12/11/15 O&A NYC With WaleStylez: Air Jordan and Public School Sneaker and Apparel Collection First Look

By Adewale Adekanbi Jr.

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Public School, New York’s upscales streetwear label, and Jordan are is set to collaborate on two sneakers and a full apparel collection.

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The Air Jordan XII and the Jordan Horizon are the two new sneakers behind the latest footwear collaborations poised to create the first pre-holiday buzz. Sporting Public School’s signature monochrome look the Air Jordan XII featuring concrete grey nubuck upper complemented by tonal detailing. The Jordan Horizon takes it a step further with a brand new Jordan silhouette, which sports a knitted upper  adorned with some pretty eye-catching patterns.

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Public School fans will want to wear the full collab look from head to toe. The all-black colorways with urban camouflage patterns are the right amount of edgy and atheletic. Prior to the December 12 release the was an exclusive release party at Terminal 23, which featured a performance by Bones The Machine and DJ Aaron.  

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12/11/15 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Silent Night – Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis

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The Wynton Marsalis Septet with Kathleen Battle performed a beautiful arrangement of Silent Night on December 8, 1991 at Carnegie Hall, New York City.
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12/11/15 O&A NYC Shall We Dance Friday: Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park – The Nutcracker (1968)

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This historic performance from 1968 captures choreographer/performer Rudolf Nureyev at the peak of his career. Filmed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the ballet features artists of the Royal Ballet including Wayne Sleep, Jillian Gibbs and Merle Park as Clara. Continue reading

12/10/15 O&A NYC REVIEW: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater- Rennie Harris Exodus

By Walter Rutledge

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The real significance of Rennie Harris’ body of work has been his ability to transform hip-hop, a vernacular dance style created during the height of inner city urban blight of the 80’s, into the foundation for his abstract narrative art form. In early works such as Rome and Jewels (2000) Harris transforms the visceral hip-hop esthetic into 21st classicism. His latest work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Exodus infuses the hip-hop genre and modern dance with theatrical elements and strong choreographic structure. Continue reading

12/10/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday Holiday Greeting: Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You … Plus Bonus Tracks

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Merry Christmas is the first Christmas album and the fourth studio album by Mariah Carey. Released by Columbia Records on November 7, 1994, the album features cover versions of popular Christmas tunes and original material. Out and About NYC Magazine highlights three songs from this album, All I Want For Christmas Is You, O Holy Night, and Miss You Most (At Christmas Time). Continue reading

12/9/15 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Busta Rhymes – Gimme Some More

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Gimme Some More is the Grammy–nominated lead single by rapper Busta Rhymes from his third solo album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front. The song is often considered to be the very summit of Busta’s complex, breathless, high-speed rhyming delivery most prominent in his early work. Continue reading

12/9/15 O&A NYC Wildin Out Wednesday: The Niggar Family- Chappelle Show

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The Niggar Family, one of comedian Dave Chappelle’s most controversial skits, explores the question of what effect “the n-word” would have if it were just another name. The skit is filmed in black and white, with sets and costumes right out of Father Knows Best or Leave It to Beaver or, for a more recent reference, Pleasantville. We see a squeaky-clean family of aw-shucks pleasantness and golly-jeepers naïveté, a “typical American” (i.e., white) family named Niggar. Continue reading

12/8/15 O&A NYC Song Of The Day: Kendrick Lamar – Alright

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Alright by rapper Kendrick Lamar, is featured on his third album To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). Lyrically a festive song about hope, it features uncredited vocals from the song’s co-producer Pharrell Williams during the chorus. Alright  released to radio stations as the album’s fourth single, debuted on June 30, 2015. The song’s accompanying music video premiered on the same date. Alright received four nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year.  Continue reading

12/8/15 O&A NYC: Jennifer Hudson and The Color Purple Cast Performs Push Da Button

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 Jennifer Hudson and The Color Purple Cast Performs Push Da Button on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  Continue reading

12/7/15 O&A NYC Inspirational Tuesday: Today Is Yours – The Game Time Anthem

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The thing about time is that it comes and goes. Tomorrow will make today a distant memory, and as quick as you are here… you are gone. What’s in front of you is the opportunity to make right now something you will never forget. Continue reading