2/4/19 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH : Blackface: A Cultural History Of A Racist Art Form

The present controversy over Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s blackface yearbook photo; and the recent Megyn Kelley firing over her blackface Halloween commits shows us racial ignorance and bigotry are alive and well Continue reading

2/3/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MOTH: Morehouse College – We Shall Overcome


The Morehouse College Glee Club performs We Shall Overcome, arranged by Wendell P. Whalum at the 2009 Candle on the Bluff Awards. Continue reading

1/27/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks Act V- Mourning Place

The final act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks takes place after the death of Dr. King . John Jones (Dr Martin Luther King) Sheila Rohan (Rosa Parks) and James E. Murphy (Assassin). Continue reading

1/25/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin Act III Letter From the Birmingham Jail

Martin Act III Letter

Martin Act III: Letter From the Birmingham Jail- Dr. King (John Jones) is arrested and while in jail he writes the now historic letter from the Birmingham Jail. With the help of Rosa Parks (Sheila Rohan) King is able to disseminate his message to the masses.  Continue reading

1/23/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin- A Ballet By John Parks (Act 1)

Martin Act 1 SHEILA ROHAN

Martin: A Ballet by Gordon Parks Act 1 Introduces John Jones as Martin Luther King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks and James E Murphy as the Assassin. Continue reading

1/21/19 O&A NYC REMEMBERING THE KING: Martin Luther King- I Have A Dream (August 28, 1963)

The March On Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s speech are brilliant moments in human history and magical moments in our lives. When our perception of the world is crystal clear and “time” itself seems to stand still! When these events occur, we remember exactly where we were and what was transpiring around us! Continue reading

1/20/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Ain’t Gonna Let No Body Turn Me ‘Round- The Freedom Singers Perform At The Obama White House

(Ain’t Gonna let Nobody) Turn Me Round performed by The Freedom Singers at the White House Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.
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12/20/18 O&A NYC IN MEMORIUM: Raven Wilkinson Ballet Pioneer Dies at 83

Raven Wilkinson the first African-American to join a major international company had passed,  she was 83.  Continue reading

10/2/18 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: The Legend of Kuta Kayne

By Walter Rutledge

Friday night I had a terrifying nightmare. In the dream the year was 1818 and I was on Hampton Plantation (the home of the Rutledge family) in McClellanville, South Carolina. Life in the Antebellum south was hard, cruel and short; with the average age of slave mortality under 42 years. Contrary to one uninformed twenty-first century entertainer slavery was not a choice.  Continue reading

9/9/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Yolanda Adams- How Great Thou Art

Gospel music star Yolanda Adams performs How Great Thou Art, a hymn that has become deeply rooted in American music at the White House Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement. Continue reading