4/23/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Great White Hope (1970)

The Great White Hope, the film and play are based on the true story of Jack Johnson and his first wife, Etta Terry Duryea and the controversy over their marriage and Duryea’s death by suicide in 1912. Continue reading

4/16/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Katherine Dunham and Dancers in Casbah (Presenting Eartha Kitt)

In 1948, Dunham and her company appeared in the Hollywood movie Casbah, with Tony Martin, Yvonne de Carlo, and Peter Lorre. The film was the cinematic debut of Eartha Kitt. Continue reading

4/6/18 (REPOST) O&A NYC LIFESTYLE/DANCE: Geoffrey Holder A True Renaissance Man

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Congratulation to Dance Theatre Of Harlem, Carmen de Lavallade and Leo Holder, Dougla was “simply marvelous”. This video honors Geoffrey Holder- a true renaissance man. It also includes rare footage and interviews with wife Carmen de Lavallade and son Leo Holder.  Continue reading

4/3/18 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: School Dance – Kevin Hart & Mike Epps

High school freshman Jason (Bobb’e J. Thompson) is trying to make new friends when his mother  (Luenell) decides to drive him home. This comedy stars Mike Epps as Principal Rogers, George Lopez as Oscar, Katt William as Darren and Wilmer Valderrama as Flaco directed by Nick Cannon. Continue reading

4/2/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Vogue Femm – Starring Dashaun “Evisu” Wesley

 Vogue Femm– a short dance film Starring Dashaun Wesley Director: Sailey Williams. Continue reading

4/1/18 O&A NYC DANCE- GOSPEL SUNDAY EXTRA: I Wanna Be Ready- Matthew Rushing

On March 30, 1958, the dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) launched his company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at a performance in New York City that forever changed the face of American dance. He was 27 years old.

In honor of the Company’s 60th anniversary, Matthew Rushing – a 25-year veteran of the Ailey company — performed the iconic solo “I Wanna Be Ready” from Mr. Ailey’s classic work, Revelations. Filmed in Rogers, Texas, where Mr. Ailey was born and lived as a young child, Mr. Rushing’s performance features live accompaniment by five local singers.

I Wanna Be Ready

4/1/18 O&A NYC OUT AND ABOUT- WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Spring Break!!!!

Spring Break is here! And the city is abounding with activity “24- 7- 365”. We have art celebrating popular culture in Harlem. Ballet, modern and more throughout the city. Blockbuster and Indie film share the silver screen,  jazz to Motown grooves Midtown and the world’s most exotic cars hit the westside. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

3/30/18 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Clowning Around

Clowning Around, Jamari Amour Choreographer featuring  Jamari Blahnik, DeShawn Lanvin, TJ Blahnik, Amoya Prodigy, Torie Blahnik, Shady 007, and more.  Continue reading

3/15/18 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Ethel Waters And Lena Horne- Cabin in the Sky (1943)

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Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 American musical film based on the 1940 musical of the same name. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film stars Ethel Waters and Rex Ingram, who reprised their roles from the Broadway production, as well Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne. It was Horne’s first and only leading role in an MGM musical. Louis Armstrong was also featured in the film as one of Lucifer Junior’s minions, and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have a showcase musical number in the film.

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Taking A Chance On Love
Ethel Waters with Eddie “Rochester” Anderson (guitar)
and Bill Bailey (tap)

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Jim Henry’s Club
Ethel Waters, John Bubbles, Eddie’Rochester’ Anderson
and Lena Horne

 

3/14/18 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez DOCUMENTARY: Star Wars The Last Jedi – The Director and The Jedi: Documentary

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was met with mixed reviews, fans will soon get a deeper look into how the film was made. Set to accompany the home release of The Last JediThe Director and The Jedi directed by Anthony Wonke, is a feature length documentary shining a light on Rian Johnson and his creative process behind the latest chapter in the franchise. Continue reading