Hollywood Monday

2/12/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Sounder (1972)| Cicely Tyson | Paul Winfield | Kevin Hooks

Four Oscar nominations went to Sounder a moving drama about a family of Louisiana sharecroppers facing hardships during the Depression. The story concerns Nathan Lee Morgan (Paul Winfield), a black man sent to a prison camp for committing a petty crime. When his wife Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) sends their young… Continue reading

1/22/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Claudine (1974) Starring Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones

Claudine is a 1974 American romantic comedy-drama film, directed by John Berry. Claudine was written by Lester Pine and Tina Pine, starring James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.  The film was released on April 22, 1974, grossing about $6 million, a modest hit for the times. It was… Continue reading

1/8/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Hunt – Action Movie 2023 Full Length English

The 2000s brought a new kind of action movie, bigger and louder with more special effects as well as new action star, Jason Statham. The English actor, a former and model. portrayed antiheroes in a number of blockbuster action -thrillers. Continue reading

12/11/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Almost Christmas | Family Dinner Disaster

It’s the holiday season and Walter Meyers (Danny Glover) is hosting Christmas dinner for his grown children and their families to bring in the spirit! Until all hell breaks loose.Watch this hilarious dinner disaster scene from David E. Talbert’s Almost Christmas and thank your parents that your family isn’t this… Continue reading

11/13/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Carter High | Black Film Classic Starring Vivica Fox, Charles S. Dutton, Pooch Hall

Carter High is a sport film directed and written by Arthur Muhammad. The film is centered on the 1988 Cowboys of  David W.Cater High School in Dallas, Texas a team that fought through racial prejudice and a grades controversy to claim the 5A state title, only to be rocked when six… Continue reading

10/9/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Cooley High

Set in 1964 Chicago, Cooley High is a slice-of-life tale of high school students coping with the challenges of everyday life and growing up in the shadows of the housing projects. Continue reading

9/11/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Count Of Monte Cristo (1975)

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 1975 film produced by ITC Entertainment  and based upon the 1844 novel The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.It was directed by David Greene and starred Richard Chamberlain as Edmond Dantès, Kate Nelligan as Mercedes, Tony Curtis as Fernand Mondego, Louis Jourdan who… Continue reading

9/4/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Last Dragon (1985)

The Last Dragon  is an n enjoyable 80″s pastiche of martial arts, romance, music, and video, The story centers around  a likable young hero, Leroy (Taimak), who aspires to become a kung fu master. Trouble arises when the stories protagonist, a man who calls himself “Sho’ Nuff (Julius Carry) is determined… Continue reading

8/21/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

In small-town Alabama in 1932, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is a lawyer and a widower. He has two young children, Jem and Scout. Atticus Finch is currently defending Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a Black man accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, Jem and Scout are intrigued by their neighbors,… Continue reading

8/14/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: License To Kill/Denzel Washington

Businessman Tom Fiske (Don Murray) accidentally kills a high school girl while driving drunk, leading to a trial where he faces a manslaughter charge. While Fiske can afford a high-priced team of lawyers, the family of the late teen has no such advantage.Prosecutor Martin Sawyer (Denzel Washington), is determined to… Continue reading

5/29/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL: Madea’s Family Reunion

While planning her family reunion Madea, everyone’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, must contend with the other dramas on her plate. These including the runaway who has been placed under her care, and her love-troubled nieces. Continue reading

5/22/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past… Continue reading

4/3/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Wizkid – Made In Lagos [Short Film]

Afrobeats star Wizkid has released a short film entitled Made In Lagos which you can watch it below). The film, which is directed by Kuukua Eshun and Wizkid, illustrates his most recent tracks, Anoti, Mood and Steady and is named after his latest album. Continue reading

3/27/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Selma

Selma is a 2014 Historical Drama Film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches initiated by James Bevel and led by Martin  Luther King, Hosea Williams and John Lewis. The film stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson,… Continue reading

2/27/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: 400 Years – A Case for the Deliberate Destruction of the Black Community (2020)

400 Years – A Case for the Deliberate Destruction of the Black Community (2020) is the story of black people in America, from the 1400s all the way to 2020. This is a heavy history, full of pain, but it must be understood. Enjoy and wake up. A film by Kenjah… Continue reading

HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sidney Poitier- To Sir with Love (Happy Birthday Mr. Poitier)

A novice teacher faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class punks in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teens in the 60s. Sidney Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s tough East… Continue reading

2/13/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Brown Sugar: The History of the Black Female Entertainer (1985/1990)

Brown Sugar: The History of the Black Female Entertainer (1985/1990) is a 1985 documentary based on film historian Donald Bogles’ book Brown Sugar. One of the best docu-film about black female entertainers hosted by actor Billy Dee Williams. Continue reading

1/23/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sparkle

With a plot inspired by the history of the Supremes, Sparkle is a period film set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Continue reading

12/26/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Be A Clown From The Pirate- Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers

In The Pirate (1948) both Gene Kelly and Judy Garland fought to get The Nicholas Brothers (Fayard Nicholas and Harold Nicholas) included in the movie. They succeeded, but the Be a Clown sequence was cut by exhibitors in Memphis and other U.S. cities in the South because it included The Nicholas… Continue reading

12/12/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY HOLIDAY ISSUE: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a 1989 family comedy film, the third installment in National Lampoon magazine’s Vacation film series.Christmas Vacation was written by John Hughes, who based it on Christmas 59, his short story published in National Lampoon. The film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid. Continue reading

12/5/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Christ Child: A Nativity Story

This new depiction of the Nativity story recounts in beautiful detail the sacred events found in the Bible about Jesus’s birth over 2,000 years ago. Journey with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Continue reading

11/21/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Old Settler (2001)  Phylicia Rashad, Bumper Robinson & Debbie Allen

The Old Settler is an adaptation of John Henry Redwood‘s play starring Phylicia Rashad, Bumper Robinson and Debbie Allen, who also directed the production. Set in Harlem in the 1940s, about two sisters whose lives are altered when a young Southern man takes temporary lodging in their apartment. Continue reading

10/24/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Scary Movie 4 – Full Movie

Scary Movie 4 is a American Horror parody film.This is the fourth installment in the Scary Movie Film Series, as well as the first film in the franchise to be released under The Weinstein Company banner since the purchase of Dimension Films from Disney. It was directed by David Zucker, written by… Continue reading

10/17/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- HALLOWEEN EDITION:  Woman No Cry! (Dance Scene) And Maximillian’s Death Scene- Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)

Maximillian (Eddie Murphy) is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for… Continue reading

9/12/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: CGI Animated Short Film: “Gladius” by ESMA | CGMeetup

CGI 3D Animated Short Film: Gladius Animated Short Film by Margaux Latapie, Grégory Diaz, Florian Cazes, Marie-Charlotte Deshayes-Ducos, Clément Petellaz, Baptiste Ouvrard, Jimmy Natchoo, Guillaume Mellet at ESMA. Featured on CGMeetup Gallery. Continue reading

6/6/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- PRIDE: Paris is Burning

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end… Continue reading

4/18/22 (Repost) O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Shakespeare’s King Lear. James Earl Jones, NYC Shakespeare Festival, 1974

Reposted by popular demand O&A NYC Magazine present an extraordinary live performance of William Shakespeare’s King Lear with the one and only James Earl Jones in the title role. Filmed in 1974 before a live audience in Central Park for the New York Shakespeare Festival the production featured  Jones, Paul Sorvino and… Continue reading

4/4/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: White Night Opening Credits

The opening ballet sequence, Le Jeune Homme et La Mort, originally choreographed by Roland Petit in 1946 and performed anew by Baryshnikov and Florence Faure, was filmed at the Bristol Hippodrome.  Continue reading

3/14/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Hardest Part – A Short Film By Michael J. Dennis

Michael J. Dennis final film at NYU. Starring Seth Gilliam, Yvonna Kopacz and Issac Bright.Remastered from original camera negative in 2017 by Technicolor Canada. Written, Produced, Directed and Edited by Michael J. Dennis. Continue reading

2/7/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Mission (1959) | Sammy Davis, Jr., James Edwards | Buffalo Soldiers

