3/28/24 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mtume – Juicy Fruit

Juicy Fruit is a song written by James Mtume and released as the lead-off single from Mtume’s third album, also titled Juicy Fruit.It features lead vocals by Tawatha Agee. The mid-tempo song is Mtume’s most well-known, proving enormously successful on R&B radio stations when first released. Continue reading

3/25/24 O&A NYC IN MEMORARIUM: Lorraine Graves

By Walter Rutledge

Dancer, and teacher Lorraine Graves passed away on March 21, 2024, at the young age of 66. Graves started dancing at the age of 8 in the hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. She began her training at the Academy of the Norfolk Ballet (under the direction of the late Gene Hammett) and made her performing debut with the Norfolk Civic Ballet. As a teenager Graves she spent summers in New York City studying dance at the Joffrey Ballet and the prestigious School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet). Continue reading

3/19/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Jennifer Hudson Wins Best Supporting Actress – 79th Oscars (2007)

George Clooney presenting Jennifer Hudson with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Dreamgirls at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.
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3/18/24 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: When An African Man Shoots His Shot – Tacarra Williams – Chocolate Sundaes Standup Comedy


During this show, comedian Tacarra Williams meets an African man reminiscent of her Instagram DMs. Continue reading

3/18/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: The Trip to Bountiful- Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams, Keke Palmer

Unable to drive, Carrie (Cicely Tyson) begs her son (Blair Underwood) to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Carrie makes an escape to the bus station, where she meets Thelma (Keke Palmer) in The Trip to Bountiful. Vanessa Williams also stars in this film. Continue reading

3/17/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON GOSPEL SUNDAY: The Caravans- Mary Don’t You Weep and More

The Caravans (Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar, Dorthy Norwood, Albertina Walker, and Delores Washington) perform Mary Don’t You Weep and Sweeping Through the City at the 2007 BET Gospel Celebration.

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3/16/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Mary j. Blige- Strength Of A Woman Festival 2023 Celebrates Hip-Hop 50 With Friends

Mary J. Blige Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel top the bill for the 2023 Honeyland Festival. Presented by IMG and Live Nation Urban, the inaugural, two-day music and culinary event will take place at Crown Festival Park in Sugar Land, Texas, just outside Houston, on November 11-12. Continue reading

3/15/24 O&A NYC CELEBRATING WOMEN ON SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Firebird- Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s iconic Firebird places the Russian folk tale about a magical bird that triumphs over evil in an exotic Caribbean setting. John Taras’ choreography to Stravinsky’s familiar score was further enlivened by sets and costumes by Geoffrey Holder. The 1982 DTH production was a tremendous worldwide success. Continue reading

3/14/24 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Rita Moreno Describes Trump Sandwich

The 2024 presidential election in the United States revealed a sharply divided nation. Arguments between supporters and opponents of the former president, Donald J. Trump, rage across dinner tables and social media platforms. EGOT honored actress Rita Moreno shares the recipe to the former failed, one-time loser symbolic deli sandwich. A deli treat befitting Queens most loathsome native. Continue reading

3/13/24 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WALESTYLEZ: Aya Nakamura – Hypé feat. Ayra Starr

Aya Danioko  known by her stage name Aya Nakamura, is a French pop artist. Nakamura published her music online, gaining a following with Karma and J’ai mal. Dembo Camara, a long-time friend, became her producer and manager. Continue reading