2/10/16 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Richard Pryor and Maya Angelou FromThe Richard Pryor Special? (1977)

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The Richard Pryor Special? aired on May 5, 1977, and created an immediate sensation for NBC. The network had given Pryor an hour in prime time to put on a show of his choice. Pryor chose to bring his irreverence humor to a nation mainstream television audience- explosive! His gut-wrenching honesty  coupled with Pryor’s ability to deliver authentic pathos are the hallmarks of his comedy. One such moment was the sketch featuring Maya Angelou. Read More »

2/9/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Michaela DePrince- From ‘Devil’s Child’ To Star Ballerina

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Michaela De Prince shares her triumphant story of achievement, love, joy and daring to dream. Through her story she wants to encourage young people to aspire to a dream. Her message is loud and clear: Make your talent a part of your dream, and dare to make love a part of your life. Never be afraid of living and never be afraid of loving. Read More »

2/9/16 O&A NYC VALENTINE’S SONG OF THE DAY: Billy Preston & Syreeta – With You I’m Born Again Live

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With You I’m Born Again, a 1979 duet performed by Motown recording artists Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright, is a single from the soundtrack of the motion picture, Fast Break. The song was credited as With You I’m Born Again, Billy Preston and Syreeta and written by Carol Connors and David Shire. The single became an international hit for the duo.  Read More »

2/8/16 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Cabin in the Sky (1943)

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Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 American musical film based on the 1940 musical of the same name. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the film stars Ethel Waters and Rex Ingram, who reprised their roles from the Broadway production, as well Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Lena Horne. It was Horne’s first and only leading role in an MGM musical. Louis Armstrong was also featured in the film as one of Lucifer Junior’s minions, and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have a showcase musical number in the film.

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2/6/16 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Jhené Aiko- The Worst

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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The Worst, is a song  released on the  debut album of Jhene Aiko entitled Sail Out (2013)  On November 11, 2013 Aiko debuted the song’s accompanying music video. The video depicts Aiko being driven to murder due to her bad relationship, the video continues with Aiko sitting in her kitchen while her boyfriend lies on the floor. After committing murder, she makes herself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, applies her makeup, and puts on her jewelery. She washes her hands of blood and calmly walks out of her house in lingerie to waiting cops. Read More »

2/6/16 O&A NYC SPORTS: Nigel Sylvester- GO! ( New York City 2015)

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Pro BMX rider Nigel Sylvester Presents the first installment of his new series, GO! BMX has always been about expressing your point of view. For the first time, Nigel gives us a true, up close and personal experience of what riding his bike is really like. He launches the premiere episode with a few familiar faces and where it all began, New York City.   Read More »

2/5/16 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Earth, Wind & Fire- After The Love Has Gone

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After the Love Has Gone is a 1979 hit single for Earth, Wind & Fire, written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, and Bill Champlin for the album I Am. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year and won for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. The song also won a Best R & B Song Grammy Award for Foster, Graydon and Champlin as its composers. Read More »

2/5/16 O&A NYC MAURICE WHITE EARTH,WINDAND FIRE CO-FOUNDER DIES

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Maurice White, Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. He was 74. The singer had battled Parkinson’s disease since 1992. Because of the disease, he had not toured with the pioneering soul and R&B group since 1994. He nevertheless remained active on the business side of the group.  His health had reportedly deteriorated in recent months.  Read More »

2/5/16 O&A NYC FOOD FOR YOUR SUPER BOWL PARTY: Super Bowl Loaded Nachos

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Super Bowl Loaded Nachos are the ultimate game time buffet food. These loaded nachos are a great half-time show stopper, so prepare prior to your party and put in the oven about 10 minutes before half-time. With two meats, three cheeses and an array of goodies including jalapeños, avocado, black beans, and chopped raw onions your guests will be cheering for more than just the show. But take care to layer well. Layering is the key to loaded nacho perfection.  Read More »

2/1/16 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Lena Horne – Stormy Weather featuring “Katherine Dunham with her dance troupe.” (1943)

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Stormy Weather, the title song and dance sequence for the 1943 film of the same name, starred Lena Horne and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Katherine Dunham with her “dance troupe”. Other notable performers in the movie were Cab Calloway and Fats Waller (both appearing as themselves), the Nicholas Brothers dancing duo, comedian F. E. Miller, and singer Ada Brown. Despite a running time of only 77 minutes, the film features some 20 musical numbers. This was Robinson’s final film (he died in 1949); Waller died only a few months after its release. Read More »

1/29/16 O&A NYC AUTOMOBILE: Classic 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe Heading To Auction

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Based on the standard Cadillac Series 62 that hit the market in 1940, this 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe designed by famous coach builder Ghia is culmination of Italian design and American engineering unlike anything before it. This one in particular was given a unique grille and taillights, lacked front parking lights, and featured two “bumperettes” rather than the standard full bumper. Not to mention the 212-horsepower V8 that you’ll find under the hood, paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Read More »

