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And the Oscar Goes to...An American in Paris

It’s a love story filled with music by George and Ira Gershwin and dance choreographed by Gene Kelly. Along with five other Academy Awards, it won Best Picture of 1951. 15 more words

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25 for 25 - Everybody Comes to Rick's

“Scratch any cynic and you will find a disappointed idealist.” -George Carlin

Casablanca is to me the quintessential example of Hollywood alchemy and it comes right at the very point where the studio system was beginning to drop off from its golden years in the 1930s, explaining how the production was so hands-off from the Warner Bros.

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115th Street Library In Harlem Renamed For Harry Belafonte

A report from CBS New York.

Singer, songwriters actor and activist  Harry Belafonte was honored with the renaming of a library in Harlem Thursday. 633 more words


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harry-belafonte-115th-street-library-renaming.jpg A report from CBS New York. Singer, songwriters actor and activist  Harry Belafonte was honored with the renaming of a library in Harlem Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and other officials were on hand Monday dedicate the renamed Harry Belafonte-115th Street Library, 203 W. 115th St. Belafonte, 90, was present for the ceremony. As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, Belafonte said growing up, he overcame difficulties – as he calls them – dyslexia, loss of vision in one eye, and a lack of high school – among the stacks of books. “The library that I accidentally went to, and got caught in its rewards, shaped my life,” Belafonte said. Born Harold George Belafonte Jr. in to immigrant parents from the Caribbean, Belafonte told CBS News in 2012 that as a child, his family was so poor that his mother, a domestic worker, sent him and his brother to live for years in her native Jamaica. He returned to New York and, at age 17 and joined the Navy to fight in World War II. He had hoped discrimination Belafonte says he experienced as a black man would end with the war, but that was not the case. “I came back home to find out that nothing had changed,” Belafonte told CBS News in 2012. “Black people were still being lynched, were still being denied. We were still being cruelly relegated to second-class experiences.” While working as a janitor in a Harlem apartment building, a tenant gave him two tickets to the theater as a tip for repair, CBS News recalled. He began taking acting classes and sang to pay for them. Jazz standards paid the bills, but Belafonte said that the memory of the traditional songs of his childhood made him hungry to explore folk music, CBS News recalled. Belafonte landed a recording contract and in 1956 released “Calypso,” a collection of Caribbean songs, which hit a million in sales and launching a song, “Day-O,” high into pop culture orbit. Belafonte was later cast in films such as “Island in the Sun,” but he said Hollywood did not know what to do with its new black star, CBS News recalled. Belafonte was cast in movies as the leading man where the leading lady was white, and they were forbidden from kissing on screen, he recalled to CBS News in 2012. “They pulled the script and said, ‘We have to do a rewrite and fix this thing. And when we came back I saw that the last half of the script had been completely destroyed. All romance taken out… and I was just furious,” Belafonte told CBS News in 2012. “So my thought was, you can’t change Hollywood. What you’ve got to do is change America.” So Belafonte then began to spend more time on social causes, and talked to CBS News in 2012 about the occasion where he got a call from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “He said, ‘You don’t know me, but…’ and he started to tell me something,” Belafonte remembered in 2012. “‘Dr. King, I know who you are. I think the whole world is getting to know who you are.’ And then he asked to meet with me.” Belafonte became a confidant to King and helped organize the march on Washington. He grieved the loss of a friend when King was assassinated in 1968, and later threw himself into humanitarian work. Witnessing the famine in Africa firsthand, Belafonte assembled some of the greatest recording stars of the 1980s to perform “We Are the World” – raising millions for famine relief. More recently, Belafonte founded the Sankofa Justice & Equity Fund, a nonprofit that uses the power of culture and celebrity to bolster activism, the Mayor’s office said. Belafonte was honored with a Grace Paley Lifetime Achievement Award by the War Resisters League in 2013. He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the following year, and was honored as a Library Lion in 2016.

Million Dollar Baby Review

Million Dollar is two movies emulsified into one, one is a sports movie and the other is a drama. Many movies have attempted this transition and failed miserably, but the skillful hands of Clint Eastwood never errs. 860 more words


Illinois City Elects First Negro Woman Mayor

From News One.Com:

Illinois City Elects First Black Woman Mayor

Mayor-elect Allison Madison says she wants to focus on youth enrichment and other community improvements.

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Local Natives at Stage AE on 3.18

LA’s Local Natives have a headlining show at Pittsburgh‘s Stage AE on Sat. March 18th. The band just shared a new music video for their ‘Sunlit Youth’ LP single “Dark Days” (ft. 1,774 more words

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⟪月光下的藍色男孩 Moonlight⟫ : 銀色月光下,黑人孩子身上閃爍著的藍色光芒

奧斯卡才在本週落幕,無論大家原先是否曾經關切過這一年一度的影壇盛事,相信透過媒體反覆的播送也已經知曉本屆奧斯卡在頒發最佳影片時鬧出的大烏龍,也因此大家認識了這部擠下⟪樂來越愛你 La la land⟫成為最佳影片的電影 — ⟪月光下的藍色男孩 Moonlight⟫。就在⟪月光下的藍色男孩 Moonlight⟫在台灣正式上映的今天,我在結束一天的公益活動後得以前往觀賞,進而有機會享受這一部在內心不停發酵的影片,而發酵的成份無他,無非就是你我都曾經歷過的,那個似乎也在月光下閃弱著藍色光芒的自己。


在分享內容與心得以前,我想先簡短的分享我個人在觀賞這部電影時認為最特別的兩個特色:一是情節和劇情本身的現實性極高,二是導演建構情境的優異能力。這兩個特色是在我看完電影後最直接的兩個感覺,比起散場後慢慢回想、沈澱才浮現出的韻味,這兩個像是直接衝進腦海中的兩顆子彈,建構了我對⟪月光下的藍色男孩 Moonlight⟫的初步印象。

首先,是第一個特色限時性極高的電影。由於觀看的電影不多,因此聯想和解析的能力也十分有限,不過如果說到情節和劇情現實性極高的電影,在我腦海中會浮現的電影有⟪年少時代 Boyhood⟫、⟪愛慕 Amour⟫、⟪愛在希臘午夜時 Before Midnight⟫。(沒錯,不才想到的三部電影中居然有兩部都是理查・林克雷特 Richard Linklater的電影,可見我有多愛他) ⟪月光下的藍色男孩 Moonlight⟫帶來的真實感卻完全不同於以上三部的感覺,若要比喻的話⟪年少時代 Boyhood⟫像是一部長篇小說般把主角12年生活轉折鉅細靡遺地記錄了下來,⟪愛慕 Amour⟫像是部殘忍的紀錄片記錄著人衰老後的不堪和無能為力,⟪愛在希臘午夜時 Before Midnight⟫則是不慎聽到隔壁鄰居夫妻吵架的內容訴說著兩人長久相處帶來的摩擦和現實。然而,⟪月光下的藍色男孩 Moonlight⟫卻是一篇篇濃烈小巧的詩,將三個主角人生片段中回憶分毫不差地記錄了下來。 31 more words

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