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

6/13/20 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY ANYTHING GOES: The DL Chronicles- Episode 3- Boo

In Episode 3 of the DL Chronicles Boo (Oneil Cespedes) is an ex-convict, a mooch, and a player who lives his life on the DL. His girlfriend Kesha (Latoya Haynes) is fed up with Boo’s cheating and kicks him to the curb. Boo’s mother (Irene Amen) tells him it’s time to settle down. Continue reading

6/8/20 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, whom he suspects is the biological father of her unborn child. Continue reading

3/28/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: The Terrible Awful- The Help

Minny tells of the “Terrible Awful” and the secret ingredient in her special revenge chocolate pie.  Continue reading

3/2/20 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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11/13/19 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: All the Way Home (1957) (When A Black Family Moves Next Door)

All the Way Home: an examination of what happens in a community when a Negro family stops in front of a ‘FOR SALE’ sign. Dramatizes the unreason and prejudice which bar a solution to the integration problem in housing. – From the Prelinger Archive.
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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

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 Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

Opera Atop a Bus: Felicia (Guy Pearce) performs opera atop the bus, and then later shares a darkly humorous childhood story with Tick (Hugo Weaving).

 
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – Opera Atop a Bus Scene

The guys get an Aboriginal Man (Alan Dargin) in on their campfire performance of “I Will Survive.

 
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – I Will Survive Scene

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Ping-Pong: The drag show at the bar gets upstaged by a raunchy ping-pong performance from Cynthia (Julia Cortez).

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – Ping-Pong Scene

5/30/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: May 30th through June 3, 2019

The weather is warming as the days are getting longer this gives New Yorkers are time to be out and about. We have a tribute to an R&B legend at the legendary Apollo Theater, a first Saturday celebration in Brooklyn and seniors 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. 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.
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