1/24/16 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Wynton Marsalis Plays Blue Note Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra 2015

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Acclaimed trumpeter/bandleader Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play a selection of classic tunes from the legendary American jazz label Blue Note composed by the likes of Horace Silver, Bud Powell and McCoy Tyner on the label’s 75th anniversary, recorded live at Royal Hall, Harrogate as part of Harrogate International Festivals in June 2014. Read More »

1/23/16 O&A NYC : Céline Dion Mourns Husband René Angélil At Montreal Funeral

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Céline Dion along with thousands of family, friends and fans said their final goodbyes to husband of 21 years, René Angélil on Friday, January 22. The singer and Angélil’s three sons (René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy) walked alongside their widowed mother into the Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica. It is the same parish in which they got married in 1994.  Read More »

1/23/16 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Rihanna- Live At Rock in Rio 2015

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Rihanna hits the stage to a crowd of screaming fans at Rock in Rio, Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday September 26, 2015. The 27-year-old entertainer performed for the crowd of 85,000 people! Rihanna‘s set was over an hour long and consisted of her hits including “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “FourFive Seconds,” “Only Girl (In The World),” and more. Read More »

1/22/16 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez: Pharrell Williams Buys Stake In Billionaire Boys Club, Ice Cream

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Pharrell Williams and his partners have reportedly repurchased the 50% stake that Iconic Brands Group Inc. had in BBC Ice Cream LLC, the parent company of Billionaire Boys Club and ICE CREAM. The American brand management group, who also owns Umbro, Zoo York and Ecko Unltd. amongst others, is said to be struggling to complete the refinancing of a $300 million USD debt obligation due in June. According to a Iconix spokesperson the sale, “was a strategic decision to rationalize smaller noncore assets in the Iconix portfolio, allowing us to focus our time and resources on the larger cash flow generating brands.

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BBC and Ice Cream represented less than 1 percent of our total business.” This move allows Williams and his partners to resume full control over the two brands he founded back in 2005, with the aim of further expansion and growth.

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1/21/16 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: A$AP Rocky and GUESS Team Up on ’90s Throwback “GUE$$” Collection

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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GUESS Founder and Chief Creative Officer Paul Marciano related the following, “Growing up he wore and loved our jeans with the triangle logo on the back pocket and this line is tapping into his incredible artistic vision to create a modern heritage-driven line. It is a denim-heavy collection with quintessential 90’s influences seen in oversized denim jackets, overalls and logo-centric styles.Thus, we get offerings in light blue acid washes, tencel fabrics and pinstripes, alongside GUESS logo crop tanks and varsity jackets. Perhaps the most obvious graphic reference is the reworked “GUESS Jeans USA” logotype, now altered to read “GUE$$” throughout both women’s and menswear collections.

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The men’s collection includes oversized denim trucker jackets, large pocket details and back pocket patch detailing, tailored denim overalls, relaxed shoulder drop neck varsity stripe tees and relaxed drop shoulder mock neck tees and hoodies.

The women’s collection, meanwhile, is led by classic pieces like denim high-rise shorts, vintage overalls, vintage skinny jeans and an array of denim swimwear.

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Look for the GUESS Originals x A$AP Rocky collection at select GUESS stores and other leading retailers globally in February 2016.

 

 

 

1/21/16 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Queen- Another One Bites the Dust

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Another One Bites the Dust by the British rock band Queen is from the group’s eighth studio album The Game (1980),  Written by bass guitarist John Deacon, the song featured a driving bass line, inspired by the song Good Times by the disco group Chic. At the 1981 American Music Awards on 30 January, Another One Bites the Dust won Favorite Pop/Rock Single and garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.  Read More »

1/19/16 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: The Secret Sneaker Market— And Why It Matters by Josh Luber

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Josh Luber is a “sneakerhead,” a collector of rare or limited sneakers. With their insatiable appetite for exclusive sneakers, these tastemakers drive marketing and create hype for the brands they love, specifically Nike, which absolutely dominates the multi-billion dollar secondary market for sneakers. Luber’s company, Campless, collects data about this market and analyzes it for collectors and investors. In this talk, he takes us on a journey into this complicated, unregulated market and imagines how it could be a model for a stock market for commerce. Read More »

1/18/16 HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Martin: A Ballet By Gordon Parks

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Martin: a ballet by Gordon Parks, an original five-movement ballet chronicling the struggles of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Filmed in 1990 the work stars John Jones as Dr. King and Sheila Rohan as Rosa Parks, featuring choreography by Real Lamb. “Martin” (PBS, 1990),  about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Parks served as executive producer, director, composer, keyboardist and documentary photographer for this boldly ambitious project. Read More »

1/18/16 O&A NYC REVIEW: newsteps: a choreographer’s series

By Walter Rutledge

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newsteps: a choreographer’s series presented by the Chen Dance Center showcased the work of five emerging dance makers in three performance, Thursday January 14 through Saturday January 16. The showcased marked the 22nd consecutive year of bi-annual performances that support the creative process defined by Doris Humphrey as “The art of making dances”. The juried series provides rehearsal space, mentoring, technical support, and a small stipend that culminates with multiple public performances.

