11/25/15 O&A NYC Thanksgiving Bonus: Everything You Know About Thanksgiving is WRONG


Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but the whole story we’re taught in school about Pilgrims and Native Americans is basically, just WRONG. Everything from the Native Americans and Pilgrims being best friends, to the outfits the Pilgrims actually wore, down to even the eating Turkey is based on loose half-truths and propaganda. So join Franchesca as she serves up some Thruthsgiving!

Everything You Know About Thanksgiving is WRONG

O&A NYC wish you a Happy Thanksgiving

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11/25/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: Hologram Foamposites Release Today

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.


This pair definitely ranks high on our list of Black Friday Must-Have Sneakers, and it isn’t too hard to see why with the iridescent upper full of a rainbow array of metallic hues once light hits at the perfect ankle. The early 2000s basketball model has yet to cool off in 2015 as Nike Sportswear continues to revitalize the iconic silhouette in new and exciting ways. Here the traditional combination of a black lining, tongue, and laces matches that icy translucent outsole to keep your focus tuned in on the molded Posite upper throughout. Sure, the Aqua 8s are a top priority for mostly everyone setting out to grab a new pair of sneakers this week, but this Foamposite  might make you reconsider your priorities. The Hologram Foams will drop today, November 25th for $230.

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11/22/15 O&A NYC Gospel Sunday: Tamia- Tomorrow



Tamia Marilyn Hill known professionally as Tamia, is a Canadian born singer-songwriter. Tomorrow written by Carvin Lawrence Winans and Deborah Kerr Winans and appears on her third studio album More (2004).  It was originally scheduled (and titled Still) for a 2003 release but was later delayed due to Tamia’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Tamia peformed to the song a few years earlier and performed it in 2001 on the BET. Read More »

11/20/15 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Adele- When We Were Young (Live at The Church Studios)


Adele just released a live video for When We Were Young, the second single off her upcoming album 25. Recorded at The Church Studios in London, Adele’s poignant performance is a candid one in which she, once again, reminisces about lost time, reciting lyrics like “Oh, I’m so mad I’m getting old—it makes me reckless. It was just like a movie. It was just like a song when we were young.” It’s another gripping display of sorrow that tugs at the heartstrings. Adele’s new album, 25, is due out today, November 20. Read More »

11/20/15 O&A NYC Dance: A Conversation With Sylvia Waters- Artistic Director Emerita Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

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Ailey II Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters has shaped the lives and careers of countless young artists. During her 38 year tenure the Alvin Ailey Repertory  Ensemble grew into a world respected Ailey II- a dance company, choreographic laboratory and “dancing boot camp”. In 2012, shortly before her departure, we had an opportunity to talk with her about her career as a dancer, teacher and director.

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11/19/15 O&A NYC ART: A Video Preview Of The Herb Ritts Supermodel Photography Exhibition

By Walter Rutledge


In the spring of 2014 The Edwynn Houk Gallery,745 Fifth Avenue, presented an exhibition of rare, vintage photographs by celebrated American photographer Herb Ritts. The exhibition focused exclusively on the five models in his iconic work, Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989. O&A NYC shares images from the exhibition that capture the supermodel era of the 80′s and early 90′s. Read More »

11/18/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey – When You Believe

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When You Believe is a song from the 1998 DreamWorks musical animated feature The Prince of Egypt. It was written and composed by Stephen Schwartz. A pop single version of “When You Believe”, with additional music and lyrics by writer-producer Babyface, was also recorded for the film by American singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for the film’s end credits and its soundtrack album.   Read More »

11/18/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: Pharell Brings Billionaire Boys Club And Adidas Together With Upcoming Collaboration

By Adewale Adekanbi

Pharell‘s signature style became iconic and went on to influence an entirely new generation of artists/designers. Artists like Tyler, The Creator have gone on to create bold collaborations that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the N.E.R.D. frontman’s iconic diamonds and dollars print paired with high socks and a trucker hat, but there was a time when Billionaire Boy Club was in jeopardy of having a future at all.