One in this western anthology series hosted by Dick Powell, based on the works of Zane Grey. Dick Powell makes introductory comments about black soldiers service in the U.S. cavalry.  In this episode, the men of the 10th Cavalry, an all black unit known as The Buffalo Soldiers, has been… Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: MLK’s Promised Land (1967–1968 America’s Civil Rights Movement)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. Continue reading

1/10/22 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: No Way Out “1950”- Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark

No Way Out is a 1950 American film noir and drama directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Linda Darnell, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Dot Johnson and Amanda Randolph who portrays a doctor tending to slum residents whose ethics are tested when confronted with racism, personified by… Continue reading

12/25/21 O&A NYC MERRY CHRISTMAS: The Christ Child- A Nativity Story

This new depiction of the Nativity story recounts in beautiful detail the sacred events found in the Bible about Jesus’s birth over 2,000 years ago. Journey with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Continue reading

12/4/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: March Of The Wooden Soldiers- Laurel & Hardy

Babes in Toyland is a Laurel and Hardy musical film released on March 10, 1934. The film is also known by its alternate titles Laurel and Hardy in Toyland, Revenge Is Sweet (the 1948 European reissue title), March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers (in the United States). Continue reading

11/22/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Golden Child

As The Chosen One, Eddie Murphy‘s on a madcap mission to save The Golden Child, a youth with mystical powers who’s been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties, scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses Tibet to obtain a sacred dagger. But it’s… Continue reading

9/27/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY:Fallen | Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Elias Koteas

Warner Bros. Fallen is a 1998 American supernatural thriller directed by Gregory Hoblit, produced by Charles Roven and Dawn Steel, from a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan. Denzel Washington plays a Philadelphia police detective who is investigating occult murders committed by an apparent copycat killer. Continue reading

8/23/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Max Payne – Mark Wahlberg

Max Payne is a 2008 action thriller film based on the video game series developed by Remedy Entertainment  and published by Rockstar Games. It was written by Beau Thorne and directed by John Moore.The film stars Mark Wahlberberg as Max Payne, Mila Kunis as Mona Sax, Ludacris as Jim Bravura… Continue reading

8/16/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY:The Equalizer – Denzel Washington

  The Equalizer is a 2014 American vigilante action film directed by Antoine Fuqua, loosely based on the 1980s TV series of the same name. Written by Richard Wenk, it stars Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretez, David Harbour, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo.  Continue reading

8/9/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena (2012) documentary film that takes an unprecedented look into the extremely private world of Venus and Serena Williams. Continue reading

8/2/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Pinky (1949) Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters and Ethel Barrymore

Pinky (Jeanne Crain) is a black woman so fair-skinned she was able to pose as white throughout nursing school. Newly graduated, she flees south to visit her grandmother (Ethel Waters) after a doctor, unaware of her true ancestry, proposes to her. Continue reading

7/26/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Maya Angelou in Calypso Heat Wave (1957) 

Calypso Heat Wave (1957)  stars Merry Anders, Meg Myles and, as herself, Maya Angelou. Continue reading

7/19/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: As Summers Die (1986) Starring Ron O’Neal, Beah Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bette Davis

As Summers Die a 1986 film starring Ron O’Neal, Beah Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Bette Davis. The plot centers around a large area of land owned by an old black lady, Elvira Backus ( Beah Richards). It had been given to her by her one-time employer and secret father… Continue reading

5/24/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941)

Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat is a 1941 hit boogie-woogie popular song written by Don Raye. A bawdy, jazzy tune, the song describes a laundry woman from Harlem, New York, United States, whose technique is so unusual that people come from all around just to watch her scrub.  Continue reading

5/3/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. Continue reading

2/1/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sounder (1972)- Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks

The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food. Continue reading

1/25/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Pumping Iron

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno face off in a no-holds-barred competition for the title of Mr. Olympia in this critically-acclaimed film that made Schwarzenegger a household name. Continue reading

1/18/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: King in the Wilderness

HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Film Foundation present King in the Wilderness. The documentary chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as… Continue reading

12/28/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Gone Are The Days! aka Purlie Victorious (1963) | Ruby Dee Ossie Davis

Gone Are the Days! (aka Purlie Victorious / The Man From C.O.T.T.O.N.) is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Godfrey Cambridge. It is based on the 1961 Broadway play Purlie Victorious, which was written by Davis. Continue reading

