Asbury Park-‘The Lovin’ Spoonful’ and ‘The Rascals’

August 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

‘The Lovin’ Spoonful’~ ‘Summer in the City,’ and ‘Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals’ rocked the Jersey Shore!

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‘Straight Outta Compton’- Compton, CA 1986

August 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

“You are about to witness the strength of street knowledge.”

“Our art is a reflection of our reality.”

“I’m a journalist, the only difference is, I’m brutally honest.”   imgres-1

“Straight Outta Compton” illustrates how emerging rap artists from the ’80’s, like Dre, E, and Cube, took risks, met, taught, and collaborated with one another, faced and overcame financial, familial, and artistic differences and obstacles together, were discovered and signed by music managers under a small label, formed NWA, went on tour, threw wild house parties, met many women, fought for their first amendment rights to sing about what they wanted without censorship, were victims and witnesses to police brutality, ie. Rodney King, broke apart due to artistic differences and pursued solo careers, and introduced newcomers like Snoop Dogg to their scene.  Must See!

As an East Coast vs. West Coast sort of thang, I took the Hush Tours, Hip Hop Site Seeing Tour of Northern Manhattan (Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem and Harlem), and the South and West Bronx,  The term ‘hip hop’ defines the subculture as a whole.  It is often used along with the term rap music, although rapping is not a requirement in hip hop music, and can be done on it’s own without the use of a DJ, turntable, or beatbox.

Grand Master Caz guides you in an air conditioned mini coach as you groove to the best of the best hip hop and rap songs (Wu Tang Clan), while teaching you where the birthplace of hip hop began on August 11, 1973, where, when, and who played at which venue(s), like Harlem World, the breakdancing movement with live performances, National Historic Landmarks, film locations for major motion pictures (ie. ‘American Gangster’/’New Jack City’), celebrity homes, an amazing photo exhibit of the Hip Hop Revolution from the 1980’s by photographers, Joe Conzo, Janette Beckmann, and Martha Cooper, famous theaters, churches, mosques, sporting venues of past and current baseball and basketball teams, graffiti walls and art murals of past and present artists (DJ Kool Herc), and video clips and music videos highlighting the most fascinating and the best of times during the 80’s and 90’s.

“Hip Hop didn’t invent anything. Hip Hop reinvented everything.”


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“We Come As Friends” -South Sudan / Oil and Natural Gas

August 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

In 2011, the majority of people living in South Sudan voted to secede, gaining independence from the predominantly Muslim population of Sudan, following traditional religions, Christianity, and Jesus Christ.

In 2013, when the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, fired his entire cabinet and his deputy president, confrontations with the former Civil War foe, Sudan, over oil and corruption ensued, violence between government troops and rebel factions broke out, hundreds of thousands fled their homes, were killed, and oil production fell.

Berlin Film Festival 29th Peace Film Prize 2014

Sundance World Documentary 2014 Special Jury Award,

In “We Come As Friends,” Hubert Sauper of “Darwin’s Nightmare,”
flies his small F-JRIX airplane to remote villages in South Sudan documenting the local villagers daily routines, their feelings towards the secession from the North, genocide in Darfur, Omar al-Bashir, colonialism, Chinese, British and American interests in Sudan’s natural resources, oil production, corruption, and being exploited for the land’s oil, gas, and hydrocarbons.


IFC Center | New York, NY
August 14, 2015

Laemmle Royal | Los Angeles, CA
August 21, 2015

AFI Silver Theater | Washington D.C.
August 21, 2015

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema | Toronto, Ontario, CA
August 23, 2015

Boston MFA | Boston, MA
August 26, 2015

Facets Cinemathque | Chicago, IL
August 28, 2015

Roxie Cinema | San Francisco, CA
August 28, 2015

Rialto Elmwood | Berkeley, CA
August 28, 2015

SIFF Film Center | Seattle, WA
September 11, 2015

Center for Contemporary Art | Santa Fe, NM
September 11, 2015

Gateway Film Center | Columbus, OH
September 11, 2015

Sie Film Center | Denver, CO
September 11, 2015

Austin Film Society | Austin, TX
September 16, 2015

Walker Art Center | Minneapolis, MN
September 17, 2015

Real Art Ways | Hartford, CT
October 2, 2015

Museum of Fine Arts | Houston, TX
October 16, 2015

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“He Named Me Malala” October 2015

July 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Take a first look at “He Named Me Malala,” a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s life, story and personal journey as an education activist. Pledge to see the film in theaters this October at

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia, and her family, are committed to fighting for education worldwide.

