5/1/22 O&A NYC MAGAZINE THE MORNING FUNNIES: The Amber Ruffin- Week in Review – Sorry Donald Trump, Disinfectant Does Not Belong in Your Body

It has been a crazy week in America, from Vice President Kamala Harris testing positive for COVID to President Biden commuting the jail sentences of seventy-five people this week and giving three full pardons. Wow, and much more to unpack, let’s find out what happened! Continue reading

4/27/22 O&A NYC MAGAZINE WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Bad Bitch Support Group- A Black Lady Sketch Show

From executive producers Robin Thede and Issa Rae, A Black Lady Sketch Show is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. 
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3/20/22 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Sarah Vaughan – live Sweden ’58, Holland ’58, & Sweden ’64


The Divine One, Sarah Vaughan, winner of four Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award. Critic Scott Yanow wrote that she had “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century. 
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3/1/22 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Halle Berry Wins Best Actress: 74th Oscars (2002)

“I wanted to believe it was so much bigger than me,” said actress Halle Berry of becoming the first (and still the only) Black performer to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Monster’s Ball at the 2002 74th Academy Awards. Continue reading

2/13/22 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Count Basie and his Orchestra- North Sea Jazz Festival (13-07-1979)

The second concert of bandleader/pianist William ‘Count’ Basie and his Count Basie Orchestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1979 features great solos by bassist John Clayton and drummer Butch Miles. Basie did two concerts at the festival, one month before his 75th birthday. Continue reading

2/10/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Jackson 5- I’ll Be There

I’ll Be There is the first single released on Third Album by The Jackson 5. It was written by Berry Gordy, Hal Davis, Bob West, and Willie Hutch.
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2/6/22 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Billie Holiday on Stars of Jazz (1956)


Billie Holiday featured on Stars of Jazz on August 13, 1956, a TV program hosted by Bobby Troup. Here, she sings in order Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone, Billie’s Blues, and My Man. Louis McKay, Lady’s husband, also makes his TV debut.

Billie Holiday on Stars of Jazz (1956)

1/17/21 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: MLK’s Promised Land (1967–1968 America’s Civil Rights Movement)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. Continue reading

1/16/22 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Yolanda Adams & Le’Andria Johnson- The Battle Is The Lord’s

Le’Andria Johnson joins gospel superstar Yolanda Adams for a powerful performance of The Battle Is The Lord’s at the 2020 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Continue reading

1/9/21 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Betty White Monologue: Facebook – Saturday Night Live

Lorne Michaels was intrigued when a Facebook campaign recruited nearly a million fans to petition to have Betty White host Saturday Night Live– but it wasn’t the first time the producer thought of White. Michaels asked the beloved star three times between the ‘70s and ‘90s to appear in the show – and all three times he got rejected. Continue reading