2/12/17 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Nina Simone: Live at Teatro Sistina in Rome (1968)

Nina Simone: Live at Teatro Sistina in Rome (1968), is a 25 min video recording including  Black Is The Color of My True Love’s Hair, To Love Somebody, Suzanne, Save Me, and an impromptu medley of Porgy, I Is Your Woman Now / Today Is A Killer / I Loves You Porgy Continue reading

2/3/17 O&A NYC MOST MEMORABLE SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOWS: Diana Ross Super Bowl XXX Halftime Show (1996)

Diana Ross performed a medley greatest hits songs at half time show at Super Bowl XXX from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. January 28, 1996. Diana Ross performed during the halftime show, titled Take Me Higher: A Celebration of 30 years of the Super Bowl. Continue reading

1/19/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Act V (Finale) Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks- Mourning Place

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The final act takes place after the death of Dr. King . John Jones (Dr Martin Luther King) Sheila Rohan (Rosa Parks) and James E. Murphy (Assassin). Continue reading

1/18/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks ( Act IV The Assassin)

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The Fourth Act of Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks starring John Jones as Dr. King, Sheila Rohan as Rosa Park and James E. Murphy as the Assassin.

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1/16/17 O&A NYC CELEBRATING THE KING: Martin Luther King- I Have A Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream Speech is probably the most famous speech of the 20th century. Delivered on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  Continue reading

11/15/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Facing Evil With Maya Angelou


Facing Evil With Maya Angelou, is the second of two programs celebrating the life and work of the late Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Angelou attended a conference on “Facing Evil,” held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say. Continue reading

11/12/16 ITS SATURDAY ANYTHING GOES: The Making of Donald Trump

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The Making of Donald Trump is a 2016 biography of the American businessman, property developer and politician Donald Trump by the American investigative journalist David Cay Johnston.  Continue reading

(REPOST) 11/4/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Roots- Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody


The Roots perform Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around from the  2014 soundtrack of the film For A Revolution. In this clip, which juxtaposes black and white footage of 20th-century Civil Rights protests with color footage of the band performing in a recording studio. Continue reading

10/30/16 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Cab Calloway And Betty Boop- Minnie the Moocher (1932)


Cab Calloway And Betty Boop- Minnie the Moocher cartoon begins with actual film footage of Cab Calloway dancing a slow and sensuous dance in front of his orchestra as they perform the Prohibition Blues. This is the oldest known film footage of Cab. 


The haunting and beautiful instrumental, Prohibition Blues, is an old Missourians piece that was recorded by them in early 1930, right before Cab took over as leader of their band. This cartoon has the only recording of the piece with Cab Calloway. By early 1932, when this cartoon was produced, the group had been renamed Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, but in this film, they are still wearing their old Missourians uniforms. 

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8/11/16 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FILM: Paradise Garage- New York City’s Legendary Disco Comes To The Big Screen

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The Paradise Garage, New York’s iconic disco will be getting its own film highlighting its contribution to the city’s dance music culture and nightlife.  Continue reading