12/21/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Nike Christmas Pack

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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The Nike Christmas Pack, Nike Basketball’s annual holiday will be available to the public on December 26th. The three shoe set includes the Nike KD 7, Nike Lebron 12 and Nike Kobe 9 Elite. Ranging from $170 t0 $225 the set honors the holidays with color and fun.  

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The shoe features clean Ivory on the front of the sneaker and the midsole features “nutmeg” colored speckles to offset the vibrant Bright Crimson that occupies that rest of the model. Holiday green can be found on the KD tongue branding.  The retail price is $170.

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The Hyperposite overlay gets a rather literal tree print while that championed Megafuse base utilizes the most Dark Emerald of any of three Nike Basketball Christmas collection pairs. Bright Crimson on the branding, lining, and speckled midsole helps to make this pair one of the best LeBron Christmas looks yet. The Nike Lebron 12 Christmas retails for $220.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Christmas

Nike Kobe 9 Elite stands out with Bright Crimson with the flyknit upper while a unique pattern arrives on the midsole to offset the sparse greens found on the heel stitching and insole. At a retail price of $225 the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Christmas is a slam dunk.

 

 

12/20/14 O&Q Its Saturday- Anything Goes: 7 Things To Buy After Christmas

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Black Friday was the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Shoppers are flocking to stores looking for great deals on merchandise, which actually makes shoppers vulnerable to overspending. The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to increase by 4.1%; inundating shoppers with year-end sales, free shipping promotions, and an unforgiving holiday countdown. Read More »

12/17/14 O&A Dance: REVIEW ODETTA- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

By Walter Rutledge
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On Wednesday December 10, 2014 the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre presented the world premiered of ODETTA, a new work by company resident guest artist/rehearsal director Matthew Rushing. The work is a third of an evening dance theatre work set on an ensemble of eleven dancers. Rushing has created a work that harkens back to the company’s founding principles of conveying the human condition through the soul and spirit of the African-American experience. Read More »

12/17/14 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: Sanford and Son- Ebenezer Sanford

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Sanford and Son is television sitcom, based on the BBC’s Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Sanford and Son stars Redd Foxx as Fred G. Sanford, a widower and junk dealer living at 9114 S. Central Avenue in the Watts neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, California. Demond Wilson played his son Lamont Sanford.

Known for its edgy racial humor, running gags and catch phrases, the series was adapted by Norman Lear and considered NBC’s answer to CBS’s All in the Family. Sanford and Son has been hailed as the precursor to many other African American sitcoms. It was a ratings hit throughout its six-season run. Read More »

12/16/14 O&A Fitness With Christopher Crawford: The Best Way To Lose Weight After The Holidays

By Christopher Crawford

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Around this time of year, people are getting ready to make new years resolutions in order to get back in to shape and more commonly, lose weight. Weight loss is a very interesting topic to discuss because most people do not know how to effectively lose weight and stay in shape.

The primary focus for the average person when it comes to losing weight is to get the number on the scale down by any means necessary. That could be dangerous to the health and well-being of any individual because of the health risks people are willing to take in order to lose weight. These things include, beginning a high protein/low carb diet and cutting an excess number of calories to the point of starvation. The purpose of this article is to educate current and potential calorie burning gym goers on the truth of common weight management myths and also give them tips on how to effectively lose weight.

Let’s talk about weight loss for a second. Now in order to lose 1 lb of body weight in one week, there must be a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories. In other words, on average, one must intake 500 calories less than they expend each day out of the week. Therefore, the total number of calories from carbohydrates, fats and proteins one consumes in one day must be 500 less than the amount of calories the individual expends throughout the day from exercise and any other daily activities.

