8/2/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: Brian Courtney Wilson – Worth Fighting


Brian Courtney Wilson has a voice full of sincerity that always connects to fans, and he’s back with a new song called Worth Fighting For.  In response to hate crimes, social and civil injustice and outright killings of unarmed young men, Wilson wanted a way to bring people together to share visual messages for our community and our young people- “WE are valuable, treasured and worth fighting for“.  Read More »

8/1/15 O&A Its Saturday- Anything Goes: – Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2016 Men Fashion Show Exclusive Backstage and Runway

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Rebel, Vivienne Westwood is always enjoying her shows to get a message across, especially to defend the environment. Her show for next summer reflects perfectly her sharp mindedness. Her collection is an ode to nature, with lots of bikinis, rustic tunics evoking undoubtedly a lost primitive world, mesh knits and luxuriant floral prints. Read More »

7/31/15 O&A Song of the Day: Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars


Uptown Funk (stylized as UpTown Funk!) is a song recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, with vocals from American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). The music video was released on 17 November 2014. It stars Mars, Ronson and the Hooligans walking around a city, wearing brightly colored suits and chains. It was directed by Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy. Read More »

7/31/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Beat Street Roxy Battle

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Beat Street (1984) is a  film featuring New York City hip hop culture of the early 1980s; breakdancing, DJing, and graffiti were front and center. Set in the South Bronx, the film follows the lives of a pair of brothers and their friends, all of whom are devoted to various elements of early hip hop culture.  Many of the internal dance sequences were filmed at the Roxy, a popular nightclub/disco located in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Read More »

7/28/15 O&A REVIEW: The 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival

By Walter Rutledge


The Fire Island Dance Festival 2015 took place July 17- 19 in Fire Island Pines. The three-day dance event has become Fire Island’s premiere summer dance showcase; spotlighting the talents of new, emerging and established choreographers, dancers and dance companies. This year the festival presented ten works by nine choreographers, and featuring forty-three performing artists.

Due to the high level of artistry and the picturesque setting (overlooking the bay) the entertainment element is the festival’s focal point; but the purpose and mission should always be reinforced and reiterated at every opportunity. The Fire Island Dance Festival is the successful result of two communities that have been greatly impacted by HIV/AIDS coming together to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable. Dancer Responding To AIDS (DRA) was founded in 1991 during the bleakest days for the AIDS pandemic.

The Fire Island Dance Festival achieves its goal through the very essence of the art form- by sharing. The response and generosity of the dance and Fire Island communities has allowed DRA to surpass the previous year’s financial accomplishments. This year the festival raised $544,555 that will assist in their year round support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Due to the freelance nature of the “no business like show business”, many artists living with HIV/AIDS lack adequate health services, emergency financial assistance and contingency funds, lifesaving medications, counseling, healthy meals, and vital support systems. Through various programs including The Actors Fund, the HIV/AIDS Initiative and The Dancers’ Resource, artists and the community at large receive assistance.


Festival host Desmond Richardson is quickly becoming dance’s eloquent elder statesmen. Richardson (who participated in the very first festival) is also co-founder of Complexions Contemporary Ballet; and along with Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden remain a staple throughout the festival’s 21-year history. This year Rhoden offered a solo set two Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, and performed by his present muse Clifford Williams. Williams gave an articulate and impassioned performance.


The ten works ranged from lighthearted dance theatre to ballet bravura, which epitomized the range, scope and inclusiveness of the event and the mission. Choreographers: Joshua Beamish, Al Blackstone, Pontus Lidberg, Duncan Lyle, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Stephen Petronio, Jules Perrot, Dwight Rhoden, Manuel Vignoulle, and Charlie Williams.

Dance Companies: Ailey II, Ballet Hispanico, Intermezzo Dance Company, Joshua Beamish/Move: the company, Manuel Vignoulle Dance– M/motions, and Pontus Lidberg Dance.

And dancers: Paulo Arrais, Alex Biegelson, Biscuit, Shay Bland, Christopher Bloom, Mary Carmen Catoya, Chloe Cambelll, Marc Cardarelli, Mario Ismael Espinoza, Mark Gieringer, Jacob Guzman, Christopher Hernandez, Jakob Karr, Justin Keats, Dimitri Kleioris, Lindsay Janisse, Adrian Lee, Pontus Lidberg, Kourtni Lind, Reed Luplau, Chase Madigan, Raymond Matasamura, Johan Rivera Mendez, Adam Perry, Karine Plantadit, Kleber Rebello, Isaies Santamaria, Logan Schyvynck, Nicholas Sciscione, Corey Snide, Terrell Spence, Manuel Vignoulle Clifford Williams, Stephanie Williams, and Joshua Winzeler should all be commended for donating their time and sharing their artistry.  

The Fire Island Dance Festival is a once a year event that take place on the third Saturday of July, but the services provided by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are year round. DRA supports more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.To find out more about the programs and service provide or to make a donation visit dradance.org.

1) 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival 2) Desmond Richardson

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On Carousel  1) Pontus Lidberg Dance 2) Mary Carmen Catoya and Kleber Rebello 3) Manuel  Vignoulle Dance M/motions 4) Joshua Beamish/Move: the company 5) Charlie Williams 6) Ballet Hispanico 7) Al Blackstone 8) Ailey II 9) 10 Hairy Legs

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7/28/15 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Prince Ea- Why I Think This World Should End7/28/15 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Prince Ea- Why I Think This World Should End


Rapper Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea, gives us a rundown of various issues our generation is facing in his spoken word piece. He begins with the bold statement, “The world is coming to an end,” and proceeds to highlight key issues our generation is facing. Read More »

7/24/15 O&A With WaleStylez- Fashion: Concepts and Nike SB Release The Grail Collection on July 25


Concepts has a big weekend ahead with three upcoming Nike SB collaborations dropping this Saturday, July 25th. The trio is known as the Grail Collection and inspired by classic catheral stain glass window motifs. This theme runs throughout each sneaker in the collection.


The Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max “Mosaic” utilizes a unique wear-away construction in which the vibrant primary colors of the upper will eventually fade away to reveal an underlying pristine white.