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What We’re In Now by Hannah Garner got the evening off on a strong note. Set to the music of Italian film composer and pianist Armando Trovajoli, the duet opened with a seated Garner and Will Noling. Right from the beginning the dancers established a persona that clearly communicated to the audience.

The ensuing movement conversation ranged from contemplative to humorous. The couple, clearly in a relationship, exuded a humanistic honesty that endeared them to the audience. The quirky partnering defied convention becoming integral to the choreographer’s vocabulary.

Ayaka Kamei presented a solo entitled Stay with Me with music by Oda Kazumasa and Zoe Keating. The the amber lighting, jewelry box music and dancer Seneca Lawrence’s pixie-like approach created an air of early morning lightness. Lawrence lulled the audience into a false sense of easiness until a siren and a stage washed in red light interrupted her somnambulism. The work culminates with Lawrence returning to her opening demeanor in repose.

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The Scar by Laura Henry featured a quintet clad in distressed khaki shorts and torn tops, which reminisced television’s Survivor, set in Scythia (the land of the Amazons). The angular arms adorned deep plies in second position, and counterbalanced a barrage of a la seconde battlements and athletic jumps. The worked ended with a solo dancer sequestered in a center stage downspot slowly descending in darkness.

Takeshi Ohashi’s textural duet The time presented a multi-faceted relationship performed by Maki Shinagawa and Vivake Khamsingavath. The work opened with Shinagawa slowly walking downstage left balancing an apple on the head of a crouching Khamsingavath. Eventually Khamsingavath sat downstage right and begins to peel the apple.

Throughout the duet Ohashi displayed strong choreographic form showering us with focused imagery that extended beyond elementary poses. One example, a movement passage void of physical contact; then the duet exploded in a flurry of lifts. The “partnering abstinence” made the proceeding section of lifts extremely powerful. The work ended with Khamsingavath now leading a couching Shinagawa upstage. The role reversal produced a clever new perspective to the movement and an unexpected plot twist.

The evening concluded with Quiet, a quartet featuring Elliott Keller, Sarina Taggart, Fola Walker and choreographer Gina Montalto. The work offered good spatial relationships with a strong reliance on symmetry. Montalto displayed good form with quick movement passages that retreated into stillness providing a fitting contrast to the music.

The skyrocketing cost of retail rentals space has forced many non-profit organizations to become homeless. This makes the efforts of organizations like Chen Dance Center not only commendable, but also necessary. newsteps: a choreographer’s series continues the time-honored tradition of nurturing the next generation of choreographers. The next series scheduled for May 19 through May 21 will begin accepting candidates for auditions on February 2. For more information about the newsteps: a choreographer’s series and Chen Dance Center’s other programs visit chendancecenter.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/17/16 O&A WITH WaleStylez Fashion: adidas Originals- White Mountaineering FW16 at Pitti Uoumo

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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adidas Originals unveiled the latest step in its continued partnership with White Mountaineering, at Pitti Uomo 89. Using classic sportswear silhouettes as their foundation, the runway show showcased a range of pointedly contemporary designs in a spectrum of dark, earthy hues. These were contrasted with the unmistakable stripe motif, while many of the extended, slim cuts were adorned with subtle camouflage. Read More »

1/17/16 O&A WITH WaleStylez Fashion: adidas Originals | White Mountaineering FW16 at Pitti Uoumo

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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adidas Originals unveiled the latest step in its continued partnership with White Mountaineering, at Pitti Uomo 89. Using classic sportswear silhouettes as their foundation, the runway show showcased a range of pointedly contemporary designs in a spectrum of dark, earthy hues. These were contrasted with the unmistakable stripe motif, while many of the extended, slim cuts were adorned with subtle camouflage. Read More »

1/14/16 O&A NYC With WaleStylez: Nike Air Pressure Get Its First Revival

By Adewale Adekanbi
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Remember 1989? Hip Hop was fresh, they were still white washing graffiti of Police Station walls, the subway used tokens and the Nike Air Pressure was “the joint”! Well its finally back the Nike Air Pressure returns for the first time ever and since most original pairs are beyond the point of being wearable by now it makes the re-issue all the more anticipated.

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The Nike SNKRS app promises the return of the shoe and according to these images it will come back complete with the original bulky box and pump apparatus. The Nike Air Pressure will release today, January 14 and retail for $300.

 

 

 

1/14/16 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: David Bowie– Space Oddity

 

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Space Oddity, written and performed by David Bowie and released as a music single, and opening track of the album David Bowie (also known as Space Oddity) in July 1969. The song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut. Besides its title, which alludes to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the introduction to the song is a barely audible instrumental build-up that is analogous to the deep bass tone in Also sprach Zarathustra that is prominently used in the film. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme. Read More »