2/11/18 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Joséphine Baker: The First Black International Superstar

Josephine Baker was an entertainer, civil rights activist, French Resistance agent and the first Black international superstar. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. Continue reading

12/18/17 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Mae Kitt was an actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist.  Known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of C’est Si Bon and the enduring Christmas novelty smash Santa Baby. Both songs became US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the most exciting woman in the world.
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2/7/16 SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Joséphine Baker: The First Black Superstar

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Josephine Baker, a pioneer in every sense of the word. Baker had an initial impact on the Jazz era, and eventually culture and history of the 20th century. This film looks at the life of this extraordinary African-American entertainer.  Continue reading

9/29/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: Cabaret

Hollywood Mondays

large_oE89VVdKLVuy8KyRUP9zoYgGUOCabaret is a 1972 musical film directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York and Joel Grey.  The film is set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1931, under the ominous presence of the growing Nazi Party. Cabaret holds the record for most Academy Award wins in a single year without winning the highest honor, Best Picture, with eight awards. The film won the Academy Award for Best Director for Bob Fosse, Best Actress for Liza Minnelli, Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey, and five more technical awards. It lost the Best Picture award to The Godfather, which won three awards.

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