9/6/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Aretha Franklin Think!!! The Blues Brothers 1980

 

 

 

Think is a song performed by Aretha Franklin. It was released as single 1968, from her Aretha Now album. The song reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100 becoming Franklin’s seventh top 10 hit in the United States. The song also reached number 1 on the magazine’s Hot Rhythm & Blue Singles,becoming her sixth single to top the chart. Continue reading

8/19/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY GOSPEL: Aretha Franklin – Precious Lord

Aretha Franklin performs Precious Lord, a favorite song of her father Reverend  C. L. Franklin and Dr. Martin Luther King.   Continue reading

8/16/18 O&A NYC MILESTONES: Aretha Franklin- Queen of Soul Dies (Video)

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul who sang with matchless style on such classics as Think, I Say a Little Prayer and her signature song, Respect, and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advance pancreatic cancer. Continue reading

8/16/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Aretha Franklin- Rock Steady

The undisputed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performs her R&B classic Rock Steady from her 1971 album Young, Gifted and Black Continue reading

3/22/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Ashford and Simpson – Found A Cure (Live 1979)

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, the successful songwriting duo and recording artists, met at Harlem’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1964.   Continue reading

7/20/17 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Aretha Franklin- I Say A Little Prayer


I Say a Little Prayer also returned to the Pop & R&B Top Ten in the fall of 1968 via a recording by Aretha Franklin taken from her 1968 album Aretha Now. Continue reading

4/20/17 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Aretha Franklin – A Deeper Love

In 1994 Aretha Franklin covered A Deeper Love which featured a backing vocal by Lisa Fischer, her version was produced by Clivilles & Cole and was later released as the lead single of her Greatest Hits (1980–1994) collection. The Aretha Franklin version also went to number one on the US dance charts for two weeks.  Continue reading

5/24/16 O&A NYC DANCE: The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Season With PEEKS Tonight

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The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) will kick off their 40th Anniversary season with its works-in-progress showcase entitled PEEKS on Tuesday, May 24, 8pm at the Faison Firehouse Theatre (6 Hancock Place). THPAC offers choreographers an opportunity to present dance works in varying degrees of development in front of a live audience. An audience talkback, which provides constructive feedback for both dancers and dance makers follows the showing. Choreographers Marshall Swiney and Walter Rutledge will presents works at this PEEKS showcase.  Continue reading

3/24/16 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church as a child. In 1960, at age 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career. Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.
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3/7/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Classical Music meets Hip Hop: Kev Marcus of Black Violin

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Black Violins, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Will B are two classically trained violinists living their dream. The Florida natives began experimenting with playing stringed melodies over mash-ups of popular hip-hop songs. The duo had no idea this sound was something craved by a wide audience. Continue reading