3/28/19 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Ike and Tina Turner Revue- Proud Mary and River Deep Mountain High (original 1966 promo)

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Late in 1970, while on break from touring in Florida, the band recorded their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary. The song was released the following January and became the duo’s best-selling single, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling well over a million copies. The song earned the group a 1971 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.  Continue reading

3/25/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sepia Cinderella (1947)

Sepia Cinderella (1947) is the second in a series of films produced by Jack Goldberg and Arthur Leonard, made primarily for the 684 theatres (in 1947) that catered exclusively to Black audiences that were kept out, or placed in a special balcony section, in most of the theatres in segregated America. Continue reading

3/24/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Anita Wilson – More Than Anything


Anita Wilson performs More Than Anything from her 2017 album Sunday Song.  Continue reading

3/18/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Lady Sings The Blues (Big Ben) Plus Encore

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Lady Sings The Blues is the story of jazz singer Billie Holiday and is loosely based on her 1956 autobiography. The name of the film was taken from one of Holiday’s most popular songs.

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3/14/19 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: LaBelle- Lady Marmalade

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Lady Marmalade, written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”, which translates into English as “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?”  Continue reading

3/14/19 O&A NYC WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SONG OF THE DAY: Iyeoka -Simply Falling

Iyeoka Okoawo is a Nigerian-American poet, recording artist, singer, activist, educator and TEDGlobal Fellow.Her music includes elements from Soul, R&B, Rock and Hip Hop. Continue reading

3/1/19 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Katherine Dunham And The Katherine Dunham Dance Company

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

1/29/19 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Carmen de Lavallade’s Inspiring Women

Actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade tells the story of her cousin, ballet dancer Janet Collins. “There are times in your life when you want to give up, but she never did,” de Lavallade says. Continue reading

3/29/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Gloria Gaynor- I Will Survive

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I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor’s certified double platinum disco anthem, has remained popular. The song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart on consecutive weeks. Continue reading

3/25/18 O&A NYC THEATRE REVIEW: Chicago- Valerie Simpson Takes No Prisoners As Matron “Mama” Morton

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Songwriter, recording artist, entrepreneur, and restauranteur Valerie Simpson can now add Broadway thespian to her impressive list of accomplishments. On March 12, 2018 Simpson made her Broadway debut as Matron “Mama” Morton in Broadway’s longest running musical Chicago. For her six-week run (through April 22) Simpson is flanked by a talented cast of Broadway veterans including: Amra- Faye Wright as the Vaudeville villainess Velma Kelly, Bianca Marroquin– the murderous ingénue Roxie Hart and Chaz Lamar Shepard as brash barrister Billy Flynn. Continue reading