12/7/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas also known as one of Tim Burton’s biggest project.American stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced and conceived by Tim Burton.  Continue reading

11/30/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) -Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals

An African-American man is hired to find a woman, and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. Continue reading

11/23/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Cindy (1978)- Cinderella In Harlem

Cindy is a 1978 American musical television film that features an entirely African-American cast. Directed by William A. Graham, the film is an urbanized retelling of Cinderella. Continue reading

11/2/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Goldfinger – James Bond vs Oddjob

James Bond fights Oddjob in the climax of Goldfinger. Continue reading

10/12/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Hello, Dolly!- Louis Armstrong & Barbra Streisand (1969)

“Hello, Dolly!” won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1965, and Armstrong received a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance, Male. Louis Armstrong also performed the song (together with Barbra Streisand) in the popular 1969 film Hello, Dolly! Continue reading

10/5/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Stompin’ at the Savoy (1992) Starring Lynn Whitfield Jasmine Guy- Debbie Allen director

As the Harlem Renaissance flourishes in jazzy New York City, Pauline (Vanessa Williams), Esther (Lynn Whitfield) and Alice (Jasmine Guy) struggle to survive. By day, they toil at dreary jobs, dreaming of stardom, riches and happiness. By night, they dance their troubles away at the famous Savoy Ballroom. But when… Continue reading

9/21/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Hellzapoppin’ (Lindy Hop Scene In Full Color) 

Lindy hop is the granddaddy of all swing dances, a blend of African and European dance influences that is both uniquely American… and now spans the globe.  Lindy hop takes its name from the Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris in 1927.  If Tango is sultry, and Ballroom dancing is aloof,… Continue reading

8/24/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: In the Heat of the Night- Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger

Sidney Poitier, in one of his most-celebrated roles, appears as Virgil Tibbs, a Philadelphia homicide detective who, while visiting a small Mississippi town, will find himself falsely arrested for a murder and then, in a strained collaboration with the town’s sheriff (Rod Steiger), stays on to help solve the murder. Continue reading

8/17/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Good Hair (A Film By Chris Rock)

Chris Rock visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community in this exposé of comic proportions that only he could pull off. A raucous adventure prompted by Rock’s daughter approaching him… Continue reading

8/10/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Panther (1995)

Panther is a 1995 cinematic adaptation of Melvin Van Peeble’s novel Panther, produced and directed by Mario Van Peebles. The drama film portrays the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, tracing the organization from its founding through its decline in a compressed timeframe. It was the first narrative feature-film to depict… Continue reading

8/3/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Slaves (1969) | Dionne Warwick and Ossie Davis

Slaves, a 1969 American drama film directed by Herbert Biberman, was entered into the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Dionne Warwick (in her screen acting debut), Ossie Davis, Stephen Boyd and Barbra Ann Teer (founder of the new established the Harlem based National Black Theatre- 1968). Continue reading

7/27/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Ruby Dee- Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad (1964)

Ruby Dee plays the escaped slave Harriet Tubman and her attempts to rescue enslaved family members and friends through the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. aka “Go Down Moses.” With Brock Peters, Ossie Davis, Isabel Cooley and Ethel Waters. Continue reading

7/13/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Paris is Burning – Deleted Scenes Outtakes

Paris Is Burning deleted scenes and outakes including interview with Marcel Christian and footage of Avis Pendavis and Dorian Corey battling.   Continue reading

7/6/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Noah’s Arc- Short Film (2003) And The Rona Chronicles (2020 Cast Reunion))

The Noah’s Arc Webshorts That Started It All in 2003 Continue reading

6/29/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Harlem Nights Excepts

Harlem Nights is a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. The film also featured Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx  (In his last film before his death in 1991), Della Reese  and Murphy’s brother Charlie Murphy. Murphy and Pryor star as a team running a nightclub in late-1930s  Harlem, New York while contending… Continue reading

6/22/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Rosewood- Ving Rhames Is Mr. Man

Rosewood  (1997) a historical drama film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed black people and destroyed their town, the film introduces fictional characters as well as other creative departures from historical accounts of the incident. Continue reading

(Repost) 3/29/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Diana Ross- Strange Fruit From Lady Sings The Blues