The Nike SB Dunk Low “Grail” champions iridescent qualities while a gold skull lace dubrae is a nice harkening back to the guardians of the Holy Grail.


The Nike SB High “Stained Glass” has one of the craziest all over prints a Dunk model has seen in a while, as a transparent overlay on the ankle support adds to the cathedral inspiration.

Concepts will also roll out extremely limited custom wooden boxes for each shoe in both their Cambridge and New York locations. This perk has sneaker heads already lining up for the limited release. This is only the beginning just wait until dawn Saturday morning!


Concept and Nike SB- The Camp Out Has Begun








7/24/15 0&A Shall We Dance Friday: Bessie Schönberg- How to Look at Dance

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Bessie Schönberg (1906-1997) a distinguished and beloved educator in the dance arts,  speaks to a class of interns at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the summer of 1989. She discusses the art and technique of how one can watch dance as an audience member. Schönberg offers insight into how one can prepare oneself to view new dance, find an entry point or “handle-bar” into the content, and how to build an appetite for the multitude of dance forms. Read More »

7/23/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince- Summertime

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Summertime is a song by hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. It was released in May 1991 as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Homebase. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1992 Grammy Awards. It spent a week at number #1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart as well as reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Read More »

6/22/15 O&A Song Of The Day: Shamir – On The Regular


On the Regular released by XL Recordings on October 28, 2014 by musician Shamir. The song features a prominent rhythm with cowbell and heavy bass. Shamir uses an androgynous falsetto, delivering rhymes in contrast to his singing on Northtown. The music video for On the Regular was directed by Anthony Sylvester. It shows Shamir with different hairstyles, flashy patterns, and a fringe jacket. He plays with a rubber band gun and makes balloons burst into color. Read More »

7/20/15 O&A Hollywood Monday: Home Sweet Home


Home Sweet Home is a beautifully animated 3D short film about a house which escapes from its suburban foundations and sets off on an epic journey. Created by the talented Pierre Clenet, Alejandro Diaz, Romain Mazevet and Stéphane Paccolat, made in Supinfocom Arles during their last year in 2013. It took one year to create the film, and they used 3ds Max and Vray for rendering and Maya for animation. Compositing was done in after effects. Read More »

7/18/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: Erica Campbell- I Luh God



Erica Campbell caused a stir when she released her new song, I Luh God. Campbell switches up her look several times and praises with a group of friends. Her sister and the other half of Mary Mary, Tina Campbell, also makes a cameo. Upon its release, responses to Campbell’s new song varied with many questioning her decision to explore new territories in gospel music. Some have compared the song to previous releases by Kirk Franklin and God’s Property, which include “Stomp” featuring Salt of the female rap duo Salt-N-Pepa.
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7/17/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Lar Lubovitch- Duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two

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Duet from Concerto Six Twenty-Two is set to Concerto in A for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622 by  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Choreographer Lar Lubovitch premiered this work on his company, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, at the Municipal Theatre in Angers, France on December 12th 1985 on dancers Sylvain Lafortune and Edward Hillyer. The work was performed at the first Fire Island Dance Festival, which has become the annual summer fundraising centerpiece for Dancers Responding To AIDS.  Read More »

7/16/15 O&A Dance : The Bessie Awards Announce 2015 Nominees

 By Walter Rutledge


On Wednesday July 15 The New York Dance and Performance Awards (The Bessies), announced the nominees for the 2014−15 season at its annual press conference. For the second consecutive year the Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway hosted New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field. Two 2015 awards, Juried Bessie Award and Outstanding Emerging Choreographer were presented at the press conference.  Read More »

7/16/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Céline Dion- My Heart Will Go On

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My Heart Will Go On, also called the “Love Theme from Titanic”, is the main theme song to the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. The song became Celine Dion’s biggest hit, and one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world’s best-selling single of 1998. Due to the song’s widespread popularity it has become Dion’s signature song.  Read More »

7/9/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Marvin Gaye- What’s Going On

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Marvin Gaye approached Berry Gordy What’s Going On, Gordy took a profound dislike to the song, calling it “the worst thing I ever heard in my life”. Gaye responded by going on strike from recording anything else for the label unless Gordy relented. Gordy also felt the song was too political for a  radio hit and too unusual compared for popular music, or commercially successful. Read More »

7/7/15 O&A Art/Photography: ESPN 2015 Body Issue Covers Unveiled


ESPN unveiled the cover stars of ESPN The Magazine’s seventh annual Body Issue Monday. New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Olympian Heptathlete Chantae McMillan, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, 12-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin,Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper and Olympian Amanda Bingson are on the six different Body Issue covers. Read More »

7/6/15 O&A Hollywood Monday: Halle Berry- Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (excerpts)

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Introducing Dorothy Dandridge is the 1999 biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best Actress Nomination in 1954 for “Carmen Jones”, to her death from prescription drugs, which remains debated whether it was suicide or accidental. In 2000 production won five Emmy Awards including Outstanding Art Direction, Cinematography, Costumes, Hairstyling and Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie—Halle Berry.  Read More »

7/5/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: Jason Nelson – I Am


Bishop Jason Nelson pastors the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church in Randallstown, Maryland.  Nelson established his vocal status in 2005 with the release of his first solo project, “I Shall Live”. A gifted voice, and song writer, he composed Marvin Sapp’s title track to the platinum recording Thirsty. He has also received a Stellar Award for Praise and Worship CD of the year in 2013.  Read More »

O&A July 4th Tribute: Whitney Houston- Star Spangle Banner


Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl XXV rendition of the Star Spangle Banner in the annals of national anthems remains the standard. Her incredible voice and the bare minimum of extraneous notes came at a particularly patriotic time, just after the onset of the Persian Gulf War. Re-released as a single after the September 11th terrorist attacks, Houston donated all proceeds to charity. She ranks among the best of all-time because of the circumstances and … that voice..  Read More »

7/4/15 Its Saturday Anything Goes: Sam Cooke

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Samuel “Sam” Cooke  was a recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. Read More »

7/2/15 O&A Out and About at Mighty Real’s Viewing Party for TV One’s Unsung Revisited

By Walter Rutledge

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Mighty Real’s Viewing Party for TV One’s Unsung Revisited took place on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Cove Lounge (325 Lenox Ave. btw 126th and 127th).  Co-producers and life partners Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman were inspired to create Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical after seeing the Unsung documentary about disco diva/recording artist Sylvester on TV One in 2010. After Mighty Real’s successful Off-Broadway debut last Fall, the producers of Unsung reached out to Wayne and Bowman, and conducted interviews for a special episode on the creation of the musical.