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Today when people discuss the low carb diet, they are typically talking about the Atkins diet. Named after cardiologist Dr. Robert Atkins. This diet restricts carbohydrate consumption and replaces them with meats, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

In other words, carbohydrate consumption must be reduced past the recommended 45-65% daily caloric intake in order to lose weight. The risk of cutting out carbohydrates include, feeling weak due to the brain not receiving enough glucose, in which case the body burns fat incompletely producing ketones to replace brain fuel causing light-headedness, nausea and bad breath. Also, if you are not eating enough fiber, it could lead to many complications such as constipation and could also increase your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. Besides, fiber is essential to losing weight because it is a carbohydrate which keeps you full for longer. As mentioned earlier, cutting carbohydrates alone is not the answer. One must cut down a bit of each macronutrient (proteins, carbohydrates, fat) in order to create the necessary caloric deficit relative to their weight loss goals.

A few potential risks associated with cutting calories are that an individual may go too low with calorie intake. An individual may go below 1,000-1,200 calories a day and become malnourished or have low energy. This may create an inability to complete essential fitness programs included within a weight loss program.

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Also, it has been found that people who skip breakfast and eat fewer times during the day tend to be heavier than those who eat a healthy breakfast and eat four to five times a day. Eating regular meals and snacks throughout the day helps control appetite, which in turn makes it less likely to overeat at any one meal. Because of this, the individual is less likely to endure extreme hunger and will make better food choices instead of poor ones.

Successful weight loss programs require an individual to make a lifestyle change and really commit to the journey. One should create a well thought out plan in order to determine the total number of calories they will need to consume both daily/weekly. Along with creating a proper meal plan and going to the gym consistently, one should incorporate a combination of cardio, core and resistance training in order to burn the calories required which create that caloric deficit.

Christopher Crawford will contribute a once a month fitness column. To consult with Christopher about a training regiment or personal training contact him at ccrawfordtraining@gmail.com.

12/15/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass Productions and distributed by DreamWorks Classics. It first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the United States. The special was based on the Johnny Marks song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which was itself based on the 1939 poem Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer written by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May.  Since 1972, the special has aired on CBS, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the production. Read More »

12/14/14 O&A Gospel Sunday Holiday Series: Donnie McClurkin

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American gospel music singer and minister Donald Andrew “Donnie” McClurkin, Jr. has won three Grammy awards, ten Stellar awards, two BET awards, two Soul Train awards, one Dove award and one NAACP Image award for his work. He is one of the top-selling Gospel music artists, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In 2001 McClurkin was ordained and sent out by Winans to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, where he is now Senior Pastor.
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12/13/14 O&A Music: Evan Ross – How To Live Alone (Lyric Video)

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Evan Ross is follwoing the the footsteps of his famed mom, Diana Ross. It’s not secret that Diana Ross is a triple threat. She sings, acts and dances. Now, the second generation of talented Ross(es) is up to bat. Evan Ross is ready to step up and claim his place on the entertainment throne. He’s already nailed some pretty high-profile acting gigs (CrazySexyCool: The TLC Movie; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) and now he’s in the studio making music. Watch his first video, How To Live Alone, inside and check out cameos from Miss Ross and his wife Ashlee Simpson. Read More »

12/13/14 O&A Its Saturday- Anything Goes: 10 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written by Pharrell

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The success of the single Happy from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack has propelled singer-songwriter and rapper Pharrell Williams back on stage. But record producer Williams is a major creative force behind the scenes in the entertainment business. Here are 10 songs you probably didn’t know were written by Pharrell Williams. 
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12/12/14/ O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Radio City Rockettes

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show features over 140 performers, lavish sets and costumes and an original musical score. Since the first version was presented in 1933, the show has become a New York Christmas tradition seen by more than a million visitors a year. The 2014 show is scheduled to run from November 7 to December 31, 2014. Read More »

12/11/14/ O&A Throwback Thursday Holiday Greeting: Mariah Carey- Merry Christmas (1994)

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Merry Christmas is the first Christmas album and the fourth studio album by American singer Mariah Carey. Released by Columbia Records on November 7, 1994, the album features cover versions of popular Christmas tunes and original material. Out and About NYC Magazine highlights three songs from this album, All I Want For Christmas Is You, O Holy Night, and Miss You Most (At Christmas Time). Read More »

12/8/14 O&A REVIEW: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater- Generations II Here’s To Life!

