the same stage as Jennifer Holliday is indeed an honor. Wasn’t she magnificent? [LEADS APPLAUSE]

Speaking of honors, hosting the 2007 Black Engineers of the Year Awards Gala is a proud moment for me to be honoring my brothers and sisters for the mark they have made on technology. It’s what happens when you aspire to inspire before your expire.

Though, I have been thinking that the day is going to come when we won’t be reading about the first Blacks who did this . . . and the first Blacks who did that . . . because it will be commonplace for Blacks to be doing just about everything.

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