From the Juju Films vault. D Solo and Get ‘em, “Murder she wrote” “My Hood Story” collective. Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York #JujuFilms
Atakumosa Market Ilesa, Osun Nigeria. #JujuFilms
So I compiled this playlist of 100 music videos and short documentaries I directed, edited and produced over the years featuring artists like Sy Smith, The Wailers, Afi Soul, Bilal, John Forte, Fantan Mojah, Anthony B, Proverbs, Geneva Trotman, Union Street Band, W. Ellington Felton, Black Alley, Deborah Bond, Alison Carney, Strykers Posse, STORM, Rah Dah God, John Paul, Christylez Bacon, Chopteeth, Lagos Mosquito and so much more . You’re number one if you choose this. – @OgbeniAyotunde
Here is Augustine a plumber in Nigeria using stone age tools in the 21st century. This is a 6 bedroom house I rented in Abuja, built with stone age technology by a crooked landlord. There are 6 toilets in the main house and one in the boys quarters each with an individual chamber that leads to the soak away pit.
Nigerian landlords are skilled magicians who appear only when it is time to collect rent and disappear when it is time to fix a problem. So I called in Augustine to fix a clog in the flow to the soak away pit. To get to the source of the clog Augustine had to bust 7 concrete chambers with a chisel and hammer.
He bagged and disposed of 10 sacks of waste taking him the better part of two days. His bill was about $60 which I paid him with a $50 tip. Watching a man bag shit for a living is one of the dirtiest I have seen although those around me figured I overpaid him.
All homes in Nigeria self sustain their utility needs so I am constantly buying petrol and fixing or replacing my Chinese made electric generators, manufactured for Nigeria with the same business model used by disposable razor manufacturers, I go through an average of 2 a year. Augustine is replacing my water pump the second in a year. Water pumps manufactured for Nigeria are also manufactured with the disposable manufacturing model, a “new” water pump plus installation cost me about $400. – @OgbeniAyotunde
Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.
With the help of Mark Cantor of http://jazz-on-film.com we finally our hands on three “Soundies” Alice appeared in, and were able to show them to her for the very first time. She had never seen herself in motion in her life!
If you’d like to send Alice fan mail we would love to see her get the adoration she deserves after so many years! (We’ll do our best to read some of your comments to her as well.):
c/o Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home
835 Herkimer Street
For more info about the dancers of the Harlem Renaissance, we recommend the lovely documentary “Been Rich All My Life” —several of the women in the film danced with Alice back in the day!
To clarify: We are just friends of Alice who made this video. I’m a volunteer who visits the home with my dog for pet therapy, and have known Alice for 8 years. The woman in the video is the recreation director at the home. This was filmed as an afterthought, and we’re so thrilled that it’s brought so much joy to everyone and attention to Alice, who is loving it! Thank you all!