2/21/18 O&A NYC FILM: Tyson Beckford- Chocolate City Stripetease Scene

Tyson Beckford, model, actor and recent Chippendales entertainer gives us a stripe tease. Continue reading

2/20/18 O&A NYC MUSIC/FILM:The Making Of “Wakanda” With Composer Ludwig Göransson

Marvel film score was created by the Grammy-nominated composer Ludwig Göransson. In the video above created by Genius, Ludwig Göransson explains how he crafted the scoring track Wakanda, named after the fictional East African nation the Black Panther rules over. Continue reading

2/19/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Stormy Weather- Featuring Katherine Dunham And Her Dance Troupe

Stormy Weather is a 1943 film musical produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an all African-American cast and serve to  showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time. Continue reading

2/18/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Lena Horne Documentary (1996)

The 1996 PBS American Masters biography of icon Lena Horne. Continue reading

2/16/18 (REPOST) O&A NYC HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Michael B. Jordan – Body Transformation From Creed To A Black Panther

The Black Panther movie officially opens today! Michael B. Jordan continued to build on the physique he established for Creed take bulking up to a new level to prepare for the role of villain Erik Killmonger. Continue reading

2/12/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Raisin In The Sun (1961)

Raisin In The Sun (1961) is a groundbreaking drama celebrating the human spirit, featuring an electrifying performance by Academy Award  winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lilies of the Field, 1963). Continue reading

2/11/18 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Joséphine Baker: The First Black International Superstar

Josephine Baker was an entertainer, civil rights activist, French Resistance agent and the first Black international superstar. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. Continue reading

1/5/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Manon- The Royal Ballet- Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell (1982)

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Manon, choreographed by Sir Kenneth MacMilan, was his second three-act ballet as artistic director of the Royal Ballet. He based his scenario on the 1731 novel by the Abbé Prévost, L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. MacMilan had chosen Antoinette Sibley as Manon and Anthony Dowell as Des Grieux, giving them both a copy of Prévost’s novel to read in preparation for their roles. Continue reading

1/2/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Akeelah And The Bee – Deepest Fear

Our Deepest Fears, a poem by Marianne Williamson has been quoted by many humanitarians including Nelson Mandela. In the film Akeelah and The Bee Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) recites the poem at the request of for coach  Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne). Continue reading

1/1/18 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Quarantine featuring Kyle Abraham (Essential Dance Film)

Quarantine is the first film in Gabri Christa’s “Another Building” series, which features short narrative dance films that take place in and around historic buildings and sites connected to the Dutch History. An older man looks at his younger self (Kyle Abraham) explore an old quarantine building for enslaved Africans. Continue reading