Sunday, November 22, 2009

I Said Yes!!!!

On Saturday night I was headed downtown best friend from Chicago, Mrs. Robyn Perry and best friend from Brooklyn Aisha Fleming, in tow, all ready for a girls hang out. We walked into the lounge and all of sudden, "Whoosh" a blind fold comes over my eyes. They lead me up the a flight of stairs in the darkness and sit me down. After what seemed like eternity the blindfold comes off and I'm told to open my eyes. I'm sitting on a couch in a room which smelled gorgeous like a garden and was full of pink roses and candles. Robyn appears and reads a beautiful poem about our friendship and the last line hints that something more is coming. Aisha appears and reads a poem about our friendship and hints that something more is coming. Then my old roommate and dear friend Linda Pepera who currently lives in Maryland appears and that's when I started weeping with excitement and overwhelming joy. She also reads a poem about our friendship and hints that there's something more.

Then the love of my life, Hashim Warren appears. He also reads a poem about our relationship. He tells me that he has a present for me. And then he pulls out a BLUE BOX. He asks me to open it and when I see that it's a ring box inside he takes it from me bending down on one knee and asks, "Will you marry me?" I said YES!!!!! He puts the ring on my finger and asks me to pray with him. Our friends appeared from behind the curtain and then we all prayed together. We go downstairs and I'm wisked away to part II of the evening. We arrive at the Hudson River Cafe where all our friends are waiting in the upstairs loft area, for our engagement celebration.
I was completely surprised and am amazed at how much my friends love me. God is constantly at work to make all his dreams for me to come true. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Favorite Inventions of the 21st Century

10.INSPIRIT, a dance company
Sure, I'm a little biased but what other dance company do you know whose company members can twirl, get the leg up, balance the books, engage the community, write and teach cutting edge curriculum and has 5 consecutive seasons in NYC?
9. Zip Car
Cool cars, easy locations, and you pick up the car and unlock the doors with the wave of your card!
8. iPod
40,000 songs in your pocket? I'd still be carrying around my CD case to all my teaching engagements. What would I do without you?
7.Mac Book Pro
If you've never used one, I can't even explain how amazing it is to you.
Connected to all the people I like. Sure it's like high school but at least you get to pick your classmates.
5. You Tube
As an indie filmmaker, who needs a film festival to launch their work anymore?
4.Pandora Radio
Who knew I would love the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's and everything that sounds like them.
3.Fashion Blogging
Inspiration everyday, for free!
No more late fees! EVER!!!! I can watch a movie in 2 clicks!
An awesome solution for someone with no cable and a very busy schedule. How else would I have watched the entire season of The Bachelorette last summer?

I can't wait to see how amazing the next decade will be. Keep the creativity coming!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Education

I saw this tonight at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. (Does anyone under the age of 45 go this movie theatre except for me? Every single time I go there I'm the youngest and darkest person there!)
It was EXCELLENT! I love Carey Mulligan's performance.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ed-u-ma-cated (YouTube Premier)

Diving back into teaching in various after school programs from the Bronx to Brooklyn I am reminded daily of how poignant and relevant this piece is more and more everyday in my life. Here's the World Premier of the live performance of Section 1: Innocence at the Solar 1 Dance Festival this summer. The cast is Carlita Ector, Chevon Stewart, and Shoccara Marcus. Enjoy and feel free to share your thoughts: