3/30/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Moms Mabley – Don’t Sit on my Bed (1948)

Moms Mabley performs Don’t Sit On My Bed form the 1948 all-Black cast film Killer Diller. Continue reading

3/28/20 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: The Terrible Awful- The Help

Minny tells of the “Terrible Awful” and the secret ingredient in her special revenge chocolate pie.  Continue reading

3/22/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Alvin Ailey’s Cry With Yolanda Adams and Jacqueline Green (Black Girls Rock 2018)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and Baltimore School for the Arts alumna Jacqueline Green ’07 performs Ailey’s iconic solo Cry (1972).  Continue reading

3/20/20 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Lark Ascending- Alvin Ailey Choreographer, Featuring Maxine Sherman and Roman Brooks


Lark Ascending set to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending- Romance for Violin and Orchestra with choreography by Alvin Ailey. The ballet made both its company and world premiere at New York City Center during the 1972 season.  Continue reading

3/20/20 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace (1980)

diana-ross-standing-room-only-1Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace, the HBO special, first aired in early 1980 as part of the network’s Standing Room Only series. Continue reading

3/15/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson- Great Gettin Up Morning

Great Gettin‘ Up Morning, an album by Mahalia Jackson. Released in 1959 on Columbia Records.
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3/10/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Madonna- Justify My Love

Lenny Kravitz helped Madonna write and produce this sultry song, where Madonna whispers most of the lyrics. It was the first single from her highly anticipated Immaculate Collection compilation album, and created plenty of sales-generating controversy for the singer, who was known for pushing the limits of sexual content.
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3/9/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY/ WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Stormy Weather- Featuring Katherine Dunham And Her Dance Troupe

Stormy Weather is a 1943 film musical produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an all African-American cast and serve to  showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time. Continue reading

3/6/2020 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Missy Elliott – DripDemeanor feat. Sum1

Melissa “Missy” Arnette Elliott is a Hip Hop artist, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist. She embarked on her music career with all-female R&B group Sista in the early-mid 1990s and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland. Continue reading

3/4/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Millie Jackson- Phuck U Symphony

wildin out wednesdaymed_1427987385_imagePhuck U Symphony is one of the best-known tracks on Millie Jackson’s 1892 live album, Live And Outrageous. Jackson continues to include it in her live shows to this day. Continue reading