6/19/24 O&A NYC JUNETEENTH SONG OF THE DAY: Sounds of Blackness – Juneteenth Celebration

The 3 time Grammy Award winning Sounds of Blackness is excited to premiere their new music video single Juneteenth Celebration. Continue reading

6/16/24 O&A NYC FATHER’S DAY SONG OF THE DAY: Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

Luther Vandross wrote Dance with My Father with Richard Marx, based on his personal experience. It is a tribute to his father, Luther Vandross, Sr, who died due to complications of diabetes, when Luther was seven. Continue reading

6/15/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: DanceAfrica 47

By Walter Rutledge

Memorial Day weekend maybe the unofficial start of summer, but in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn that weekend was the official start of DanceAfrica 47! The four-day festival celebrates the diverse cultures of Africa and their diasporic descendants. The area surrounding the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music was transformed into the DanceAfrica Bazaar- a global marketplace. The bazaar features over one hundred and fifty vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African American food, crafts, and fashion. Continue reading

6/6/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Jackson 5- I Want You Back- The Ed Sullivan Show

The Jackson 5 performed I Want You Back on The Ed Sullivan Show December 14, 1969.

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5/27/24 O&A NYC DIVO ALERT!: Chris Brown’s cancelled Micheal Jackson Tribute AMA 2022


On November 21, 2022 Chris Brown shared a video clip on Instagram of a rehearsal for a tribute performance he had originally prepared for the American Music Awards in honor of the 40th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982). Continue reading

5/1/24 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Good Times – SNL With Janet Jackson Guest

Janet Jackson reprises her role as Penny from Good Times and joins the Evans family (Kenan Thompson, Maya Rudolph, J.B. Smoove, Finesse Mitchell) in this tribute that combines classic plots from the hit 1970s sitcom. [Season 29, 2004] Continue reading

4/30/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: The Martha Graham Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge

The Martha Graham Dance Company presented their 98th season April 17 thru 20th at New York City Center. The season offered only four performances featuring works by Agnes DeMille, Martha Graham, Jamar Roberts and Hofesh Shechter. The Thursday night program featured two Graham masterworks Rite of Spring (1984) and her icon Appalachian Spring (1944) and We The People, a new work by Roberts. The audience was treated to a season of live music (a former dance staple now a luxury) by the Mannes Orchestra and the Gabe Witcher Sextet. Continue reading

4/13/24 O&A NYC DANCE REVIEW: Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

Ailey II began their six-day, eight performance New York City season Tuesday, April 9th at the Joyce Theater. This season marked the fiftieth anniversary of the company, which has left an indelible mark on the Ailey organization and the dance world at large. The company is a dance finishing school, touring boot camp, and a choreographer’s laboratory for emerging dance makers and established choreographers. Continue reading

4/2/24 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Jennifer Hudson Wins Best Supporting Actress at the 79th Oscars (2007)

George Clooney presents singer/actor Jennifer Hudson with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dreamgirls at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. Continue reading