Marvin Gaye, The Prince of Motown brought attention to the NBA and helped boost its image. Gaye pioneered singing the national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, in own rendition during the 1983 NBA All-Star game. Continue reading
Category Archives: Entertainment
5/29/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL: Madea’s Family Reunion
While planning her family reunion Madea, everyone’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, must contend with the other dramas on her plate. These including the runaway who has been placed under her care, and her love-troubled nieces. Continue reading
5/26/23 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Kevin Hart Goes Back to High School- The Real Husbands of Hollywood
After being expelled for accidentally killing the school mascot, Kevin Hart re-enrolls to his old high school with plans to get his diploma. But Kevin faces obstacles on his path to graduation when his bitter high school crush is the last teacher he needs to bribe for an A. Kevin then goes head to head with another scorned ex-flame who demands he take her to prom.
5/26/23 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Dudley Williams- Alvin Ailey’s Love Songs
In 1972, Alvin Ailey created the elegiac solo Love Songs for dancer Dudley Williams. The sixteen minute solo, composed in three sections includes A Song for You by Donny Hathaway; Poppies by Nina Simone; and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother by Donny Hathaway. Many thought of the work as the male equivalent of the female solo Cry (1971). Continue reading
5/17/23 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Jay Pharoah’s Best Impression- Shannon Sharpe, 50 Cent, Will Smith, Kevin Hart and more!
Jay Pharoah demonstrates his comic genius in this copulation of some of his best impressions including Shannon Sharpe, 50 Cent, Will Smith, Kevin Hart and more.
5/17/23 O&A NYC WaleStylez DANCE PARTY: Lil Buck & LoJoWerkz Tulsa Race Riot Memorial -T21 Preview (2014)
Lil Buck teams up with LoJoWerkz to launch their T21 Project. This is an excerpt of a performance commemorating Black Wall Street and the Tragedy of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, performed on the anniversary of the Riot (May 31st) on the historic grounds where the events took place.
5/14/23 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Shirley Caesar – Everyday is like Mothers Day
Happy Mother’s Day song by Shirley Caesar, one of gospel’s greatest matriarchs. Continue reading
4/22/23 O&A NYC FILM REVIEW: An American Ballet Story- The Harkness Ballet
By Walter Rutledge
An American Ballet Story is the long-awaited documentary about the rise and fall of the Harkness Ballet. The company and school had an almost mythical two-decade impact on dance and helped changed the artform forever. The 94-minute documentary, which was seven years in the making, tells the unvarnished story of the now defunct and largely forgotten Harkness Ballet of New York. Continue reading
4/18/23 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Story Time With Kody- The Fisherman and The Princess Fish (Nigerian Folktale)
Story Time With Kody’s Nigerian folktale, The Fisherman and The Princess Fish, is the captivating story of Ebiakpor and the Princess Fish. Continue reading
4/15/23 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Lawrence Rhodes- Beginning of the Harkness Ballet
Larry Rhodes discusses the events leading to the formation of the Harkness Ballet in an excerpt from the upcoming documentary An American Ballet Story. The story about the all too short life of the Harkness Ballet, will have its New York live screening premiere on April 20th at the New York Public Library Performing Arts – Bruno Walter Auditorium. O&A NYC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Walter Rutledge will moderate the post screening Q and A. Continue reading