Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry:  Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart will open your mind and your heart to one of America’s most beloved playwrights who has inspired generations with her play, “A Raisin in The Sun”, but the woman behind those words was a well-rounded human being with a wealth of knowledge, heart and activism.

Sammy Davis, Jr. : I Gotta Be Me is the Ultimate Tribute to the Ultimate Entertainer

Sammy Davis, Jr. was the ultimate entertainer.  He could sing.  He could dance.  He could do a killer celebrity impersonation.  He could act.  He was a member of the Rat Pack.  And…he bridged the racial gap of entertainment like no other.  There will never be another.

Reconciling Personal Accounts of the Holocaust in Shalom Italia on PBS July 24th

Reconciling Personal Accounts of the Holocaust in Shalom Italia, Premiering Monday, July 24 on POVThree Italian Jewish brothers search for the cave where they hid from the Nazis Shalom Italia. CREDIT: TAMAR TAL ANATI On the run from Nazis, three Italian Jewish brothers spent months during their childhood hiding in a cave in the Tuscan countryside. Nearly 70…

THE MAKING OF A STAR – ON YOU TUBE PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW hits PBS

 The Making of a Star—On YouTube—in ‘Presenting Princess Shaw,’ Hits PBS POV An unexpected pair reveals music’s cross-cultural impact Presenting Princess Shaw. CREDIT: IDO HAAR By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in New Orleans. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Little does she…

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO Airs on POV/PBS July 10th

‘Last Men in Aleppo,’ Airing July 10, 2017 on POV, Documents Syrian Volunteers’ Heroic Work Incredible access, bravery and signs of life in a city under siege The year is 2015. Syria’s brutal civil war has been ravaging the country since the government responded with force to civil protests during the Arab Spring in 2011….

Friends Face Down Syrian Regime in The War Show, Airing July 3, 2017 on POV

Friends Face Down Syrian Regime in The War Show, Airing July 3, 2017 on POV Film depicts ongoing destruction in strife-torn country The War Show. CREDIT: BOND/360 Syria’s Arab Spring, like other similar movements in the region, began with hope. In early 2011, autocratic governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa seemed to be…

Los Angeles’ First Environmental Film Festival Free to Public July 29 at Hollywood’s Iconic Egyptian Theatre

Los Angeles’ First Environmental Film Festival Free to the Public Launches July 29 at Hollywood’s Iconic Egyptian Theatre Presented by KCET and Link TV In Partnership with D.C.’s Renowned Environmental Film Festival Saturday July 29 Festival Features Full Day of Screenings and Panels Including  ‘Water & Power: A California Heist’, ‘Rise: Sacred Water- Standing Rock’,…

#InspiringWoman PBS MAYA: AND STILL I RISE

We don’t know the heartbreak of never having a lifetime love. We don’t know how isolating and lonely it is to be a strong, intelligent, independent black woman. We don’t know what it is to balance love for a parent, even when that parent treats you as if you have rocks for a brain. These are the Maya Angelou private images that we would never know…until now.

Sundance 2016: Becoming Mike Nichols

For those that know me, you know that Whoopi Goldberg is my idol.  So much so, that while in New York pursuing my dream to get to Broadway, I chose to do a scene from “Ghost” in acting class.  While my teacher lauded my performance, he kinda read me by saying, “You were really funny,…

PAFF 2015 Review: Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swing With The Band

  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of watching a documentary called The Girls In The Band about all the women who traveled worldwide with big bands giving their male counterparts a run for their money.  One of the women featured was  pianist/composer/arranger/educator Mary Lou Williams.  Mary Lou is one of two women…