2/26/21 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Fly Me To Cancun- A Ted Cruz In A Founders Sing Parody

Flyin Ted” Cruz got caught leaving his constituents without heat, lights and water; and jetting down the Cancun. Once interviewed Flyin Ted predictable reverted back to Lyin, and Lyin and more Lyin Ted. This time he blamed his daughters instead of his ugly wife or murderous father.  Continue reading

9/9/20 O&A NYC BRUNCH: Grilled Ribeye With Hatch Chile Avocado Salsa

Juicy grilled ribeye topped with our Hatch Chile Avocado Salsa is a perfect late summer meal, when these special chile peppers from New Mexico are in season.
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8/20/19 O&A NYC MUSIC TRIBUTE: James Brown – It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Official Animated Video)

An animated tribute to James Brown‘s 1966 Mega-hit It’s A Man’s World. Continue reading

9/4/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Arthur Mitchell- Dance Pioneer

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer has recently secured his achieves with Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Continue reading

7/31/17 O&A NYC OUT AND ABOUT WITH WaleStylez: Highlights From The 2017 Latex Ball

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

The 27th annual 2017 Latex Ball took place on July 29th at Terminal 5 on Manhattan’s West side. The event sponsored by GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) took on the moniker Unleash Your Muse, and the evening was a celebration of creativity, unity and awareness.   Continue reading

4/25/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Lupita Nyong’o- On Beauty (Love The Skin You’re In)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Oscar speech by Lupita Nyong’o was a historic moment; but her most powerful message was delivered during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon sponsored by Essence Magazine. Continue reading

Sylvia Waters: Artistic Director Emerita Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

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As Ailey II begins the second week of their two-week New York City season we would like to acknowledge Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters. For  38 years Waters was at the helm of Ailey II during her tenure the company grew artistically and professionally into a world respected company, choreographic laboratory and “dancing boot camp”.  In 2012 shortly before her departure we had an opportunity to talk with her about her career as a dancer, teacher and director.

Lupita Nyong’o Defines True Beauty (video and transcript)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Oscar speech by Lupita Nyong’o was a historic moment; but her most powerful message was delivered during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon sponsored by Essence Magazine. Nyong’o was honored with the Best Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in then Oscar nominated 12 Years a Slave. She shared a poignant letter from a girl whose dark complexion gave her feeling of inadequacy. She was able to find her own beauty through Lupita’s journey. Then Lupita share her own story of self-doubt because of her complexion. It is a moving and inspiring affirmation on the meaning of true beauty. Continue reading