Shows you may have missed 2: HARLEM IN MONTMARTRE

HARLEM IN MONTMARTRE A Paris Jazz Story debuted in 2009. This movie, which was telecast as an episode of Great Performances, tells the story of those who left America to create the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars. After peace was signed at Versailles, many black Americans remained in Europe rather than return to the brutal segregation and racism of America. Over the next two decades, they formed an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs, primarily congregating in Paris’ hilly Montmartre neighborhood. Some achieved enduring fame, while others faded into history.

Unfortunately, this movie is not currently available as streaming media in this country however, if you don’t mind French subtitles and narration, it is available on YouTube here: Harlem à Montmartre.


Shows you may have missed 1: PARIS: THE LUMINOUS YEARS

PARIS: THE LUMINOUS YEARS Toward the Making of the Modern debuted in December 2010.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, a storm of modernism swept through the art worlds of the West, uprooting centuries of tradition in the visual arts, music, literature, dance, theater and beyond. The epicenter of this storm was Paris, France.

Paris The Luminous Years, explores this unique moment in Paris from 1905 to 1930, decisive years for our contemporary culture, when an international group including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, Jean Cocteau, Gertrude Stein, Vaslav Nijinsky and Aaron Copland, among numerous others, revolutionized the direction of the modern arts.

Next on MetroFocus

In the next edition of MetroFocus, we follow the money and look at what is still to be done to recover from Superstorm Sandy. NJToday’s Lauren Wanko reports from the oceanfront community of Mantoloking, NJ where more hundreds of homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Rafael Pi Roman follows up with a discussion about where the billions of federal money are going to go, and which communities are still struggling in New York with Jarrett Murphy, editor-in-chief of the non-profit investigative news organization “City Limits” and staff reporter, Nick Powell, from New York newspaper “City&State”.

NJToday managing editor Mike Schneider brings us the latest on school coping after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting with an interview with the mayor of Marlboro Township, NJ, Jonathan Hornik who decided to put armed police officers in every one of the town’s school.

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch reviews political corruption, political leaders and his decision to seek a fourth term in an interview with Rafael Pi Roman. And the president of Covenant House, Kevin Ryan, talks about homeless youth and how to help in our MetroFocus solutions story.

2013 New Year’s Resolution

My New Year’s resolution is to make my television shows more accessible to my friends, family, colleagues and followers.

With that as my goal, I have started this blog, This Week on Kerry TV.

Here one may find links to the web sites of the shows to which I regularly contribute as well as descriptions of upcoming episodes.

These are early days. Let’s see how it goes. 🙂