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

11/25/22 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey’s Revelations (1960),


Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations (1960), one of the most recognizable modern dance works, remains a powerful testament to the human spirit. This cast includes Marilyn Banks, April Berry, Kevin Brown, Gary DeLoatch, Ralph Glenmore, Deborah Manning, Renee Robinson and Dudley Williams. 

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9/25/22 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Nia Allen- Wait

Nia Allen is a #1 Billboard artist garnering top success with her inspirational hit song Wait”.He music has been described as the sound of pure, passionate worship. Nia is one of this generation’s fresh talents leading the way in inspirational music. Having a universal appeal, her music is honest, uplifting and captivating to the soul. Continue reading

3/8/22 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Flutter- AXIS Dance Company 

Robert Dekkers’ Flutter was originally created for Post:ballet in 2010. The complex musicality, spatial shifts, and physicality in this dance for camera showcases the AXIS dancers’ strengths as individuals and as a collective.
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(Repost) 1/7/21 O&A NYC LIFESTYLE: In My Father’s Footsteps

Walter and Barry in Snow

Every time we have a real snowstorm it brings back one the most lasting and endearing early memories I have of my father. I was six years old; we lived in a quiet residential Northeast Bronx neighborhood. (Yes there are quiet neighborhoods in New York City.) Back then we didn’t have a formal sidewalk the grassy front lawn meandered into a roughly paved street that seemed to be more dirt than asphalt. Continue reading

5/4/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Tyler Perry- Build A Foundation For Your Dreams

Called “a playwright with a Midas touch for an uninhibited urban comedy,” by the New York Times ‘ Marcia A. Cole, Tyler Perry came to the attention of critics across the United States when his play Diary of a Mad Black Woman was made into a popular movie. Continue reading

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

1/12/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Governor Schwarzenegger’s Attack on the Capitol Message

“This is my message to my fellow Americans and my friends around the world after January 6, 2021.”- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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12/28/20 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: The Kwanzaa Song – NGUZO SABA The Seven Principles

“Brothers & Sisters we have been blessed with a new day. Smiled upon with another opportunity to better ourselves. To strengthen our Families and support our community. Recite if you will”. -Clinton Sockwell II. Continue reading

12/8/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Hallelujah (1993) Charles Lane, Dennis Haysbert, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones

Hallelujah is the extremely rare third feature by filmmaker Charles Lane (Sidewalk Stories) was produced for the 11th season of PBS’ American Playhouse. This drama focuses on one Christmas at the Messiah Church in Washington D.C., when a young preacher and, later in the day, a mysterious pregnant girl arrive at the church doors looking to begin new lives. Continue reading