 By Walter Rutledge

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Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presented Generations II Here’s To Life! for three performances; Friday, November 21 through Sunday November 23 in the James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at the Mark Morris Dance Center, downtown Brooklyn. The Chicago based ensemble presented a concert that was deeply rooted in the dance theatre tradition. Artistic Director Kevin Iega Jeff and Associate Artistic Director Gary Abbott have made the courageous decision to offer original dance works that ranged from dance narratives to theatrical abstract works with strong dramatic undertones. The result was an evening of well structured choreography performed with considerable artistic depth. Read More »

12/8/14 O&A Hollywood Monday : Scrooge The Musical

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Scrooge is a 1970 musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 story, A Christmas Carol. It was filmed in London between January and May 1970 and directed by Leslie Bricusse, and starred Albert Finney in the title role. The film received four Academy Award nominations, and although it received limited praise, but Albert Finney won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy in 1971.
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12/5/14 O&A With WaleStylez: J Dilla And Stussy Vinyl Toy by Pay Jay Productions

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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J Dilla’s estate pay homage to the missed hip-hop beat maker with a 7.5″-tall vinyl toy made in collaboration with Detroit artist Sintex. The toy was designed and sculpted by Seoul-based toy artist P2PL. Stussy’s logo officially licensed the figurine, which comes with a removable hat, chain and MPC sampler. Read More »

12/4/14 O&A Shall We Dance: Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland- Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux

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During the Christmas season of 1977, CBS brought his highly acclaimed American Ballet Theatre production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet The Nutcracker to television. The production has remained to this day the most popular and most often shown television production of the work in the U.S.  Mikhail Baryshnikov performed the title role, with Gelsey Kirkland as Clara.
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12/5/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Nike Unveils Kyrie Irving’s Signature Basketball Shoe

 By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is the newest member of the Nike Basketball signature sneaker family. Nike designer Leo Chang created the sneaker for Irving’s tremendous speed and quickness on the court. The three design elements that distinguish the Kyrie 1: the Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the forefoot for added responsiveness, 360-degree grip around the midsole and a Hyper fuse upper for stability. Read More »

12/4/14 O&A Throwback Thursday Holiday Greeting: Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby and more

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Eartha Mae Kitt was an actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist.  Known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of C’est Si Bon and the enduring Christmas novelty smash Santa Baby. Both songs became US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the most exciting woman in the world.
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12/3/14 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: Wanda Sykes

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Wanda Sykes is a writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. She is well-known for her role as Barbara Baran on The New Adventures of Old Christine and for her appearances on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Read More »

12/1/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: How The Grinch Stole Christmas!

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children’s story by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. In 1957 the book was published by Random House, and it also appeared in an issue of Redbook Magazine. The story criticizes the commercialization of Christmas. The 26-minute short directed by cartoon legend Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff was originally telecast on CBS on December 18, 1966.

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11/27/14 O&A Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Bottega Veneta Men’s Fall-Winter 2014/2015 Runway Show

It is Saturday Bottega-Veneta-Fall-Winter-2014-Menswear-Ad-Campaign-003For Fall-Winter 2014/2015, Bottega Veneta presents a collection marked by ease and informality. Though its roots lie in the juxtaposition of attitudes, combining the sense of a proper uniform with the feeling of effortless athletic wear, the clothes have a distinct sophistication, thanks to the use of luxurious materials, detailed construction and a subtly refined yet softly tailored silhouette. Read More »

11/27/14 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Alphonso Ribeiro

 By Walter Rutledge

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Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Sr. is an actor, television director, dancer, and game show host. Ribeiro is most notably known for playing Alfonso Spears on the sitcom Silver Spoons, and Carlton Banks on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he hosted the GSN show Catch 21 and the ABC Family show Spell-Mageddon. He also starred in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid, and appeared as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial also featuring Michael Jackson. On Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Ribeiro won Dancing With The Stars 19. Read More »

11/27/14 O&A Throwback Thursday: Eurythmics

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Eurythmics are a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. They are associated with the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the US. The duo released their first album, In the Garden, in 1981 to little fanfare, but went on to achieve global success with their second album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), released in 1983. The duo went on to release a string of hit singles and albums before they split up in 1990.  Read More »

11/26/14 O&A Theatre: Ritual (REVIEW)- “The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank”

By Walter Rutledge

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Off Broadway is to live theatre, what the concept car is to the automotive industry. It allows the public to participate in the process of creation, where memorable productions transition into unforgettable theatre. Ritual, a play conceived and produced by Stanley Bennett Clay is a clever one-act drama that reveals the secrets of an “ideal” upper middle class Africa American Family. 

