1/16/23 O&A NYC HAIL THE KING!: Martin Luther King Jr.- The Other America

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech at Stanford University where he expounds on his nonviolent philosophy and methodology.
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11/26/22 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Wise African Proverbs And Sayings

Wise proverbs and sayings of the peoples of Africa have a deep meaning. African sayings and wisdom will help you sort out life. Continue reading

GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Meeting The Wolof -Tallest Tribe In West Africa

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Tall, dark, and striking, Wolof people are believed to be the tallest ethnic group in West Africa. Most of them are 6 feet tall and also very dark. They are the giants of West Africa. Continue reading

12/15/21 O&A NYC BLACK FACTS: Hatshepsut- The Greatest Female Pharaoh

Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh of Egypt. She reigned between 1473 and 1458 B.C. Her name means “foremost of noblewomen.” Her rule was relatively peaceful and she was able to launch a building program that would see the construction of a great temple at Deir el-Bahari at Luxor. Continue reading

11/6/21 O&A NYC AFTER THE CONVERSATION: Elisa Monte, Sarita Allen, Lloyd Knight, Marzia Memoli

The Martha Graham Dance Company concluded its New York fall performances at the Joyce Theater. O&A NYC Editor-in-Chief Walter Rutledge sat down with Treading choreographer Elisa Monte, Graham dancers Lloyd Knight and Marzia Memoli, and “dance Icon” former Ailey principal Sarita Allen for a spirited conversation about Monte’s signature work. After the interview ended the the conversation continued.   Continue reading

10/19/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Colin Powell: 13 Rules of Leadership

Colin Powell accomplished his goals by adopting a handful of key life principles along the way. Thirteen of them, in fact. Continue reading

8/9/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena (2012) documentary film that takes an unprecedented look into the extremely private world of Venus and Serena Williams. Continue reading

7/20/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Muhammad Ali – Dropping Knowledge (1974)

Professional boxer, activist, poet and philanthropist Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. Known as The Greatest he was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Continue reading

6/9/21 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: 15 Untold Black History Inventors

Most people have heard about famous inventions like the light bulb, the cotton gin and the penicillin. Take a moment and look around. Do you see any inventions? Inventions are everywhere you look! Your computer, your clothes, your notebook, your furniture.
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5/30/21 O&A NYC DANCE: Greenwood- By Donald Byrd Performed By The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Donald Byrd’s fifth Ailey commission draws on the Company’s theatrical roots and legacy of addressing social injustice. The work’s title references a 1921 tragedy that happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s segregated Greenwood District. At the time, it was one of the country’s most affluent African American communities, known as “Black Wall Street.” Continue reading