3/24/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Toni Braxton – Love Shoulda Brought You Home

Love Shoulda Brought You Home is the debut solo single by Toni Braxton. It was written by Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Daryl Simmons and Bo Watson. The solo track was produced by Edmonds and Simmons along with L.A Reid. Lyrically the slow groove R&B song is saga of betrayal and infidelity that depicts a heartbroken Braxton. Continue reading

3/21/22 O&A NYC DANCE: Francesca Harper Sets New Direction For Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

The Ailey II season begins March 23 and run thru April 3 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater 405 west 55th Street at the corner of Ninth Avenue This is not only the company’s return to the theater since the pandemic, but also the debut season for the company’s new Artistic Director Francesca Harper. During the two-week season the company will offer 10 performances and present works by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) Artistic Director Robert Battle, internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe, AAADT principal dancer Yannick Lebrun, Andrea Miller, and Harper. Continue reading

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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3/18/22 O&A NYC FASHION SHOW: Schiaprelli | Haute Couture | Spring – Summer 2022

 

Elsa Schiaprelli loved by stars like Zendaya, Cardi B and Julia Fox is one of the few labels to kick off the season, with a space film-inspired collection by creative director Daniel Roseberry.The designer tells VOGUE that he’s been watching sci-fi titles like Dune, Interstellar and Arrival as a way to escape from the reality of the pandemic. Continue reading

3/18/22 O&A NYC FASHION: The Surrealist Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli

The surrealist fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli makes us think of fashion as an art medium. Elsa Schiaparelli’s fashion emerged in the 1930s, rivalling Coco Chanel. Schiaparelli’s friendships with surrealists like Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali resulted in fashion partnerships. Continue reading

3/5/22 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Shenseea – Deserve It (Jimmy Kimmel Live 2022)

Dancehall’s princess Shenseea performs Deserve It on Jimmy Kimmel Live 2022. Shenyeng is in full promo mode ahead of her upcoming album titled Alpha which will be released on March 11.  Continue reading

3/3/22 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Fabolous ft. Tamia – So Into You

Into You is the third single from Fabolous second studio album, Street Dreams featuring Tamia. The song also appears on Tamia’s album More. Continue reading

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

3/11/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Toni Braxton – Just Be A Man About It

Toni Michele Braxton born October 7, 1967, R&B artist, songwriter, pianist, actress, and television personality. She has sold over 70 million records worldwide as of 2020, including 41 million albums, and is one of the highest-selling female R&B artists in history.  Continue reading

3/10/21 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Lil Kim ft. Sisqo – How Many Licks?

How Many Licks? is by Lil Kim featuring vocals by Sisqó from her second studio album, The Notorious  K.I.M. It was released as the record’s second single in 2000. Mario Winans and Sean Combs produced How Many Licks? and wrote it with Lil Kim and Sisqó.

Lil Kim ft. Sisqo – How Many Licks?