To everyone on the outside looking in, the Becker Family of Baldwin Hills was living the American dream. Leon (David M. Raine), a successful lawyer, and his beautiful wife Sylvia (Q) are the proud parents of two children daughter Teresa (Latresa Baker) and son Mason (Reginald James Albert). Teresa is a dutiful daughter and younger brother Mason is the brilliant son attending an Ivy League School. From the moment we are invited in to their living room we quickly discover humorist, the late Erma Bombeck, was correct; “The grass is always greener over the septic tank.” Read More »

11/26/14 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: All In The Family

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All in the Family is a sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. The show revolves around the life of a working class bigot and his family. Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin the series starred Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers.

The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy. Themes such as racism, homosexuality, women’s liberation, rape, miscarriage, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television’s most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more realistic and topical conflicts. Read More »

11/25/14 O&A Dance: Complexion Contemporary Ballet …In The Beginning (Part 3) An Interview With Christina Johnson

By Walter Rutledge

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As Complexions Contemporary Ballet begins the second week of their two-week season tonight at the Joyce Theater we continue our conversation with Christina Johnson. The season commemorates the 20th anniversary of the company, Out and About NYC Magazine looks back through the eyes of artists who there at the beginning. Read More »

11/23/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins released August 27, 1964 to universal acclaim, receiving a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture an unsurpassed record for any other film released by the Walt Disney Studios and won five; Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. Read More »

11/21/14 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Review- Complexions Contemporary Ballet Gala

By Walter Rutledge

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet held their 20th anniversary gala performance Thursday, November 20 at the Joyce Theater. I believe galas should not be held under the same critical scrutiny as a regular season performance; these events have a different focus. Galas acknowledge company milestones such as dancers transitioning, directors passing the torch, season openings and in this case celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary. Read More »

11/20/14 O&A Dance: Complexions Contemporary Ballet Celebrates 20 Years (Part Two)- Christina Johnson Interview On Restaging Ave Maria

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O&A NYC video interview with Original Complexions Contemporary Ballet member Christina Johnson on restaging Dwight Rhoden’s duet Ave Maria. The duet was originally choreographed on Johnson and Donald Williams in 1995. American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artist in Residence, Clifford Williams will perform the work at the Thursday, November 20 Gala performance.  10392506_10152549376453892_4574420590891863747_n Read More »

11/18/14/ O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: Popeye The Sailor Man- Brotherly Love

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Popeye the Sailor Man is a cartoon fictional character, created by Elzie Crisler Segar, who has appeared in comic strips and theatrical and television animated cartoons. He first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929; Popeye became the strip’s title in later years. In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer’s Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures. These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and the Fleischers—and later Paramount’s own Famous Studios—continued production through 1957. Read More »

11/18/14 O&A Dance: Complexions Contemporary Ballet Celebrates 20 Years (Part One)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet begins a two-week season tonight at the Joyce Theater. The season commemorates the 20th anniversary of the company. This week Out and About NYC Magazine would like to take a look back through the eyes of artists who there at the beginning.

