2/25/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: The Caravans /The Soul Stirrers- TV Gospel Time (1962) 

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2/7/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Tramaine Hawkins – “Amazing Grace”

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1/31/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson Documentary

Mahalia Jackson set the standard for gospel music and the Christain lifestyle. The undisputed queen of one of America’s most endearing music art forms born from the songs of sorrow, joy and praise of the African slaves.  Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Purlie (1981) | Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell and music by Gary Geld and choreography by Louis Johnson. It is based on Davis’s 1961 plaPurlie Victorious, which was later made into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days! and which included many of the original Broadway cast, including Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Beah Richards, Godfrey Cambridge and Sorrell Booke. 

Purlie is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s platation. With the assistance of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, Purlie hopes to pry loose from Cotchipee an inheritance due his long-lost cousin and use the money to achieve his goals. Also playing a part in Purlie’s plans is Cotchipee’s son Charlie, who ultimately proves to be far more fair-minded than his Simon Legree –like father and who saves the church from destruction with an act of defiance that has dire consequences for the tyrannical Cap’n.

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell

 

11/1/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Rance Allen Group – Something About The Name Jesus

Rance Allen sings “Something About The Name Of Jesus” at Cornerstone Church Toledo. Song written by The Rance Allen Group and Kirk Franklin.
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10/11/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Aretha Franklin – Never Gonna Break My Faith (Official Video) ft. The Boys Choir of Harlem

 

Aretha Franklin – Never Gonna Break My Faith ft. The Boys Choir of Harlem

9/27/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson Down By The Riverside

Down by the Riverside (also known as “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More” and “Gonna lay down my burden”) is a Negro spiritual. Its roots date back to before the American Civil War.  
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8/9/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Hezekiah Walker- Every Praise

Every Praise has become a gospel anthem. The video was filmed flash-mob style at Birmingham’s Five Points South fountain, Hezekiah Walker and his friends make a joyful noise in Southside Birmingham. 
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