Can You Feel It?

A few weeks ago, I added another project under my wings.  I was asked to co-host a party.  At first, I was a bit hesitant with the idea, since, if anyone has ever hosted a party, it’s not the easiest nor the least time consuming endeavor.  I remember when I was a kid, I loved having people over my house for family gathering or parties.  It was fun to be surrounded by love and laughter.  As much as it was tedious to clean up and fix up the place after, I couldn’t help but smile thinking of all the good times I had just had in good company.  So when the proposition fell onto my lap, I was excited about it but I needed to figure out how to time manage.  I remember when I first met Jon, we kept talking about projects we would get into, and one of them was to throw a party where people would come and have nothing but a good time.  A party where people would be excited about the music, the DJs, the dance floor, the company and the bar. ‘It’s A Feeling’ (I.A.F.) party was created.  So here I am, adding party promoter to the list of things I do.  I have figured out a system in terms of time management, and my goal is to get people bumping and grinding to the tunes of amazing ‘sound selectors’, as Loreto would say.

May 9th, we celebrated Nova’s birthday at the I.A.F. party.  We had DJ Eclektic and Taz on the wheels of steel.  The place was packed with dancers and non-dancers.  Drinks were bought, sweat was dropped but most importantly, love was in the air, as it should always be.  I took the opportunity to ask a few of my friends to explore their inner ‘funky-nasty-ness’, and I myself captured a few people whom I believe spoke through their clothes. Enjoy!

Oreo – Brooklyn Zoo Representative

Oreo

Georgios – Team Afro

Georgios

The Lady and her Hubby – TiffStar & Oreo – Brooklyn Zoo Crew

TiffStar & Oreo

Nova – NBK Representative – Birthday Boy

Nova

“Always Stay Fresh, Never Be Faded!” – Nubian Nene

Stylin’ At ‘Freestyle Session’

What an Epic Sunday it was.  Beautiful spring day, warm, sunny and full of creativity in the air.  I always look forward to go to jams.  It’s a social event that makes the community, I am part of, come together.  You meet and greet people and exchange through words, dance, music and smiles.  The location of the venue was amazing, close to the water front in Brooklyn, under the Manhattan Bridge, in the neighborhood of Dumbo.  At the end of the night, I got to hear from a native New Yorker, Conrad Rochester, that back in the eighties, that area was deserted and only frequented to do some low key business, if you know what I mean.  It’s very fascinating to me to hear from natives of this City, how things used to be and how things are now.  Conclusion : the venue and location were a great choice by the organizers.  Thanks Nemalesis Production for hosting.  Congrats to Supreme Beings for taking the win.  I do have to admit that in my opinion the best battle of the night was Del Fuego crew vs Street Masters/Domestic Apes.  That goes in my book of Epic Battles.  I captured a few ‘essences’, stylin’ while groovin’.  Here are a few people that I know and think are cool while in their dancing shoes and off the dance floor.

Still 1SchoolsSamoQDiegoFrostLance

Until next jam, stay fresh and never faded.

G & L

Snowy Sundae

On a Snowy Sundae, I decided to venture to one of my favorite cities, Philly.  Some of you might think it’s crazy to travel to another city in the midst of a snow storm, one, that advises all from rats to birds, to stay in.  Well, I am not an usual ‘bird’ and definitely not a rat haha.  I come from Montreal, where we possibly receive the most amount of snow yearly, so some inches won’t stop this stubborn, yet free bird to migrate down south for a few hours.  I headed to the City of Brotherly ( why not Sisterly?) Love, to compete, share, dance, live and always Love.  Thanks to Steve Believe for holding it down for the community. Thanks to DJ Lil’ Dave for providing amazing music at the Second Sundae Jam…til next time!

A few people caught my attention with their styles, and here is what they had to say…

This is Just Sole aka Kyle Clark…

Whowas born in Baltimore, but has been calling Philadelphia home for 12 years now. Just Sole is a Hip Hop Dance Professor at both, the University of the Arts and Temple University in Philadelphia. He Co-Founded Funky Sole Fundamentals, and sits as the CEO. He also founded JustSole SDT. He is a principal dancer and rehearsal director for the Rennie Harris Puremovement Company. What inspires his way of dressing he says: “…AGE…lol..” he adds : “…[d]epends on the venue or what I plan on doing. No matter what I wear, I end up getting down in it…lol I believe it’s ok to dress like a grown man here and again.” His favorite color is: “The Primary Ones”.