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Desmond Richardson and I have been best friends since he was about 15. We all knew even back then that he would be a star. When Desmond, Dwight and I were in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater together doing Alvin Ailey’s Sinner Man all over the world, we became very close, sharing our dreams and the other art forms that interested us. Read More »

11/17/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: Some Like it Hot

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Some Like It Hot (1959) film comedy directed by Billy Wilder; and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The supporting cast includes George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee and Nehemiah Persoff. In 2000 the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time.
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11/16/14 O&A Fashion Alert: Solange Knowles’ Dress and Style Recall An Iconic 1930′s Hollywood Bride

By Walter Rutledge

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Singer Solange Knowles (28) and her 51-year-old video director boyfriend Alan Ferguson wed this weekend in New Orleans. “Everyone I worked with on the wedding are friends who I love,” said Solange via email earlier today. “Everything was a labor of love.” The dress was by Humberto Leon for Kenzo, but we could not help but draw comparisons to another famous bride whose dress and personal (signature) style is remarkably similar.  Read More »

11/16/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Andrae Crouch

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Andraé Crouch is a gospel singer, songwriter, arranger, recording artist, record producer, and pastor. Crouch was a key figure in the Jesus Music movement of the 1960s and 1970s. His influence helped develop contemporary Christian music,  which began to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music. Read More »

11/13/14 O&A Throwback Thursday: Outkast

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Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André André 3000 Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan Big Boi Patton. They were originally known as Two Shades Deep but later changed the group’s name to OutKast. The group’s original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-funk. Subsequently  funk, soul, rock, electronic music, spoken word poetry, jazz and blues elements have been added to the group’s musical palette. Read More »

11/12/14 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: Abbott & Costello- The Niagara Fall Sketch (“Slowly I Turned”)

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The skit, which was well known on the vaudeville circuit, goes something like this: A bedraggled man buttonholes a stranger and tells him a tale of betrayal and vengeance. A rogue seduced his sweetheart. He trailed the miscreant from town to town, finally catching up with him in Niagara Falls, where he pummeled him mercilessly. The hearer of the story haplessly says the magic words, “Niagara Falls,” causing the man to turn on him and mete out the same punishment. Read More »

11/11/14 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Castell J.R. Barnes

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New York-native, Castell J.R. Barnes made his mark as an intellectual powerhouse using his personal and professional philosophy Prosper, The Elite Way. Barnes grew up during the 1990′s witnessing inner-city violence, cultural indifference, single parenting, economic struggle, and the lack of appreciation for education. Instead of falling victim to these circumstances and becoming a product of his environment, Barnes was inspired and defined by these conditions to become the promising speaker and inspiring author he is today.
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10/10/14 O&A Review: Ain’t Misbehavin- Fats Waller’s Harlem

 By Walter Rutledge

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Harlem original Fats Waller returned uptown to the community he loved via the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin presented at Faison Firehouse Theater. This version of the high-spirited, and high-energy musical revue is directed by A. Curtis Farrow; and presented in collaboration with Irving Street Rep. and FaisOne Productions. The first thing that becomes apparent is how well the intimate setting complements Waller’s songbook; which has become a compass articulating the Harlem Jazz era of the 1930’s and 40’s. Read More »

10/10/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: Gone With The Wind

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Gone with the Wind is a 1939 epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel. It was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the 19th-century American South, the film tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler.

The movie is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the story is told from the perspective of white Southerners. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).  Read More »

10/9/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Tasha Cobbs

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Tasha Cobbs began in her hometown, Jesup, Georgia. She was Worship Leader of Jesup New Life Ministries, founded by her late father, Bishop Fritz Cobbs. In 2012, Cobbs recorded her freshman project titled GRACE, produced by multi-award-winner and Motown Gospel label mate, VaShawn Mitchell. This project featured the lead single, Break Every Chain, which landed as Billboard’s #1 song for a total of 12 weeks. Read More »

10/7/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Odin New York Fall/Winter 2014 Junya Watanabe, Thom Browne And More

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Odin New York release their Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook showcasing the latest from Public School, Junya Watanabe, Kitsuné, Thom Browne and many more. Odin is one of New York’s best stocked boutiques and their latest buy does not disappoint. Notable standouts include the Mohair Overcoat by Thom Browne, the Leaky Over Shirt by Bellerose and the Tweed Pant by Public School. Read More »

10/5/14 O&A DIVO ALERT: Eric Underwood – The Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (The Royal Ballet)

