10/14/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1979) Diahann Carroll, Constance Good and Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings based on the autobiography of the same name by Maya Angelou. The film first aired on April 28, 1979 on CBS. Continue reading

7/22/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez: Maya Angelou- In Her Own Words

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Maya Angelou and some of the people who know her best sit down with journalist Felix Augustine where some of her deepest secrets are uncovered like never before. 

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11/15/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Facing Evil With Maya Angelou

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Facing Evil With Maya Angelou, is the second of two programs celebrating the life and work of the late Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Angelou attended a conference on “Facing Evil,” held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say. Continue reading

2/10/16 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Richard Pryor and Maya Angelou FromThe Richard Pryor Special? (1977)

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The Richard Pryor Special? aired on May 5, 1977, and created an immediate sensation for NBC. The network had given Pryor an hour in prime time to put on a show of his choice. Pryor chose to bring his irreverence humor to a nation mainstream television audience- explosive! His gut-wrenching honesty  coupled with Pryor’s ability to deliver authentic pathos are the hallmarks of his comedy. One such moment was the sketch featuring Maya Angelou. Continue reading

Summerstage Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing The Boundaries

By Walter Rutledge

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Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing The Boundaries performances were held on August 15th and 16th at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. This is the second year SummerStage and the Faison Firehouse has collaborated on the outdoor, free to the public performing arts presentation; and it has already become one the most anticipated and well attended events offered in the summer series. This year the eclectic roster of performers included Baoku & The Image Afro-Beat Band, Cecilia Marta Dance Company, George Faison Universal Dance Experience, Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet, and Lotus Music & Dance Multicultural Artists. The well curated production lived up to its title offering a diverse and well-paced program with an international flavor. Continue reading