7/4/20 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom (Full Documentary)

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

7/3/20 O&A NYC LIFESTYLE: Life After Paris Is Burning

Paris is Burning is a 1990 documentary featuring the NYC ballroom scene. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
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6/23/20 INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Diana Ross – Inside The Actors Studio

Singer-actress Diana Ross, Oscar nominee for 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues and star of 1978’s “The Wiz,” offers a retrospective of her life and career in an expanded two-hour interview. Ross also sings Baby Love and Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To). James Lipton hosts this segment; which first aired on February 19, 2007. Continue reading

6/16/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Maya Angelou- We Wear The Mask

Back in 1988, Maya Angelou described to a predominantly white crowd in Salado, Texas, how a maid’s smile inspired one of her most enduring poems. She says she wrote it to honor a maid she once watched ride the bus in New York City. Continue reading

5/26/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Life On A Slave Ship

From approximately 1525 to 1866, 12.5 million Africans were forcibly transported across the Middle Passage to serve as slaves in the New World. Life aboard slave ships was agonizing and dangerous; nearly 2 million slaves would perish on their journey across the Atlantic.
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(Repost) 5/24/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Didn’t It Rain-Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Gospel Music’s First Crossover Artist)

GOSPEL SUNDAYSister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is a pioneer of twentieth-century music. Tharpe attained great popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings that were a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic/early rock accompaniment.  She became gospel music’s first crossover artist and its first great recording star. Continue reading

5/24/02 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN HISTORY: Life Aboard a Slave Ship

From approximately 1525 to 1866, 12.5 million Africans were forcibly transported across the Middle Passage to serve as slaves in the New World. Life aboard slave ships was agonizing and dangerous; nearly 2 million slaves would perish on their journey across the Atlantic.
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2/25/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Malcolm X on CBC’s Front Page Challenge

He was revered. He was despised. Some saw him as a guardian of civil rights, a force of empowerment and self-respect for blacks in America. Others branded him a provocateur, a racial supremacist and a menace. His words, incisive and unforgiving had the capacity to unite – and divide.
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2/24/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Dear Basketball- Kobe Bryant’s Oscar Winner Short Film


Kobe Byrant’s 2018 Oscar winner Best Animation short film Dear Basketball Continue reading