5/15/18 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Chadwick Boseman’s Howard University 2018 Commencement Speech

Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman provides words of inspiration to the Class of 2018 during Howard University’s 150th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

5/1/18 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Be The Best of Whatever You Are – Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s tale of the street sweeper teaches you to be the best at what you do regardless of your situation in life. That we should always aspire to be the best in our work and in our life. Continue reading

7/11/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Malcolm X- The House Negro And The Field Negro (2009)

Malcolm X’s The House Negro And The Field Negro speech was delivered in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. It happened while Martin Luther King Jr. was held in jail for his famous march on Selma. Malcolm X gave this speech to young protesters who received it very well. Continue reading

5/16/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Kevin Doe- Persistent Experimentation

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Kelvin Doe was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1996 as the youngest of five children. His creative instincts have been with him as a child and he would often dream of solutions to problems in his community. At the age of 10, he started scavenging for scrap electronics parts from dump sites after school for his inventions. Continue reading

4/28/17 (REPOST) O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Three Black Kings- An Ailey Classic

By Walter Rutledge

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Three Black Kings was the last dance and music collaboration between choreographer Alvin Ailey and composer/musician Duke Ellington.  Continue reading

11/22/16 O&A NYC REVIEW: Black Violin Breaking Stereotypes In Brooklyn

By Walter Rutledge

Black Violin perform at the Kids Inaugural concert for children and military families, one of the events ahead of the second-term inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington

Black Violin, the classically trained duo violist and violinist duo of Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus), opened the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College 2016- 2017 season with classic style. Accompanied by DJ SPS on turntables and Nathaniel Strokes on drums Black Violins performed a varied program to a packed diverse audience. Billed as Black Violin: The Unity Tour Wil B. and Kev Marcus have taken their classical background combined with their love of hip-hop and created a truly signature multi genre sound they refer to as “classical boom”. Continue reading

9/20/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: 6 Rules of Success- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The 6 rules of success by the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger that he says were crucial for his success in bodybuilding, Hollywood, politics, and every challenge along the way. Continue reading

8/20/16 O&A NYC EVENTS: NYC Black Pride 2016 Heritage Awards Ceremony- A Moment of Pride

By Walter Rutledge

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NYC Black Pride 2016 held it’s 8th Heritage Awards Ceremony on Friday, August 19 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Avenue West 135th Street in Harlem. The evening presented twenty-six awards to over thirty individuals and organizations who have had a positive intact on the LGBTQ community. The evening began with a reception in the lobby catered by Chef Dhalmu Robinson, before ushering guests into the ceremony.  Continue reading

6/5/16 O&A NYC IN MEMORARIUM: Muhammad Ali

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A heart is not judged by how much you love;

but by how much you are loved by others.  

L Frank Baum from the Wizard of Oz  Continue reading

5/17/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: President Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Howard University

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United States President, Barack H. Obama, delivered the keynote address during Howard University’s 2016 commencement ceremony Saturday, May 7, 2016.   Continue reading