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[INTERVIEW] Gamal Brown: “Dance To The Music”: DJ Layne Luv

There are several names that rattle off the tops of peoples heads when famous dance companies are mentioned across the country.  Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, American Ballet Theatre and so many more. However, because of stiff competition, most dancers may not ever realize their dream of dancing for these prestigious companies. Thanks to inspiring people like Gamal Brown, aspiring dancers can still live their dream through companies just like his in their communities. The name of his company is called Onyx Productions of Columbus Ohio. Instead of the brow-beating strict discipline like most of his east-coast mentors, Brown takes on a more available and nurturing role when it comes to teaching his students. But don’t let any of that fool you because he can be just as tough and critical as any New York performance arts instructor.

Besides my fascination with music, dance comes in at a close 2nd as I am a die hard fan of the late great James Brown, Michael Jackson, and The Temptations. I’m also a fan of newer artists such as Usher Raymond, Chris Brown and Janelle Monae. My transparency will also have me to admit that Fame, All That Jazz, and A Chorus Line were some of my favorite movies. I say Admit because in the Hip Hop world, sometimes “sophisticated culture” is frowned upon and I wanted Gamal to shed a little bit of light on what it truly means to be a part of the dance culture.

OTT: Ok Gamal so give us a little bit of your background.

GB: Well I was born and raised right here in Columbus. I studied in Ballet Met for a number of years. After I had graduated high school, I went on to Dayton Ohio where I attended Wright State University. While I was there, I attended the Jeraldyne School of Dance. I worked out with a few other dance companies and then received an opportunity to go to Africa and study with the ballet masters in Senegal. It was really amazing , And I must say, anyone that visits the motherland, it is a life changing experience.

OTT: How do you balance teaching what you know, while still developing as an artist?

GB: Hahaha there are long days and even longer nights…but that’s just it. You never stop being a student in this culture but make no mistake about it; you have to want to be here. You have to want to learn. People have their misconception on what dance truly is until they encounter a master at this craft. That separates the real from the fake, real quick. My undergrad is in business economics so when I view an opportunity from a high level, I have to make sure it’s worth my time and investment, and this is also what I try to get my students to understand. Mastery takes time, and you have to be willing to put in the work.

OTT: I’m an extreme advocate for saving the lives of urban young males in America. Being that their manhood is tested on every level, a number of them may view the cultured arts as soft or become downright homophobic of the art of dance. How can we get them to view this in a different way?

GB: Oh yeah…but just think about it Layne, you’re in this field where you’re always in tights. You’re in this field where the assumption is that you’re doing these effeminate movements, but the reality is..the strength and training that it takes to do what we do are second to none. If you’re partnering with someone and she weighs 145 pounds solid…there is nothing feminine about that. That takes a strong man. Are there a number of gay menin this particular culture? Yes, but that’s true in any culture. But I’ll have a straight person look at it like this, what other place can you find some of those most gorgeous women, bodies stacked and you get to engage in the most sensual, intimate movements for a living? It seems like that’s where I’d want to be hahaha.

But before you ask the next question, let me say this, it takes a certain level of mental strength to do ballet and modern dance. People will always criticize, accuse you or try to judge you and put you in this box. We come from this masculine community where you either play football, basketball, baseball or run track. It’s time for us to view the arts as something more than this effeminate culture to where you have to be a woman or gay. The arts are for everyone.

OTT: Since Social Media is at the forefront of gaining an audience, how to you think it has effected the presentation of dance?

GB: Wow now that was a great question! You’re a great writer I can tell, but to answer your question, we’re in a microwave generation. People want to be on stage right now. Aspiring dancers want the followers and acknowledgment now. I don’t think they realize the steps it takes to become a professional dancer. Don’t get me wrong, when I look at certain videos I see great movements but no training. I don’t even give a pass to these Hip Hop freestyle dancers either, because I’m thinking about the next generation behind them is going to be injured often because they have not been taught how to properly train. What are you teaching them? This is why it’s stressful to teach dancers, because it’s hard to get them to unlearn what they’ve been doing all along. It’s hard to watch people molesting the movements of the art to where professionals like myself will say  “I need you to stand in acudapie’ and hold that position” but they don’t understand that language. And each level you go to, you have masters that will hold you accountable for not mastering your craft. The craft has to be honored if we’re going to be craftsmen.

OTT: Last question. What can people expect when coming to an Onyx production?