The episode began airing on TV One Wednesday July 1 at 8pm and documents the journey from concept to stage. The production developed from a series of concerts at le poisson rouge in New York City in 2012. In 2013 the musical enjoyed sold out performances at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. and in Miami. Their efforts culminated in an Off-Broadway one-month limited engagement at Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 W. 46th Street) in September 2014. Mighty Realreturned to NYC for a sold-out one-night-only event at The Gramercy Theater on January 18, 2015, followed by performances at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco (February 11- March 1, 2015), the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia (April 2015), and returning to The Howard Theatre in D.C. for a special performance for Black Pride (May 2015).

The musical will play a special one-night-only performance in New York City at The  Gramercy Theatre (127 East 23rd Street) on Friday, July 31st at 8 PM (doors open at 7PM). Tickets are priced $79.50, $89.50, and $99.50 (limited VIP – priority seating, post-show Meet & Greet and photo with the cast) and are now on sale at TicketMaster by calling (800) 745- 3000, or online at ticketmaster.com or FabulousSylvester.com

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To see O&A Interview with Anthony Wayne and Kendrell Bowman Click Below:



To read O&A review of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical Click Below:





7/2/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Aretha Franklin- Chain Of Fools Live (1968)

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Chain of Fools is a song written by Don Covay. Aretha Franklin first released the song as a single in 1967 and it appeared on many of her albums. It reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, staying there for four weeks, and went to number two on the pop chart in January 1968. It won the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and later a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.  Read More »

6/29/15 O&A Dance: Souls Of Our Feet Dance Festival Continues Tonight

By Walter Rutledge

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The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center concludes their 2015 Souls Of Our Feet Dance Festival with two events Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30 at the Actors Fund Arts Center 160 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn, 7:30 pm. On Monday the third dance presentation will featured three New York based Hip Hop companies, Full Circle Souljah, Jendog/YalinDream and Special Ops/Flatbush Bullies. Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased online at wwwthelmahill.com and at the box office prior to the performance.

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Each group brings a different favor of this American art form that was born in urban NYC. Full Circle Souljahs, under the direction of Bronx native Rokafella, blends Hip-Hop with traditional dance styles and compositional forms to produce dances ranging from pure street dance to concert style urban dance narratives. Jendog/YalinDream are a music with a message duet that combines rap, spoken word and hip hop imagery. Special Ops/Flatbush Bullies mixes flexing, bone breaking, and break dance in a street battle format , this high-energy “in your face” style will make you want to bust a sag and pull your hoodie over your head. In Lieu of a formal post performance Q&A, each company director will provide brief statements detailing their organization’s mission and aesthetic philosophy.

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On Tuesday June 30 at 7pm the series will conclude with A Dancer’s Life, a conversation with dancer Loretta Abbott. Abbott, whose career spans over six decades. Abbott holds the distinction of dancing the Wade In The Water section of Alvin Ailey’s masterwork Revelations with Ailey himself (she was Ailey’s last partner). In addition to concert dance she was in the original Broadway cast of Purlie, Raisin and Liza With A Z. Abbott will discuss her career and artistry with Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center Artistic Advisor, and Out and About NYC Magazine Editor in Chief Walter Rutledge.


Abbott and Rutledge will open the evening with a duet entitled Sentimental Reasons. The work choreographed by Rutledge and commissioned by Dancers For A Variable Population 10027 Project is a tribute to the partnership of Abbott and the late Al Perryman. Named the Dynamic Duo they had special onstage chemistry, and impeccable comedic timing. This free event will include a closing night reception. For more information visit thelmahill@msn.com or call (718) 875- 9710. 










5/28/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: Vickie Winans



Vickie Winans’ solo album, Be Encouraged was released in 1987 and became a major gospel hit. The LP included a cover of Dottie Rambo’s, We Shall Behold Him. Be Encouraged netted a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, a Stellar Award for Album of the Year, and an Excellence Award for Best Female Contemporary Artist. Read More »

6/26/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Monotones II- Frederick Ashton

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In Monotones II Frederick Ashton distilled the exquisite tranquility of Erik Satie’s Trois Gymnopédies. Ashton displayed some of his most modernist choreography danced by the Royal Ballet. Monotones II was created first and given its premiere at the Royal Opera House on March 24, 1965 with Vyvyan Lorraine, Anthony Dowell, and Robert Mead. Satie’s delicate music, coupled with Ashton’s beautiful choreography, is wonderfully haunting.
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6/24/15 O&A REVIEW: Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn- An Artist Grows In Brooklyn

By Walter Rutledge


Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn presented a three-day performance series May 15th through 17th at Kumble Performance Center, LIU Downtown Brooklyn Campus. The event entitled, An Artist Grows In Brooklyn, marked the organization’s twentieth anniversary and featured present company members, returning alumnus, faculty and students from the school. The performance consisted of a series of eight vignettes, which encapsulated the company’s past, present and future legacy. Read More »

6/22/15 O&A Hollywood Monday- Celebrating LGBT Pride Month: The L.A. Complex

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The L.A. Complex follows the lives of twenty year olds living in the same apartment complex in L.A. trying to make it as actors, dancers, producers and comedians. The story centers around Kaldrick King (Andra Fuller) a successful but troubled and bad-tempered rapper. King, originally from Oakland, California, is attempting to make a comeback in the music world while dealing with the secret of being a closeted homosexual. Read More »

6/19/15 O&A Shall We Dance: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – Top Hat

