2/29/20 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Michael Jackson- Live At The Madison Square Garden (2001 Full Show)

The Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration was a 2001 concert show by Michael Jackson.  It was staged in Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 7 and 10, 2001. Continue reading

2/28/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mourner’s Bench- Talley Beatty Choreographer

mourn2Talley Beatty choreographed and performed Mourner’s Bench in 1947. It represents the anguish and loss for former slaves, now free men, killed during the Reconstruction Era at the beginning of the rise of the Klu Klux Klan. Beatty explained to me, “People were murdered by the Klan and at daybreak their relatives would find their bodies in the fields still covered in the morning dew.”

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2/27/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: George Clinton- Atomic Dog 1982

Atomic Dog is a song by George Clinton from his 1982 album Computer Games. The track was released as a single in December 1982 and became the P-Funk collective’s last to reach #1 on the U.S. R&B Chart. Continue reading

2/27/20 O&A NYC WITH WALESTYLEZ FASHION MEETS SPORTS: Nike SB | Travis Scott

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Robert Neal, Theotis Beasley, Ishod Wair and Kyle Wilson were in Houston, Texas skating as usual for the Nike SB Dunk Low by Travis Scott. Continue reading

2/25/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Malcolm X on CBC’s Front Page Challenge

He was revered. He was despised. Some saw him as a guardian of civil rights, a force of empowerment and self-respect for blacks in America. Others branded him a provocateur, a racial supremacist and a menace. His words, incisive and unforgiving had the capacity to unite – and divide.
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2/24/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Dear Basketball- Kobe Bryant’s Oscar Winner Short Film


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2/23/20 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Saint John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (BBC Documentary 2004)

In the film documentary Saint John Coltrane – A Love Supreme – BBC Documentary (2004) Alan Yentob examines the legend of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane whose obsession with music is matched by an equally obsessive following all over the world. Continue reading

2/17/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Hair Love- Oscar Winning Short Film (Full)

Hair Love, an Oscar winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Continue reading

2/14/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY- CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Rainbow Round My Shoulder- Donald McKayle with Mary Hinkson

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Donald McKayle’s 1959 masterwork, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, is acclaimed as a modern dance classic. A searing dramatic narrative, it is set on a chain gang in the American south where prisoners work, breaking rock from “can see to can’t see.” Their aspirations for freedom come in the guise of a woman, first as a vision then as a remembered sweetheart, mother, and wife. The songs that accompany their arduous labor are rich in polyphony and tell a bitter, sardonic, and tragic story. It was created for the Donald McKayle Dance Company, and has been in the repertoire of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Batsheva Dance Company and Dayton Contemporary Dance, among others. The cast in the video excerpt includes Donald McKayle and Mary Hinkson. Continue reading

2/12/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Richard Pryor Live and Smoking 1971

Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’ is a 1971 American stand-up comedy concert film starring and written by Richard Pryor and directed by Michael Blum, who also cinematographer and producer.  Continue reading