GB: It’s nurturing, It’s fun. We tells stories of love, pain, and protest. I’m happy to see more men in my productions. It’s a movement. My next production is March 18, it’s entitled Roho which is swahili for spirit. It’s a snapshot of my life presented in 8 pieces. I was working for another company and found out that my voice was being muffled so instead of sustaining that relationship I made the decision to form my own mission. My mission is social justice advocacy. I have to tell the story according to the way I see it. I encourage you and anyone on this post to check it out. You will walk away with an experience.

Please visit Onyx Productions at:

www.onyxproductionohio.com

@DJLAYNELUV

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[News] Bey and Tina Recreate ‘Formation’ Flip Off

Or let’s just say they did.. Bey and her mother Tina  shot some flicks behind the scenes at the Grammy’s that makes one wonder. Formation recreation of f*ck her #AOTY loss to Adele?

“Sorry,”—”Middle fingers up, put them hands high…”

Before Bey stepped on stage, her mom gave her a swanky introduction: “Ladies and gentlemen, with a mother’s pride, my daughter, Beyoncé,” Lawson said.

There are more dope pics of the whole family looking as luxurious as ever. Check them out below!

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[NEWS] INDIE RADIO SHOW LAUNCHES T-SHIRT LINE

Chi-Town Urban Radio show is taking their brand of urban entertainment and taste making to a whole new level this year. They are set to launch their own brand of apparel. To start they have a string of advertisements with spokes models sporting their t-shirts circulating social media. With a new season and new co-host Ebony Kiara, Chi Town Urban Radio is taking indie radio to where it’s never been before. The show is now airing 4 times a week by has picking up a new slot on 16080 AM radio. New year bringing new opportunities to indie artists throughout North America. Facebook Page Chi-Town Urban Radio website IG: @CHITOWNURBANRADIO Chi-Town Urban Radio covers the hottest events, spins the best music, and keeps you in the loop with all entertainment news. Mixing the top Hip-Hop and R&B hits with new music. Chi-Town Urban Radio is real and what you want to hear. Let’s get it

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[PHOTO] SCHOOLBOY Q AND HIS DAUGHTER AT THE GRAMMY’S

Schoolboy Q  stepped onto the red carpet at the 59th annual Grammy Awards with his daughter at his side, rocking a pink hoodie with the words “Girl Power”  across the front coordinating with his daughter who donned a pink suit. Speaking on their choice of attire, Q stated:

“I see a lot of stuff going on with women these days and I’m here to support them. I could go out and protest and all that, but me having a little girl, I think it starts right here — to let her know what’s going on, how she needs to be treated and the respect she needs to be given.”

Q was nominated for Best Rap Album for Blank Face LP and Best Rap Performance for “That Part,” featuring Kanye West.

Check out the photos with his daughter and his recent interview with Zane Lowe about fatherhood below!

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[BEAUTY] Life Hacks, While Saving Money

In a world where beauty is forever changing, I decided to put together a few life hacks that have stuck around the last couple of years. If given the option to change one thing about your appearance for little or no cost I am sure over 50% of women and men will have a couple of things on the list. What if I told you can change a few things without breaking your bank or making them permanent. There are a million different ways to enhance features and I am going to let you in on a few of them.

 

 

The most talked about is the trend…

Highlight & Contouring.

I can have that cute little button nose or my dark spots can just magically disappear. Not only does it change your facial appearance it also can help out with the cleavage as well as a few abs for our non-working out people who want to give the illusion of abs.

 

 

 

Next on the list will be the Waist Trainers, now this neat piece of attire tighten the abdomen region,  lifts the chest and slim the waist giving us that Cocoa-Cola bottle shape or as I say Mermaid shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now my last hack may surprise a lot of you all, but I swear by it. Baby oil, now before you turn up your face like I just said something disappointing hear me out. Have you ever seen a person and they have this glow about them, automatically you are going to think its glitter highlight, but let me tell you for $1.99 at your local Wal-Mart you to can have that shine? Do you want your legs to seem overly sexy add some baby oil to it the next time you decide to put them heels on and check the difference?  Think you have a two pack of abs put some baby oil on it and “BOOM”, you have a six-pack.

Image by © Luca Tettoni/Corbis

 

With all of this being said changing your appearance can be temporary or permanent, but the love of self is forever.

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[FASHION] First Look: Our Own Thing Apparels

Our Own thing Apparel has announced its plans to launch for early 2017,  actualizing a passion for fashion. Our Own Thing Apparel company is seeking to move the industry forward by returning the trend to individuality and empowering of people’s self esteem. . Finding a niche at the moment in graphic T’,Our Own thing Apparel has provided solace for those who fear most the reality of looking like everyone else, by offering limited edition threads. Check out some samples below:
       
        
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[NEWS] “Black Ice” Kyrie 3.

