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 Richard Widmark as the hateful robber Ray Biddle. Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Purlie (1981) | Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell and music by Gary Geld and choreography by Louis Johnson. It is based on Davis’s 1961 plaPurlie Victorious, which was later made into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days! and which included many of the original Broadway cast, including Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Beah Richards, Godfrey Cambridge and Sorrell Booke. 

Purlie is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s platation. With the assistance of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, Purlie hopes to pry loose from Cotchipee an inheritance due his long-lost cousin and use the money to achieve his goals. Also playing a part in Purlie’s plans is Cotchipee’s son Charlie, who ultimately proves to be far more fair-minded than his Simon Legree –like father and who saves the church from destruction with an act of defiance that has dire consequences for the tyrannical Cap’n.

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell

 

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

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

(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

9/10/18 O&A NYC MOVIE MONDAY: Jungle Fever – Samuel L.Jackson “I’m Getting High”

Jungle Fever is a romantic dramatic film written,produced and directed by Spike Lee, and stars Wesley Snipes, Ossie Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Frank Vincent and Ruby Dee.As Lee’s fifth featured length film, the film explores an interracial relationship its conception and downfall against the urban backdrop of the streets of NewYork city in the 1990s. Continue reading

2/12/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Raisin In The Sun (1961)

Raisin In The Sun (1961) is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award  winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). Continue reading

9/20/14 O&A Its Saturday: Ruby Dee Memorial Service Livestream Today 11am

It is Saturdayyiqlwwzy7so8c6c6nzcrA memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee is scheduled to begin Saturday, September 20 at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. The service will be held at the Riverside Church in New York and will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald, reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and Sonia Sanchez, and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte. Dee died June 11 at 91. Continue reading