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Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2011) was The Royal Ballet’s first new full-length work since 1995. The works developed theme, sumptuous costumes and sets and focused choreography received approval from both audiences and critics. This excerpt is another example of The Royal Ballet’s soloist Eric Underwood’s technical versatility and artistic virtuosity. His performance as the playfully seductive Caterpillar epitomizes an artist in total control of his craft (and vicariously recalls my own days savoring “special” mushrooms). Out and About NYC Magazine is proud to again spotlight this American artiste who is at the top of his game.
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10/ 5/14 Wildin Out Wednesday: SNL- Black Jeopardy

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50 years after Jeopardy! debuted, “Saturday Night Live” came up with a new way to parody the iconic game show. Black Jeopardy! is hosted by Darnell Hayes or “Alex Treblack” (Kenan Thompson) and features categories such as “It’s Been A Minute,” “White People,” and “Psssh.” Let’s just say it’s not exactly what African Studies professor Mark (Louis C.K.) had in mind when he signed up. The sketch includes Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata as fellow contestants. Read More »

11/3/14 O&A With Christopher Crawford: Fitness- Core Essentials for Exercise

By Christopher Crawford

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Many people exercise to get in shape and feel better about themselves. Unfortunately, just because they are working out that does not mean they are building better, stronger and fully functional bodies. There are many people that build more imbalances in their body by working out with incorrect form or by using machines that require no core stabilization, which basically shuts off the core muscles. Training improperly and weakening your core will lead to bad posture, inability to perform functional movements and potential injury being that the core is not stabilized. Read More »

11/3/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: The King And I

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The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox. The movie was directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King and I. The musical starred Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. It was Brynner who pressed for Kerr to play the role. Marni Nixon provided Kerr’s singing for the film.  Read More »

11/2/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Alexander Wang And H&M Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Following the presentation of the Alexander Wang and H&M collaboration collection, we take a look at the individual pieces that make up the fantastic joint collection.  Each piece reveals a very wearable set of goods, done in Wang’s signature monochromatic color palette. Trendy materials like neoprene are used throughout while the designer’s last name, a handful of graphic prints and textures give the collection luxurious feel.  

Take a look at each piece above and pick up your favorite beginning November 6 at hm.com.

 

 

 

 

 

11/2/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: Jamie Grace Harper

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Jamie Grace Harper is a 23-year-old Contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Discovered in 2010, via her YouTube channel, by TobyMac and was immediately signed to his Gotee Records label. She released the song Hold Me in 2011, which landed her a nomination at the 2012 Grammys. Harper won the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year. Read More »

10/31/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star “Color Weave” Collection

By Adewale Adekanbi

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The Chuck Taylor All Star iconic Converse sneaker has been given a jaw-dropping woven upper in a design, that unfortunately is  exclusive to the Asia Pacific market. The new rendition features a one-piece upper crafted from colored strips, offset against a clean white midsole and leather branding. The Asia Pacific region “Color Weave” collection are now available at Converse stores in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea; and online at Converse China. Hopefully they will find their way to the United States. 

10/31/14 O&A Throwback Thursday Halloween Edition: Michael Jackson’s Thriller

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller is an American 13-minute music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983. It was directed by John Landis, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson. It was MTV’s first world premiere video.

Voted as the most influential pop music video of all time, Thriller proved to have a profound effect on popular culture. It was named “a watershed moment for the music industry” for its unprecedented merging of filmmaking and music. Guinness World Records listed it in 2006 as the “most successful music video”, selling over nine million copies.

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10/29/14 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday Halloween Special: The 3 Stooges In SPOOKS

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In the classic 3-D short SPOOKS (1953) Moe Howard, his brother Shemp Howard, and Larry Fine again encountered a mad scientist attempting to put a human brain into a gorilla. SPOOKS was one of the Three Stooges’ best blends of comedy and scares. With howling winds, skeletons and conwebs, it has a fun and spooky Halloween-type atmosphere that’s sure to grab any monster kid. The laboratory scenes with the mad scientist, his brutish assistant, a caged gorilla and a beautiful girl in bondage resembled an old pulp magazine cover of the ’30s and ’40s. Read More »

