5/23/22 O&A NYC WITH WALESTYLEZ CULTURAL EVENT: B.I.G Block Party | Notorious Big 50th Birthday Block Party

Notorious B.I.G 50th Birthday Block Party held on Biggie’s block St.James & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn NewYork with Hot97, Jadakiss, Lil Cease, Junior Mafia, Paul Cain, Jay Critch, Jay Z and more. Continue reading

4/29/22 O&A NYC MAGAZINE SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Fikshun Vs King Havoc-BattleFest TV Series (Ep4)

Battle Fest started in the basements in the heart of Bedstuy and Flatbush Brooklyn. Like most of underground Black culture the Hip Hop Dance artform has exploded worldwide.  Continue reading

3/6/22 O&A NYC MUSIC: Staten Island Jazz Festival 33- Her Legacy Continues

By Walter Rutledge

In August Universal Temple of The Arts founder Sadja Musawwir Ladner joined the ancestors. A fixture in Staten Island arts scene for over fifty years Ladner provided arts education, performance opportunities and outreach to the underserved communities of her beloved borough- Staten Island. Her untimely passing shocked and saddened all who encountered this “community spirit”, fortunately her legacy lives on. On Saturday March 12, at 5pm the Universal Temple of the Arts will present the Staten Island Jazz Festival 33 at the historic St. George Theatre located at 35 Hyatt St, downtown Staten Island.

The festival will feature jazz music seven artists/groups including Nikara Presents…Black Wall Street (Nikara Warren), Bria Skonberg, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, The Leopoldo F. Fleming Afro Caribbean Ensemble, Danny Mixon Quartet featuring vocalist Antoinette Montague, Dal Segno Trio featuring Darrell Smith, Michael Morreale and Houston Person and The Universal Temple of the Arts Jazz Ensemble. The evening will honor Women’s History Month as it celebrates the life and legacy of Ladner. There will also be a spoken word presentation featuring Professor Charles Thomas, Jordan Bracy and dancer Nubia Briathwaite, and a dance tribute choreographed by Walter Rutledge featuring Roumel Reaux, Briathwaite and Rutledge.

Musician Darrell Smith will make his debut in the role as the festival’s Music Director. Smith first met Ladner as a sixteen-year-old jazz enthusiast, now his many credits include imbuing and inspiring the next generation of young jazz aficionados at Jazz at Lincoln Center. O&A Editor-in-Chief sat down with Musical Director Smith to discuss the upcoming festival and all things jazz.

Staten Island Jazz Festival 33

Tickets can also be purchased at the St. George Theatre Box Office.

3/1/22 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Halle Berry Wins Best Actress: 74th Oscars (2002)

“I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me,” said actress Halle Berry of becoming the first (and still the only) Black performer to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Monster’s Ball at the 2002 74th Academy Awards. Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC DANCE THEATRE: Only In The Darkness- Dance Of The Village Elders- Dance Of The Village Elders

By Walter Rutledge

The senior performing ensemble Dance Of The Village Elders performs Only In The Darkness You Can See The Stars. Based on their experiences during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. 

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1/17/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: We Shall Overcome- Morehouse College  

The Morehouse College Glee Club performs We Shall Overcome, arranged by Wendell P. Whalum, at the 2009 Candle on the Bluff Awards. Continue reading

1/16/22 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Yolanda Adams & Le’Andria Johnson- The Battle Is The Lord’s

Le’Andria Johnson joins gospel superstar Yolanda Adams for a powerful performance of The Battle Is The Lord’s at the 2020 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Continue reading

11/25/21 O&A NYC THANKSGIVING THROWBACK: March of the Wooden Soldiers- Laurel & Hardy

Babes in Toyland is a Laurel and Hardy musical film released on March 10, 1934. The film is also known by its alternate titles Laurel and Hardy in Toyland, Revenge Is Sweet (the 1948 European reissue title), March of the Wooden Soldiers and Wooden Soldiers (in the United States). Continue reading

11/14/21 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Miles Davis Quintet, Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy, October 11th, 1964 (Colorized)

Trumpet- Miles Davis, Bass- Ron Carter, Piano- Herbie Hancock, Saxophones- Wayne Shorter, Drums- Tony Williams. Continue reading

11/11/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK TUESDAY: The Temptations and Diana Ross & The Supremes- Ed Sullivan Show

On November 19th 1967, a special Ed Sullivan Show took place featuring newly formed Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations.
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