Good Looks

Good Looks


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Dancing To New Orleans will give you a great appreciation for

the amazing gumbo that is the music of Louisiana. More than any other place,

Louisiana has influenced the development of American music.



Good Looks! Programming

 of Interest to African-Americans!

By Amin Sharif


1 May  2003


Miles Davis-A look at the jazz life of the legendary trumpeter (on Bravo)

2 May  2003 — Documentary: When I Fall in Love: The One and Only Nat King Cole: The singer’s solos and duets on his 1950’s TV series. (on PBS)

The 20 sparkling full length performances from The Nat King Cole Show featured on this DVD prove what a consummate artist Cole was, whether singing in his intimitable style or demonstrating his skills as a pianist. The track listing includes many Cole faovrites such as “When I Fall In Love”, “Somewhere Along The Way”, “Tenderly”, “The Christmas Song”, “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” and of course his signature tune “Mona Lisa”. Several of the guests who appeared on the show are also featured in duets with Nat including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Oscar Peterson Trio, Johnny Mercer and the Mills Brothers. Between the songs there are interviews with Nat King Cole’s wife Maria, his three daughters Natalie, Casey and Timolin, his brother Freddy, and with Bob Henry, the producer/director of the original series. The whole program is linked by narration from actor Dennis Haysbert.

Track Listing: 1. When I Fall In Love 2. Chicago 3. Just You, Just Me 4. Sweet Lorraine (with the Oscar Peterson Trio) 5. Somewhere Along The Way (with Sammy Davis, Jr.) 6. Caravan 7. I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face 8. I’m In The Mood For Love 9. Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart 10. Crazy Rhythm 11. Opus One (with the Mills Brothers) 12. It’s Only A Paper Moon 13. Too Close For Comfort 14. Tenderly 15. Mona Lisa 16. Almost Like Being In Love 17. Blueberry Hill (with Billy Preston) 18. Save The Bones For Henry Jones (with Johnny Mercer) 19. The Christmas Song 20. Sitting On Top Of The World

3 May 2003 — Freedom: A History of US—A Fatal Contradiction—Slavery, abolition movement; Frederick Douglass; Abraham Lincoln. (on PBS)

10 May 2003 — Freedom: A History of US—A War to End Slavery-The Civil War; The Battle of Bull Run, Anitetam; Lincoln’s assassination. (on PBS)

11May 2003 — Documentary: Dancing To New Orleans—A musical journey proceeds along the back roads of Louisiana. (on Bravo)

Having just 90 minutes to cover the music of Louisiana in general and New Orleans in particular might not seem sufficient, but director Michael Murphy is up to the task in this entertaining documentary. The subject is huge: this is, after all, the birthplace of jazz, the spawning ground (with neighbor Mississippi) of the blues, the home of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, the Neville Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and countless others, and the melting pot of African, European, and Caribbean cultures. But instead of focusing on the big names (Louis Armstrong gets only a perfunctory mention), the film spotlights (through interviews and live footage) lesser-known contemporary talents like blues guitarist John Campbell, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, songwriter-producer Allen Toussaint, a 12-year-old Cajun fiddler, and a 91-year-old Dixieland trumpeter. There’s plenty of local color, what with sidebars about Louisiana’s art, culture, and religion, but it’s the infectious music that makes this one tasty gumbo. –Sam Graham Whether you’re a long-time aficionado or a recent convert, DANCING TO NEW ORLEANS will give you a great appreciation for the amazing gumbo that is the music of Louisiana. More than any other place, Louisiana has influenced the development of American music.

17 May 2003 — Juba! The Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance-Film clips and interviews reveal tap in contemporary UP.SO. culture. (on PBS)

17 May 2003 — Freedom: A History of US—What is Freedom-Reconstruction after the Civil War. Plessy vs. Ferguson; separate but equal. (on PBS)

17 May 2003 — Industry Insiders: Hip Hop: A first hand account of the Hip Hop industry. (on MTV)

24 May 2003 — Freedom: A History of US—Whose Land Is This? Immigrants become targets of white prejudice; massacre of the Indians. (on PBS)

29 May 2003 — Fascination’s RhythmWorld of Tap Dance (on Bravo)

31 May 2003 — Freedom: A History of US: Working for Freedom-Labor Movement advocates of worker’s right; Susan B. Anthony. (on PBS)

31 May 2003 — Documentary: Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History-Members of the white-supremacist order cover themselves with pointed hoods and sheets to remain anonymous while executing acts and rituals. (on the History Channel)

Other Programs

Movie—The Education of Sonny Carson-an excellent biographical account of the early life of the black activist. (on Showtime, Flix, and Black Stars-consult local listings!

Movie—Malcolm X– Spike Lee’s best work-an account of the Black Nationalist and African-American Muslim hero! (on BET)

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what’s in your heart than what’s in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, “Happy can make you money, but money can’t make you happy.”

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The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems

By Robert Hass

The Apple Trees at Olema includes work from Robert Hass’s first five books—Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, Sun Under Wood, and Time and Materials—as well as a substantial gathering of new poems, including a suite of elegies, a series of poems in the form of notebook musings on the nature of storytelling, a suite of summer lyrics, and two experiments in pure narrative that meditate on personal relations in a violent world and read like small, luminous novellas. From the beginning, his poems have seemed entirely his own: a complex hybrid of the lyric line, with an unwavering fidelity to human and nonhuman nature, and formal variety and surprise, and a syntax capable of thinking through difficult things in ways that are both perfectly ordinary and really unusual. Over the years, he has added to these qualities a range and a formal restlessness that seem to come from a skeptical turn of mind, an acute sense of the artifice of the poem and of the complexity of the world of lived experience that a poem tries to apprehend. Hass’s work is grounded in the beauty of the physical world. His familiar landscapes—San Francisco, the northern California coast, the Sierra high country—are vividly alive in his work. His themes include art, the natural world, desire, family life, the life between lovers, the violence of history, and the power and inherent limitations of language. He is a poet who is trying to say, as fully as he can, what it is like to be alive in his place and time.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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update 14 December 2011




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