When I posted my video of Sophia Nelson to YouTube today I realized that I hadn't posted any new videos to my YouTube channel in more than two years. I also discovered that there were a few TV appearances I'd done that I'd never listed on The Snob Blog that were online! Wanna hear me talk about the wonders of the Internet, then talk about Internet addiction? Well, it's SNOB VIDEO CHRISTMAS!
Entries in East Coast Tour (9)
Second in a series on the people I met while on the East coast.
Some of you may have noticed that I went from my gigantic, big-ass afro on Nightline to rocking twists the very next day while in Washington, D.C. Who was that person behind the twists? Why, none other than musician, artist, performer and natural hair master, Ajani Sekou.
Ajani, who is performing at D.C.'s Busboys and Poets on 14th and V, May 6th and 9 p.m., was nice enough to do my hair early in the morning after the ABC interview aired. As much as I love my fro it is difficult to wrangle with out all my proper hair products. Ajani was able to give me a more manageable do to end my East Coast tour on.
More pictures and video after the jump ...
Thursday is my last full day in Washington, D.C. and my last official day of The Snob East Coast Tour. I've met so many great people and readers, I've had so much fun, done so much networking, I almost don't want it to end!
But alas, I am pooped!Between Harvard's awesome Black Policy Conference, to meeting two of my favorite authors, Darius James and Cintra Wilson, to going to NYC to meet with the folks at Uptown and Essence Magazines as well as hang out at 30 Rockefeller Plaza with MSNBC's Christina Brown and get a great tour of the facility from her and one of NBC's wonderful pages, to go to Amateur Night at the Apollo and boo, to stand on the set of the Broadway Show "Hair" (which I'll post footage of once I get back to St. Louis) and hear the gorgeous voice of Saycon -- a member of the cast, to meet (and later interview) actor Joe Morton and discuss a future project myself and my tour guide/friend/producer/ace Dot are working on with him, to fulfill a dream and visit Washington, D.C. and see the monuments and meet wonderful folks like jazz enthusiast and historian Jim Byers and be able to call him a friend afterwards, to stay in a beautiful home on Capitol Hill and at Dot's place in Arlington, to go on Nightline, meet the producers, I have so many stories and so many more people I met. I wish I could gush them all out now, but I'm going to have to wait until I get back home and process what just happened here.
None of this, of course, could have happened without my friend Dorothy, who I'd never met UNTIL Boston, who I am working on a TV project with. So this tour wasn't just about myself, but about the show Dorothy, I and several others are working on making a reality. But she has much better organizational skills than me and basically took on an almost managerial role the last month, scheduling meetings for me and contacts.
So this is to Dorothy and everyone else who made this trip awesome, from Margie to Hopi to Jada to Charles to Karen, to Dot's roommate and sisters, to the random cabbies who got me where I needed to go out of Spanish Harlem. Thanks for making this possible and I WILL be back!
I've had an influx of new readers of late (could it be that TJ Holmes post on his engagement? All signs point to "YES!"), so I feel the need to say hello. Plus, I want to welcome all the folks I met at Harvard's Black Policy Conference who have been friending me on Facebook and stopping by.
Please, feel free to dig deep through the blog's archives. I've got some good, gooey nougat of info in there as any long time reader can tell you.
Like, The Limits of Blackness: Where the shit is even "too black" for you sometimes; Doomed Romance: because maybe you feel like reading about someone else's messed up love life; The Chip On My Shoulder Is A Boulder: The Stories of Mothers and Daughters -- many of those stories crazy depressing; Incognegro: A joke series about people who either look white but are black or are part black; black conservatives on Obama: my award-winning political series from last year; my love of "B-Boys;" defining and re-defining what a "sell-out" is; my "Google Stalking" of TJ Holmes; the currently under reconstruction "Great Wall of Sexy;" celebrating hot news people and hot TV pundits; the fashion of Kanye West; every Beyonce post that has started some kind of fight; my torturing of people with Nick Cannon and Mariah Cary and more and more and more!
And don't forget all the madcap hilarity of The Secret Council of American Negroes, The Snob's parody site about our most secretive organization pushing the so-called "black" agenda.
Until then, The Snob will mostly be liveblogging her trip which is now on its second leg in New York where I'm meeting with other writer, journalist and entertainment types and making connections. If you're just here looking for the bag I was carrying this weekend (the infamous "I Am Not Stuck Up ... hate BET" bag) ... click here.
Chiggity-check out me talking in my exhaustaed, banal, Midwestern accent about being broke and having tomato soup for lunch.
Because that's how I roll.
Don't watch if you ever plan on watching either "The Departed" or the original Hong Kong masterpiece, "Infernal Affairs." Also, don't watch if you can't take the Dropkick Murphy's and people getting shot in the head. I love Martin Scorsese New York version of Boston! Don't know if it matches the Boston version of Boston.
The Snob is here! In Boston! (And still can just barely use her new camera) so you'll have to bear with me. I'm not to this particular woman's skill set yet in taking pictures of yourself with a timer and a digital camera.
My trip was smooth (way to go AirTran!) and I slept through most of it. Due to the help of a handsome gentleman named Dane with United Airlines (who likes to cook himself some cordon bleu and knows the public transit system well), I found the hotel with ease. Dane, a 30 year career employee with United was adorable, but I resisted the urge to hit on him once he said "30-year-career" and I realized he could be Papa Snob and was all squicked out by the prospect.
Older guys are always interesting until I think of them meeting my dad and I imagine them talking about the Cardinal's game. Then all the sexy rapidly melts away and it's just two old dudes lying to each other for fun.
(More after the jump!)
This will be my last post until I hit the road in search of knowledge and free wii fii tomorrow as I embark on my East Coast trip to Harvard and beyond.
(Don't throw up. Don't throw up!)
I'm a wee nervous. The flying. The being so far from home. The fact that I'm doing this so soon after getting out of the hospital, but this one is for me and my career. I NEEEEEED this. And I have both the fortitude, wardrobe and meds for it.
I will be staying in touch and popping in. I even have a camera now! So I can attempt to take pictures, audio and video of things. We'll see about getting some of that panel up on the blog!
Wish me and Dorothy (my creative partner) luck. I'm off to meet her in Oz. Hopefully I won't have to fall on some witch and fight a pointless war when I get there.
But I hope I get those shoes. Those shoes were nice.
PS. Wish me luck and be nice to the guest bloggers who help out while I whine about dull shizz like airport security and which sedative to take to fly without vomiting.
In my rambling about clothes I forgot to update you all on the fact that YES The Snob is coming to the East Coast next week for a host of reasons, the no. 1 of which yours truly was invited to take part in a panel during Harvard University's Black Policy Conference.
In its fifth year, the event happens April 17-18 at Cambridge, Mass. This years major speakers feature Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick (obviously), Essence editor Susan Taylor, theologian and author Michael Eric Dyson.
(More after the jump.)