9/9/20 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Masaka Kids Africana Dancing African Dance

The Masaka Kids Africana is composed of Uganda-based children’s group, from the age of 2 and up. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.
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9/1/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Chadwick Boseman’s Howard University 2018 Commencement Speech

When Chadwick Boseman returned to his alma mater, Howard University, to give the 2018 commencement speech, he was already fighting for his life, which lends new weight to his encouragement to find purpose and hold on to integrity.
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8/24/20 O&A NYC DANCE… AND MORE: Peace One Love- Bringing Brooklyn Together

By Walter Rutledge

Dance has always been a catalyst for change. In 1936 Martha Graham created her masterwork Chronicles as a weapon against the rising menace of fascism in Germany. In 1959 Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder evoked the hopelessness and inequality of Black men on a southern prison chain gang. On Saturday August 29 Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn (also known as Creative Outlet or just C.O.) will also use the power of dance to heal a community with Peace One Love, an afternoon of the arts celebrating the spirit of the now internationally recognized Black Lives Matter movement.   Continue reading

8/22/20. O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- ANYTHING GOES: The Queen (1968)

The Queen is a 1968 documentary film directed by Frank Simon and narrated by Flawless Sabrina. It depicts the experiences of transgender woman and “female illusionists” organizing and participating in the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest held at New York City’s Town Hall. Continue reading

8/17/20 O&A NYC DANCE: Ailey Celebrates Ellington (1974)

Alvin Ailey first began sketching out a suite of Ellington works on the newly formed the Repertory Workshop of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center which later became known as Ailey II. Continue reading

8/13/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Prince and Beyoncé perform Prince Medley (2004 Grammy Awards)

Beyoncé had a very good Feb. 8, 2004. She won five out of the six Grammy awards for which she’d been nominated, including Best R&B Song with “Crazy In Love” — and she spent five spirited minutes performing with Prince.
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8/12/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: House Of Latex Project PSA (1994)

 This Public Service Announcement was created in 1994 for the Ballroom Community one year after the first ever House of Latex Ball in 1993. Continue reading

8/11/20 O&A NYC THEATRE: Broadway Bares Fundraiser Goes Virtual With- Zoom In

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is taking its annual striptease fundraiser online for the first time. Broadway Bares: Zoom In began stream August 1 on Playbill and at BroadwayCares.org.  Continue reading

8/11/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Barbershop Stories with Jon Batiste and Congressman John Lewis

Jon Batiste chats with Congressman John Lewis about civil rights comic book March while getting a haircut from his barber Chad.
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8/4/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: The Last Words of Rep. John Lewis Read by Morgan Freeman (The Last Word-MSNBC)

In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” Aired on 7/30/2020. Continue reading