2/8/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Arthur Mitchell’s Barrier Breaking Creole Giselle

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Arthur Mitchell’s Creole Giselle performed by the Dance Theatre Of Harlem (DTH), and set the traditional story of Giselle in 1841 Louisiana broke barriers with this all African American adaptation.  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

1/26/19 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks ( Act IV The Assassin)

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The Fourth Act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks starring John Jones as Dr. King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Park and James E. Murphy as the Assassin.

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11/21/18 O&A NYC HISTORY: The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened

The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened presents a non-bias account of the events which unfolded in the years leading up to the First Thanksgiving, and the several years following the feast (roughly 1614-1622). Continue reading

11/10/18 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Who Were The Kemites? They Ruled The Land You Call Egypt.

The Kemites were an african people who established one of the earliest, most enduring, and most impactful civilizations of all time.

Kemet is humanity’s oldest documented culture and the inspiration for everything associated with civilization and human genius. Kemet is most commonly associated with Ancient Egypt. It is the civilisation that produced the pharaohs, the pyramids, the hieroglyphs and countless wonders that modern scientists, engineers and academics still do not understand

Modern history calls their lands Egypt and them the ancient Egyptians. But these were Greek terms for the the people who called themselves the Khems.

Who were the Kemites? They ruled the Land you call Egypt.

11/5/18 O&A NYC HISTORY: What Megyn Kelly Should Have Known- Blackface: A Cultural History Of A Racist Art Form (CBS Sunday Morning)

Megyn Kelley’s recent offensive Blackface remarks questioning wearing blackface on Halloween ended up getting her fired. Sunday Morning contributor and WCBS anchor Maurice DuBois looks at the long and complex history of white (and even black) performers painting their faces black. Continue reading

11/2/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Lindy Hop Hellzapoppin

Hellzapoppin (1941) the Universal Pictures adaptation of the Broadway musical  directed by H.C. Potter with a cast that includes Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson who produced and starred in it on Broadway) and Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. Continue reading

10/31/18 O&A NYC HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Michael Jackson – Thriller

Thriller, Michael Jackson’s 1984 music video directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Jackson.   Continue reading

10/24/18 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Slave Ship Travel Agency Featuring Michael Blackson And Mark Harley (50 Central)


Michael Blackson stars as an eager traveler looking to take his family on a vacation, little does he know they’re about to go on a journey to the new world. Continue reading

10/4/18 O&A NYC DIVA ALERT! THROWBACK THURSDAY ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Tina Turner- What Love Got To Do With It- 1985 Grammy Awards Show

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Tina Turner taught the world how to walk in high heel shoes. At the 1985 Grammy Awards telecast Turner performed What’s Love Got To Do With It and made one of the biggest comeback in music history.   Continue reading