CBS Schoolbreak Special
CBS Schoolbreak Special is an American anthology series for teenagers that aired on CBS from April 1980 to January 1996. The series began under the title CBS Afternoon Playhouse, was changed during the 1984 – 85 season; the concept was similar to ABC's Afterschool Special. Under its original name, the Afternoon Playhouse aired a handful of made-for-TV films, the most notable of, the 1983 release of Revenge of the Nerd; the TV special was mistaken for the film of a similar name which premiered one year in 1984. ABC Afterschool Special Special Treat After school special CBS Schoolbreak Special on IMDb CBS Afternoon Playhouse on IMDb
New York University
New York University is a private research university founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in New York City; as a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Washington, D. C. For the class that matriculated in the fall of 2019, NYU received nearly 85,000 applications for its undergraduate programs. In 2018, NYU was ranked amongst the top 40 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, U. S. News & World Report. Alumni include heads of state, eminent scientists and entrepreneurs, media figures, founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, astronauts; as of March 2019, 37 Nobel Laureates, 8 Turing Award winners, 5 Fields Medalists, over 30 Academy Award winners, over 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, hundreds of members of the National Academies of Sciences and United States Congress have been affiliated as faculty or alumni.
Globally, NYU is ranked 7th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for producing alumni who are millionaires, 4th by Wealth-X for producing ultra high net-worth and billionaire alumni. Albert Gallatin, Secretary of Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, declared his intention to establish "in this immense and fast-growing city... a system of rational and practical education fitting and graciously opened to all". A three-day-long "literary and scientific convention" held in City Hall in 1830 and attended by over 100 delegates debated the terms of a plan for a new university; these New Yorkers believed the city needed a university designed for young men who would be admitted based upon merit rather than birthright or social class. On April 18, 1831, an institution was established, with the support of a group of prominent New York City residents from the city's merchants and traders. Albert Gallatin was elected as the institution's first president. On April 21, 1831, the new institution received its charter and was incorporated as the University of the City of New York by the New York State Legislature.
The university has been popularly known as New York University since its inception and was renamed New York University in 1896. In 1832, NYU held its first classes in rented rooms of four-story Clinton Hall, situated near City Hall. In 1835, the School of Law, NYU's first professional school, was established. Although the impetus to found a new school was a reaction by evangelical Presbyterians to what they perceived as the Episcopalianism of Columbia College, NYU was created non-denominational, unlike many American colleges at the time. American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 at NYU, it became one of the nation's largest universities, with an enrollment of 9,300 in 1917. NYU had its Washington Square campus since its founding; the university purchased a campus at University Heights in the Bronx because of overcrowding on the old campus. NYU had a desire to follow New York City's development further uptown. NYU's move to the Bronx occurred in 1894, spearheaded by the efforts of Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken.
The University Heights campus was far more spacious. As a result, most of the university's operations along with the undergraduate College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering were housed there. NYU's administrative operations were moved to the new campus, but the graduate schools of the university remained at Washington Square. In 1914, Washington Square College was founded as the downtown undergraduate college of NYU. In 1935, NYU opened the "Nassau College-Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island"; this extension would become a independent Hofstra University. In 1950, NYU was elected to the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit organization of leading public and private research universities. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, financial crisis gripped the New York City government and the troubles spread to the city's institutions, including NYU. Feeling the pressures of imminent bankruptcy, NYU President James McNaughton Hester negotiated the sale of the University Heights campus to the City University of New York, which occurred in 1973.
In 1973, the New York University School of Engineering and Science merged into Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, which merged back into NYU in 2014 forming the present Tandon School of Engineering. After the sale of the Bronx campus, University College merged with Washington Square College. In the 1980s, under the leadership of President John Brademas, NYU launched a billion-dollar campaign, spent entirely on updating facilities; the campaign was set to complete in 15 years, but ended up being completed in 10. In 1991, L. Jay Oliva was inaugurated the 14th president of the university. Following his inauguration, he moved to form the League of World Universities, an international organization consisting of rectors and presidents from urban universities across six continents; the league and its 47 representatives gather every two years to discuss global issues in education. In 2003 President John Sexton launched a $2.5 billion campaign for funds to be spent on faculty and financial aid resources.
