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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Low Down Dog (1944, Soundie)

  • Meade Lux Lewis
Meade Lux Lewis is performing "Low Down Dog" (1944).

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Right on! (1970)

America's cities were caught up in a whirlwind of social protest, turmoil, and change. And on the hot streets of New York, a trio of young black performers, THE ORIGINAL LAST POETS, were creating a hip new form of guerilla poetry woven of soul, jazz, the blues, and gospel. Plus, something new all their own. 

Words syncopated and comic, crackling and potent, set to the very beat of the streets, the works of the Poets, Gylan Kain, Felip Luciano, and David Nelson, are today being credited as the tap-root of Rap. 

RIGHT ON!, the single film of the 60's to have captured the visionary brilliance of their work brings it all forward, from its award-winning bow at the Cannes Film Festival to the video audience of the '90s. Set on the streets, rooftops, and back-alleys of the Lower East Side, the film presents The Original Last Poets in the full range of performance from whiplash satire and power to tenderness and affirmation.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra (1936)

A typical sepia band, with a ritzy aggregation of hot-cha instrument men. The band does several numbers with different members doing their specialty with great gusto and zip. Also, there are te The Brown Jacks, lively steppers, and Mya Johnson doing a hit song number.