4/16/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Night Creature- An Ailey/Ellington Masterwork

Ailey All Access presents the online encore of Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature. This classic work is a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music. Continue reading

4/14/21 O&A NYC BLACK LIVE MATTER: Former Officer Jim Potter Charge In Daunte Wright’s Death

By Walter Rutledge

Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center police officer will be charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of  20-year-old Daunte Wright. This comes one day after the 26-year police veteran  resigned from the police department. State officials said Ms. Potter would be booked into Hennepin County Jail. She was taken into custody at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Bodycam footage

Mr. Wright was killed Sunday during a traffic stop when Ms. Potter shot him with her two-pound black 9-millimeter Glock instead her eight-ounce yellow Taser. Police described the shooting as an accident, and body-camera footage showed her shouting the word Taser several times before firing her gun. The killing sparked protests and clashes with police on Sunday and Monday nights. Several cities in the region, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Brooklyn Center, imposed curfews amid the protests.

Ex-officer charged with manslaughter

Ben Crump, who is representing the Wright family, said he appreciated that Washington County Attorney Pete Orput was pursuing justice; but a veteran of the police force knows the difference between a Taser and a gun. “This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate, and unlawful use of force”. If convicted charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison under Minnesota law.

4/13/21 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: The Confession of Nat Turner Read by Brock Peters (1968)

The reading of, The Confessions of Nat Turner by the distinguished actor, Brock Peters, represents the first attempt to make Turner, leader of the most massive slave revolt ever to occur in America, known to a large popular audience. A widely circulated novel, recently awarded a Pulitzer prize, was the cause for a number of scholars and critics.
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4/8/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) 

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) is the 1965 Four Tops classic hit.
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4/6/21 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez SPORTS REVIEW: Knicks at Nets| Full Game Highlights

Julius Randle missed the game-tying FG attempt at the final buzzer as the New York Knicks fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 114-112. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 40 PTS and 7 AST in the victory, while Jeff Green added 23 PTS, including the go-ahead free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation.  Continue reading

4/6/21 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FOOTWEAR: Travis Scott x Fragment Jordan 1 Early Review!

The Travis Scott x Fragment Jordan 1 is an upcoming sneaker release that has essentially broken the internet, but is it a dope sneaker or just built up hype? Blake Yarbrough reviews an early promo sample pair of the Travis Scott x Fragment Jordan 1. Continue reading

4/6/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: The Temptations Perform My Girl at David Ruffin’s Funeral

 The Temptations sing My Girl at David Ruffin’s Funeral on June 10,1991 in Detroit Michigan. Members Ali-Ollie Woodson, Richard Street, Damon Harris, Dennis Edwards, Otis Williams, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Ricky Owens performed the Tempation’s classic. A little know fact former Motown superstar Michael Jackson paid for the funeral. Continue reading

3/19/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: DTH On Demand Presents: Firebird- (Last Day to Watch it !)



Dance Theatre of Harlem’s iconic Firebird places the Russian folk tale about a magical bird that triumphs over evil in an exotic Caribbean setting. John Taras’ choreography to Stravinsky’s familiar score was further enlivened by sets and costumes by Geoffrey Holder. The 1982 DTH production was a tremendous worldwide success.

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3/9/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Marian Anderson Lincoln Memorial Concert- Voice of Freedom American Experience PBS

Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone placed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stared out at a crowd of more than 75,000 people. She had been barred from performing at Constitutional Hall, but thanks to clever advocacy by Walter White of the NAACP and the aid of high-powered allies like Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert was now set to make history. Continue reading