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Top Hat was the most successful picture of Astaire and Rogers’ partnership (and Astaire’s second most successful picture after Easter Parade), achieving second place in worldwide box-office receipts for 1935. While some dance critics maintain that Swing Time contained a finer set of dances, Top Hat remains, to this day, the partnership’s best-known work. Read More »

6/18/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: In da Club- 50 Cent

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In da Club performed by rapper 50 Cent from his debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin (2003). The song was written by 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo and produced by Dr. Dre with co-production credit from Elizondo. The song’s music video won Best Rap Video and Best New Artist at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards.  In da Club has since sold over 2,000,000 copies.  Read More »

6/16/15 O&A With WaleStylez: Kayne West Ice Cream Week- O&A Style

By Adewale Adekanbi and Walter Rutledge


How could Nicholas Morgenstern ever top avocado-toast ice cream? In collaboration with First We Feast, he’s hosted a very special Kanye West Ice Cream Week.  Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream will sell special sundaes all inspired by what West’s fantasy ice-cream parlor might look like.


The offerings included Kim Kardashian Thirst Trap Sundae (sesame-caramel ice cream with Champagne-caramel sauce and whipped cream), All Day Vanilla Ice-Cream Cake (vanilla cake, vanilla ice cream), and, best of all, I Am a God Ice Cream Croissantwich: vanilla ice cream stuffed inside a custom-made Arcade Bakery  croissant.

For the fun of it lets imagine what Kayne West Ice Cream Week could look like without a reality check:


1. The Happy Host – Kayne himself will coop up his Yeezy frozen favorites:


2. The Kim K Double Scoop- A full double scoop of Ass Munch favored imitation chocolate ice cream (10 per cent milk, and 90 percent cellulite). Try sprinkling on some Ray J nuts for a salty bite. 


3. Kanye’s Drippy Cone- Comes with a shot of penicillin.


4. Kanye West Yeezy 2 Red October Sundae Overpriced and overrated, will put inches on your waist while slimming your wallet. 


5. The Kayne West Ice Cream Week Motto: Now go punch a photographer



6/16/15 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Robert De Niro New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ Commencement Speech



Robert De Niro gave a speech to the New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ commencement telling the students they would have a hard time finding jobs after graduation. Double Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro told NYU’s art school grads Friday congratulations and then quickly added, “You’re fucked.”  Read More »

6/13/15 O&A Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Sammy Davis Jr., Mr Wonderful

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Sammy Davis Jr., Mr Wonderful – A true all round entertainer made his debut on the stage at age three. He began recording in 1954 with Decca Records, and his albums went to number one in the United States. Sammy was also known for his impersonations of other celebrities. In this performance, the magic of Sammy Davis Jr. is captured with fifteen memorable songs which include What Kind Of Fool Am I, One For My Baby, One More For The Road and This Could Be The Start Of Something Big. Davis is also well remembered for being a member of the 1960s Rat Pack( with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin).  Read More »

Litefeet: Sound of the Subway’ Is a Documentary on New York’s Underground Music and Dance

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Litefeet is a rising music genre and style of dance that has become increasingly popular within the New York subway scene.  The genre is highlighted by 100-BPM tracks as well as an acrobatic take on old school b-boy moves and pop-locking. Due to the energetic nature of the music and the moves, police have begun cracking down on the scene, leaving artists sometimes struggling to cope. Read More »

5/9/15 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: You’ll Never Walk Alone- The Bluebelles




The Bluebelles, and later Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, the group found success with ballads in the doo-wop genre, most notably, Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song), You’ll Never Walk Alone and Over the Rainbow. The founding members were Patti LaBelle (formerly Patricia Holt), Sundray Tucker, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. Tucker left before the group cut their first record and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Read More »

6/8/15 O&A Song Of The Day: Good Feeling – Flo Rida


Good Feeling is a song by rapper Flo Rida from his fourth studio album, Wild Ones. It was released as the album’s lead single on August 29, 2011 in the United States. The song was written by Flo Rida, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Breyan Isaac, Arash Pournouri, Avicii, Etta James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods. It was also produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The song contains vocal samples from Etta James’s 1962 single Something’s Got a Hold on Me, which is why James, Leroy Kirkland, and Pearl Woods received writing credits. Read More »

5/6/15 O&A Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Lena Horne – The Lady and Her Music (1982)

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Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music the 1981 Broadway musical revue, written for and starring American singer and actress Lena Horne. The show opened on May 12, 1981, and after 333 performances, closed on June 30, 1982, Horne’s 65th birthday. In 1981 Horne also won a special Tony Award at the 35th Tony Awards, a special award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and the City of New York’s Handel Medallion. At the 24th Grammy Awards, Quincy Jones and Horne won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and Horne won the Grammy for Best Vocal Performance, Female. Read More »

6/5/15 O&A Shall We Dance- A Tribute To Dudley Williams: A Song For You (1986)

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In 1972, Alvin Ailey created the elegiac solo Love Songs for dancer Dudley Williams. The  sixteen minute solo, composed in three sections includes A Song for You by Donny Hathaway; Poppies by Nina Simone; and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother by Donny Hathaway. Many  thought of the work as the male equivalent of the female solo Cry (1971). Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Labelle- Lady Marmalade (1975) Plus Encore Performance

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Patti Labelle and the Bluebells changed their name and their musical style and reinvented themselves as Labelle in 1971. The group is remembered as a trio featuring Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, but originally the group also included Cindy Birdsong.  Their funk rock recordings of that period were cult favorites and gained notoriety for their brash interpretation of rock and roll and for dealing with subject matter that was not touched by black groups. Read More »

6/3/15 O&A: A Conversation With Dudley Williams- Three Black Kings and more (2011)


Three Black Kings was the last dance and music collaboration between choreographer Alvin Ailey and composer/musician Duke Ellington. The work premiered during the 1976 Ailey season with a cast that included Elbert Watson as King Balthazar, Clive Thompson as King Solomon and Dudley Williams as Martin Luther King Jr. King was a close friend of Ellington and his widow Coretta Scott King attended the première. In this 2011 interview Dudley discusses his role and Ailey’s choreographic process. Read More »