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“The Hunger Games” Exhibition at “Discovery Times Square”

June 30, 2015 § Leave a comment


“The Hunger Games Exhibition” opens July 1st at “Discovery Times Square” on 44th Street. Throughout the years, the “Discovery Center” has hosted King Tut, Dead Sea Scrolls, Pirates Treasures, Pompeii, Bodies, and Legos. This exhibit is every bit as cool! It’s a really fun thing to do this summer. See the costumes they wore, the actual sets, and learn how to dodge arrows. Take home your own video and photos of you and your friends riding a chariot, approaching President Snow, and reacting when your cape catches fire. The gift shop sells authentic looking memorabilia including Katniss’ torn knit sweater! Must own!


When and if you are in NYC, go and have fun!

How can you solve the world’s water crisis with a ‘SlingShot?’

June 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

“A really big person is somebody that doesn’t mind helping everyone else around them be big. A really big person helps everyone else be big and doesn’t use their bigness to help everyone around them be small.” -Dean Kamen- Inventor of the two wheeled standup electric scooter, the Segway.


Dean is still alive and inventing products that will help better society despite the rumors that he drove his creation, the Segway, off of a cliff, and died.

The documentary “SlingShot” opens with a stream flowing while a narrator explains that we can empty many of the world’s hospital beds by just providing people access to clean drinking water and distilled water for home dialysis. Fifty percent of all human illnesses are the result of water borne pathogens. The “SlingShot,” which Dean and his team invented, is able to take any type of water, whether it be ground water with metals in it, salty ocean water, bioburdened water, or urine, and make it suitable for drinking.

Learn what Dean Kamen was like as a child, the learning disabilities he’s had to accept, getting back on his bicycle after being bullied, his parental upbringing, his father’s philosophy on life, his own home which is complete with a helicopter garage, steam engines, secret passageways, and a wall of portraits of famous scientists, engineers, and inventors, including, Galileo Galilei, done by his father. Despite being a people person, Dean discusses his own beliefs of whether or not to start his own family, his inventions, his dreams of a time travel machine, his Ted Talks, and the initial stages and larger plans for his innovative “SlingShot,” water purification system, and how it got it’s name.

Will he collaborate with a well known soft drink company which already has it’s product all over the world with the hopes that they will assist the “SlingShot” to also be shipped to other countries all over the world?


An overnight success takes 20 years in the making.

Opens July 10th, 2015 @ Cinema Village in New York City, NY.

Opens July 17th @ Laemmle Theaters in Santa Monica and Pasadena, CA.

Opens July 26th @ PhilaMOCA in Philadelphia, PA.

Opens in August @ the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, NM.

Article by Sharon Abella
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“3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” at Human Rights Film Festival 2015

May 31, 2015 § Leave a comment

So many similar stories lately, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, and the case that it is discussed in “3 and 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets,” Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Florida.

“3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” goes into the courtroom of the trial for seventeen year old African American Jordan Davis who was shot by Caucasian Michael Dunn, when an argument ensued at a gas station on the day after Thanksgiving, 2012, over loud music coming from Jordan and his friends’ car radio.

Jordan and his friends, three mild mannered, African American teens, stopped at the gas station to buy gum and cigarettes on their way to go hang out with girls. Michael Dunn and his fiancee stopped at the same gas station to purchase a bottle of wine on their way to an event. When Michael Dunn asked them to turn the music down, at first the teens obliged. On second thought, they turned the music back up. This upset Michael and argumentative banter occurred. Soon thereafter, Michael took out a gun, shot and killed Jordan, and pleaded self defense. The film examines the aftermath of this tragedy, the implications of the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, and the racial prejudices that ensued.

Will the jury side with Michael Dunn in his self defense claim, or will there be ‘Justice for Jordan’ and his family and friends?

Directed by Marc Silver, “3 and 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets,” won a Special Jury Award for Social Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the RiverRun Film Festival.

It is screening in New York as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 12, 2015, at 7pm at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s, Walter Reade Theater, followed by a National Release.

Opening Night – Discussion with filmmaker Marc Silver.

Executive producer Orlando Bagwell

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, Co-Director, US Program, HRW

Moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Article by Sharon Abella
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