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AL DIAZ

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By Nigeria Anderson

The Writing Is On The Wall

AL DÍAZ is best known for his friendship with Jean-Michel Basquiat and collaboration on SAMO© a well-known graffiti project appearing in lower Manhattan from 1978 to 1980.  Al Díaz’s career spans five decades. Born and raised Puerto Rican in New York City, he was known by age 15 as a prolific and influential, first-generation subway graffiti artist. During the early 70s, his popular and recognized name was BOMB-1. Currently, Díaz works with WET PAINT and other signage used throughout the NYC MTA subway system. After cutting out individual letters to create clever-sounding, surreal and poignant anagrams, he hangs the finished messages in City subway stations.  In 2018, Díaz authored SAMO© 1978, a book meant to clarify, elaborate and illustrate the history and meaning behind the historical SAMO© writings.

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Levensky Smith

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By Nigeria

Levensky Smith Is Keeping It Moving

Dance is an art form of movement techniques performed for an audience. Dance is mastered for social and cultural significance. Some dancers are better than others, often seen demonstrated in clubs, the streets and professionally on stage. The gestural movements can be signified for battle such as break dancing and krumping or performed for an audience such as ballet and ballroom. There are many forms of dance jazz, rhythms, African and many choreographed styles of emotional expressions. From ceremonies to celebrations everybody understands the language of dance.

Professional dance companies presented by theater, have graced us with fascinating performances, leaving us wondering how do they do that? With spell bounding choreography and sculptured bodies dance is very much appreciated throughout most cultures. One thing is for sure, when you know someone who can dance well, there is something in boasting about them or getting them involved in a challenge. Especially, in the urban arena.

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