Aida’s Secrets (Unrated) Inspirational documentary about the reunion in Canada of a Holocaust survivor, raised as an orphan in Israel, with his mother and brother 70 years after they were separated at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. (In English and Hebrew with subtitles) Comment
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The Jamaican musical ‘Welcome to America’ premieres at the Cramton Auditorium, Howard University in US Capital on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Jamaican born, New York based author Karl O’ Brian Williams who has had his own share of immigration issues earlier this year, deals with many of the issues in his new Jamaican musical. Comment
It’s a bilingual Caribbean music fusion.
The musical styles of Jamaica and Cuba come alive in “Havana Meets Kingston,” the first ever full compilation album combining the sounds and rhythms of these two island nations. The creator — Australian dancehall deejay Mista Savona, was inspired to assemble a project after a 2013 trip to Cuba and hearing sounds that peaked his curiosity. That experience would light a bulb. Comment
William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) was a Renaissance man with an impressive array of talents. After earning his B.A., Ph.D. and law degrees, the Harvard grad was hired to teach psychology at Radcliffe, his alma mater’s sister school. Despite a demanding academic career, this jack-of-all-trades, inter alia, found time to write self-help books and to invent the precursor of the lie detector. Comment
Journalist and author, Rosaline Kilkenny McClymont, chose her homeland of Guyana, on Oct. 4, to launch her latest book “The Guyana Contract” a suspense / international thriller, set against the backdrop of power, influence, greed and a developing country’s economic plight, where people clash while discovering their true selves, and some find love. Comment
78/52 (Unrated) Cinematography documentary dissecting director Alfred Hitchcock’s weeklong shoot of the iconic shower scene in Psycho involving 78 camera angles and 52 edits. Featuring commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Lee Curtis and Guillermo del Toro. Comment
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Guyanese-born artist, Carl F. Anderson stood proudly to be photographed by Spencer Richards, in front of his 25-piece collection of contemporary paintings, now on display at the Port Authority building in Times Square, New York City, until Oct. 31, 2017. Comment
A man, a plan, a parade! Panama!
Brooklyn’s 20th annual Panamanian Independence Parade will march through Crown Heights on Oct. 7, attracting thousands to celebrate the country’s culture and its sovereignty. The annual gathering attracts thousands to Franklin Avenue, and this year’s event will focus on the country’s second independence, said one of its organizers. Comment
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It’s more than just hair.
At the inaugural Hair Nation Expo in Queens on Oct. 9, Connecticut-based playwright Alicia Thompson will be debuting her play surrounding stories about black women and their hair at the Black Spectrum Theatre. In her one-woman play “I Am My Hair,” a counter spin to the popular song by soul artist India Arie, Thompson reflects on how several girls and women perceive their hair and overall themselves, while examining the environments they live in and the reasonings behind their choices, said Thompson. Comment
Oh, that’s not good.
There’s more hair on your shower drain than there is on your head. Not good at all, but thanks, Chemo, for that and for dry skin, no eyebrows, weight fluctuations, and brittle nails. You’re trying to get better; looking better shouldn’t be so impossible. With “Pretty Sick” by Caitlin M. Kiernan, though, you’ll look primo despite chemo. Comment
A Brooklyn-based Vincentian group recently honored former National Calypso Monarch D Man Age for 41 years of calypso and social commentary. Comment
Architects of Denial (Unrated) Ethnic cleansing is the subject of this documentary chronicling the systematic slaughter of almost two million Christians by the Ottoman Empire at the outbreak of World War I. Featuring commentary by George Clooney, Julian Assange and President Barack Obama. (In Armenian, English and Turkish) Comment
Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) feels inadequate despite his happy marriage and a thriving business that enables his family to live comfortably in suburban Sacramento. He gets depressed, nevertheless, because he compares himself to his relatively-successful college buddies instead of the Average Joe. Comment