1/17/21 O&A NYC DANCE THEATRE: Only In The Darkness- Dance Of The Village Elders- Dance Of The Village Elders

By Walter Rutledge

The senior performing ensemble Dance Of The Village Elders performs Only In The Darkness You Can See The Stars. Based on their experiences during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. 

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1/17/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: We Shall Overcome- Morehouse College  

The Morehouse College Glee Club performs We Shall Overcome, arranged by Wendell P. Whalum, at the 2009 Candle on the Bluff Awards. Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: MLK’s Promised Land (1967–1968 America’s Civil Rights Movement)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. Continue reading

1/16/22 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Yolanda Adams & Le’Andria Johnson- The Battle Is The Lord’s

Le’Andria Johnson joins gospel superstar Yolanda Adams for a powerful performance of The Battle Is The Lord’s at the 2020 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Continue reading

1/14/21 O&A NYC SUNDAY BRUNCH: Philly Cheese Steaks Done Right!

You can make an authentic cheese steak sandwich at home and it’s oh, so amazing. Begin with a ribeye steak and follow these steps to make perfect Classic Philly Cheese Steaks. Continue reading

1/13/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Michael Jackson’s Earth Song

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Earth Song is the third single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The ballad incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as We Are the World, Man in the Mirror and Heal the World. However, Earth Song was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare.   Continue reading

1/9/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Kirk Franklin- Love Theory

On July 10th Gospel music veteran Kirk Franklin was surprised with a Gold plaque certification for his Best Gospel Song award-winning single “Love Theory.”  The song was the lead single from Franklin’s 12th studio album Long, Live, Love.

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1/9/21 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Betty White Monologue: Facebook – Saturday Night Live

Lorne Michaels was intrigued when a Facebook campaign recruited nearly a million fans to petition to have Betty White host Saturday Night Live– but it wasn’t the first time the producer thought of White. Michaels asked the beloved star three times between the ‘70s and ‘90s to appear in the show – and all three times he got rejected. Continue reading

1/8/21 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope Tour: Live In Concert

The Velvet Rope Tour was the third concert tour by Janet Jackson. Launched in support of her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope (1997), the tour visited Europe, North America, Japan, New Zealand, Africa, and Australia. Jackson was inspired to create an autobiographical show using theatrical elements portraying her struggle with depression and self-esteem. Continue reading

(Repost) 1/7/21 O&A NYC LIFESTYLE: In My Father’s Footsteps

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Every time we have a real snowstorm it brings back one the most lasting and endearing early memories I have of my father. I was six years old; we lived in a quiet residential Northeast Bronx neighborhood. (Yes there are quiet neighborhoods in New York City.) Back then we didn’t have a formal sidewalk the grassy front lawn meandered into a roughly paved street that seemed to be more dirt than asphalt. Continue reading