2/19/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Stormy Weather- Featuring Katherine Dunham And Her Dance Troupe

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

2/12/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Raisin In The Sun (1961)

Raisin In The Sun (1961) is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award  winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). Continue reading

1/1/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Quarantine featuring Kyle Abraham (Essential Dance Film)

Quarantine is the first film in Gabri Christa’s “Another Building” series, which features short narrative dance films that take place in and around historic buildings and sites connected to the Dutch History. An older man looks at his younger self (Kyle Abraham) explore an old quarantine building for enslaved Africans. Continue reading

11/6/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: From Dusk Till Dawn – Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek did not have a choreographer for her dance. Director Robert Rodriguez just told her to feel the music and dance to it. Rodriguez would later use the same tactic with Jessica Alba in Sin City (2005).  Continue reading

10/30/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Coming To America (1988)- Paula Abdul Choreography

Paula Abdul talks about choreographing Coming To America, “This was one of my moments of having to really prove myself, because I was still pretty new in my career as a choreographer. John Landis, the director, wanted the person that choreographed Janet Jackson. I was still a Laker Girl. I went in and he looked at me and said, ‘What are you, a teenager?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I am!’ Continue reading

10/16/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- HALLOWEEN EDITION: The Devil’s Daughter (1991)

This stylishly photographed horror movie centers upon a beautiful, good-hearted schoolteacher whose life becomes a living hell after she is chosen to bear the son of Satan. Her horrible ordeal begins when an ancient enigmatic traveller places an ancient, supposedly extinct, insect up her nose.  Continue reading

8/28/17 O&A NYC Hollywood Monday: Aaliyah- Queen Of The Damned

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Queen of the Damned was released six months after Aaliyah’s death and is dedicated to her memory. The 2002 vampire horror film is a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned. Continue reading

8/7/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Billie Holiday her songs from the film New Orleans

Billie Holiday in the 1947 film New Orleans. This video contains Holiday’s songs only- Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (two versions), Farewell To Storyville, and The Blues Are Brewin’. Continue reading

7/17/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Mack


The Mack (1973), follows the rise and fall of Goldie, an Oakland pimp. The  film directed by California native Michael Campus, and starred Max Julien and Richard Pryor with Oscar-nominee Juanita Moore, and Tony nominated actor Dick Anthony Williams. The movie was filmed in Oakland, California. 

After returning home from a 5-year prison sentence, he returns home to find his brother involved in Black nationalism. Goldie decides to take an alternative path, striving to become the city’s biggest pimp

The Mack- Pimpins Big Business
 

All pimps need some time to get together and flaunt their hoes and spoils of the game. And what better place to do it than at the Player’s Ball.

The Players Ball

7/3/17 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: “FLOAT” – A Short Film (Just For The Thrill Of It)

Mikey Murphy is a multi-hyphenate actor, writer, director, and producer. His career began on YouTube making short films, narratives, and video blogs for over 1.2 million viewers and later transitioned into acting/directing traditional films and television. Continue reading