2/15/24 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Stylistics – You Make Me Feel Brand New (Soul Train)

In 1966, The Stylistics was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by combining local high school rivel singing groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs. When members from each of the groups answered the then United States draft call and higher education endeavors after graduation, the remaining members under the guidance of English teacher, Beverly Hamilton joined forces and officially created the name The Stylistics. Continue reading

2/13/24 O&A NYC VALENTINE’S SONG OF THE DAY: Bob Marley – No Woman, No Cry (Official Video)

One of Bob Marley’s most enduring songs, “No Woman No Cry” is a call to a woman in his life to be positive and not to worry about the bad times originally from the 1974 album Natty Dread.   Continue reading

2/12/24 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY- BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Sounder (1972)| Cicely Tyson | Paul Winfield | Kevin Hooks

Four Oscar nominations went to Sounder a moving drama about a family of Louisiana sharecroppers facing hardships during the Depression. The story concerns Nathan Lee Morgan (Paul Winfield), a black man sent to a prison camp for committing a petty crime. When his wife Rebecca (Cicely Tyson) sends their young son (Kevin Hooks) to visit him, the boy’s journey becomes a life changing rite of passage. Critic Roger Ebert praised Sounder, calling it “a film for the family to see.” Continue reading

2/8/24 O&A NYC DANCE PREVIEW: Tommie Waheed Evans- Philadanco

Congratulations to choreographer Tommie Waheed Evans! His latest work for Philadanco Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth has its New York City this week, February 6th through February 10 January 10th at the Joyce Theater. Continue reading

2/8/24 O&A NYC VALENTINE BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURDAY: Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright- With You I’m Born Again

With You I’m Born Again a 1979 duet performed by Motown recording artists Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright (credited as Syreeta) and written by Carol Connors and David Shire. The song was originally featured on the soundtrack of the 1979 motion picture Fast Break. It was became an international hit for the duo, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK singles chart.  Continue reading

2/4/24 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize is a traditional song Gospel Plow also know as Hold On. The song became influential during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
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2/4/24 O&A NYC WITH WALESTYLEZ FASHION: Balmain Men’s Fall Winter 2024 Fashion Show

Relive Olivier Rousteing‘s  Balmain triumphant return to Paris Men’s Fashion Week: a feast of vibrant colors, opulent gold, and exquisite couture. Continue reading

2/3/24 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY ANYTHING GOES: Jeroboam Bozeman- The Philadanco Years (part 3)

By Walter Rutledge

Jeroboam Bozeman is a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The 10 year veteran of the Ailey Company has distinguished himself not only as a more than capable technician and partner but as a dramatic performer of merit. Bozeman cut his performing chops with the Philadanco (Philadelphia Dance Company), one of his first professional regional dance commitments.  Continue reading

2/2/24 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: It Don’t Mean a Thing! Phyllis Hyman, Hinton Battle and Gregg Burge.

On March 1 1981, Sophisticated Ladies debuted on Broadway. The show run for 767 performances  and garnered two Tony Awards for Willi Kim for Best Costume and Hinton Battle for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. It Don’t Mean a Thing! featuring the sultry Phyllis Hyman, Hinton Battle and Gregg Burge.  Continue reading