The Social Buttafly flies again... Tonight my publicist sent me out to the Hot 97 Who's Next Showcase. Basically, a whole bunch folks and Charles Hamilton. This party really got interesting when he jumps off the stage and invites "anyone who raps" to battle. Those battle rappers had much more flow than anyone who was on before Hamilton. FUN!!!
I decided to jump in feet first to new adventures, by attending the Libation Party at the Sullivan Room tonight. This is a party I've been dying to go to for years, a faithful collector of their artistic flyers. This is a dancer's party. No need to wear stilettos or anything restricting. Contemporary dance artists like Nathan Trice and Ronald K. Brown were in the place, musicians like Fahari Mallanga, live art installations by Monstah Black. I love this atmosphere, everyone just moving how they feel like and doing their own thing. And DJ Ian Friday and King Britt kept it live with the House music flowing. FUN! Shout out to my homegirl Chevy for holding me down!
It's 2009! The year of dreams come true and I've decided to deny myself by indulging myself. "Huh?"you ask---Let me explain. Since I've been in New York I've tried to remain focused. Serving in my church, in my community, and as a full time dance artist. I have been fortunate and my work has paid off. But I've always admired those dancers who worked all day and then let loose at night until 4 am. After teaching and rehearsing I usually retreat to my home at about 10 or 11pm and curl up in my cozy Brooklyn Brownstone Apartment and pass out. I am 27 years old!!! I live in NYC! (Well, technically Brooklyn but you know...) I think its time for me to deny myself by coming home, getting JAZZED up and GO OUT!!!! It's time to take it up a notch. So, I've hired a publicist ( a very close personal friend) and I am going to attempt to go hard at the socialite life. Here are some promises that I will make to you: 1. I will deny myself at least 1-2 nights every two weeks and go to an event (this is Mon-Thursday people!) 2. I will go by myself if I have to and make new friends 3. I will blog about every adventure 4. I will not get drunk, do any kind of illegal substance, wear anything but stylish modest fashions or bring shame to you 5. I will take a cab home Here's to new adventures in 09'! All my real live chicas put your hands up! Cheers!
This morning I woke up at my Mom's apartment in Maryland. She asked, do think Barak Obama is Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream fulfilled? Ever since election day I've felt like the scales have fallen off my eyes. Yesterday at the concert down on The Mall I was reminded again of our countries overwhelming support of this Black man and his family, the next leader of our country. All kinds of people were rocking out every race, class, color you can imagine. I believe at least a few parts of the Dream are. I mean once upon a time, just one generation or so ago Blacks and Whites in the south couldn't even eat lunch together. Now we can, and we do. Do I think we still have a long way to go in the order of race relations? Yes. Is the Obama presidency the end to racism? No. I believe it's the beginning of healing and a light shining into a new horizon. The pathway to a new territory that's up to us to govern. This is the New World....
First and foremost I am proud to report that my family gave charitably big time this past Christmas. Between myself, my mother and my brother we gave to: Hope Worldwide Smith College Spelman College Thirteen PBS and Habitat for Humanity
Way to go Houstons!
As I enter this year I am hoping for some life changing events. Most of all I am hoping that I will continue to examine humility in my never ending quest of minding the gap between who I am today and who I want to be. Over the holidays I realized that I'd like to grow in kindness and acceptance. Kindness is something that God values but the world often equates with weak, dull, unoriginal and unintelligent. I am wondering how I can be more like Jesus in this way and still be myself. I invite you all to take this journey of self discovery with me. Here's to a year of INFINITE POSSIBILITY. Cheers!
Jeremiah 9:23-25 (New International Version)
23 This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.