6/2/15 O&A NYC Magazine: Dance Legend Dudley Williams Has Passed


The dance world mourns the loss of its Lyric Prince; Dudley Williams has passed. The details are still unfolding; but more important than the circumstances surrounding his death, is how he inspired everyone who ever met him through his giving, humble spirit. Over the last twelve years Dudley became a colleague, friend, and confidante. We shared an appreciation for many things, two that were always paramount: dance that could reach beyond the footlights and touched your soul, and a very dry martini. Read More »

O&A Hollywood Monday Celebrating LGBT Month: Love is All You Need? (Imagine A World Where Being “Gay” The Norm & Being “Straight” Would Be The Minority!- Short Film)

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Love is All You Need?- imagine a world where being gay was the norm. Where children are born and raised in a society that sends the message that being straight is disgusting and a sin. Ashley Curtis, a girl born to two mothers discovers her opposite-sex attraction as a girl and constantly hears from everyone her parents, religious leaders and school officials  that she cannot love a boy. Read More »

5/30/15 O&A Its Saturday – Anything Goes: Nina Simone- The Legend

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Nina Simone,  singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist, the High Priestess Of Soul was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; 21 February 1933, Tryon, North Carolina. Her musical style arose from a fusion of Gospel and Pop songs with Classical Music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration and father of all modern music, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive Jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto.


 Nina Simone, candid interview from the legendary Singer plus concert footage.

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5/28/2015 Shall We Dance Friday: NextLevel Squad

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Next Level Squad, a Brooklyn-based group of élite dancers who specialize in Bone Breaking.  The dance style has roots, as a technique, in flexing; but in recent years it has flourished as its own distinct dance form. Next Level Squad has not only brought Bone Breaking to the attention of the urban public, it has gained an international following. Another art-form “Made In America”. Read More »

5/28/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Minnie Riperton

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Minnie Riperton, singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single Lovin’ You.  She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis, but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.  She received the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award in 1978, which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter.  She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in 1979. They had two children: music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph. She died at age 31 on July 12, 1979. Read More »

5/27/15 O&A Dance:City College Center for the Arts honors Carmen de Lavallade

By Walter Rutledge 


City College Center for the Arts hosted their Inaugural Awards Benefit celebrating The Arts and Artists on May 4th at Aaron Davis Hall. Maurice DuBois, CBS 2 Anchor served as Master of Ceremonies and Terrance McKnight, WQXR Evening Host, presented the Awards to Carmen de Lavallade for Lifetime Achievement in Dance, Gina Prince-Bythewood for Artistic Achievement in Film, Arturo O’Farrill for Artistic Achievement in Music, and Alexa Ray Joel with the Inspiration to Youth Award. The evening included a Celebration Concert by three- time Grammy winning artist Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. “Uptown chic” post-concert dinner with dancing brought to evening to a fitting celebratory conclusion.

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Over 300 guests began the evening with pre-concert cocktails. Performances by Batoto Yetu and Sho-Off Dance opened the ceremony in the Marian Anderson Theater, which included a compelling performance by City College student Darilyn Castillo. Dinner with dancing by DJ Ray of Jarrell Entertainment in Theater B followed the performance. The City College of New York President Dr. Lisa S. Coico,  Vice President Karen Witherspoon were the Honorary Chairs for the event, with Alicia Bythewood and Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley as Chairmen.

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5/26/15 O&A Dance: New Dance Documentary PS DANCE! Premiering on Tri-State Public Television

By Walter Rutledge

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PS Dance!, an inspiring documentary showcasing the profound effects of dance education in NYC public schools, will air on tri-state public television station NJTV on May 26 at 10:00 p.m. The television program has already aired May 15 on WNET (THIRTEEN), and May 17 on WLIW21. The full film will also be available for online streaming at THIRTEEN.org/specials. Read More »

Hollywood Monday: Vin Diesel- Multi-Facial (1995)

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Multi-Facial is a 1995 short film directed, written, produced, scored by and starring the 22 year old Vin Diesel. The story depicts the professional and emotional issues faced by Mike (Diesel), a multiracial (Italian and African American) actor. The twenty-minute film is semi-autobiographical, drawing on Vin Diesel’s own frustration trying to find work as an actor of mixed ethnicity. The film was noticed by director Steven Spielberg, who would cast Diesel in Saving Private Ryan (1998). 


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In the early 1990s, Diesel returned from Los Angeles to New York, frustrated with his failures in Hollywood. Diesel’s mother gave him a copy of Feature Films at Used Car Prices, a book about producing low-budget movies. Diesel said that he found the book “truly empowering,” and it motivated him to make his own movies and wrote the script for Multi-Facial in five days. He produced and directed the film, shooting it over the course of three days for three thousand dollars.


Vin Diesel also wrote and performed music for the film. However, Diesel became disillusioned by the response to the film and stopped work on it. With encouragement from his stepfather, Diesel finished the final edit and screened the film at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. He received a strong response, and the film was accepted for the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The film was screened to standing-room only crowds.

The closing audition scene in the film is unexpectedly emotional, and effortlessly, it organically concludes the themes built up throughout the film. A great showcase for Diesel, the film works amazingly well cinematically, making it one of the great short films on acting ever made. 



5/24/15 O&A Gospel Sunday: Kim Burrell



Kimberly Burrell calls her musical style jazz gospel. Though she is comparatively new to the gospel music industry, having only performed since 1989, she has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the genre, often called “this generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.” In 2010, she founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church, where she serves as Senior Eldress/Overseer-Bishop. Read More »

5/23/15 Its Saturday- Anything Goes: London Broil – An Ideal Addition To Memorial Day Grilling


It’s finally here! Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of the summer season. And it is also the start of the outdoor grilling season. Grilling just doesn’t need to be confined to chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, London Broil is an ideal addition to your barbeque menu.

What exactly is a London Broil? A London Broil can be defined two ways- one: is a cooking method; two: a specific cut of meat. London Broil is a flank steak or top round steak dish that, when cooked correctly, is filling, flavorful, and nutritious. Though the London Broil can be cooked in several different ways, marinating and slow-grilling the steak is an easy way to give it a great texture and flavor. Here are a few suggestions to grilling a London Broil.

