7/3/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Lazarus by Rennie Harris (AAADT)

Ailey All Access presents Rennie Harris’ Lazarus. It’s the Company’s first ever evening length work shown in two acts. Through hip-hop dance, Harris reflects on Alvin Ailey’s life and addresses the racial inequities America faced when the Ailey company was founded 1958 and still faces today. Watch it now through Thurs, July 9 at 7pm EDT. Continue reading

6/24/20 O&A NYC WaleStylez HIP HOP WEDNESDAY Pt.1: Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Lil Baby takes on police brutality and the nationwide protests in the wake of the officer-involved killing of George Floyd on his somber new track The Bigger Picture; which dropped on Friday June 12, 2020. Continue reading

6/24/20 O&A NYC WITH WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY Pt.2: Bris – Need Hammy

Rising Sacramento Hip Hop artist Bris shot and killed.The 24 year-old talent passed away just days after his latest release.Sacramento Hip Hop artist Bris, born Christopher Treadwell was shot and killed on June 21 according to confirmation by the Sacramento County Coroner. Continue reading

6/14/20 O&A NYC DANCE: Meet James “Banks” Davis- Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Company of Brooklyn

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James “Banks” Davis is a real New York success story. Banks grow up in the urban environment of Queens and Brooklyn and as a teenager found acceptance and recognition as an urban street dancer. A natural athlete Banks quickly excelled in dance and gymnastics. He loved entertaining people often turning a street corner into a stage.

Then on Halloween night 2009, gun fire erupted on a crowded Brooklyn street and Banks was shot in the knee- another innocent victim of a random shooting. His injuries would have been a death knell for anyone pursuing a career in dance. Instead, Banks treated this not as a detour, but the course appointed.

The original diagnosis was amputation; but miraculously sensation returned to his leg and Banks immediately turned his attention toward recovery. Through mediation, prayer, dedication and hard work Banks was able to return to dance. Banks broaden his aesthetic horizons through his association with Jamel Gaines and his dance company

For over 26 years Gaines has used dance to inspire inner city youth to achieve; and often his prodigy has aspired beyond their own expectations. Gaines has the unique gift of working with dancer from many diverse disciplines. And Banks (whose specialty was the L.A. street dance style called Krump) developed his art under Gaines holistic approach to dance.  

Banks combines the refined, codified styles of modern and jazz with the raw edginess of Krump. In 2014 Banks stole the hearts of many on social media as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Season 11. Banks played the role of the angel Gabriel in the English National Opera’s The Gospel According To Mary and toured New Zealand with the Park Avenue Armory’s production FLEXN. In 2019 Banks was featured in the groundbreaking Revelation of Proverbs Reggie “Regg Roc” and the D.R.E.A.M. Ring at The Shed.

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On June 19 Creative Outlet and Summerstage will present Hanging Tree, an on-line celebration of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The virtual presentation will take place on June 19, 7-8pm on Summerstage YouTube. In addition to Banks the production (choreographed, staged and conceived by Gaines) also features vocalist Marcelle Davies Lashley, poet Carl Hancock Rux, and musician Talu Green. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion entitled The Importance of Juneteenth’s History & How It Affects Our Community’s Lives Today. The panel will feature RestorationArt Executive Director Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Gaines and Rux.

For more information about Creative Outlet’s programs, classes and upcoming event visit jgcodance.org.

5/20/20 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Vado – Politics Feat. Dave East

Dave East is a Hip Hop artist and actor from Harlem,NewYork. Dave East started rapping in 2010 and sold drugs throughout Harlem to support himself and his music, releasing over six mixtapes.He gained attention in 2014 from his eighth mixtape, Black Rose Continue reading

(Repost) 5/8/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: The A- Z of Dance

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A-Z of Dance shows you how to set hearts alight and clubs on fire. Shot on the streets and rooftops of sunny LA, float like an Arabesque, spin like a B-Boy, wobble like a Chicken Noodle Soup… it’s time to step up! In a very special project for i-D and Diesel, director Jacob Sutton has captured the world’s hottest dancers walking in the air in their Jogg Jeans and cut-offs.

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Lil Buck shows us the way of Memphis Jookin. Super-thighs Nicole the Pole – star of Rihanna’s Pour It Up video – takes us to a whole other level. And fresh from the Rick Owens catwalk, the Soul Step team show us how to dance to Le1f. Continue reading

4/29/20 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Dub Aura – New Ways

Dub Aura is storming through the clouds of being an uprising Hip Hop artist. Directed by Oni-Honesty and produced by Automatik Beatz. Look out for Dub Aura. Continue reading

4/22/20 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: DaBaby – “JUMP” feat NBA Youngboy

DaBaby is a Hip Hop artist and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina.His debut studio album Baby On Baby peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200,while his second studio album,Kirk debuted at number one. Continue reading

3/25/20 O&A NYC WALESTYLEZ HIP HOP WEDNESDAY: Hass Irv – Smooth Operator

Hass Irv is a Harlem native who recently signed a deal with Asylum Records. This young man has a couple of projects under his belt, also put out a nice track Smooth Operator. Continue reading

3/19/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY SPECIAL: Queen Latifah – U.N.I.T.Y.

U.N.I.T.Y is the Grammy Award-winning song by Hip Hop artist Queen Latifah off her 1993 album,Black Reign. The single released on November 9, 1993 in the United States and on January 6, 1994 in the United Kingdom, spoke out against the disrespect of women in society, addressing issues of street harassment, domestic violence, and slurs against women in hip-hop culture. Out and About NYC Magazine want wish Queen Latifah a Happy Belated Birthday. Continue reading