9/15/19 O&A NYC WITH WALESTLYEZ MOVIE TRAILER: Notorious B.I.G. Mini-Doc ’25 Years of Ready to Die’

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Amazon Music’s The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready to Die follows the Notorious B.I.G. at the crucial moment when he was transitioning from unsigned hype to the rap superstar he’d become.  Continue reading

GOSPEL SUNDAY: Aretha Franklin- Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin recorded Amazing Grace in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptish Church in Los Angeles. The Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir accompanied FranklinThis never-before-seen footage of Franklin’s legendary live-gospel-album recording is a profoundly moving and deeply soulful performance that transcends time.

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6/3/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- PRIDE MONTH: Paris is Burning

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, and critics have praised it as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.”
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4/21/19 O&A NYC WHATS HAPPENING THIS WEEK: April 22 Through April 29, 2019

Happy Easter and Passover New Yorkers will be out and about in their Easter bonnets!  This week we have dance at Lincoln Center and R&B legends are at the legendary Apollo. Orchids are in bloom in The Bronx and a Creole Food Festival in lower Manhattan. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.

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4/7/19 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: April 7 through April 14, 2019

Its beginning to feel a lot like springtime, and New Yorkers are out and about!  And this week we have a new film about the Queen of Soul and a Fosse muse on Broadway. America’s mother of modern dance turns 93 in Chelsea and Arthur Mitchell’s dream turns 50. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading

3/31/19 O&A NYC FILM/PREVIEW: Amazing Grace- Aretha Franklin

The new documentary about the “Queen of Soul” features never-aired footage of Franklin recording her legendary gospel album that’s been hidden for half a century. Continue reading

2/4/19 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH : Blackface: A Cultural History Of A Racist Art Form

The present controversy over Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s blackface yearbook photo; and the recent Megyn Kelley firing over her blackface Halloween commits shows us racial ignorance and bigotry are alive and well Continue reading

1/12/19 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Nureyev Unzipped – A Brief Survey Of The Life And Career Of The Great Russian Dancer

Nureyev Unzipped is a short documentary that dates from 1998 and narrated by Terence Stamp. The programme includes interviews with friends and colleagues as well as film clips of Nureyev in action. Uploaded with all due acknowledgements to the programme makers of 20 years ago. Continue reading