Under Sextons leadership, NYU began its radical transformation into a global university. In 2009, the university responded to a series of New York Times interviews that showed a pattern of labor abuses in its fledgling Abu Dhabi location, creating a statement of
Ride or Die (film)
Ride or Die known as Hustle and Heat, is a 2003 crime drama film written by Duane Martin and Jay Wolcott. The film was directed by Craig Ross, Jr.. The cast includes Duane Martin, Vivica A. Fox and Meagan Good. Conrad "Rad" McRae, on the trail of the man who murdered his lifelong friend, Benjamin, an up-and-coming rapper. Weapons expert assists him in his quest for justice. At the center of his investigation is Benjamin's former producer, B. Free, who controls quite a powerful business that deals in illegal activities. Duane Martin – Conrad "Rad" McRae Vivica A. Fox – Lisa Meagan Good – Fake Venus Michael Taliferro – B Free Jadakiss – Benjamin / Killer Ben Geoffrey Blake – Daniel Dae Kim – Miyako Sticky Fingaz – Demise Iona Morris – Miranda Kwok – Tommy Wong Stacey Dash – Real Venus Gabrielle Union – Masked Woman Faizon Love – David Rabinowitz Zachary Williams – basketball player Ride or Die on IMDb
The Inkwell is a 1994 romantic comedy/drama film, directed by Matty Rich. The film stars Larenz Tate, Joe Morton, Suzzanne Douglass, Glynn Turman, Jada Pinkett and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Set in the summer of 1976, the film follows the adventures of Drew Tate, a shy 16-year-old from upstate New York, when he and his family spend two weeks with affluent relatives on Martha's Vineyard. Drew's parents and Brenda, worry that their son is disturbed, his favorite companion is a doll, in which he names Iago, with which he engages in animated conversations. They fear that a fire he accidentally set in the family garage foreshadows a future as an arsonist. On Martha's Vineyard, Drew is thrown into an affluent, party-loving black society that congregates on a beach known as the Inkwell; the visit is the occasion of some bitter family strife. Drew's Aunt Francis and her husband, are conservatives whose walls are plastered with pictures of Republican dignitaries such as Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. Kenny, a former Black Panther, Spencer argue furiously about racial issues.
The Inkwell follows Drew's bumbling pursuit of the insufferably snooty Lauren. He befriends Heather, a young woman whose husband, Harold, is a faithless louse; the movie comes to an end on the Fourth of July, when the Bicentennial fireworks end up symbolizing not just America's 200th birthday but Drew losing his virginity with Heather. For the 20th anniversary of the film, the cast reunited with writer/filmmaker Lathleen Ade-Brown for Essence where Larenz Tate spoke about the casting process, he told the magazine "Matty Rich was holding auditions in LA. Jada was cast in the role and I remember her calling me, saying, ‘You got to do this movie!’ In fact, she was saying, ‘Listen, let’s meet up and rehearse because they are going to want me to read with you, so let’s rehearse, so you land it!’ I told her, ‘I’m going to rip that role! No need to rehearse, you just keep up with me and we just play off each other.’ She says. ‘I got you, let’s do it!’ I go in the audition and we just lit up the room I had to audition solo.
They didn’t know what to expect considering I just did Menace II Society playing O-Dawg, a street person. So that impressed them and they offered me the part." Larenz Tate as Drew Tate Joe Morton as Kenny Tate Suzzanne Douglass as Brenda Tate Glynn Turman as Spencer Phillips Vanessa Bell Calloway as Francis Phillips Adrienne-Joi Johnson as Heather Lee Morris Chestnut as Harold Lee Jada Pinkett as Lauren Kelly Duane Martin as Junior Phillips Mary Alice as Evelyn Phyllis Yvonne Stickney as Dr. Wade Markus Redmond as Darryl Perry Moore as Moe Akia Victor as Charlene Special appearance by the R&B group Jade The Inkwell was poorly received by critics, it holds a rating of 22% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews. The Inkwell on IMDb The Inkwell at Rotten Tomatoes The Inkwell at Box Office Mojo The African American Heritage Trail of Martha's Vineyard including the Inkwell Beach
Down Periscope is a 1996 American submarine/military comedy film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Robert Lawrence, directed by David S. Ward, that stars Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, Rob Schneider; the film co-stars Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, William H. Macy, Rip Torn. Lieutenant Commander Thomas Dodge fights to save his naval career while being saddled with a group of misfit seamen brought together as the crew of his first command, USS Stingray, a rusty, obsolete World War II-era diesel submarine recommissioned to participate in a special naval war game. Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge is being considered for a third time for submarine command, he has been passed over for his unorthodox command methods, a "brushing" incident with a Russian submarine, a genital tattoo he acquired on shore leave while drunk following the incident. Another selection denial will result in Dodge being dropped from the Navy's command program. Rear Admiral Yancy Graham, who dislikes Dodge speaks out against Dodge's command promotion.
