(Repost) 1/7/21 O&A NYC LIFESTYLE: In My Father’s Footsteps

Walter and Barry in Snow

Every time we have a real snowstorm it brings back one the most lasting and endearing early memories I have of my father. I was six years old; we lived in a quiet residential Northeast Bronx neighborhood. (Yes there are quiet neighborhoods in New York City.) Back then we didn’t have a formal sidewalk the grassy front lawn meandered into a roughly paved street that seemed to be more dirt than asphalt. Continue reading

6/13/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: Notes Of A Native Son- The World According To James Baldwin

In the 1960s, the FBI amassed almost 2,000 documents in an investigation into one of America’s most celebrated minds. The subject of this inquiry was a writer named James Baldwin, one of the best-selling black authors in the world at the time. Continue reading

(Repost) 2/22/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1979) Diahann Carroll, Constance Good and Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings based on the autobiography of the same name by Maya Angelou. The film first aired on April 28, 1979 on CBS. Continue reading

2/1/19 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES- BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Jenifer Lewis- The Mother of Black Hollywood, “Always Check The Meat”

Kicking off the Black History Month Morning Funnies Jenifer Lewis reads an excerpt from her new book The Mother of Black Hollywood “Always Check The Meat”.

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11/22/18 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION MEETS THE BRAIN: A Look Inside The Gucci Wooster Bookstore

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

Gucci officially opened the new Gucci Wooster Bookstore on Tuesday. The intimate reading space is located inside Gucci’s Wooster boutique in SoHo, New York City and is curated by Dashwood Books  founder David Strettell. Continue reading

2/18/17 O&A NYC DANCE: A Conversation with Philadanco Founder Joan Myers Brown and Author Brenda Dixon Gottschild (REPOST)

By Walter Rutledge

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In The Art of War author Sun Tzu reveals, “…When people are skillfully led into battle, the momentum is like that of round rocks rolling down a high mountain – this is force.” This statement also applies to Philadelphia’s unstoppable force- Joan Myers Brown. Joan Myers Brown and The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, a Biohistory of American Performance by Brenda Dixon Gottschild chronicles the evolution of African American dance and culture in Philadelphia. Continue reading

(Repost) 1/7/21 O&A NYC LIFESTYLE: In My Father’s Footsteps

By Walter Rutledge

Walter and Barry in Snow

Every time we have a real snowstorm it brings back one the most lasting and endearing early memories I have of my father. I was six years old; we lived in a quiet residential Northeast Bronx neighborhood. (Yes there are quiet neighborhoods in New York City.) Back then we didn’t have a formal sidewalk the grassy front lawn meandered into a roughly paved street that seemed to be more dirt than asphalt. Continue reading

4/14/16 O&A NYC DANCE: The Martha Graham Dance Company Begins 90th Anniversary Season Today

By Walter Rutledge

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The Martha Graham Dance Company begins their 90th anniversary season today at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). The company will present four extraordinary programs on Thursday April 14, Friday April 15, Saturday April 16 and Monday April 18, featuring four of Graham’s most acclaimed masterworks Chronicle (1933), Appalachian Spring (1944) Cave Of The Heart (1946), and Night Journey (1947). In addition to the Graham works company will present premieres by internationally acclaimed choreographers Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek, and Pontus Lidberg, and recent works by Nacho Duato and Andonis Foniadakis. Continue reading

3/16/16 O&A NYC WITH Tod Roulette- ART: 20 Years of Bearing Witness of AIDS In The Paintings Of Hugh Steers

By Tod Roulette

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Wednesday, March 8th at 6PM Alexander Gray Associates, which represents the estate of the late artist, Hugh Steers hosted a probing discussion on the artists paintings. The 600 pictures completed over eleven years are found in Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings, 1983-1994. The book tirelessly assembled for over five years by the nonprofit AIDS organization, Visual AIDS whose offices are doors away from the gallery. Continue reading