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.
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7/14/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: 102 Yr. Old Harlem Dancer Sees Herself On Film For The First Time


In 2015, shortly before her passing, 102 year old dancer Alice Barker got to finally see herself perform as a chorus line dancer during Harlem Renaissance. 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

7/9/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK TUESDAY: A Day at the Races- Lindy Hop Scene (Colorized)

An excerpt from the Marx Bros. comedy A Day at the Races (1937) featuring Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers dancing to All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm performed by Ivie Anderson with the Duke Ellington’s Orchestra. Continue reading

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

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

Hollywood MondaysMPW-19440Harlem 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 with gangsters and corrupt police officials. Continue reading

6/26/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: A Hymn for Alvin Ailey- A Documentary Film

The documentary film A Hymn for Alvin Ailey goes behind the scenes of Judith Jamison’s Hymn and gives you a look at Alvin Ailey’s life from the perspective of those who knew him best. 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.

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6/16/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Maya Angelou- We Wear The Mask

Back in 1988, Maya Angelou described to a predominantly white crowd in Salado, Texas, how a maid’s smile inspired one of her most enduring poems. She says she wrote it to honor a maid she once watched ride the bus in New York City. Continue reading