Strange Fruit a song originally recorded by jazz song stylist Billie Holiday in 1939, written by Abel Meeropol and published in 1937. The song was a  protests the lynching of Black Americans. It was featured in the 1972 film Lady Sings The Blues starring Diana Ross.  Continue reading

1/9/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Liberation of L.B. Jones- Starring Roscoe Lee Browne and Introducing Lola Falana

A wealthy Black undertaker seeks to engage a respected lawyer to represent him in a divorce action against his young wife who’s having an affair with a white cop. Jones is seeking a divorce from his considerably younger wife Emma, alleging she had an affair with white police officer Willie Joe Worth,… Continue reading

5/25/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Offering (Film Festival Winner)

The Offering is an award-winning short animated film created in almost two years by a group of very dedicated Cogswell College (www.cogswell.edu) students. Since it’s completion in 2010, The Offering has screened at over thirty international film festivals and been proclaimed as an amazing piece of art and cinema. Continue reading

5/18/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1954)

One night, all the animals at Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm assemble in a barn to hear old Major, a pig, describe a dream he had about a world where all animals live free from the tyranny of their human masters. Continue reading

5/11/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sister Act – Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina Coelitum)

Salve Regina (meaning ‘Hail Queen’), also known as the “Hail Holy Queen“, is a Marian Hymm. The hymn was featured in the award winning 1992 classic film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg.  Continue reading

5/4/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Marx Brothers In A Night In Casablanca (1946)

In this Marx Brothers film, Ronald Kornblow (Groucho Marx) takes over as the manager of a luxurious hotel in Casablanca, in the aftermath of World War II. After discovering that both of his predecessors had been murdered. Continue reading

(Repost) 4/27/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The King and I

The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox. The movie was directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King and I.… Continue reading

4/20/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Island In The Sun- Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins and Dorothy Dandridge (Complete Film)

Island in the Sun is a 1957 controversial drama film. The film is about race relations and interracial romance set in the fictitious island of Santa Marta.The film features James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge, Michael Rennie, Stephen Boyd, Patricia Owens, John Justin, Diana Wynyard, and… Continue reading

3/30/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Moms Mabley – Don’t Sit on my Bed (1948)

Moms Mabley performs Don’t Sit On My Bed form the 1948 all-Black cast film Killer Diller. Continue reading

3/23/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Grace Jones in Vamp

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

(Repost) 8/4/20 O&A NYC DIVA ALERT! RAINY DAY BONUS: 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

3/2/20 O&A HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Cotton Come To Harlem – Iris, Officer Jarema and The Paper Bag

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… Continue reading

2/24/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Dear Basketball- Kobe Bryant’s Oscar Winner Short Film

Kobe Byrant’s 2018 Oscar winner Best Animation short film Dear Basketball Continue reading

2/17/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Hair Love- Oscar Winning Short Film (Full)

Hair Love, an Oscar winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Continue reading

1/27/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Dear Basketball – Kobe Bryant

Dear Basketball is an Oscar winning film, made 2017 American animated written and narrated by Kobe Bryant and directed and animated by Glen Keane with music by John Williams.  Continue reading

1/13/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Wallflower Tango

In this animated short, Charlotte discovers that it’s not valuable gems that make you attractive but the inner contentment. Continue reading

10/28/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Malika – Warrior Queen (Animated Pilot/Film)

Nigeria’s animated movie – Malika Warrior Queen, made its first big screen debut over the weekend to critical acclaim at the 8th edition of the Lagos Comic Con. Continue reading

10/21/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: A Zoot Suit (with a A Reet Pleat) [1942] | Dorothy Dandridge & Paul White

A Zoot Suit (for My Sunday Gal) performed by Paul White and Dorothy Dandridge  from the 30 minute short film A Zoot Suit (with a A Reet Pleat) (1942) written by Ray Gilbert and Robert O’Brien (as Bob O’Brien). Continue reading

(Repost) 2/22/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1979) Diahann Carroll, Constance Good and Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings based on the autobiography of the same name by Maya Angelou. The film first aired on April 28, 1979 on CBS. Continue reading

9/16/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth Dance So Near and Yet So Far (You’ll Never Get Rich – 1941)

