PBS documentary revisits rise of Jazz Age in Paris
The period between World War I and World War II was marked by a cultural renaissance in Paris when a vibrant community of African-American musicians thrived in a section of the city called Montmartre. Many of the initial expatriates to settle there were black U.S. Army veterans who preferred to remain in France rather than return to the repressive system of segregation which awaited them back home in America. Another plus was the French’s rabid enthusiasm for jazz and their appreciation of it as a very sophisticated and innovative art form.
Catherine Elizabeth Woods Hughes was born in Omaha, NE, where she attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska. But before graduating, she began working at KOWH, a local Black radio station where she handled assorted jobs en route to becoming well-known in the industry. After a stint as a lecturer at Howard University’s School of Communications in Washington, DC, she became sales director at WHUR-FM in Washington, DC. By 1975, she was named the radio station's general manager, and four years after that, she and her husband, Dewey Hughes, purchased a small radio station, WOL, thus creating Radio One.
Book review: Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of The Civil Rights Movement
“I’m telling my Dad!” Four simple words that put fear into schoolyard bullies, teasing siblings, and everybody within earshot of your wail. Together, they made a declarative statement that conjured up a tall, imposing figure with booming voice and a long shadow – someone mighty who wouldn’t allow anybody to mess with you.
Book review: "The Bitch Switch: Knowing How to Turn It On and Off"
“What we as women have gone by in the past—the nice girl plan—is NOT working in the office, at home, or in life! In romantic relationships, we suffer because we hand over our power for love and turn off our Bitch Switch. In our relationships with friends and family, we are taken advantage of. In the office, we have been passed over and walked on because we refuse to embrace our inner bitch. WELL, NO MORE!
Grisly turf war takes toll in gratuitous gangsta saga
Some filmmakers are better at shooting fight than nude scenes which is probably why action-oriented directors like Sam Peckinpah and John Woo never had any steamy sex sequences in any of their movies. First-timer Patrick Pierre would do well to take a cue from those two screen legends, since his debut flick plays out like a jarring study in contrasts in this regard.
DVD revisits President Obama’s formative years as a community organizer
There’s been an explosion of Barack Obama memorabilia onto the market since the presidential election, much of it garbage just trying to cash in on the hysteria. This includes DVDs, although the best of the bunch for my money is this bio-pic which focuses on Obama’s life from his days as a community organizer in Chicago right up to the present.