I stared in awe at its beauty, not daring to power it on. I did everything except turn it on. I cleaned up, put the batteries in the remote, took pictures, texted my family. I even had a short crying session. Everything I’ve ever wanted, I’ve always had to make happen myself.
After being away from the Apollo for over a year, I found myself returning two consecutive weeks. Last week, November 12, I attended my second Smart, Funny and Black show created and hosted by Amanda Seales. This week was the taping of the 2021 BET Soul Train Awards. Check-in/holding rooms for what as far as I could tell was an all-Black audience was at the Magic Johnson theater on 124th St. The actual show was taped a short jaunt on 125th St. at the legendary Apollo. Recap: Harlem, Magic Johnson Theater, black audience, BET, Soul Train Awards, Apollo Theater. Blackity Black Black event.
Smart, Funny, and Black returned to the Apollo as part of the weeklong New York Comedy Festival. Last night’s Blacksperts were the hilarious Tituss Burgess (he can sang!) and Michelle Buteau. They both came onstage decked out in yellow. They said it was unplanned. Amanda Seales was backed by her band, The Clapbacks.
I just attended a wonderful virtual book event: Amistad Book’s 35th Anniversary celebration!
It was an exclusive, invitation-only event that yours truly scored an ticket to. There I was, minding my business (really minding everyone else’s business) in these Instagram streets when I was tagged to a post.
I was working at Borders (moment of silence for my favorite former workplace) twenty years ago when Zadie Smith’s debut novel White Teeth was flying off the shelves.
I legit had a cheesy smile most of the time as I read Here Comes The Sun. Shelby and Jamar have known each other since junior high but became best friends in high school. Now in their early thirties, they’re flirting with the idea of kicking it up a notch. Well, Jamar is sure of what he wants to do. He’s always been in love with Shelby. My cheesy smile only wavered in frustration at Shelby’s hesitation to enter into a relationship with Jamar. Come on, sis, he’s your best friend!
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Set in DC, Really Love is a love story centered around Isaiah Maxwell (Kofi Siriboe), a struggling artist (a painter), who falls in love with Stevie Solomon (Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing), a law school student with affluent parents. His parents nag him to get a real job, while her parents are less than ecstatic about her union with Isaiah. The two first crossed paths, briefly, while attending an art show for Isaiah’s artist friend played by Michael Ealy. When they meet again, officially, they discover that they share mutual friends in a couple. Stevie is friends with the girlfriend played by Jade Eshete (who is absolutely gorgeous). Isaiah is friends with a character played by Tristan “Mack” Wilds.
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Theo and Maddie eat so much pizza that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be jealous. There are so many mentions of ordering pizza when they hang out during their months-long relationship that I, barely a pizza fan, bought a frozen pizza when I went grocery shopping. It was not on the list! Neither were the Klondike bars, but I digress. It’s debatable if my cauliflower crust three cheese pizza can hold a candle to Theo’s preferred roasted garlic, which sounds divine, but it was sufficient in the moment.
Merry Wives is based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, which I never had to read for school (or heard of). The usual syllabus suspects in high school and college were Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest, Twelfth Night…but I digress. The remixed adaptation by Jocelyn Bioh centers around Nigerian (the Fords) and Ghanaian (the Pages) immigrant families living in Harlem, trying to agree on marriage terms for their daughter and nephew. The supporting cast involves a Senegalese doctor, and the sole American character Falstaff, a native Harlemite. There’s a twist that the audience, but not the families, are privy to.