9/4/17 O&A NYC DANCE: Arthur Mitchell- Dance Pioneer

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering ballet dancer, artistic director and choreographer has recently secured his achieves with Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Continue reading

7/31/17 O&A NYC OUT AND ABOUT WITH WaleStylez: Highlights From The 2017 Latex Ball

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

The 27th annual 2017 Latex Ball took place on July 29th at Terminal 5 on Manhattan’s West side. The event sponsored by GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) took on the moniker Unleash Your Muse, and the evening was a celebration of creativity, unity and awareness.   Continue reading

4/25/17 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Lupita Nyong’o- On Beauty (Love The Skin You’re In)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Oscar speech by Lupita Nyong’o was a historic moment; but her most powerful message was delivered during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon sponsored by Essence Magazine. Continue reading

4/5/17 O&A NYC WITH WaleStylez FASHION: Saturdays NYC Begins Sample Sale Today

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

Saturdays Surf NYC is set to host a sample sale starting today at New York City’s Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue. 
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Sylvia Waters: Artistic Director Emerita Ailey II

By Walter Rutledge

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As Ailey II begins the second week of their two-week New York City season we would like to acknowledge Artistic Director Emerita Sylvia Waters. For  38 years Waters was at the helm of Ailey II during her tenure the company grew artistically and professionally into a world respected 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.

Lupita Nyong’o Defines True Beauty (video and transcript)

By Walter Rutledge

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The Oscar speech by Lupita Nyong’o was a historic moment; but her most powerful message was delivered during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon sponsored by Essence Magazine. Nyong’o was honored with the Best Breakthrough Performance Award for her work in then Oscar nominated 12 Years a Slave. She shared a poignant letter from a girl whose dark complexion gave her feeling of inadequacy. She was able to find her own beauty through Lupita’s journey. Then Lupita share her own story of self-doubt because of her complexion. It is a moving and inspiring affirmation on the meaning of true beauty. Continue reading

Creating an Urban Legend: A Conversation with George Faison and Ebon Charles

By Walter Rutledge

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On December 5, 2013 Bah Humbug from The Notorious E.B. Scrooge premiered at the Faison Firehouse Theater. The production was conceived, written, directed and choreographed by George Faison. Ebon Charles, who also performed the role of E.B. Scrooge- a ruthless record mogul, and Hip Hop artist Rah Digga contributed additional material. Faison’s urban adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol used rap music as the storytelling devise, transforming the holiday classic into an urban legend. Continue reading