Just Sole

Homie from another city, Hannibal…

…Inspiration today for his outfit was to promote his clothing line Wealth Of Knowledge™ (see link below). I asked him how he puts his outfit together usually, and he said that he starts by “matching some colors” and that he always starts with whatever message he’s trying to portray for the event he’s attending, and lately he’s been pushing his brand.  What inspires the way he dresses? He dresses through his feelings. If he could be an article of clothing he would be “…a fur coat, because I would be deeply thought about when you have all your special occasions, [either] you want to be flamboyant or elegant.” Hannibal is from and still resides in North Philadelphia, and you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @Hannibal____ and @Wealthclothes.

Hannibal

Now we have Brice…

…Also known as Professor Lock, is a dance educator and choreographer.  He is into a fitted, urban and clean look, and that’s how he got inspired to dress today.  I asked him if his outfit was inspired for this particular event, and he said that he’s fashion right now feels comfortable, sporty and functional.  In order to get to know him a bit more, I wanted to know who he is in terms of style, and he said that he is funky and chill, but most of all, an individual.  “I like to look how I feel, no more no less.”  What’s his favorite accessory to rock? His Newsboy Hat.  “It’s a timeless accessory that can work with a suit and tie or a pair of jeans and sweatshirt.” Interestingly enough, it keeps him connected to his ‘Locker’ roots.  Professor Lock reps Philly.

Professor Lock

Meet Joshua Culbreath…

…better known in the Hip Hop community as Super or Supa Josh.  He is a Hip Hop theater performer and a dance fitness trainer.  He hails from Philadelphia, and currently resides in West Philly.  When I saw Josh, I was attracted to his fun shirt paired with a nice hat the he wasn’t sporting the whole night, which, in my opinion, added to his outfit.  Sometimes when you rock something on your person, without ‘rocking it’, it adds that much more flavor.  What’s his favorite article of clothing?  He says he loves his feather necklace, because it means a lot to him.  He also adds that “I feel like it’s [necklace] a part of my wings and it’s a reminder that no matter what happens I can fly off into my own world.”

Supa Josh

My short visit to Philly on that ‘snowy dae’ allowed me to meet new faces.  Here comes Kingsley Ibeneche.  We met on the dance floor and exchanged words in a dance form.  It was a pleasure, and I am glad to have met an amazing dancer.  I was able to catch a glimpse of his mismatched socks and he felt a bit embarrassed as he told me he rushed to get to the jam, and “just threw his outfit together”, but I told him that even if it was a mistake, sometimes mistakes are meant to happen in order to connect to others…

Brother Kingsley…

…Lives in Camden, New Jersey but is originally from Nigeria.  He is a professional dancer and also teaches ballet, jazz and modern dances.  Theme he likes to play with, especially when he is about to dance, is a mix of semi-formal with a down-to-earth look.  I asked him, if he had to choose an article of clothing that would best describe him, he said “a nice vintage Christmas sweater”, …“though it’s made of simple design, it has a certain elegance about it, and it can be worn or used in more than one occasion.”  He relates the sweater to himself because he believes he’s a simple and calm guy, but can be elegant at times.  This goes into the question of how can he describe his style in 3 words, and he answers: Afrocentric, Classy and Nonchalant.  Kingsley can be followed on instagram @ugumba.

Kingsley

What a crazy fun night it was in Philly.  For myself I rocked a simple outfit, which says a lot with my accessories.  I rocked black just because it makes me look slimmer haha.  Added a hat which expresses how I feel about myself, DOPE, a couple of necklaces (one I made, and one which represents my inner soul, one that was given to me from an important person in my life), and a vest that speak of my energy, colorful.  And let’s not forget the Glasses and the Laces.  Thank you to all the contributors to my 1st post.  Stay tuned for the next jam I hit…til then..

Stay Fresh, Crisp and Hip Hop

Nene Sundae

All Photos Taken by Glasses & Laces

My Photo Taken By : Ryan Farber