1/23/23 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Sparkle

With a plot inspired by the history of the Supremes, Sparkle is a period film set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Continue reading

1/16/23 O&A NYC HAIL THE KING!: Martin Luther King Jr.- The Other America

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech at Stanford University where he expounds on his nonviolent philosophy and methodology.
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1/11/23 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: The Boondocks- “Pause” Tyler Perry Banded Episode

Robert plans to audition for the leading male role in Ma Dukes Finds Herself a Man, the latest play by Winston Jerome. Jerome is a superstar African-American playwright, director, and actor whose work, as Huey later describes, is formulaic, Christian-themed, and mostly centers around an outrageous gun-blasting matriarch named Ma Dukes (played by Winston himself, in drag.) As a former struggling actor in his youth, Robert is excited at the opportunity, and declares his intent to give Winston “everything I’ve got”; Riley advises him that he has to say “no homo” in addendum because, to Riley, “everything I’ve got” sounds gay. Continue reading

12/20/22 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: James Baldwin and Paul Weiss Debate Discrimination In America (The Dick Cavett Show 5/16/69 )

James Baldwin and Yale Professor, Paul Weiss get engaged in a debate on the issue of racial discrimination in the USA. Continue reading

11/27/22 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite- Quantum of the Seas Orchestra

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On Christmas Eve, 2015, the Quantum of the Seas Orchestra performed the entire Duke Ellington version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
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11/26/22 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Wise African Proverbs And Sayings

Wise proverbs and sayings of the peoples of Africa have a deep meaning. African sayings and wisdom will help you sort out life. Continue reading

3/14/22 O&A NYC BLACK FACTS: The Tuskegee Experiment

From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operated an extremely unethical medical experiment on the effects of outcomes of untreated syphilis. During the Tuskegee Experiment hundreds of poor Black men from Macon County, Alabama were enrolled in the study, and treatment for syphilis was withheld from them. Continue reading

1/17/21 O&A NYC DANCE THEATRE: Only In The Darkness- Dance Of The Village Elders- Dance Of The Village Elders

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The senior performing ensemble Dance Of The Village Elders performs Only In The Darkness You Can See The Stars. Based on their experiences during the turbulent Civil Rights Era. 

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12/15/21 O&A NYC BLACK FACTS: Hatshepsut- The Greatest Female Pharaoh

Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh of Egypt. She reigned between 1473 and 1458 B.C. Her name means “foremost of noblewomen.” Her rule was relatively peaceful and she was able to launch a building program that would see the construction of a great temple at Deir el-Bahari at Luxor. Continue reading

11/26/21 O&A NYC BLACK FACTS: The Astonishing Legend of the Queen of Sheba Arguably the Mother of the Ethiopians

The Legends of Africa series takes a look into the rich and complex world of our past through the lives of great men and women who we consider today our legends.In today’s video we will be looking at the royal queen Makeda, better yet known as the queen of Sheba and who holds the title of mother of the Ethiopian nations.  Continue reading