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Jay-Z would step in to purchase the streetwear brand to keep it alive in a more accessible form, and now the imprint has come full circle to collaborate with the ubiquitous Adidas Stan Smith. The diamonds and dollars graphic returns here, but in its most premium form as a pony hair upper sees a leather lining add a luxurious finish to the streetwear savvy icon.

11/18/15 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Nelly- Country Grammar (Hot Shit)


Country Grammar (Hot Shit) the album’s first single from Nelly debut album (of the same name) premiered on February 29, 2000. The song written by Nelly and Jason “Jay E” Epperson, and produced by the latter is based off the children clapping game Down Down BabyCountry Grammar‍‍ ’​‍s success cemented Nelly’s position as one of the most successful hip hop acts of the emerging decade.  Read More »

11/17/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: fragment design and Stussy Release 35th Anniversary Collection

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.


Hiroshi Fujiwara sent street wear enthusiasts into a frenzy when he posted a first look at the fragment design and Stussy collaboration on his Instagram a little over a week ago. Now the two brands have unveiled the full collection, which is arguably the most hyped of Stussy’s 35th anniversary releases.

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Highlighted by a trio of MA-1 MOD jackets, matching Boonie hats emblazoned with the iconic “Double S,” and thunderbolt logo comprise the military-inspired portion of the collaborative release, while a number of co-branded zip-up hoodies, pullover hoodies, crewnecks and tees are offered up in monochromatic color schemes. As was seen in Mr. Fujiwara’s Instagram post, understated oxford shirts with contrasting branding along the lower portion and a tee featuring Stussy’s iconic “Tom Tom” print finish off the collection. 


11/16/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: Spike Lee’s Gold Air Jordan 6 “Oscars Edition”

 By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.


When it come to Air Jordan sneaker Spike Lee’s gotta have it. Now Spike can sits court side at the next Knick’s home game game wearing his own Jordan model the “Oscar Edition”. Recently he showed off a pair of gold Air Jordan 6 with a translucent tongue and outsole on his Instagram, stating that these were a gift directly from the brand in celebration of his honorary Oscar. Read More »

11/13/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: Nike LeBron 13 “Friday The 13th” Release Today!

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.


For Nike Friday the 13th is good luck due to the release of the new Lebron 13. Dubbed the “Friday The 13th” edition, the Nike LeBron 13 come in a white, black and university red color way; and feature a white-based upper with black and red accents along with a blood spatter-like design on the midsole. This is a limited release, so follow the lines of sneaker diehards (sneaker heads) to a select Nike stores near you. 


11/13/15 O&A NYC Shall We Dance Friday: Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams

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Missy Elliott has returned in spectacularly weird style in the vibrant, clever video for “WTF (Where They From),” her new single with Pharrell. The clip opens with a handful of New Yorkers already singing along to “WTF” and goes on to feature the rapper and a rotating cast of dancers working locations around the city. Though the concept is simple, the execution is far from it. Read More »

Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams

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Missy Elliott has returned in spectacularly weird style in the vibrant, clever video for “WTF (Where They From),” her new single with Pharrell. The clip opens with a handful of New Yorkers already singing along to “WTF” and goes on to feature the rapper and a rotating cast of dancers working locations around the city. Though the concept is simple, the execution is far from it. Read More »

11/12/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez Fashion: The “North Face Force Of Nature” Collection Exclusively For Barneys

By Adewale Adekanbi


The North Face just released an exclusive collection for Barneys, taking its mountaineering gear expertise and applying it to garments for the urban explorer. The North Face-wearing Barneys man roams the city and styles his down parkas with the likes of Comme des Garcons, Craig Green, Margiela and ACNE.

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11/10/15 O&A NYC Inspirational Tuesday: Sidney Poitier



In 1964 Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Three years later in 1967, Poitier starred in three successful films, all of which dealt with issues involving race and race relations: To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, making him the top box-office star of the year.


