Thanksgiving signals the official start of the holiday season. It is also the beginning of the holiday arts season and this week the excitement is palpable. Theatre aboard from City College to Hell’s Kitchen, music brings back the 60’s on the Upper Westside, with protest art in Chelsea; and while the Ailey company celebrates turning 60 in midtown, we have a group of over 60 “Sugar Babies” dancing in Harlem. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ken Norton is Mede, a buff slave, who is lusted by both the Plantation owners wife, and a male house guest. Mandingo, released in 1975, with its overt interracial sex scenes created a sensation at the height of the blaxploitation film era. Continue reading
In Mandingo, big black buck Mede (boxer Ken Norton) is raped by his owner’s wife Blanche (Susan George). Continue reading
Stormy Weather is a 1943 film musical produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an all African-American cast and serve to showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time. Continue reading
Jesse Owens stole Hilter’s glory and dispelled the Ayran master race propaganda at the Berlin Olympics. Owens won 4 gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 × 100 meter relay; his victories angered and embarrassed Hitler.
Creed (2015) A sports film directed by Ryan Coogler and written by Coogler and Aaron Covinton. The film was both a spin-off and sequel in the Rocky film series. Continue reading
Michael Jai White holds black belt ranks in multiple martial arts including three styles of Karate (Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, & Kyokushin), Wushu, Kobudo, Taekwondo, and Tang Soo Do, his broad background is comparable to other diversified contemporaries like Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins. Continue reading
Le Spectre de la rose (English: The Spirit of the Rose) about a young girl who dreams of dancing with the spirit of a souvenir rose from her first ball. Jean-Louis Vaudoyer wrote the ballet story. Continue reading
The Stair Dance featured in Harlem Is Heaven (1932): one of the first movies to ever feature an all-black cast, this film also boasts one of the earliest recorded versions of Bill Robinson’s famous stair dance routine, where he tapped up and down two flights of five steps joined by a shared platform. Continue reading
Megyn Kelley’s recent offensive Blackface remarks questioning wearing blackface on Halloween ended up getting her fired. Sunday Morning contributor and WCBS anchor Maurice DuBois looks at the long and complex history of white (and even black) performers painting their faces black. Continue reading