Up in the Air- Honoring Louis Johnson

Up in the Air is a feature-length documentary about legendary dancer, choreographer and director Louis Johnson. Narrated by Johnson, with additional commentary by his colleagues and friends- people he’s known and influenced for over six decades. The artists who have committed to share their experiences with Johnson include as luminaries as: Chita Rivera, George Faison, Carmen De Lavallade, Sylvia Waters, Desmond Richardson and Troy Powell. The initial goal is to raise $30,000 for the pre-production and production costs through a Kickstarter campaign. Read More »

10/27/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: West Side Story

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West Side Story is a 1961 romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical. Read More »

10/23/14 O&A Throwback Thursday: En Vogue

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Assembled in Oakland, California in July 1989, En Vogue launched with original members Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis. The inspiration for the group came when production duo of Foster and Mc Elroy envisioned a modern-day girl group in the tradition of the 1950s/1960s female trios. The blueprint was based on the plan of recruiting singers who possessed strong voices, noticeably good looks, and intelligence. Read More »

10/22/14 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: Homey D. Clown

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Homey D. Clown – Damon Wayans plays an ex-con who works as a clown (real name Herman Simpson) for his parole agreement. Homey lashes out at anyone (usually by hitting them on the head with a sock full of pennies) who attempts to make him perform the standard antics of the role – “I don’t think so… Homey don’t play dat!”. His goal in life is to get even with “The Man”, a personification of the white males that are “holding him down”.

Near the end of most sketches, Homey would lead a group of children (played by the cast members) in a call and response sing-along. This would end with him degenerating into a rant, then intimidating the children into repeating after him. Homey was also the first, and only, In Living Color character to get his own video game. Read More »

10/21/14 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

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The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of ballet. Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life. Read More »

10/20/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: The Godfather

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The Godfather (1972) is a crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. The movie stars Marlon Brando ( Vito Corleone) and Al Pacino     (Michael Corleone) as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story spans the years 1945-55, centering on the transformation of Michael from reluctant family outsider to ruthless Mafia boss while chronicling the Corleones under the patriarch Vito. Read More »

10/19/14 O&A Gospel Sunday: John P. Kee

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John P. Kee was born the 15th of 16 children in Durham, North Carolina. At an early age he began to develop his musical talent both instrumentally and vocally. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and at 14, he and his brothers Wayne and Al moved to California where he began attending the Yuba College Conservatory School of Music in Marysville, California.

During this time, he began playing with various groups such as Cameo and Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds. After having a hard time adjusting in California, he left and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina only to find himself living in a part of the city known for its violence and drug activities. After watching one of his friends being murdered in a drug deal gone bad, he rededicated his life back to God during a visit to a revival meeting. Read More »

10/18/14 O&A Its Saturday: The Bessies Dance Into the Apollo on Monday

By Walter Rutledge

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The Bessies- the New York Dance and Performance Award is the Oscars for dance. Named in honor of pioneer dance educator and choreographic mentor Bessie Schonberg, the Bessies has become one of the most prestigious awards one can receive in the world of dance. On Monday October 20, 7:30pm the Bessies will be held at the Apollo Theater, 325 West 125th Street. Read More »

10/17/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Rick Owens Robotics by Simeon Georgiev

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Bulgarian artist Simeon Georgiev unveils his latest installment of robotics featuring influential designer Rick Owens. Challenged with recreating the fashion designer’s flowing hair and trim physique, Georgiev outfitted the monochromatic droid with cables for hair and an asymmetric chain running through the torso. The robot’s footwear, meanwhile, takes the form of a futuristic version of the Paris-based designer’s famed Ramones silhouette. Read More »

10/16/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Pharrell Williams x Uniqlo UT Fall/Winter 2014 i am OTHER Collection

By Adewale Adekanbi

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Earlier this year Pharrell Williams released his first i am OTHER collaboration with Uniqlo UT. After it’s affordable success, it’s no surprise that a second drop has just arrived in time for fall. Similar to the first collection, it consists largely of graphic T-shirts, this time with the seasonal addition of printed hoodies and snap-front jackets. The range features adaptations of some of the original T-shirt designs, now seen in different colors. And the trademark logos and slogans are showcased throughout the selection of garments in a variety of colors. Stop by the Uniqlo website to purchase the pieces, or alternatively buy them in-store.

