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.
#BlackLoveBooks Challenge Day 3: Relationship Goals: a couple with an ideal relationship “Couple” and “love” do not always have to have romantic connotations. I chose the memoir Sing To Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next by singer-songwriter-music-exec L.A. Reid, which I read as an audiobook. In it, Reid talks about his decades-long friendship and business partnership with the legendary Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. I think it’s beautiful that he talks about the ups and downs of his relationship […]
I’ve spent the past few New Year’s Eves trying to look cute while bundling up to ring in the new year. Last year, a pink faux fur jacket was part of my ensemble. I wore it underneath a faux fur trimmed and lined (real) leather coat, yet I still froze (and sweat) my ass off while making my way to and from the subway stations. This year I thought I’d be slick and escape to Florida to usher in the […]
Sometimes it seems like people don’t even try when it comes to customer service. I recently wrote about how I’m weary of paid monthly subscriptions for things that I can get for free. For that reason, I stick to the free versions of Pandora and Spotify and had to bid adieu to Tidal once my free trial was over, among other things. Once I got over my snobbery of reading only bound books, I allowed myself to enter the world […]
I’m all for supporting black businesses. I try to do my part by being a patron of my local neighborhood boutiques whether they’re cafés, a massage spot, clothing vendor, skincare, etc. and online boutique stores. But if said black business is already an established millionaire, a corporation unto himself even, I have to fall back a bit. I had to cancel my Tidal subscription. I can’t bring myself, nor does my budget allow me to pay for something I can get […]
No matter my chosen form of escapism, before the journey of relaxation, wonderment or suspended disbelief runs its course, I get hurled back into the reality I’m trying to forget for just a moment. I never want to forget the mother I lost to ovarian cancer when I was eight years old, but sometimes I want to disregard that feeling of permanent loss. Memories of her are fading, but like sugar crystals that have dissolved in hot tea, her essence […]
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