It’s here! Memorial Day weekend- the official start of summer. We have an African-diaspora cultural festival in Brooklyn, and Afrobeats in Midtown. A genie grants big screen wishes and Love In Bloom on Staten Island. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About. Continue reading
The Black Network (1936) the all-black musical short starring Nina Mae McKinney and including this dance number with the Nicholas Brothers, a fifteen-year-old Harold and twenty-two-year-old Fayard Nicholas, perform the song Lucky Number.
Buck and Bubbles were part of the amazingly talented cast of Blackbirds of 1930 along with piano virtuoso Eubie Blake and the magnificent vocalist Ethel Waters. While this revue is considered a landmark event in the history of black classical music, there is an awestruck need to be reminded that it only ran for a total of 26 performances, leaving Ford Lee “Buck” Washington and John W. Bubbles unemployed again. Continue reading
Nasir The Film short film is directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, where he touched on social and economic issues ingrained, including racism and police brutality.Each track off NASIR received visuals, making the film just an extended music video.In addition to Nas himself, NASIR – The Film stars Slick Rick, Demarius Mack, among others. Continue reading
Jesse Owens stole Hilter’s glory and dispelled the Ayran master race propaganda at the Berlin Olympics. Owens won 4 gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 × 100 meter relay; his victories angered and embarrassed Hitler.
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Thriller, Michael Jackson’s 1984 music video directed by John Landis and written by Landis and Jackson. Continue reading
Nigerian born model Davidson Obennebo made history in 2016 when he became the first Overall Winner from Africa at the Elite Model Look World Final in Lisbon. Continue reading
Tap Heat, a 14 minute award winning short film starring Arthur Duncan and Jason Samuels Smith that uses dance as dialogue. Different styles of tap, Urban Funk and Traditional Tap, are in conflict where society has decided to accept one style over another. The characters and their styles ultimately find common ground, when the entire cast joins in on stage in a tap dance number reminiscent of the 30’s and 40’s Broadway musicals, with a contemporary edge that reflects current trends in tap styles today. Continue reading
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