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1. Buy good-quality steak.
There’s no way around it: if you use high-quality meat, it’s much easier to get a good-tasting result than if you use mediocre meat. While good chefs can make a tasty London Broil from a cheap piece of meat, this can be challenging, so opt for a high-grade piece of beef whenever you can. If you’re unsure of which cuts of flank steak are the best, talk to your local butcher.

In the U.S., the United States Department of Agriculture grades most beef as “Select”, “Choice”, or “Prime” (in order of increasing quality). “Prime” cuts are generally the most flavorful and well-marbled, so you’ll want to spring for these if they’re available.

Note that some butchers may label a cut of meat called top round steak as London Broil, rather than flank steak.


2. Tenderize your Steak.
Flank steak sometimes has an unfair reputation as a tough, chewy, and flavorless cut of meat. However, this is only true if the meat is poorly-prepared. There are a number of ways to make flank steak tender before you even begin to cook it. The easiest way is to hit it with a tenderizing mallet on a clean cutting board. This breaks up the meat’s tough muscle fibers, giving it a softer texture.

Don’t use powdered meat tenderizers or tenderizing compounds containing extracts from papaya or pineapple fruits. These are tricky to use correctly and can sometimes tenderize the meat unevenly, giving it a mushy exterior and a tough interior.


3. Marinate your Steak.
Banging your flank steak with a hammer isn’t the only way to make it tender. Flank steaks can benefit greatly by soaking them in a marinade before cooking — doing this not only gives the meat a chance to absorb the marinade’s flavor, but also tenderizes it slightly (though this isn’t true 100% of the time).

To help the flank steak absorb its marinade, score your meat before marinating it. Use a sharp knife to make a few X-shaped cuts on the surface of the meat about a half-inch or so deep before applying the marinade. Put the steak in an airtight plastic bag, pour the liquid marinade ingredients over it to cover it and seal the bag. Leave it in the fridge for at least a few hours turning the bag over 2 times.. Usually, about half a day of marinating will allow the meat to absorb as much flavor as possible. 

Tequila Jalapeño Marinade

1 cup tequila

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

1 cup teriyaki sauce

1 clove garlic

1/4 sesame oil

1/4 sauce Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


4. Heat your grill.
When your meat has marinaded a sufficient length of time, remove it from the refrigerator and let it start to warm to room temperature. While you wait, start your grill.  First brush the grill with a light coating of Olive Oil, let it reach a medium heat before you start to cook your meat — you want the grill hot enough to give the meat an initial “searing”, but not so hot that it dries out your meat during cooking.

For optimal tenderness, you want to use long, slow cooking after the initial sear. On a gas grill, this is easy — simply set one burner to “medium” and one to “low”. On a charcoal grill, this is a little trickier — you want to make a large pile of charcoals on one side of the grill and a small one on the other side.

For charcoal grills, don’t forget that the charcoals aren’t ready to cook when they’re flaming, but rather, when they’re ashed-over and exuding an orange glow.


5/22/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux – Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux with Patricia McBride and Mikhail Baryshnikov was recorded in 1979. George Balanchine acquired the rights to the music in 1953 and he used it to devise a party piece for a principal couple, amending the choreography each time to suit each pair of dancers. You have to admire Patricia McBride’s diamond-edged footwork including entrechats skimmed millimetres from the floor, or wonder how Baryshnikov’s twelfth consecutive double cabriole can look as easy and elegant as the first.  Read More »

5/21/15 O&A REVIEW: Newsteps –a choreographers series  

By Walter Rutledge


The 2015 spring Newsteps held its biannual concert May 7th through May 9th at the Chen Dance Center. The series showcased five choreographers for three performances. Choreographers Jonathan Breton, Hannah Cohen, Bree Nasby, Janice Rosario, and Ashley Carter & Vanessa Martinez de Banos were selected through an open audition format. Each choreographer receive feedback from the panelists, a rehearsal space grant, an honorarium, and one on one mentoring with an adviser, which culminated in three public performances.

Hannah Cohen presented a duet entitled Genesis. The work opened with performers Brianna Dixon and Ricky Wenthen intertwined in a sculpted posed. The duet developed the opening tableau into a series of shared weight balanced movement. Cohen’s use of symmetry became a successful device, which enhanced the overall choreographic design.

It girl choreographed and performed by Bree Nasby begin facing upstagewith an isolated movements. Set to an electronic score by Rex the Dog the work quickly turned the isolations into simulated robotic movement phrases. The introduction of a less controlled middle section became the work saving grace. The undulating declaration subtly reverted back to the opening theme to conclude the work.

Janice Rosario presented Unlea(she)d, a cleanly crafted quartet. Performed by Kara Kaplan, Sofia Kezevadze, Deanne Martinez and Rosario, the work had a lyric quality that was occasionally punctuated with bursts of staccato passages. Rosario’s use of theme and development, canon against unison, level and symmetry/asymmetry helped to create a good architectural work with strong design elements.

Jonathan Breton designed his solo work Memories in two sections. The opening section had an abstract narrative feeling, the story of unrequited moved through a blend of ballet, modern and gestural movement. Breton performed with technical confidence and a free unencumbered port de bra. The work ended with Breton retrograding the choreography, performing the movement in reverse to end in the opening pose.

During the transition a shirt left in a center spotlight anchored the sections. The lights dimmed and Breton reappeared bare-chested sequestered in an expansive orange skirt-like drape. A sense of emotional resolve and introspection, echoed through the contrast in the movement, which was all performed without standing.

The program ended with Rights & Rites choreographed by Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez de Banos. Dancers Jaclyn Birkner, Jen Chiang, KP, Sofia Sereno, Mikki Shoji and Katie Sloan performed the physical choreography with the proper attack. The choreography relied heavily on unison, which as the central choreographic device has its pros and cons.

Unison provides a power from the en mass movement, but it also requires precision and structural disciple to create climaxes and anti-climaxes throughout the work. Without a strong structure the work will become “one-note” and will not have that rollercoaster effect needed for sustained unison. In this case the work would have benefited from more structural diversity.

