5/6/19 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez Hip Hop Celebration: Wu-Tang Clan District Naming Ceremony In Staten Island

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

The city of NewYork has just declared the Park Hill neighborhood of Staten Island The Wu-Tang District. The decision for the naming was made back in December when the New York City Council voted unanimously for the new street sign.  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

10/2/18 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: The Legend of Kuta Kayne

By Walter Rutledge

Friday night I had a terrifying nightmare. In the dream the year was 1818 and I was on Hampton Plantation (the home of the Rutledge family) in McClellanville, South Carolina. Life in the Antebellum south was hard, cruel and short; with the average age of slave mortality under 42 years. Contrary to one uninformed twenty-first century entertainer slavery was not a choice.  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

2/17/17 O&A NYC WHAT THE FUNK: James Brown – Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud

Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud performed by James Brown and written with his bandleader Alfred Pee Wee Ellis was released as a two-part single in 1968. The single held the number-one spot on the R&B singles chart for six weeks, and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

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2/7/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION: Celebrating Fashion Week With Naomi Campbell

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

Naomi Campbell model, actress and euntrepeneur burst on to the fashion scene at age 19 after securing the cover of French Vogue. Fashion design icon Yves Saint Laurent demanded Campbell appear on the cover or he would not allow the magazine to show his collection, thus making her the first model of African decent to grace the cover.

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1/16/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING THE KING: Martin Luther King- I Have A Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream Speech is probably the most famous speech of the 20th century. Delivered on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  Continue reading