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Mental Break: Seven classic films that will transport you

It is the ideal time to introduce yourself to classic films. During the Depression-era, as well as war times, musicals were made to uplift the human spirit. Hollywood surmised its role was to provide a much-needed respite from the grim realities of the world by offering moviegoers a few hours of light-hearted relief, transporting them to worlds of fantasy. While not all of the films on this list are musicals, they are certain to enchant and enrapture. READ MORE

The Days of Doris: Mary Anne Barothy’s sentimental journey

If director Quentin Tarantino was in need of a consultant for his latest film, “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood,” he could’ve easily consulted with Mary Anne Barothy as a first-hand resource. Not only did the midwestern born Barothy meet her long time idol, international superstar Doris Day, for four years she lived in Day’s home as her private secretary, sharing Day’s tragedies, triumphs and intimate moments. READ MORE
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Not the words of one who kneels, the unyielding Hazel Scott

She played Carnegie Hall, was an outspoken civil rights advocate, had a 15-year high profile marriage with the first black New York City councilman and prominent boisterous civil rights activist Adam Clayton Powell and her hands were insured by Lloyds of London. Her fans included icons the likes of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole, to name a few, yet when In 2019 Alicia Keys hosted the Grammys, and performed on two pianos simultaneously, when she acknowledged Hazel Scott, the crowd barely reacted.  READ MORE