Newsteps continues the tradition of nurturing emerging choreographers with an emphasis on process. The series holds auditions twice the next scheduled for October 7, 2015. Choreographers interested in applying contact Chen Dance Center at (212) 349-0438.

5/21/15 Throwback Thursday: Lisa Fischer- How Can I Ease the Pain

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How Can I Ease the Pain is a song by Lisa Fischer, from her album So Intense. In 1992 the single won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female and it also won a 1992 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The hit song spent two weeks at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and is Fischer’s biggest and most well-known hit. Read More »

5/19/15 O&A Dance: In Black and White (Excerpt from Brothers) Commemorating the Birthday of Malcolm X


In Black and White is an excerpt from Brothers a work about the relationships between men. This section deals with the civil right movement as seen through by Malcolm X. Performed by Hassan Blandford and Christopher Fishburn choreography by Walter Rutledge. Other sections explore the relationship between a Grandfather/Grandson and Jesus Christ and Simon of Cyrene. O&A NYC posts In Black and White to commemorate the Birthday of Malcolm X. 

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5/19/15 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Louise L. Hay- Your Thoughts Create Your Future

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Louise L. Hay is a bestselling author, speaker and inspirational teacher whose healing techniques, affirmations and positive thinking have inspired millions worldwide. She is the founder of Hay House Publishers. “What are affirmations and how can I use them?” An affirmation is any statement that we make—whether positive or negative. If affirmations are used consistently, they become beliefs and will always produce results, sometimes in ways that we cannot even imagine”. Read More »

5/18/15 O&A Review: The Reinvention of the Martha Graham Dance Company- Part One: Lamentation Variations

By Walter Rutledge


The Martha Graham Dance Company is demonstrating how America’s oldest continuous modern dance company remains cutting edge. Under the direction of Artistic Director Janet Eilber the company has put into play new initiatives to attract a wider and more diverse dance following. Restaging abbreviated versions of Graham classic such as Clymenestra, seasons based around a central theme, and commissioning new works, including the Lamentation Variations have been part of the Graham Company’s 21st century reinvention. Read More »

5/15/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: 5 Incredible Argentine Tango Performances

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Lots can be said about performance tango but I am a lot more of a milonga kind-of-guy. Milongas are social dance parties at the dance halls that are less formal, less rigid, and much more nuanced by the small dance floors and relationships that form. Milongas are a place to find “under the radar” performance gems. Here are my top 5 picks of the best Argentine Tango performances at milongas in 2014 (new rankings based on viewers’ choice):

1. Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda Performing at Dance Manhattan (NYC)

2. Ismael Ludman & Maria Mondino at Timisoara Tango Story (Timisoara, Romania)

3. Michael Nadtochi & Eleanora Kalganova at Prischepov Milonga (Russia,Moscow)

4. Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne – The Great Milonga at Goldcoast Ballroom (Coconut Creek, FL)

5. Claudio Gonzalez & Melina Brufman – Milonga Apertura at Rosario Tango Festival (Rosario, Argentina)

Written by Vlad Shifrin for Danceus.org



5/15/15 O&A With Walestylez- Fashion/Sportswear: Air Jordan Hare 7 Release Saturday May 16, 2015

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.



Air Jordan‘s 23rd anniversary is reintroducing one of the most famous colorways in the Jordan Brand archives with the Air Jordan Hare. The release date is May 16th, 2015. Prior to the Space Jam film, Air Jordan Hare was Jordan’s seventh signature shoe. It was the first collaboration with the Warner Brother Studio’s infamous Bugs Bunny, who helped sell the shoe across numerous ad platforms. A subtle white and grey base allow for the vibrant splashes of color on the neoprene mesh tongue to stand out. Rumor has it that the array of green and orange was created to honor Bugs’ carrot addiction while a more traditional Chicago ‘True Red’ stands out on the outsole and Jumpman branding. The White/True Red-Light Silver-Tourmaline Air Jordan 7 Retro Hare is priced at $190.

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5/14/15 O&A Throwback Thursday: Rick James- Super Freak and Give It to Me Baby

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Rick James was influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. 1981′s Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to the hit singles, Give It to Me Baby and Super Freak, the latter song becoming his signature song for the rest of his life, and the basis of MC Hammer’s biggest hit, U Can’t Touch This.


His biggest crossover hit, Super Freak, which peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and sold over a million copies. 

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5/12/15 O&A Dance: Jamel Gaines – Unsung Hero

By Walter Rutledge


When you check the resumes of performing artists, so many did not begin their training in large renowned institutions. They usually begin at a smaller local school in their hometown or neighborhood. In these nurturing environments teachers taught more than dance.

Often these unsung heroes wore many pairs of dance shoes. They were chauffeurs, loan officers, guidance counselors, math tutors, disciplinarians, landlords and surrogate parents. They provided free classes, that they called scholarship, without the luxury of corporate sponsorships to offset the expense. But for the most part they provided a safe haven, and a solid foundation; not just in dance but in life.  

Whether it was a converted storefront, a church basement, school gymnasium, or after school program, you couldn’t wait to get there because even after a hundred failed attempts eventually you knew you would the words “Yes that’s it” usually followed “Now do it again”. It was that teacher, that hero, who first saw that spark in your eyes, and helped you turn it into the raging fire in your soul. Every dancer has an Aunt Joan, a Madame Cugjet or Nikita Talin whose dedication, conviction and love helped mold their artistry. And even now their voices and wisdom still resounds from deep within. Jamel Gaines is one of these heroes.

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For twenty years Gaines has given his time, talent and personal resources to develop young people into performing artists and contributing members of society. His tireless energy and ability to show young people how “To be the best you can be” has not diminished. On any given Saturday Gaines conducts his school at Junior High School 113, 300 Adelphi Street in Brooklyn.

The school is a model of the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child”. Parents volunteers escort children to and from classes. They also operate a lunch concession where children and parent can purchase a hot meal with leaving to building. School alumni teach classes, and the company, Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, consists of budding talent developed at the school and returning former students who are either between professional gigs or on hiatus.


