10/7/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY (MOTHER RUTLEDGE PICKS): The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi – Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi was a post-war gospel quartet. With lead singer Archie Brownlee,  their single “Our Father” reached number ten on the Billboard R&B charts in early 1951. It was one of the first gospel records to do so. Continue reading

8/12/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Jennifer Phillips- Shackles (Arena Audition X Factor Global (UK)

Jennifer Phillips performs Mary Mary’s Shackles on  X Factor Global (UK) Continue reading

4/24/18 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Dr. Maya Angelou- Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud

After hearing a 19th-century African-American song, Dr. Maya Angelou has never forgotten one important lyric: God put a rainbow in the clouds. Watch as Dr. Angelou shares how she honors those who employed kindness to help her, and find out how, she says, we can all “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud,” no matter who they are. Continue reading

8/26/17 O& NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: You Deserve It- JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise

You Deserve It performed by JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise.  Continue reading

9/5/17 O&A NYC DANCE AND MUSIC: FOLI (there is no movement without rhythm) original version by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg

 FOLI, the word for rhythm used by the Malinke tribes of Baro, Guinee Afrika, encompasses so much more than drumming, dancing or sound. It’s found in every part of daily life. Continue reading

10/1/17 (REPOST) O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: My World Needs You- Featuring Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, and Sarah Reeves

Kirk Franklin returns with a lyric video for My World Needs You, a song that features rousing vocals from Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann. Continue reading

1/28/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Travis Greene- Made A Way

Gospel musician and pastor Travis Montorius Greene led the field of nominees at the 2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards by taking home seven awards. Greene is married to Jacqueline “Jackie” Gyamfi Greene and together they co-pastor lead Forward City Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Continue reading

2/26/17 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Tamela Mann- God Provides (Live)

Tamela Mann sings God Provides (Live) the sophomore single from her 2016 album release, One Way. Continue reading

2/10/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mourner’s Bench- Talley Beatty Choreographer


Talley 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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