An inside look into the effort to preserve Philadelphia’s ballroom scene, a black LGBTQ safe-space that has endured for 30 years. A film produced by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Emmy-winning video team. Continue reading
Category Archives: Black Lives Matter
6/15/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Life After Paris Is Burning
Paris is Burning is a 1990 documentary featuring the NYC ballroom scene. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
6/29/20 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Nina Simone- Mississippi Goddam
Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone recorded session live in Antibes, July 24-25, 1965. She announced after her 1964 album Nina Simone in Concert that the anthem was her “first civil rights song”.
6/22/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Rosewood- Ving Rhames Is Mr. Man
Rosewood (1997) a historical drama film directed by John Singleton. While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, when a white mob killed black people and destroyed their town, the film introduces fictional characters as well as other creative departures from historical accounts of the incident.
6/21/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: Other Towns Like Black Wall Street
How many have heard of the other towns like Greenwood in Tulsa Oklahoma? This video explores several more thriving and prosperous all Black communities.
6/20/20 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Deitrick Haddon- I Can’t Breathe
Gospel singer Deitrick Haddon performs I Can’t Breathe, a powerful musical tribute to George Floyd and a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
6/14/20 MORNING FUNNIES SPECIAL: Dave Chappelle Special – 8:46
Dave Chappelle gives a monologue with bit of comedy but mostly commentary on police brutality and the murder of George Floyd.Black Lives Matter! Continue reading
(Repost and Update) 12/27/21 O&A NYC HOLIDAY HUMOR: The Legend of Kuta Kayne
By Walter Rutledge
Friday night I had a terrifying nightmare. In the dream the year was 1821 and I was on Hampton Plantation (the home of the Rutledge family) in McClellanville, South Carolina. Life in the Antebellum south was hard, cruel and short; with the average age of slave mortality under 42 years. Contrary to one uninformed twenty-first century entertainer slavery was not a choice. Continue reading