Vice Admiral Dean Winslow, the Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, likes Dodge and his unorthodox methods. He taps the Lt. Commander to participate in an upcoming war game to test the Navy's defenses against attack from diesel-powered submarines Russia has been selling off to America's adversaries. Dodge is given command of the World War II-era Balao-class diesel-powered submarine USS Stingray. Dodge's orders are to "invade" Charleston harbor without being detected and, if successful, to sink a dummy ship in Norfolk harbor with two live torpedoes. Dodge is reluctant to participate, but he offers Winslow a wager: If he completes both tasks, Winslow will give him a proper submarine command; the admiral agrees to consider it, if Dodge succeeds, while telling him to "throw out the book" and to "think like a pirate". Graham, who boasts he has never lost a war game, handpicks a "crew from hell" for Stingray: hot-tempered, uptight Lt. Martin Pascal as the Executive Officer. T. "Sonar" Lovacelli. J." Jackson.
Graham selects Lt. Emily Lake to serve as the sub's Diving Officer as part of a special program to see if women can serve in submarines. Using unorthodox tactics and taking advantage of an Atlantic storm and his crew sneak into Charleston Harbor and set off signal flares. Upset at losing the first part of the game, Graham reduces the war game containment area by half without Admiral Winslow's authorization. Failing to penetrate Norfolk Harbor, Dodge leaves the containment area, heading out to sea and cutting off all contact with the Navy. After this, Pascal attempts to take command of Stingray, but the crew does not support Pascal, so Dodge charges him with mutiny. Wearing mock-buccaneer outfits and talking like pirates and crew force the blindfolded Pascal to walk the plank into the raised net of a fishing trawler that will take him ashore. Graham assumes personal command of the submarine USS Orlando, in which Dodge had served as Executive Officer. Dodge employs an dangerous maneuver that involves hiding in a commercial ship's baffles to sneak past the ships and aircraft protecting Norfolk to get a head start on his opponents.
Orlando locates and chases Stingray down, but before a shooting solution is obtained, Dodge is able to fire his two live torpedoes at 900 yards into the target ship at Norfolk, winning the war game for Stingray. Returning to port, Graham denied a promotion. Winslow informs Dodge that he will now be placed in command of a new Seawolf-class submarine with a proper crew. Dodge respectfully requests. Dodge dismisses his crew to begin a well-earned shore leave; as Dodge and Lake leave the dock, she poses a query now that they know each other: "What is this'tattoo' I keep hearing about?". Kelsey Grammer as Lt. Commander Thomas "Tom" Dodge, Commanding Officer, USS Stingray Lauren Holly as Lt. Emily Lake, Diving Officer Rob Schneider as Lt. Martin T. "Marty" Pascal, Executive Officer Harry Dean Stanton as Howard, Chief Engineer of Stingray Rip Torn as Vice Admiral Dean Winslow, Submarine Force, US Navy Atlantic Fleet Bruce Dern as Rear Admiral Yancy Graham, Blue Team leader of the war game William H. Macy as Commander Carl Knox, Commanding Officer USS Orlando Ken Hudson Campbell as Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Buckman, Stingray's Cook Toby Huss as Electrician's Mate Nitro "Mike", Electrician of USS Stingray Duane Martin as Seaman 1st Class Jefferson "Stoneball" Jackson, Planesman Jonathan Penner as Seaman Stanley "Spots" Sylvesterson, Helmsman Bradford Tatum as Engineman 1st Class Brad Stepanak, Stingray's leading engineman and Admiral Winslow's son Harland Williams as Sonarman 2nd Class E.
