1/17/21 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Purlie (1981) | Robert Guillaume, Sherman Hemsley, Melba Moore

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell and music by Gary Geld and choreography by Louis Johnson. It is based on Davis’s 1961 plaPurlie Victorious, which was later made into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days! and which included many of the original Broadway cast, including Davis, Ruby Dee, Alan Alda, Beah Richards, Godfrey Cambridge and Sorrell Booke. 

Purlie is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. Its focus is on the dynamic traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s platation. With the assistance of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, Purlie hopes to pry loose from Cotchipee an inheritance due his long-lost cousin and use the money to achieve his goals. Also playing a part in Purlie’s plans is Cotchipee’s son Charlie, who ultimately proves to be far more fair-minded than his Simon Legree –like father and who saves the church from destruction with an act of defiance that has dire consequences for the tyrannical Cap’n.

Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell

 

11/13/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: CARMEN and GEOFFREY

CARMEN and GEOFFREY, an intimate documentary, which was awarded Best Film at Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2009, follows the astonishing five-decade marriage and careers of two legends of the stage: Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder

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9/13/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES : Melania Trump’s Wife Coach Reveals Secrets

Life as one of President Donald Trump’s wives is not for the weak at heart and often requires extensive training. Karolina Petersberg (Nina Dobrev) is a professional Wife Coach who has trained not just Melania, but also his first two wives Ivana and Marla as well as the wives of some of the world’s worst men. Continue reading

8/24/20 O&A NYC DANCE… AND MORE: Peace One Love- Bringing Brooklyn Together

By Walter Rutledge

Dance has always been a catalyst for change. In 1936 Martha Graham created her masterwork Chronicles as a weapon against the rising menace of fascism in Germany. In 1959 Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder evoked the hopelessness and inequality of Black men on a southern prison chain gang. On Saturday August 29 Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn (also known as Creative Outlet or just C.O.) will also use the power of dance to heal a community with Peace One Love, an afternoon of the arts celebrating the spirit of the now internationally recognized Black Lives Matter movement.   Continue reading

8/11/20 O&A NYC THEATRE: Broadway Bares Fundraiser Goes Virtual With- Zoom In

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is taking its annual striptease fundraiser online for the first time. Broadway Bares: Zoom In began stream August 1 on Playbill and at BroadwayCares.org.  Continue reading

8/7/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Bob Fosse Documentary

Bob Fosse stunned the musical theatre world when he went from dance darling to world class choreographer and director. Continue reading

6/11/20 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: The Harlem Renaissance – Black Cultural Movement in Art Music and Literature

This a video biography of the Harlem Renaissance, a negro movement where Black America developed significant cultural resources and a new cultural identity. It was an era of intellectual flowering. The levity of this movement produced great Black renaissance poets, music, art and literature . Continue reading

6/3/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Jenifer Lewis Take Your Knee Off My Neck

The one and only Jennifer Lewis tells America take your knee off my neck! Continue reading

5/18/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1954)

One night, all the animals at Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm assemble in a barn to hear old Major, a pig, describe a dream he had about a world where all animals live free from the tyranny of their human masters. Continue reading

4/13/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Samuel L. Jackson- Stay The F*ck At Home ( Uncensored )

Known for a wide range of action movies where he delivers his iconic and melodic rendition of the word Motherf*cker; Samuel Jackson  delivers the message of the moment- Stay the F*ck at home. Continue reading