Nike and Kyrie Irving have officially introduced the newest edition of his signature line, the Kyrie 3. The new integrated forefoot band with Flywire cables, enhancing the wearer’s forefoot motion and maintaining a lockdown fit. The Kyrie 3 also features two dope traction pods on the forefoot of the sole to enhance traction. JBY “Just be yourself and H + H “Hungry and humble” are seen on the shoe’s tongue, reflecting the mottos Kyrie lives by.

 

 

According to Nike:

Hidden references to Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth include roman numerals VIII and XIII mimicking tattoo’s on Irving’s left and right wrists that are on each sockliner and visible each time he laces up. Its Irving’s family-first philosophy that also pays tribute to his young daughter Azurie on a small frame around the visible Zoom Air unit in the heel.

Check out Kyrie’s introduction to his new signature shoe below.

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[NEWS] Jacob Latimore Covers The Quintessential Gentleman

(December 8, 2016 – New York) As Singer/Actor Jacob Latimore prepares for the release of his new EP entitled Connection and the December 16th release of his new Oscar-Worthy Film, Collateral Beauty, which co-stars Will Smith. Jacob sits down with The Quintessential Gentleman to discuss not only the new projects he’s working on, but how he has remained humble and relevant through his journey in the industry.

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 Check out upcoming blockbuster film, Collateral Beauty, where Latimore stars alongside Will Smith.

 

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[NEWS] KING PUSH AND ADIDAS

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Courtesy of Adidas Adidas x Pusha T FW16

Adidas Originals is back with an official look at Pusha T’s new “King Push” EQT in grayscale. The King Push EQT Grayscale is the third shoe the G.O.O.D. Music president has done with Adidas in an ongoing collaboration that started in 2014. The limited edition sneaker is in turn outfitted with Adidas’ patented Primeknit and Boost technologies, in addition to other various luxury materials.

As we all know, Adidas also has shoes with Yeezy and Pharrell. In an interview with Billboard, King Push stated, “to even be able to be there with them, I’m super appreciative,” he says. “I’ve known him (Pharrell) for a long time, and it’s just part of his DNA. And Kanye has proven to be a driving force of this fashion and sneaker culture. They line up for them.” We can look forward to Pusha T’s new Adidas Originals “King Push” EQT in grayscale for $200 USD,

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Adidas x Pusha T FW16

releasing officially at Art Basel Miami Beach, on December 3 and via adidas.com. According to Pascha Naderi-Nejad, senior director of Adidas Originals brand communications, “it will be a large part of our upcoming season.” The rapper is also currently finishing his next album King Push. We can’t wait, can you?

#KingPushEQT @adidasoriginals

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[Fashion] “FALL” In Love With Color

Fall seems to signify waves of significant change. We change our wardrobe,  our clocks and yep; we even change our relationship status…. you know… it is cuffing season!! LOL!! We begin to gravitate toward things that would give us instant gratification. Well I can think of one thing that you immediate change to not only warm you up but give you an image boost and make you feel good about yourself… Color your hair!!

Whether your natural or relaxed; wear extension or your own hair; black, white or anything in between changing your hair color can give you the new and instant change you need to jump start the new year while working on everything else you have resolved to do with your body, life and habits!! Lol.

Although cold weather has a tendency to make hair look dull and feel dry it does necessarily mean you have to go darker. But if you do, try colors that are chocolate browns, red browns and rich coppers. When going lighter try adding highlights or ombres of rich blondes, reds and copper to brighter  hair instead of coloring the entire head. This will allow you to have the effects of full color  with minimal stress.

Also trending is ombre hair with pastel and bright colors such as blues, purples, and yes, fuchsias. This trend may be for the young or young at heart generation (such as myself) but if done correctly can be worn tastefully and not perceived as rebel hair.

Now to get the best results I will always suggest that you consult a professional cosmetologist when it comes to coloring your hair, especially in any situation that requires going lighter or bleaching technique but if that doesn’t fit your budget you can to DIY (do it yourself) with any color rinse or permanent colors such as L’Oreal. But those result will not be guaranteed!! Proceed at your own risk!!

Either way, the best way to instaGLAM your life it to add color!!  It worked with tv, with works with an all-black wardrobe and it’ll definitely work for you!! #ding!

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