T. "Sonar" Lovacelli, Sonar Technician Patton Oswalt as Stingray Radioman The name of the film is a play on the title of the 1959 World War II drama Up Periscope and spoofs several titles in the submarine film subgenre, including the Cold War drama The Hunt for Red October. Down Periscope began shooting on May 6, 1995 and finished on July 27. USS Pampanito, a Balao-class submarine from World War II, now a museum ship and memorial in San Francisco, played the part of USS Stingray; the nearby Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet stood in for Naval Station Norfolk. The film makes use of both standard US Navy stock footage as well as scenes shot specifical
Roc (TV series)
Roc is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on Fox from August 25, 1991 to May 10, 1994. The series stars Charles S. Dutton as Baltimore garbage collector Roc Emerson and Ella Joyce as his wife Eleanor, a nurse. Roc began life as a traditional television sitcom, chronicling the ups and downs of Baltimore garbage collector Charles "Roc" Emerson, a tightwad who brought home "perks". A much-played scene during the series' promotion featured Roc greeting his returning brother with a casual glance and a tired "Hey, Joey." When Eleanor suggests that he should have more to say, Roc agrees, follows up with "Hey, where's my money?" The four principal cast members were all accomplished stage actors, had become acquainted with each other while appearing in various August Wilson plays on Broadway. Three of the four leads were fresh from appearing in The Piano Lesson. In fact, Charles S. Dutton wanted. After a successful live episode was broadcast in February 1992, the producers and the Fox network agreed to air each episode of the second season as a live performance.
Every episode from season two began with a prologue in which one of the cast members directly addressed the home viewers for a few minutes. A current events item from the past week, or that day, would be mentioned to prove that viewers were indeed watching a live performance, current events from the previous week were incorporated into the dialogue. One episode dealt with the 1992 Presidential Election, aired the Sunday before the election; as the Emersons await the results, the director interrupts the program to mention that the results are unknown, causing "dismay" amongst the characters. Roc was the first prime time scripted American series since the late 1950s to broadcast each episode of an entire season live, a feat which wasn't repeated until the entire third season of NBC's Undateable was broadcast live in 2015. A Fox executive said that Roc "didn't feel live" to audiences because "those actors were so good, they never made a mistake." After the live format received only a limited ratings boost, the show returned to its original pre-taped format for season 3.
As it progressed, the series adopted a more dramatic tone, with several installments featuring social commentaries on gang activities, violence among youths, the consequences of drug use on childbirth, the plight of African-Americans in the United States. One of the central problems around town was the arrival of a powerful drug dealer named Andre, whose efforts throughout the community were met with counter-movements from Roc and others; this began with a brief showdown at Roc's home in which an angered Roc grabbed hold of Andre and warned him that his actions would not go unchallenged. This soon gave rise to several new characters, including a vigilante named Ronnie and Calvin, a co-worker and friend of Roc; as the story line progressed, victories were back-and-forth between the two sides, with Andre taking one of Joey's young friends under his influence, taunting Roc, being shot on-screen by an unseen assailant. Roc became a quick police was exonerated, with the shooter soon revealed to be Calvin.
As Calvin began his prison sentence and Eleanor agreed to raise his teenage daughter Sheila. Once recovered, Andre was confronted by Joey and several of their friends about his continuing to trouble the community. After expressing a measure of respect toward Roc, Andre would soon begin steps toward reformation; the series moved on, continuing to occasional drama. Charles S. Dutton – Charles "Roc" Emerson, a garbage collector Ella Joyce – Eleanor Carter Emerson, a nightshift nurse at Harbor Hospital Rocky Carroll – Joey Emerson, Roc's freeloading, trumpet playing brother Carl Gordon – Andrew "Pop" Emerson, Roc's widowed father, a retired railroad porter Garrett Morris – Wiz Clifton Powell – Andre Thompson Heavy D – Calvin Hendricks Tone Lōc – Ronnie Paxton Jamie Foxx – Crazy George Darryl Sivad – Sly Joan Pringle – Matty En Vogue – "The Downtown Divas" Alexis Fields – Sheila Hendricks Rosalind Cash – Margaret Carter, Eleanor's social-climbing mother Richard Roundtree – Russell Emerson, Andrew's homosexual brother While fans were devoted, their numbers were low.
Roc gained recognition in the form of award nominations, including an Emmy nomination for its camera work, with Charles Dutton receiving an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Season 1: #72 – 8.95 rating Season 2: #71 – 8.91 rating Season 3: #102 – 5.10 rating The series' theme song began as "God Bless the Child", performed by a cappella singer Jerry Lawson and three unknown studio singers, was replaced with "Live Your Life Today", performed by En Vogue. Roc on IMDb Roc at TV.com
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will "The Fresh Prince" Smith as a fictionalized version of himself, a street-smart teenager from West Philadelphia, sent to move in with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown. In the series, his lifestyle clashes with the lifestyle of his relatives in Bel Air; the series aired 148 episodes. The theme song and opening sequence set the premise of the show. Will Smith is a street-smart teenager, West Philadelphia "born and raised". While playing street basketball, Will misses a shot and the ball hits a group of people, causing a confrontation that frightens his mother, who sends him to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in the opulent neighborhood of Bel Air, Los Angeles. Will's working-class background ends up clashing in various humorous ways with the upper class world of the Banks family – Will's uncle Phil and aunt Vivian and their children, Will's cousins: Hilary and Ashley.
