Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Harry Belafonte My Song: A Memoir
What can you expect to discover when you dive through the pages of the just released Harry Belafonte My Song: A Memoir?
You’ll encounter the inspiring life of a great singer, actor, artist, activist, and black history pioneer.
Belafonte is a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, who conquered racism while navigating life’s road through Jamaica, W.I., Harlem, New York, and Hollywood.
He became enthusiastic about theater while working odd jobs after the war.
The Belafonte 20th century timeline covers friendships with Paul Robeson, Sidney Poitier, President John F. Kennedy, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Nelson Mandela, Robert Kennedy, Marlon Brando, President Bill Clinton, Robert Kennedy, and Fidel Castro are discussed with respect, reverence, and honesty.
Harry Belafonte’s passion for activism cuts right to the core of his community awareness. This part of his persona transcends what he may be most famous for: his calypso singer image.
As an African American history original, Harry Belafonte will leave a lasting legacy.
Watch his one minute video as he reflects on the metaphor of song, used in the title of Belafonte’s new October, 2011 book.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Black History People Android App
Discover the profiles of nearly 100 black history people in the free Black History People App for Android smart phones.
Authors, poets, civil rights, politics, education, sports, entertainment, art, business, inventors, law, medicine, science, aviation, and music are categories you can explore in the app.
You can Download the Black History People App directly to your Android smart phone using the web browser in your phone. Install it after downloading.
If you use a Blackberry, iPhone, or a full featured cell phone with a web browser…no problem. The app exists as it’s own website at BHP365.mobi.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Black History Month with The Color Purple and Malcolm X
Warner Home Video will celebrate Black History Month 2011 by releasing re-mastered versions of Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple starring Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg
Spike Lee’s Malcolm X starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett will also be released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Lena Horne Celebrates 90
Celebrating her 90th birthday, Lena Horne, entertainer extraordinaire, was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 30, 1917.
She was a 16-year-old chorus girl at Harlem’s famous Cotton Club in 1933. Horne’s legacy includes success with radio, movies, television, records, and Broadway.
Her first big Broadway role was in the 1957 production of “Jamaica” with Ricardo Montalban. As a singer, she’s won 3 Grammy Awards.
Horne has appeared in 16 Hollywood feature films.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist
In an age of specialization, Paul Robeson was known as a true “Renaissance Man."
He spoke or read over 20 languages, including Russian and Chinese.
Robeson may have been the most internationally famous African American in the 1930’s. He carved out a lasting legacy as a world class artist, activist, singer, actor, lawyer, and athlete.
A Phi Beta Kappa Rutgers University graduate and a Columbia Law School graduate, Robeson was the first African American “All American."
He shifted his focus from the arts to social causes in the mid 1930’s when he became involved in the labor movement. A 1934 visit to the Soviet Union was the first of his many international trips.
Paul Robeson was denied a passport by the U.S. Government between 1950 - 1958 because of his growing outspoken sympathetic views towards communism.
Mr. Robeson was an extraordinary talent and humanist.
Robeson’s legendary performances include roles as Shakespeare’s Othello, and Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones.
He also left a lasting impression in the stage version of Porgy and Bess. In Hollywood, he starred in Showboat, and King Solomon’s Mines.
There’s a new 2007 DVD box set, Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist, featuring highlights of his amazing film career.
The box set also contains an incredible compilation of all things Robeson, including the audio of a 1958 radio interview he granted to Pacifica.
Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist is an outstanding DVD box set appropriate for an intimate introduction to a man who is a unique personality among black history people.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
100 Screen Icons of Black History
100 Black Screen Icons is a new website that spotlights 100 of the most significant black personalities in film and television.
You can vote on your favorites in four different categories through June 29, 2007.
The new site is sponsored by the United Kingdom Film Council and the BBC.
Personalities in the poll are not just the usual suspects...
- Denzel Washington
- Halle Berry
- Ousmane Sembene
- Oscar Michieux
- (British actors) Ashley Walters, Sophie Okenodo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Adrian Lester
Amanda Nevill, Director of BFI, a co-sponsor of the site, says: “We believe the 100 Black Screen Icons website will not only promote the cultural and creative importance of black professionals in film and television, but will also inspire young people globally in the future to pursue a career in film and television."
"It is our hope that the website will become a definitive guide to black film, as well as an educational learning resource and entertaining medium which can reach a huge range of audiences all over the world."
The nominations have been compiled with the help of experts including directors, actors, writers and technical innovators.
Nominees come from the U.K., Europe, North America, Africa and the Caribbean.
Put 100 Black Screen Icons to the history test and vote for your favorites.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Spike Lee Directs Cinema Forward at 50
Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 20, 1957. Spike’s family moved to New York City in 1959 for employment opportunities for his jazz bassist father, Bill Lee.
Spike Lee graduated from Morehouse College in 1979, then studied film at New York University.
Lee’s 1983 student film, We Cut Heads, was screened at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of the New Directors/New Films Festival.
We Cut Heads was also broadcast on public television in 1983-1984.
Spike’s first successful commercial hit, She’s Gotta Have it, premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival in March, 1986.
Lee’s vision is to make realistic movies for and about real African American people that stimulate, provoke, and entertain.
His success in films School Daze, Jungle Fever, and Do the Right Thing, have paved the way for other contemporary African American directors, including: Mario Van Peebles - New Jack City, John Singleton - Boyz N the Hood, Matty Rich - Straight out of Brooklyn, and (Lee cinematographer) Ernest Dickerson - Juice.
When the Levees Broke, Lee’s acclaimed 2006 documentary about Hurricane Katrina, was featured on both HBO and public television.
Spike Lee’s entire filmography is available at imdb.com.
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