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‘Island in the Sun’: A controversial film for its time, with scandal, secrets and tropical splendor

The 20th Century Fox film, “Island in the Sun” (1957), was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and directed by Robert Rossen, based on the novel of the same name by Alec Waugh, starring Harry Belafonte, James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge, and Dame Joan Collins. It was one of the most racially controversial films shown in Hollywood for its historical timeframe.  READ MORE

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The guilty pleasure of ‘Daisy Clover’

Often associated with a “Valley of The Dolls”-type of quality, the Warner Brothers 1965 film “Inside Daisy Clover,” generally receives a somewhat worthy bad rap for it’s inflated acting and overall camp.  It “is” a bit overacted, it “is” a bit campy, it could even teeter on cult-ish. However, once you’ve come to that acceptance, then Daisy doesn’t hurt so much. READ MORE

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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

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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