Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary chronicles The Bartendaz, an urban outdoor fitness culture who work out in Harlem parks.  Continue reading

12/14/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION: PG 1 “Wild West” PE At House Of Hoops

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Nike is bringing attention back to House of Hoops with more exclusive drops of special edition basketball shoes. House Of Hoops in Harlem will drop Paul George’s signature shoes name the Wild West, although the colorway and theme revealed by Nike Basketball color-blocking guru @beensmoove lends to a sandy beach theme. Continue reading

11/3/17 O&A NYC THIS WEEK: Chez Lucienne Reopens

By Walter Rutledge

Chez Lucienne celebrated it’s reopening on Wednesday, November 1st. The restaurant, which has been closed for the last two month, is back with a new look, a new menu and under new management. Located at 308 Lenox Avenue (one door south of Red Rooster) this quaint little French Bristo has returned with great panache and West African flair.

The remodeled décor has a freshness that accommodates both the happy hour revelers and intimate dining. A serpentine shaped communal seating area framed by ceiling to floor French doors provides an excellent area to mingle. Window shutters uniformly adorned with mirrors lined the long white washed brick wall.

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The revamped menu has retained some Chez Lucienne staples. Great burgers ranging from the Le Burger Classique (angus beef) to a veggie burger with chipotle mayo, and French cuisine favorites as Steak Frittes in a signature peppercorn sauce have survived the transition. And new dishes such as La Grillade D’Agneau (lamb Dibbi Mbacke style) Les Boulettes de Poisson Sauce Dakar (Senegalese fish balls in a tomato stew) offer patrons an exciting West African alternatives to French inspired dining.

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Chez Lucienne offers lunch beginning at 11am, happy hour 4pm- 7pm and late night dining until 2am. For reservations call (212) 289-5555. Bon appetite.

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9/27/17 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Cotton Comes To Harlem- Iris, Officer Jerema and the Paper Bag

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Cotton Comes to Harlem was the beginning of short period in American film that featured black actors in leading roles and the themes dealt with issues from the African-American microcosm. With a screenplay by Arnold Perl and Ossie Davis, and  directed by Davis this action drama represents the black prospective. Much of the film’s humor is urban black comedy, which was groundbreaking in 1970.

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8/30/17 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Cashflow Harlem Ft. Cardi B Ladies vs Thots

CashFlow is a Hip Hop artist from Harlem, NewYork and purportedly has the rap skills of NAS / Jay-Z and the charisma and star power of Will Smith. This is some build up. Others have called him the LL COOL J for 2006!
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4/11/17 O&A NYC HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary

Bartendaz Rough Cut Documentary chronicles The Bartendaz, an urban outdoor fitness culture who work out in Harlem parks.  Continue reading

4/3/17 O&A NYC REVIEW MUSIC: Bobbi Humphrey’s Homemade Jam In Harlem

By Walter Rutledge

Bobbi Humphrey performed two sold out shows on March 25 at Red Rooster’s Ginny’s Supper Club. Continue reading

2/6/17 O&A NYC DANCE: The Dance Of The Village Elders is back!

The Dance Of The Village Elders is back! The fitness, exercise and dance program for senior adults resumed classes in Harlem on Thursday February 2nd from 2pm to 3:30pm at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 204 West 134th Street. Class will be held on Thursday afternoons and run through the end of June. Dance Of The Village Elders classes are free to the public. Continue reading

1/23/17 O&A NYC DANCE: The Dance Of The Village Elders Returns To Harlem

By Walter Rutledge

The Dance Of The Village Elders, dance and fitness class for seniors, returns to Harlem after an eighteen-month hiatus. The classes will be held on Thursdays at 2pm. beginning February 2, 2017 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 204 West 134th Street.  The classes run thru the end of June, culminating with a performance/fund raiser given by the senior participants.

The program conceived by former Program Coordinator Monique Hedmann began offering classes for seniors in 2010 at Harlem Hospital. Ailey teaching artists Wendy Amos, Ethel Calhoun and Walter Rutledge each taught 12-week sessions in 2010 and 2011. The program was suspended in 2012 due to funding restrictions, but returned in 2013 with Rutledge as the primary teacher.

Under Rutledge’s tenure the program expanded to include a performing element. Over the next year the Dance Of The Village Elders began to build a loyal following within the Harlem community. This culminated in 2015 with; overflow crowds at their bi-annual performances, guest performances with Dancers For A Variable Population and Dance Harlem, and guest artists (and dance legends) Dudley Williams, Loretta Abbott and Dyane Harvey, who enhanced the performances with solid yet subtle artistry. The Dance of the Village Elders was quickly becoming one of Harlem’s new breakout boutique dance companies. Then the music stopped.

Harlem Hospital Auxiliary had generously funded part of the 2014/15 season. The remaining third of the funds came from money raised by the seniors through their spring performance. As we negotiated for funds of the fall/spring 2015/16 season the Auxiliary chose to go in a different direction. The Ailey Arts In Education Community Programs graciuosly offered to pursue funding sources, but nothing materialized. The program officially ended.

The classes may have stopped, but the camaraderie between the “Ladies” seemed to only get stronger. Many are tech savvy and we have became friends on Facebook, or on line, others reach out by telephone, while some attend dance events discussed in O&A NYC Magazine. Despite the class ending our bond is strong and we have stayed a family.

This made me more determined to find a way to keep my Ladies dancing. I realized that money (or in this case the lack of money) was the least important reason not to do something. So we adopted the belief let’s dance in the third verse of We Shall Overcome – “God is on my side”. We decide to treat the Dance Of The Village Elders as a movement/fitness cooperative. Simply put we would raise the money and take control of the fate of the program.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church  204 West 134th Street, Harlem, Manhattan

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church has always been forward thinking and the close proximity to our former location (St. Philip’s is located at 204 West 134th Street between Adam Clayton Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard) made the church ideal for the new class. The church recognized the importance of the program and the positive effect it will have on their congregation and the Harlem community- class begins February 2 at 2pm. Thank you St. Philip’s!!!!!

The 90-minute class will be free to the public. The only prerequisite is that you are striving to be a better you. We open with a warm up that uses breath and relaxation, then address participant concerns with motor skills, balance and mobility, strength and conditioning exercises, and we finish with movement and choreography. The music is from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s so you can sing along or just reminisce where you were when the Chairman of the Board asked us to, “Give Me Just A Little More Time”.

Dance Of The Village Elders 2017 Fundraiser

If you are interested in joining the Dance Of The Village Elders we meet on Thursdays, 2pm at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 204 West 134th Street. There are no start dates or attendance policy, and the only commitments you need to make is when you do attend have a good time. We attend to make Harlem dance. For more information contact Walter Rutledge by telephone at 917-744-2601 or email him at walterutledge@gmail.com.

3/14/16 O&A NYC TELEVISION: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Marvel’s Luke Cage Series


Mike Colter revealed at the red carpet opening for the second season of Daredevil that  Netflix’s Luke Cage series will the premiere on September 30th.  Continue reading