3/18/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain

GOSPEL SUNDAYSister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is a pioneer of twentieth-century music. Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic/early rock accompaniment.  She became gospel music’s first crossover artist and its first great recording star. Continue reading

3/8/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Freda Payne- Band Of Gold 

Singer and actress Freda Payne gained notoriety during the mid–1960s through the mid–1980s. Her most recognizable hit singles Band Of Gold and her anti-war Bring the Boys Home.  Payne is also an actress in musicals and film, as well as the host of a TV talk show.  Continue reading

3/5/18 HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Jericho (from I Good It) – Hazel Scott & Lena Horne (1943)


Jericho (from I Dood It), features the incomparable Hazel Scott and Lena Horne and a breezy of male crooners. Continue reading

3/4/18 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Mary Lou’s Mass-Excerpt Featuring The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey’s collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, two artists who shared roots and memories in the southern church, is a deeply spirited theatrical experience.
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3/1/18 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Continue reading

3/31/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- SONG OF DAY: Céline Dion – The Power Of Love


The Power of Love (a remake of Jennifer Rush’s 1985 hit), became Celine Dion’s  first signature hit.  Continue reading

3/29/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- MUSIC: Janet Jackson- Son Of A Gun (Remix) featuring Missy Elliott & P.Diddy

Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) by singer-songwriter Janet Jackson with Carly Simon from Jackson’s seventh studio album, All for You (2001) was written and produced by Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with additional lyrics by Simon. Continue reading

3/28/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY- CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt an American singer, actress, dancer, activist, voice actress and comedian best known for her highly distinctive singing style. Her U.S. top ten hits 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby”, remain popular today. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”. Continue reading

3/25/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- THEATRE: Josephine Baker- The Women Who Conquered Europe

Josephine Baker, the American-born French actress, dancer and singer had an undeniable attraction and charisma that quickly earned her names such as Creole Goddess, Bronze Venus and Black Pearl.

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3/24/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- MUSIC: Bobbi Humphrey- Jazz Trailblazer

Jazz trailblazer and icon Bobbi Humphrey sat down with O&A NYC Editor-In-Chief Walter Rutledge to discuss her storybook career prior to her March 25th performances of Bobbi Humphrey’s Homemade Jam in Harlem at Ginny’s Supper Club- Red Rooster.   Continue reading