 

 

 

 

10/16/14 O&A Throwback Thursday: Diana Ross- Standing Room Only Live At Ceasar’s Palace (1980)

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The HBO special, first aired in early 1980 as part of the network’s Standing Room Only series. It was taped in 1979 at Caesar’s Palace as Ross promoted her then-current album, The Boss. The album, featuring writers/producers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, featured songs that showed off a range and power that many had forgotten Diana Ross possessed. This was a peak time in the diva’s career; Ross dazzled audience around the world with her demanding, Tony Award-winning An Evening With Diana Ross stage show, and starred with protege Michael Jackson in the 1978 film The Wiz.  Read More »

10/14/14 O&A NYC: A Conversation with Philadanco Founder Joan Myers Brown and Author Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Repost)

By Walter Rutledge

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In The Art of War author Sun Tzu reveals, “…When people are skillfully led into battle, the momentum is like that of round rocks rolling down a high mountain – this is force.” This statement also applies to Philadelphia’s unstoppable force- Joan Myers Brown. Joan Myers Brown and The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, a Biohistory of American Performance by Brenda Dixon Gottschild chronicles the evolution of African-American dance and culture in Philadelphia.

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10/13/14 O&A Hollywood Monday: Training Day

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Training Day is a 2001 film starring Denzel Washington as Alonzo Harris, a corrupt Los Angeles police officer, and Ethan Hawke as Jake Hoyt, a new recruit looking to become a part of Harris’s elite narcotics unit. The entire movie takes place over a single, intense 24-hour period that forever changes the lives of both officers.
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O&A 10/11/14 Gospel Sunday: LeCrae

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Lecrae Moore, known as Lecrae, is a Christian hip hop artist, record producer, and actor. He is the president, co-owner and co-founder of the independent record label Reach Records, and the co-founder and president of the non-profit organization ReachLife Ministries. To date, he has released seven studio albums and two mixtapes as a solo artist, and has released three studio albums, a remix album, and one EP as the leader of the rap group 116 Clique.  

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10/10/14 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Dance Theatre Of Harlem- Troy Game (1985)

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Robert North’s Troy Game is one of Dance Theater of Harlem’s happiest dances. Set to a stylishly syncopated, Brazilian-flavored score by Bob Downes, Troy Game is a funny and sexy romp that was performed with special wit by the company on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Opera House, where Dance Theater performs through June 29. Read More »

10/9/14 O&A THROWBACK THURSDAY: JODY WATLEY (Repost)

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Jody Vanessa Watley  is a singer, songwriter, record producer, music maverick and one of music’s defining artists. Her music crosses genres from Pop, R&B, Jazz, Dance and Electronic Soul. In 1987, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.  Watley ranks as one of MTV Video Music Awards most nominated female artists ever, with six nominations for her Real Love video. Read More »

O&A 10/8/14 Wildin Out Wednesday: Steve Harvey

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Broderick Steven “Steve” Harvey is an actor, comedian, entertainer, television/radio personality, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. He is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man. Harvey starred in The Steve Harvey Show and he was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. Read More »

10/7/14 O&A With WaleStylez: Premiere of Pharrell’s Gust Of Wind Video

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 The five-minute clip was directed by famed film director Edgar Wright and features a number of signature references from the international artists including stone versions of the French duo’s futuristic helmets. Pharrell, meanwhile, has finally opted for another hat, which most likely will not see the same amount of meme attention as his Vivienne Westwood piece. Read More »

9/6/14 O&A With WaleStlyez: Aston Martin Shows New Lagonda Sedan

By Adewale Adekanbi
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The Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan will come back soon, yet unfortunately only in the Middle East. Inspired by the original Lagonda from the late ’70s, the UK luxury car maker shows off detailed looks of the latest version of the Lagonda Sedan – the limited edition sports saloon car that will be coming with a 5.9-liter V12 engine and 560 hp. You can expect a release of the car in mid 2015.