6/18/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Lady Sings The Blues (Big Ben) Plus Encore performance

Hollywood Mondays

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Lady Sings The Blues is the story of jazz singer Billie Holiday and is loosely based on her 1956 autobiography. The name of the film was taken from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.

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6/13/18 O&A Hollywood Monday: Grace Jones in Vamp

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Vamp is a 1986 comedy horror film directed by Richard Wenk, co-written by Wenk and Donald P. Borchers, and starring Grace Jones and Chris Makepeace. Continue reading

6/11/18 O&A Hollywood Monday: Cotton Come To Harlem – Iris, Officer Jarema and The Paper Bag

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Cotton Comes to Harlem was the beginning of short period in American film that featured black actors in leading roles and the themes dealt with issues from the African-American microcosm. With a screenplay by Arnold Perl and Ossie Davis, and  directed by Davis this action drama represents the black prospective. Much of the film’s humor is urban black comedy, which was groundbreaking in 1970.

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6/11/18 O&A Hollywood Monday: Cotton Come To Harlem – Iris, Officer Jarema and The Paper Bag

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Cotton Comes to Harlem was the beginning of short period in American film that featured black actors in leading roles and the themes dealt with issues from the African-American microcosm. With a screenplay by Arnold Perl and Ossie Davis, and  directed by Davis this action drama represents the black prospective. Much of the film’s humor is urban black comedy, which was groundbreaking in 1970.

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5/24/18 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK 5/24- 5/31: Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre … And More

Memorial Day is here!  The weather is finally getting warm, people are out and city is abounding with activity “24- 7- 365”. We have art celebrating popular culture in Harlem. Dance in Midtown and love is in full bloom on Staten Island. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

5/21/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Childish Gambino’s Short Film Chicken and Futility

Chicken and Futility, the three-minute short film by Childish Gambino is a stoner version of every extended conversation Tarantino’s ever put to film. There’s philosophical waxing about rolling joints as a metaphor for meeting girls, the socio-political responsibility of eating at Chick-fil-A, and moths hovering around light bulbs as a representation of life’s futility. Continue reading

5/14/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Breakin – Turbo (broom scene)

From the 1984 break dance movie Breakin’ the famous broom scene by Boogaloo Shrimp (Turbo)  Continue reading

4/23/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Great White Hope (1970)

The Great White Hope, the film and play are based on the true story of Jack Johnson and his first wife, Etta Terry Duryea and the controversy over their marriage and Duryea’s death by suicide in 1912. Continue reading

4/3/18 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: School Dance – Kevin Hart & Mike Epps

High school freshman Jason (Bobb’e J. Thompson) is trying to make new friends when his mother  (Luenell) decides to drive him home. This comedy stars Mike Epps as Principal Rogers, George Lopez as Oscar, Katt William as Darren and Wilmer Valderrama as Flaco directed by Nick Cannon. Continue reading

4/2/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Vogue Femm – Starring Dashaun “Evisu” Wesley

 Vogue Femm– a short dance film Starring Dashaun Wesley Director: Sailey Williams. Continue reading