7/19/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: The Wiz-A Brand New Day (Everybody Rejoice)

With Evillene (Mable King*) dead, her powerful spells. Soon all her sweat shop workers and prisoners are free from her hold over them and “strip” way their hideous wicked witch skin. They all celebrate with Dorthy (Diana Ross), Scarecrow, (Michael Jackson), Tin Man (Nipsey Russell), and Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross*). This large cast dance member is the brain child of choreographer Louis Johnson, whose high energy, and interdisciplinary vocabulary captures the energy of the song lead by The Wiz Singers Adult Choir member Luther Vandross. Continue reading

7/17/24 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Visiting Africa- Richard Pryor Live on The Sunset Strip

Richard Pryor‘s live performances at the Sunset Strip caught on film. Pryor talks about racism and the differences between blacks and whites Continue reading

7/12/24 O&A NYC HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAH RICHARDS: As Summers Die (1986) Starring Ron O’Neal, Beah Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bette Davis

As Summers Die a 1986 film starring Ron O’Neal, Beah Richards, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Bette Davis. The plot centers around a large area of land owned by an old black lady, Elvira Backus ( Beah Richards). It had been given to her by her one-time employer and secret father of her two children, a southern patriarch. Continue reading

7/4/24 O&A NYC INDEPENDENCE DAY LIVE PERFORMANCE: Whitney Houston – Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) – Super Bowl 1991

Among the annals of national anthems as a prelude to sporting events, few have topped the one delivered by Whitney Houston before Super Bowl XXV in 1991 in Tampa, Florida. Continue reading

7/3/24 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Boondocks Breaking Bad Parody |

In this Boondocks Breaking Bad Parody Granddad cooks up some secret hair relaxer. Continue reading

6/28/24 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: NYC Rats Are Built Different | Gastor Almonte | Stand Up Comedy

Comedian Gastor Almonte on why everyone should work a retail job, keeping new year’s resolutions, and his war with the rats of New York City! Continue reading

6/19/24 O&A NYC JUNETEENTH SONG OF THE DAY: Sounds of Blackness – Juneteenth Celebration

The 3 time Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness is excited to premiere their new music video single Juneteenth Celebration. Continue reading

6/16/24 O&A NYC FATHER’S DAY SONG OF THE DAY: Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

Luther Vandross wrote Dance with My Father with Richard Marx, based on his personal experience. It is a tribute to his father, Luther Vandross, Sr, who died due to complications of diabetes, when Luther was seven. Continue reading

6/15/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: DanceAfrica 47

By Walter Rutledge

Memorial Day weekend maybe the unofficial start of summer, but in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn that weekend was the official start of DanceAfrica 47! The four-day festival celebrates the diverse cultures of Africa and their diasporic descendants. The area surrounding the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music was transformed into the DanceAfrica Bazaar- a global marketplace. The bazaar features over one hundred and fifty vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African American food, crafts, and fashion. Continue reading

6/14/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Ghetto Kids – Afro Dance Freestyle at Home [ Dance Video]


Ghetto Kids are a Ugandan dance group made up of young people raised in the slums of Uganda. Despite coming from a poor background, the kids have made an impact on the world stage with their unique style of dance and creativity. Continue reading