The premise is loosely based on the real-life story of the show's producer Benny Medina. In 1990, music manager Benny Medina, along with his business partner, real estate mogul Jeff Pollack, decided to market a TV story based on Medina's life. Medina had grown up poor in East Los Angeles but his life changed when he befriended a rich white teenager, whose family lived in Beverly Hills and allowed Medina to live with them. Medina decided to use this part of his life as the main focus of the show. However, given that by a black character living with a white family was a concept, done multiple times on TV, Medina decided to change the rich white family to a rich black family. "That way we could explore black-on-black prejudice as well as black class differences", Medina said in an interview for Ebony magazine. Medina pitched the idea to Quincy Jones. Jones arranged a meeting with NBC chief Brandon Tartikoff. Will Smith was well known by as his music career as The Fresh Prince had put him on the mainstream radar, but he had come into debt after failing to pay taxes.
At the suggestion of his then-girlfriend, Smith went to a taping of The Arsenio Hall Show where he met Medina by chance. Medina pitched the idea to Smith. Medina invited Smith to meet Jones at a party that Jones was throwing at his house in December of 1989. There, Jones handed Smith a script for a failed Morris Day pilot that he had produced and challenged Smith to audition for Tartikoff on the spot. Smith did so, the first contract for the show was drawn up that night in a limo outside. Three months the pilot was shot; the pilot episode began taping on May 1, 1990. Season 1 first aired in September 1990, ended in May 1991; the series finale was taped on Thursday, March 21, 1996, aired on May 20, 1996. The theme song "Yo Home to Bel Air" was written and performed by Smith under his stage name, The Fresh Prince; the music was composed by Quincy Jones, credited with Smith at the end of each episode. The music used to bridge scenes together during the show is based on a similar chord structure. During the fall 1991–1992 season, NBC gained two hit television shows to anchor their Monday night lineup.
To gain popularity between the two shows, Will Smith appeared in the Blossom episode "I'm with the Band" as himself under his rap stage name, The Fresh Prince. That same season, Karyn Parsons appeared in the Blossom episode "Wake Up Little Suzy" as Hilary Banks. Parsons appeared in the Patti LaBelle sitcom Out All Night as Hilary. In the House and Fresh Prince were both executive-produced by Winifred Hervey, David Salzman and Quincy Jones. During the second season's first episode, Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali appeared as their Fresh Prince characters in the crossover episode "Dog Catchers"; that season, James Avery appeared as a mediator in the episode "Love on a One-Way Street". In the Season 4 episode "My Pest Friend's Wedding", James Avery and Daphne Maxwell Reid guest starred as Dr. Maxwell Stanton's parents. Both Avery and Reid portrayed the parents of Ribeiro's Fresh Prince character. Joseph Marcell, who played the wisecracking Geoffrey Butler on Fresh Prince, appeared as an officiating minister in the same episode.
The show is notable for having a heavy celebrity guest presence with more than 40 celebrities guest starring throughout the series. Seasons 1 and 4 had the highest celebrity participation with 10 guest stars each; the series was produced by NBC Productions in association with the Stuffed Dog Company and Quincy Jones Entertainment. After the show was released to syndication in 1994, the series was distributed by Warner Bros. Television, which continues to distribute the show worldwide; the series aired reruns on WGN America, TBS, Nick at Nite, Disney XD, ABC Family, BET, Centric, MTV and VH1. Warner Home Video has released the complete series, seasons 1 to 6, on DVD in Region 1. Seasons 1 to 4 have been released in Regions 2 and 4. Seasons 5 to 6 have been released in Region 2 in Germany, in the complete series boxset in the United Kingdom. On August 13, 2015, it was reported that a reboot of the show was in development by Overbrook Entertainment, with Will Smith serving as a producer. In August 2016, during a promotional interview with the E! television network, for his upcoming film Suicide Squad, Smith denied that a reboot was in develo