10/13/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Diana Ross – Marvin Gaye Tribute At The 12th American Music Awards (1985)

American music superstar Diana Ross host a moving tribute to her  friend and fellow Motown legend Marvin Gaye at the 1985 12th American Music Awards. Continue reading

9/11/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Yanis Marshall “Love Hangover” Diana Ross- Heels Intensive Paris

“I’m so excited to share some of the material I’ve been working on earlier this summer for 3 weeks with my Advanced heels intensive program in Paris, France !” @yanismarshallheelsintensive.
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(Repost) 3/26/21 O&A NYC HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS ROSS: Diana Ross- I Will Survive

Happy Birthday 77th birthday Miss Ross. Gloria Gaynor’s anthem I Will Survive gets the Ms. Ross magic in this 1995 cover.   Continue reading

(Repost) 3/23/21 INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Diana Ross – Inside The Actors Studio

Singer-actress Diana Ross, Oscar nominee for 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues and star of 1978’s “The Wiz,” offers a retrospective of her life and career in an expanded two-hour interview. Ross also sings Baby Love and Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To). James Lipton hosts this segment; which first aired on February 19, 2007. Continue reading

(Repost) 3/29/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Diana Ross- Strange Fruit From Lady Sings The Blues

Strange Fruit a song originally recorded by jazz song stylist Billie Holiday in 1939, written by Abel Meeropol and published in 1937. The song was a  protests the lynching of Black Americans. It was featured in the 1972 film Lady Sings The Blues starring Diana Ross.  Continue reading

4/8/20 O&A NYC MAGAZINE: Remembering Louis Johnson

By Walter Rutledge

Louis Johnson’s passing marks the end of an era in Black dance. Johnson was the last of the of his generation of 20th century American choreographers of African descent and International renowned. His contemporaries, Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Geoffrey Holder, Donald McKayle, and Arthur Mitchell, all forged through the restrictive Jim Crow era of hatred and segregation; that unfortunately included the arts- and dance. Continue reading

(Repost) 3/25/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace (1980)


diana-ross-standing-room-only-1Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace, the HBO special, first aired in early 1980 as part of the network’s Standing Room Only series. Continue reading

11/23/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY- DIVA ALERT!: Diana Ross – Muscles

Muscles (1982)  written and produced by Michael Jackson, and performed by Diana Ross.  Continue reading

11/22/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Diana Ross & Donald McKayle – Soulful Strut at the Hollywood Palace [3/8/69]

Diana Ross and Donald McKayle perform Soulful Strut at the Hollywood Palace March 8, 1969 

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9/28/19 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Motown Returns to The Apollo (1985)

Motown Returns to The Apollo (1985) a star studded celebration of the 50th anniversary and re-opening of The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. Proceeds from the concert went to the Africare/Ethiopian Relief Fund. The program received a 1985 for Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Program. Continue reading