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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9/21/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories: Rick James – Chappelle’s Show

Charlie Murphy tells two stories about hanging out with Rick James – which also happen to be stories about beating up Rick James. (Contains strong language.)
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9/10/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY ON THURSDAY: James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party – SNL

On Nov. 5, 1983, James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party wound up becoming one of the most famous sketches of Eddie Murphy‘s time on the show.
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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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8/11/20 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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8/11/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: The Buffalo Soldiers (1992 Documentary)

For every Buffalo Soldier, regardless of regiment or rank, there were always two enemies waiting to strike: prejudice and discrimination. This cable television documentary shares the history of the Buffalo Soldiers by Bill Armstrong. Continue reading

8/10/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Melania Trump Rates The President’s Performance At His Tulsa Rally Debacle

First Lady Melania Trump rates husband Donald Trump‘s performance at his Tulsa Rally debacle.
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8/8/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Hey White People! With Jon Batiste And Friends

Jon Batiste created a powerful new public service announcement about racial issues in America, with help from Tituss Burgess, Kevin Hart, Gayle King, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Anderson, and John Oliver.
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