1/18/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Jennifer Hudson Performs Someday We’ll All be Free at the Obama White House

In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement is a concert hosted by President and Mrs. Obama featuring songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings with participants including Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and more. Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Purlie (1981) | Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell and music by Gary Geld and choreography by Louis Johnson. It is based on Davis’s 1961 plaPurlie Victorious, which was later made into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days! and which included many of the original Broadway cast, including Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Beah Richards, Godfrey Cambridge and Sorrell Booke. 

Purlie is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s platation. With the assistance of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, Purlie hopes to pry loose from Cotchipee an inheritance due his long-lost cousin and use the money to achieve his goals. Also playing a part in Purlie’s plans is Cotchipee’s son Charlie, who ultimately proves to be far more fair-minded than his Simon Legree –like father and who saves the church from destruction with an act of defiance that has dire consequences for the tyrannical Cap’n.

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell

 

1/16/21 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Pack Your Sh*t and Go | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

There’s no convincing Donald Trump that he lost the election, but Bill Maher gives it a try. Continue reading

1/15/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater- Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations (2015)


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs Revelations, Chroma, Grace, and Takademe in this 2015 rebroadcast. Continue reading

1/6/21 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Lawanda Page Has a Dirty Mouth

Stand up comedian Lawanda Page, who is best known as Aunt Esther on TV’s Sanford And Son, was a popular performer at the Apollo Theater in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 
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1/5/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Jennifer Lewis- Georgia, let’s flip the Senate!

Jennifer Lewis the mother of Black Hollywood share some mother wit- Georgia, let’s flip the Senate! Continue reading

12/28/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Gone Are The Days! aka Purlie Victorious (1963) | Ruby Dee Ossie Davis

Gone Are the Days! (aka Purlie Victorious / The Man From C.O.T.T.O.N.) is a 1963 American comedy-drama film starring Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Godfrey Cambridge. It is based on the 1961 Broadway play Purlie Victorious, which was written by Davis. Continue reading

12/28/20 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: The Kwanzaa Song – NGUZO SABA The Seven Principles

“Brothers & Sisters we have been blessed with a new day. Smiled upon with another opportunity to better ourselves. To strengthen our Families and support our community. Recite if you will”. -Clinton Sockwell II. Continue reading

12/23/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Tracy Morgan “Call Simone” (parody on Erykah Badu’s Call Tyrone)

Comedian Tracy Morgan in his 2010 Comedy Central Special where he shares a parody of Erykah Badu‘s song Call Tyrone. Continue reading