Amy O'Neal in the Seattle Weekly Sep 18, 2014
"As a white woman working in a style first developed by black men, O’Neal found herself challenged from multiple sides. Was she authentic? Was she respectful? Was she working sincerely or just another white artist appropriating African-American culture? Disturbed by the controversy, she turned to Rennie Harris—a nationally known artist based in Philadelphia and one of the first breakdancers to create work for concert venues (he’s performed here at On the Boards)—whom she considers a mentor. His advice was to 'know her history' cold—to be able to demonstrate where her influences came from and explain how she learned them."
Read the entire article in the Seattle Weekly.
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