4/5/20 O&A NYC DANCE OF THE VILLAGE ELDERS: Dance Class First Movement: The Beginning- Gospel Stretch and Breathe

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4/5/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers – Stranger (Breanda Waters Soloist)

Stranger featuring Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers with soloist Brenda Waters tell of a stranger who has come to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Continue reading

3/22/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Alvin Ailey’s Cry With Yolanda Adams and Jacqueline Green (Black Girls Rock 2018)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and Baltimore School for the Arts alumna Jacqueline Green ’07 performs Ailey’s iconic solo Cry (1972).  Continue reading

3/15/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson- Great Gettin Up Morning

Great Gettin‘ Up Morning, an album by Mahalia Jackson. Released in 1959 on Columbia Records.
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3/8/20 O&A NYC O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: The Caravans- Oh Mary Don’t You Weep ( Caravans Reunion- 1988 Stellar Awards)


The Caravans reunion featuring  Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Delores Washington with James Cleveland perform Oh Mary Don’t You  Weep at the 1988 Stellar Awards. Continue reading

3/1/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Tasha Cobbs Leonard – You Know My Name ft. Jimi Cravity


Natasha Tameika “Tasha” Cobbs Leonard, a gospel musician and songwriter, won the 2014 Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and a 2015 Dove Award.
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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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2/9/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH: The Morehouse College Glee Club performs 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

1/19/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson- Precious Lord Take My Hand

Precious Lord, Take My Hand was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite song, and he often invited gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to sing it at civil rights rallies to inspire crowds; at his request she sang it at his funeral in April 1968. Continue reading