NOMMO Documentaries are based on the Black experience.

All films are available for purchase.

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We Are Universal today for $19.99
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We Are Universal
is a documentary film that recounts the influence of the “Black Is Beautiful” movement on the art of Black people. Scenes of arts organizations, performances, and lifestyles in four of the major urban areas for art in the country – Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – are interwoven with opinions of Black art from artists who were themselves major influences on the art [then] [in the 1970’s], and who now have a place in Black history.

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Visual segues of two young boys as they explore their 
hometown from downtown to “uptown” combined with a musical score, written by Carl Atkins and featuring the performances of Gary Bartz and James Ntume, provide visual metaphors and thematic cues for the discussions of how Black culture has evolved. The conclusion of the film offers a projection of Black art 
that, as the years have passed since it was produced, remains undeniably accurate…
 That We Are Universal was produced in the 60’s, when ideologies of Black people had a major influence 
on all art forms, and that it is now a document, will have increasing importance in the years to come. Artists who appear in the film include Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Charles White, Nikki Giovanni, 
Don Lee, Hugh Masekela, Betty Carter, Lee Morgan and many others*

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Didn’t We Ramble On?
The culmination of ten years research by Dr. Carl Atkins, Didn’t We Ramble On traces the evolution of the Black marching band from 14th Century West African processions to present-day bands. The music, the pageantry, and the many uses of current marching bands have been irrefutably traced to centuries-old Yoruba processions by Dr. Atkins and confirmed by noted ethnomusicologists Dr. Eileen Southern and Dr. John Szwed. 

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Narrated by Dizzy Gilespie, this visually and aurally exciting film features performances of a West African procession, New Orleans jazz funeral procession and the Florida A&M University Marching Band. Archival photographs, depictions and music from Africa, Europe and the United States are used to underscore similarities in the evolution of this ancient art form. Didn’t We Ramble On won the “Best Film” Award in the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and National 
Black Programming Consortium competitions in 1991. It also won, among other awards, a CINE Golden Eagle, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film & Video Festival, and a Director’s Choice in the Atlanta Image and the Black Maria Film Competition.
 

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Enough is Enough today for $19.99
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Enough is Enough
On October 12, 1995 Jonny Gammage, a 31-year-old African-American businessman, churchgoer and volunteer, was pulled over by five white police officers while driving a Jaguar owned by his cousin, Pittsburgh Steeler Ray Seals. During the ensuing struggle Gammage was asphyxiated. There was shock and revulsion in the community, and thousands, both black and white, took to the streets to protest.

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Enough is ENOUGH! examines the criminal justice system and the procedural relationships among the 
law enforcement officers, the Coroner’s office, the District Attorneys, and the courts. Interwoven with the story line are interviews with prominent lawyers, politicians and activists such as Prof. Charles Ogletree 
of Harvard, Louis Farrakhan, Johnnie Cochran, Al Sharpton and many others. Enough. . . examines Jonny Gammage, the person, and the icon that is inextricably linked with the 
struggle to end police misconduct. It looks at the criminal justice system, the police, Coroner’s office, 
District Attorneys, and courts. Enough. . . then focuses on how the community mobilized for change. Archival footage, newspaper clippings, animation, and narration tell the story of Jonny’s death and add 
the egregious police killing of Jerry Jackson in the same year. Police in that case also were found not 
guilty. In 2005, police were judged innocent by reason of “poor training” in yet another case of positional asphyxia. The lessons still have not been learned.
 Interwoven with the story line are interviews with prominent lawyers, politicians and activists such as 
Prof. Charles Ogletree of Harvard, Louis Farrakhan, Johnnie Cochran, Al Sharpton and many others.




Rodger Humphries / Pass it On

Rodger Humphries:  “Pass it On” is a half-hour documentary on this legendary jazz drummer and music educator.  Pass it On showcases Rodger’s formidable talents as a musician and musical group leader, his skills as a teacher, and his inspirational dedication to his family, students, colleagues, and community.

Rodger is known and respected among jazz fans and musicians worldwide.  “Discovered” by other musicians in the family when he was only three years old, at four Rodger was sitting in with the Tab Smith Big Band, where his Uncle Frank Humphries played. 

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At 14 he was playing professionally, and at 16 led his own group at Carnegie Music Hall. He has played, toured, and recorded for more than 50 years with such jazz greats as Ray Charles and Horace Silver and his own RH Factor quartet and Rodger Humphries Big Band. Equally important, and less known than his discography of more than 20 albums, is Rodger’s personal legacy. His talent has taken him around the world, but he has always maintained his connections to family and Pittsburgh, finding his deepest satisfaction in the successes of his students. His story is told in the words of those former students as well as interviews with family, friends, and other professional musicians, artfully interwoven with music footage both new and old, and Rodger’s own communication in concert and classroom.