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

6/6/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Jackson 5- I Want You Back- The Ed Sullivan Show

The Jackson 5 performed I Want You Back on The Ed Sullivan Show December 14, 1969.

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5/27/24 O&A NYC DIVO ALERT!: Chris Brown’s cancelled Micheal Jackson Tribute AMA 2022


On November 21, 2022 Chris Brown shared a video clip on Instagram of a rehearsal for a tribute performance he had originally prepared for the American Music Awards in honor of the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982). Continue reading

5/7/24 O&A NYC WITH WALESTYLEZ FASHION SPECIAL: Met Gala 2024 Live from E! Stream Full Livestream | E! News

Live from E! Stream hosted by Erin Lim Rhodes brings you the latest from fashion’s biggest night, Vogue’s 2024 Met Gala. Tune in as official Met Gala co-chairs Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny and Chris Hemsworth celebrate the Costume Institute’s new exhibition, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, and the official dress code, The Garden of Time. Continue reading

5/1/24 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Good Times – SNL With Janet Jackson Guest

Janet Jackson reprises her role as Penny from Good Times and joins the Evans family (Kenan Thompson, Maya Rudolph, J.B. Smoove, Finesse Mitchell) in this tribute that combines classic plots from the hit 1970s sitcom. [Season 29, 2004] Continue reading

4/30/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: The Martha Graham Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge

The Martha Graham Dance Company presented their 98th season April 17 thru 20th at New York City Center. The season offered only four performances featuring works by Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, Jamar Roberts and Hofesh Shechter. The Thursday night program featured two Graham masterworks Rite of Spring (1984) and her icon Appalachian Spring (1944) and We The People, a new work by Roberts. The audience was treated to a season of live music (a former dance staple now a luxury) by the Mannes Orchestra and the Gabe Witcher Sextet. Continue reading

4/13/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

Ailey II began their six-day, eight performance New York City season Tuesday, April 9th at the Joyce Theater. This season marked the fiftieth anniversary of the company, which has left an indelible mark on the Ailey organization and the dance world at large. The company is a dance finishing school, touring boot camp, and a choreographer’s laboratory for emerging dance makers and established choreographers. Continue reading

4/12/24 O&A NYC WITH WALESTYLEZ SPORTS REVIEW SPECIAL: Peyton Manning Throws A Football Off Skyscraper

From Peyton’s Places Season 1 Episode 2:Peyton Manning meets Cris Carter in midtown Manhattan to recreate a famous PR stunt the New York Football Giants pulled off in the 1920s by throwing a football off a skyscraper. Continue reading

4/8/24 O&A NYC DANCE: Conversation With Spencer Everett- Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

 

Ailey II perfromer Spencer Everett is already a dance gypsy on a mission. The Stratford, Ontario, Canada native moved to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming an artist; but in Everett’s case that takes on a broader meaning than just dance. The dual major graduate completed the Ailey/Fordham BFA program with an honorable mention in dance and departmental honors in visual arts. Continue reading