Anne Bancroft presents Sidney Poitier the Oscar for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field at the 36th Academy Awards. Hosted by Jack Lemmon.

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Denzel Washington presents an Honorary Oscar for his body of work to Sidney Poitier at the 74th Annual Academy Awards.  

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This is the final scene in the film directed by Ralph Nelson. It’s the scene where Homer Smith, played by Sidney Poitier leaves Mother Maria, played by Lilia Skala after building them a chapel. After taking one last look at the chapel he built, Smith, knowing that his work is done, slips into his car and drives quietly off into the night.

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11/9/15 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Leon Bridges – Coming Home


Coming Home is the debut studio album by soul singer and Fort Worth, Texas native Leon Bridges. Bridges has returned to the style that brought soul music to the forefront of world music in 1960′s. Released on June 23, 2015, under Columbia Records, the album was written by Todd Bridges, Austin Michael Jenkins, Joshua Block, Chris Vivion and produced by Niles City Sound. Coming Home released as the lead single from the album on February 2015. Read More »

11/9/15 O&A NYC Hollywood Monday: In the Heat of the Night

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In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 dramatic mystery film directed by Norman Jewison starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, and Warren Oates. The movie is based on the 1965 John Ball novel of the same name, which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs (Poitier). Tibbs is a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. Read More »

11/7/15 O&A NYC EXTRA Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Rodarte Fall Winter 2015/2016 Full Fashion Show

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Rodarte Fall Winter 2015/2016 inspiration according to designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy was birds. Migrating birds, to be specific. Birds migrating from city to country, to be more so. But he most obvious influence this season was all about disco! Yes disco! There were multicolor sequin stripes; one-shoulder dresses; a crystal mesh material that read as a kind of magic lamé; and that Bob Mackie-style, heavy-duty figurative bead embroidery that’s done a long-term penance in the thrift shop bins. (Now it’s back, apparently.) 


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11/7/15 O&A NYC Its Saturday- Anything Goes: Balmain Menswear Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Show

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Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing left a letter on the seats that expressed his thought process for this collection. “One of the most fascinating things about designing is the – for lack of a better word – “therapeutic value” of what we create. Clothing changes self-perceptions – after all, isn’t that the whole point of this industry?” The collection stood at a cross-roads of cultural influences and the desert exploration embodied a metaphor for creation. Read More »

11/6/15 O&A NYC Shall We Dance Friday: Le Jeune Homme et la Mort- Rudolf Nureyev or Mikhail Baryshnikov? You decide


Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (1946) choreography by Roland Petit, set to Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582, with a one-act libretto by Jean Cocteau. The story of a young man driven to suicide by his faithless lover. Two of the most memorable interrupters of the male role (both stage and film) have been Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  Read More »

11/5/15 O&A NYC Wildin Out Wednesday (On Thursday): Obama Does Thriller

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Our Editor In Chief must have been shuffled between time zones, because somehow Throwback Thursday went out yesterday (Technically it was Thursday in China). In order to make things right today is Wildin Out Wednesday On Thursday. For those of you who haven’t put away your Halloween costume, or are still eat candy corn here is Obama Does Thriller. Read More »

11/4/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez Fashion: Balmain and H&M Collection Launches Tomorrow

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

Get ready for the launch of another H&M designer collaboration! On November 5th  Balmain and H&M will introduce a fashion collection and we’ve got an early look at what fashionistas will be standing in line (or waiting on-line) for tomorrow. For men and women alike, Balmain is known for its sharp-shouldered jackets and military detailing; and under the leadership of the brand’s 29-year-old creative director Olivier Rousteing, it’s only gotten better. Luckily for fans of the brand, all those qualities were distilled in the H&M collection. Here’s a look at those buys and a few others from the forthcoming collection. Read More »

11/5/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: Michael Jackson – Earth Song

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Earth Song is the third single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The ballad incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material such as We Are the World, Man in the Mirror and Heal the World. However, Earth Song was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare.   Read More »

11/3/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Fashion: Our Favorite Outerwear From Moncler Fall/Winter 2015

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr. 


