2/18/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY GOSPEL: 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

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

2/18/18 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Eddie Griffen – Bible The “Negro” Version

There are many versions of the Bible. The King James, Gideon and now Eddie Griffen shares the Negro Version Bible. Continue reading

2/17/18 ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES (ART): Basquiat – Documentary


A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Continue reading

2/16/18 O&A NYC MUSIC- CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III,  the iconic American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in his five-decade career which kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz. Continue reading

2/15/18 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

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A Change Is Gonna Come is a song by Sam Cooke, released on December 22, 1964 by RCA Victor. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, “A Change Is Gonna Come” became an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement. The song is widely considered Cooke’s best composition and has been voted among the best songs ever released by various publications. In 2007, the song was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, with the National Recording Registry deeming the song “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.” Continue reading

2/14/18 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Addiction- Jennifer Lewis

The incomparable actress, singer and comedian Jennifer Lewis talks about her bipolar and sexual addictions and offers her special brand Black Hollywood Mother wit.  Continue reading

2/13/18 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: The Talk

The Talk are scenes of black parents openly sharing truths about bias their children will experience. The conversations we have but don’t want to… 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