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Monday, August 19, 2019

Block Party Revels (1943, Soundie)










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Soundie featuring Lynn Albritton (pianist) and a variety of dancers in "Block Party Revels."

Dispossessed Blues (1943, Soundie)










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Soundie featuring Lynn Albritton (pianist) playing "Dispossessed Blues."

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jubilee: Strictly G.I. (1944)












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Jubilee is an AFRS radio program that featured African-American musicians and singers. It was broadcast to servicemen via AFRS from 1942 to 1953. Jubilee was conceived at least in part as a morale-building service for African-American troops overseas. The wartime host was Ernie "Bubbles" Whitman. Most of the shows were recorded before live audiences in Los Angeles. The series emerged as an important piece of black heritage. Its War Department status exempted the performing artists from the union-mandated recording bans of 1942-43 and 1947–48 and many of the shows contain unique performances. -wiki-

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Soul in the Hole (1997)













































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Against the urban backdrop of Brooklyn, this poignant documentary profiles a part-time basketball coach named Kenny Jones, focusing on the paternal relationships he fosters with his players. While coaching an elite group of high-school-age street basketball players, Jones sees promise in Ed Smith, a troubled 18-year-old who's a whiz on the court. Jones struggles to nourish Smith's raw talent while also making sure his off-court troubles don't jeopardize his future. 

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