Sound Smart at a Party for the Week of October 21 – October 28 » Angela Bassett

“Not everyone can act, but everyone has a story, has experiences and relationships. This type of sharing shows how we’re more alike than not,” —Actress Angela Bassett, while hosting “Characters Unite,” in New Orleans Monday. The public service campaign, promoted by USA Network and The Moth, a New York-based nonprofit storytelling group, featured five men and women who shared stories of survival and triumph for tolerance. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“Not everyone can act, but everyone has a story, has experiences and relationships. This type of sharing shows how we’re more alike than not,” —Actress Angela Bassett, while hosting “Characters Unite,” in New Orleans Monday. The public service campaign, promoted by USA Network and The Moth, a New York-based nonprofit storytelling group, featured five men and women who shared stories of survival and triumph for tolerance. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Actress Angela Bassett hosts USA Network’s “A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power,” a public service campaign featuring five men and women who share stories of survival and triumph against prejudice, in New Orleans, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)