Arts & Entertainment, Black Music Month, Music

Spike Lee has never been one to shy away from controversy.  In the 1988 film School Daze, Lee gives a semi-autobiographical account of his experience attending Morehouse College, the historically all male black institution in Atlanta, Georgia.  With a satirical eye, Lee explored hot-button topics such as colorism, misogyny, class divisions and apartheid. While School Daze […]

Based on the 1943 Broadway musical, Carmen Jones is an updated version of the George Bizet opera “Carmen” in an African-American setting.  When director Otto Preminger decided to adapt it for the big screen, his goal was to make a dramatic film with music rather than a conventional film musical.  Realizing that movies with an […]

As Black musicals go it’s hard to go wrong putting Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the same flick. But add to that Nipsey Russell and Richard Pryor and you have the makings of a classic. The Wiz, an ambitious re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz with an all Black cast, was filled with hidden […]