You’ll Never Get Rich (Columbia Pictures) is a 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film with a wartime theme directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth. The picture was very successful at the box office, turning Hayworth into a major star, and provided a welcome boost to Astaire who felt his career. Continue reading

1/4/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The River Niger (1976) Starring Cicely Tyson,  James Earl Jones And Lou Gossett

The River Niger is a 1976 film adaptation of the 1972 Joseph A. Walker of the same name. The film was directed by Krisha Shah, and starred James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, and Louis Gossett Jr.  Continue reading

8/2/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Mack (Excerpts)

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.  Continue reading

8/26/29 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The New Girl in the Office (1960)

The New Girl in the Office (1960), a drama about the hiring of the first white-collar African American worker at a manufacturing plant. Produced by President’s Committee on Government Contracts. Featuring Ed Asner, Lou Gossett, Clarice Taylor and Gail Fisher as The New Girl. Continue reading

8/19/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Rufus Jones For President (1933) Featuring Sammy Davis, Jr and Ethel Waters

Rufus Jones For President (1933) starring Ethel Waters, Hamtree Harrington, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dusty Fletcher, Edgar Connor, The Will Vodery Girls, The Russell Wooding Jubilee Singers.  Continue reading

8/5/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Pip- A Short Animated Film

Pip animated short film presented by Southeastern Guide Dogs — A heartwarming tale for underdogs everywhere, Pip is the story of a small dog with a big dream—to become a Southeastern Guide Dog. Does she have what it takes? Continue reading

7/29/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Circle Of Life- Lion King Movie (1994) Featuring Carmen Twillie, Lebo M.

Circle of Life is a song from Disney’s 1994 animated film The Lion King. Composed by Elton John, with lyrics by Tim Rice, the song was performed by Carmen Twillie (the deep female lead vocals) and Lebo M. (opening Zulu vocals) as the film’s opening song. Continue reading

7/15/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: AMA – a short film by Julie Gautier

“Ama is a silent short film by Julie Gautier. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions. I wanted to share my biggest pain in this life with this film. For this is not too crude, I covered… Continue reading

7/1/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Benjamin Millepied’s Bach Studies with Aïden Carberry

In his latest film, a collaboration with choreographer Aïdan Carberry, choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied tackles the sound of music—JS Bach’s Prelude No. 1, in particular—within an earthy historical home that reflects the German composer’s own era, while the dance is injected with modern moves and gestures. Continue reading

6/25/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY (ON TUESDAY)- CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH: Birdcage -excerpt

The Birdcage is a remake of the classic French farce La Cage aux Folles, which became a Tony Award winning Musical. Continue reading

6/17/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar clip (1995). Elite Manhattan drag queens Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) and Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes) impress regional judges in competition, securing berths in the Nationals in Los Angeles.  Continue reading

6/10/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- CELEBRATING PRIDE: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (1994): When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the… Continue reading

4/29/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Mahogany- Diana Ross And Billy Dee Williams

Mahogany stars Diana Ross as Tracy Chambers, a struggling fashion design student who rises to become a popular fashion designer in Rome. Fresh from the success of Lady Sings the Blues, this film served as Ross’ follow-up feature film. It was released on October 8, 1975. Continue reading

4/22/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997 Film)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella premiered on ABC on November 2, 1997.  Cinderella proved a major ratings success, originally airing to 60 million viewers and establishing itself as the most-watched television musical in decades, earning ABC its highest Sunday-night ratings in 10 years. Theatre, Out and About Continue reading

4/15/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Bob Fosse- Air-otica

All That Jazz is the semi-autobiographical fantasy film based on aspects of Bob Fosse’s life and career as dancer, choreographer and director. The  musical film was directed by Bob Fosse with screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse. Continue reading

(Repost) 1/30/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sepia Cinderella (1947)

Sepia Cinderella (1947) is the second in a series of films produced by Jack Goldberg and Arthur Leonard, made primarily for the 684 theatres (in 1947) that catered exclusively to Black audiences that were kept out, or placed in a special balcony section, in most of the theatres in segregated… Continue reading

(Repost) 3/20/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Lady Sings The Blues (Big Ben) Plus Encore

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. Continue reading

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