10/10/18 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez VISUAL ART: Banksy Painting Self Destructs After $1.4 Million Sale

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr

A rare Bansky artwork, Girl With a Balloon (2006), self-destructed moments after it was sold for a record setting bid of $1.4 million at Sotheby in New York City. Immediately after the sale, the artwork set off an alarm and its canvas slipped through a shredder built inside the faux-gilt frame, essentially destroying itself. Continue reading

10/7/18 O&A NYC WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK: October 7 through October 14, 2018

New York City in October is a great time of year (well anytime is a great time in NYC). This week there is outdoor sculpture in Harlem,  Jazz in Brooklyn, Pizza in the Bronx and Dance honors its own at The BessiesHere are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.

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10/6/18 O&A NYC GOING BACK TO AFRICA WITH WaleStylez: Celebrate Nigerian Independence Day With Bino & Fino

Nigerian Independence Day. It happened on October the 1st 1960. It is an important subject we wanted to help teach children about.The colonial past of many African countries has helped to shape how we are today so it is important for children to have some knowledge about it.Bino & Fino Continue reading

10/5/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY- ENCORE: Royal Ballet Artist Joseph Sissens Performs Charlotte Edmonds’ ‘jojo’ (Excerpt)

Jojo, a contemporary solo by Charlotte Edmonds set to Chinese Man’s Pandi Groove created on a classical ballet dancer, Joseph Sissens. The work gelled in a very comfortable, spontaneous way, albeit more Michael Jackson than Marius Petipa. Continue reading

10/5/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Lil Buck by Vernie Yeung

Lil Buck, the Bessie Award winning performer, mastered the local dance tradition of Jookin from the streets of Memphis. Nicknamed “street ballet” for good reason, Lil Buck has become a rising star in the dance world, having performed in ads by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Apple. His latest venture  invited renowned film director Vernie Yeung to capture his unique airborne dance routine. Continue reading

10/4/18 O&A NYC DIVA ALERT! THROWBACK THURSDAY ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Tina Turner- What Love Got To Do With It- 1985 Grammy Awards Show

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Tina Turner taught the world how to walk in high heel shoes. At the 1985 Grammy Awards telecast Turner performed What’s Love Got To Do With It and made one of the biggest comeback in music history.   Continue reading

10/3/18 O&A NYC THE MORNING FUNNIES: Pulp Fiction Takes Down Brett Kavanaugh 

Samuel L. Jackson gave the thumbs-up to a mashup of his “Pulp Fiction” character questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but made it clear he doesn’t approve of the man. “Funny as hell,” Jackson said of the clip, “but there’s nothing funny about his Lying Fratboy Ass!!!”

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10/2/18 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: The Legend of Kuta Kayne

By Walter Rutledge

Friday night I had a terrifying nightmare. In the dream the year was 1818 and I was on Hampton Plantation (the home of the Rutledge family) in McClellanville, South Carolina. Life in the Antebellum south was hard, cruel and short; with the average age of slave mortality under 42 years. Contrary to one uninformed twenty-first century entertainer slavery was not a choice.  Continue reading

9/27/18 O&A NYC DANCE: Lil Buck at Fondation Louis Vuitton

London-based director Andrew Margetson follows Memphis-born jookin’ dancer Lil Buck as he twists and turns past masterpieces by the likes of Picasso and Matisse to mark the current exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Icons Of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection. Continue reading

9/25/18 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Arthur Mitchell Inspires Students at SAB (May 2018)

By Walter Rutledge

Back in 2014 I received a phone call from Arthur Mitchell. He knew my association with the Romare Bearden Foundation, and that Romare’s archives were housed at Columbia University.  He needed information about the process so he could do the same with his own legacy. “Hold on Sir”, I put him on hold and called Deidre Kelly the co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. Diedre gave me the contact information he requested. Continue reading