Cosmopolitan Review: November 30 - December 6
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/30/2017, 2:11 p.m.
Paris Blues is a Harlem favorite owned by Samuel Hargress Jr. The nightclub was established in 1969 and is a classic “old school” establishment that has stood the test of time and managed to survive the many twists and turns that have defined Harlem over the years. The spot is revered by locals and tourists alike for its simplicity, friendly staff and the best jukebox in Harlem. Throughout the years, the club has maintained its daily performances by jazz and blues musicians and vocalists, its policy of no cover and a free buffet.
A famous Chinese proverb declares that wealth can only be kept in the family for three generations. “Paris Blues in Harlem” is a dynamic story that explores how a family’s legacy can often be compromised because of generational differences based on values.
When asked about the motivation to write and produce the story, Ptah explained, “I was inspired by my connection to Samuel Hargress and his business sensibility that helped him survive over the years. We want to use this film as a tool to inspire and educate many future generations and also to bestow the community with a visual nostalgic gift to emotionally connect and fill the void of the few remaining cultural institutions fragile to gentrification.”
A dynamic cast was lined up for the film. Ptah, herself an award-winning actress and producer, plays the role of Paris. She has an impressive portfolio and has starred in productions and produced the award-winning film shorts “Harlem Love” and “DoDo TiTi.” Also starring is Charles Weldon, a versatile veteran actor of stage, film and TV and the artistic director of the groundbreaking New York City theater company, The Negro Ensemble Company. He is best known for his roles in “Malcolm X,” “Stir Crazy” and “Sanford and Son” and will play her grandfather in the role of Pop Pop. Supporting actors include Tonya Pinkins, a Tony Award-winning American television, film and theater actress, best known as Livia Frye on the soap opera “All My Children,” and for roles in “Scandal” and “Gotham,” and multitalented American actress, creator and Award-winning producer Michele Baldwin. Additional actors making appearances are the legendary actor and director best known for his work in theater Arthur W. French Jr., WBLS radio personality Bob Lee, actor/radio personality C. Truth and Iris Gale.
When all goes well, MAAT Films will pursue and position “Paris Blues in Harlem” to premiere at any of the top film festivals, such as Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and others. Want to learn more and see more? Check out Nedhege’s website at http://www.maatfilms.net.
In the Thanksgiving spirit, the Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, Inc. is joining forces with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the Girl Scouts of New York and New York Food Bank for the NYC holiday “Diaper Drive” to collect diapers for low-income New Yorkers. Here’s how we can help. Bring new, sealed boxes of diapers—sizes 3, 4, 5 or 6, but especially 4 and 5—to one of Brewer’s two offices: 1 Centre St. (19th Fl. South) or 431 W. 125th St. (storefront). If you’re an Amazon customer, order from the Food Bank’s Amazon Wishlist for delivery straight to the Food Bank’s warehouse at http://amzn.to/2mq2P1V. Much appreciated.