While Moncler definitely upped its fashion game with Alexandre Mattiussi’s capsule this season, the rest of the brand’s cold-weather outerwear are just as worth the look. We aren’t talking about the Moncler Grenoble or Gamme Bleu collections either Moncler mainline is expensive for a reason. Read More »

11/3/15 O&A NYC Inspirational Tuesday : Tommie Smith and John Carlos Medal Ceremony 1968 Summer Olympics



The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was an act of protest by the African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. As they turned to face their flags and hear the American national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner), they each raised a black-gloved fist and kept them raised until the anthem had finished.  Read More »

11/3/15 O&A NYC Magazine Inspirational Tuesday: Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Medal Ceremony 1968 Olympics



The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was an act of protest by the African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. As they turned to face their flags and hear the American national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner), they each raised a black-gloved fist and kept them raised until the anthem had finished.  Read More »

11/2/15 O&A Hollywood Monday: Harry Belafonte

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Harold George “Harry” Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is a singer, songwriter, actor, social activist, and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Governors Awards honoree. One of the most successful Caribbean American pop stars in history, he was dubbed the King of Calypso for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million selling album by a single artist. Read More »

1/1/15 O&A NYC Gospel Sunday: Tim Bowman, Jr. – I’m Good


Tim Bowman, Jr. has voice reminiscent of and capable of the acrobatics of Stevie  Wonder. A contemporary gospel singer and songwriter this Detroit, Michigan native grew up in a musical family. His father, Tim Bowman, is a Billboard-charting jazz/gospel musician, and his paternal aunt is popular gospel singer Vickie Winans. He grew up singing in church choirs, and as a teenager was featured on his aunt’s single How I Got Over. Read More »

10/30/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez- Song Of The Day: Black Violin – Stereotypes


Stereotypes marks the third LP but major-label debut for hip-hop/classical crossover duo Black Violin, who also incorporate jazz, R&B, roots, rap, and pop into their unconstrained sound. Violinist Marcus and violist Wil B invited numerous collaborators to the recording, including but not limited to Grammy-winning singer Melanie Fiona, rapper Pharoahe Monch, keyboardist Ray Angry (Dianne Reeves, Elvis Costello), drummer Daru Jones (Jack White, Talib Kweli), string arranger/performer Rob Moose (yMusic, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver), and producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Digable Planets).  Read More »

10/29/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez Fashion: The Adidas Yeezy 950 Boots Release Today

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr. 


 The Adidas Yeezy 950 Boots releases today with the usual limited edition hype, we come to expect from the athletic shoe industry.  The boot features the “Moon Rock” and “Chocolate” variants, and the silhouette is essentially inspired by the classic duckboot. Designed with Kanye West’s aesthetic influence of minimalism as well, the model is kept clean in a simple tonal finish. In terms of its build, canvas and nubuck comprises the upper, alongside suede accents, metal eyelets, matching laces and heel pull tab.

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More branding can be seen on the tongue and outsole, while the models are finished off with a ribbed rubber sole unit to ensure maximum traction and versatility for the colder months ahead. The boots to arrived at select adidas accounts earlier in Fall 2015. The release is scheduled for today, October 29,2015.



10/27/15 O&A NYC Music: The Staten Island Jazz Festival

By Walter Rutledge

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The 28th Annual Staten Island Jazz Festival presented by the Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) is becoming one of the city’s “don’t miss” events. The festival took place on Saturday, October 17th in the Music Hall at Snug Harbor. Over the years the festival has built a loyal Staten Island base, but this year it attracted an enthusiastic diverse Tri-State audience of both jazz aficionados and newcomers. Read More »