On May 15 Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn will celebrate the 20th anniversary with a three-day season at Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, One University Plaza, Brooklyn. The performance May 15, 16 and 17 will showcase works from the company’s repertoire including the world premiere of Bitter Sweet, set to the music of Roberta Flack, commissioned by 651 ARTS. For more information and tickets call or visit the Kumble box office at (718) 488 – 1624 or online at creativeoutlet.org.

5/13/15 O&A Wildin Out Wednesday: Mulignans

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Brooklyn favorite and budding dramedy maven Shaka King got invited to Park City, Utah’s 2015 Sundance Film Festival with his unruffled humor layered in gutsy slurs. Mulignans borrows from the world of New York gangster flicks to confront unequal portrayals in Hollywood. Director King portrays social roles and race through the comic lens in a shocking, but funny race reversal. Read More »

5/9/15 O&A It’s Saturday- Anything Goes: Mother’s Day Brunch

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Happy Mother’s Day! It Moms day so why not treat her to brunch? There are great places throughout New York City to share this special day with the special lady in your life. O&A NYC Magazine highlights four restaurants, that exemplify the diversity of  our great city.


5 and Diamond, 2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (112-113th), is an quaint uptown eatery. The brunch menu has quite a few options including classics like French Toast, Harlem inspired Pancakes with Fried Chicken and Maple Syrup, and Low Country South Carolina Shrimp and Grits. There is an unlimited brunch cocktail option with any entree for an additional $16. For Brunch reservations, call or text Malandra at 917 514 6962



Char No. 4, 196 Smith Street, Brooklyn, is located in a 19th century row house in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. Southern dishes and hospitality are the norm serving biscuits Benedict with smoked ham and sausage gravy, buttermilk pancakes with apples, and BBQ brisket hash to early (and not-so-early) risers. Whiskey is the house specialty, so make sure to try the chipotle-bourbon Bloody Mary or the whiskey milk fizz (Jack Daniel’s, cream, mample syrup, Amaretto and nutmeg). Brunch is served from 10am – 4pm for reservations call (718) 643-2106. 

Char No. 4 Brunch Menu

Blueberry Pancakes Maple Butter /13
Biscuits Benedict Smoked Ham, Poached Eggs & Mornay Sauce / 14
Mushroom, Kale & Cheddar Fritatta Crispy Fingerling Potatoes & Green Salad / 15
Pulled Pork & Cheese Grits Braised Collard Greens & Poached Eggs / 16
Poached Eggs Bacon-Cheddar Grits / 10
Pulled Pork Sandwich Kale Slaw, Jalepeño Mayo & Barbecue Chips / 14
Butter Lettuce Salad Sunflower Seeds, Sheep’s Milk Cheese & Sherry Vinagrette / 10
Smoked Ham, Egg & Cheese Sandwich Pickled Onions, Garlic Mayo & Crispy Potatoes / 14

Two Eggs Sunny Side Up
Crispy Potatoes, Pork Sausage & a Buttermilk Biscuit
includes coffee & a glass of orange juice / 16

Thick Cut Bacon /5
Buttermilk Biscuit Maple Butter / 4
Pork Sausage / 5
Crispy Potatoes / 6
Cheese Grits / 5

Chipotle Bourbon Bloody Mary / 8
Mimosa /7
Hound Dog / 10
Grapefruit juice, lime, mint, honey, bourbon
Louisville Sunset / 10
Pineapple juice, cranberry, lime, bourbon
Whiskey Milk Fizz / 10
Jack Daniel’s, almond, nutmeg

The Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Queens, is a chill dining experience filled with burritos, tacos and fantastic huevos rancheros, visit this Long Island City restaurant and comedy theater, which houses two stages and a separate dining area. At each table you’ll get unlimited tortilla chips and homemade salsa. Check out the patio or the downstairs bar and performance space, which hosts a variety of acts. The kitchen serves all kinds of savory Tex-Mex standbys, but for a twist, try the “yoga” burrito (avocado and fresh goat cheese) or the seafood burrito (fried shrimp or fish with wasabi sauce).

The Creek and the Cave Brunch Menu

A delicious stack of scrambled eggs, melted cheese, black beans, and guacamole, served on crispy corn tortilla with sour cream and your choice of salsa verde or chipotle

Two eggs sunny side up with grilled skirt steak served with tortillas soaked in salsa verde with a drizzle of sour cream

Eggs, homemade pico de gallo, with cheese and sour cream wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla with your choice of grilled skirt steak or chorizo sausage.

Two scrambled eggs, threes slices of crisp bacon & home fries.

(WEEKENDS ONLY) Two large, flaky biscuits smothered in a down home sawmill gravy with Chorizo made right here at The Creek.


Peacock Alley at the Waldorf Astoria offer a Sunday Brunch that is truly a dedicant treat. Located in the lobby area (near the famous clock) of the Waldorf Astoria you will find one of the most sumptuous brunches in all of New York City. Sunday brunch at Peacock Alley is legendary offering diners an array of choices from lobster and caviar to mimosas and champagne; and, of course, breakfast favorites such as Eggs Benedict are also available. 

The Brunch at Peacock Alley

The Brunch is $98 per adult, $65 per child (ages 5-12), plus taxes and gratuity, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm (final seating). Reservations are strongly recommended especially during peak times such as Thanksgiving weekend and Mother’s Day. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.com: http://www.opentable.com/peacock-alley or by calling (212) 872-4895. Jackets are requested for gentlemen but, not required.


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O&A NYC Magazine

Wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day

 Bon Appétit 

5/8/15 O&A Music: Kenya- “Music = Air”…Without It, She Simply Doesn’t Breathe


Vocalist/Songwriter Kenya delivers smooth soulful vocals. Her jazz influence creates music that embodies a contemporary groove and has charted on the US R&B Billboard Chart as well as the Top 10 UK Soul Chart and other European radio charts. Inspired by American singer/songwriters such as Stevie Wonder & Lalah Hathaway and international groups like Incognito & Brand New Heavies, Kenya admits that “Music = air”…without it, she simply doesn’t breathe. Read More »