8/9/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING- MUSIC: Soul Deep 2 Presents Sam Cooke and the Gospel Highway (2005)

Gospel singer Sam Cooke changed pop music forever and set the standard for every artist that followed him.
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7/4/20 O&A NYC BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Top 10 Best Traditional African Dances

African traditional Dances refers mainly to the dances performed by the cultural communities found in continent. Communities use these dances to teach, to socialize, ceremonies and for celebrating festivals and moaning funerals while Some dances are exclusively used for spiritual or religious practices.
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6/28/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Todd Dulaney Sings Psalms 18 (Live at World Harvest)

It’s important to me to do more than just sing,” Todd Dulaney said. “This whole thing that we’re doing right now, recording in Africa, It’s a movement. It’s more than just singing music. Continue reading

6/7/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Hezekiah Walker- Every Praise Performed During George Floyd Funeral

Hezekiah Walker and his choir perform his gospel anthem Every Praise live at George Floyd Minneapolis Funeral.
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6/7/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN CONCERT: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations (2015)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs a full live evening of dance. In this 2015 Lincoln Center at Home rebroadcast. the works presented include:  Chroma by Wayne McGregor ‘Grace,’ Artistic Director Robert Battle’s ‘Takademe’ and the company’s signature work Revelations choreographed by company founder Alvin Ailey.

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6/4/20 O&A NYC EXTRA!: Reverend Al Sharpton Eulogizes George Floyd During Minneapolis Memorial

The Rev. Al Sharpton was among those who eulogized Floyd, acknowledging the meaning of Floyd’s life and death for his family and community. Continue reading

2/28/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Mourner’s Bench- Talley Beatty Choreographer

mourn2Talley Beatty choreographed and performed Mourner’s Bench in 1947. It represents the anguish and loss for former slaves, now free men, killed during the Reconstruction Era at the beginning of the rise of the Klu Klux Klan. Beatty explained to me, “People were murdered by the Klan and at daybreak their relatives would find their bodies in the fields still covered in the morning dew.”

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2/3/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MOTH: Morehouse College – We Shall Overcome


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

10/7/18 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY (MOTHER RUTLEDGE PICKS): The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi – Leaning On The Everlasting Arms


The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi was a post-war gospel quartet. With lead singer Archie Brownlee,  their single “Our Father” reached number ten on the Billboard R&B charts in early 1951. It was one of the first gospel records to do so. Continue reading