I am a human of pure nostalgia. I love anything that takes me back/reminds me of great memories. I never want to let things go. Music has that effect to take me back very quickly to a happier time or situation. One of New Yorks most iconic rights of passage for any 19 or older wanting to get a taste of night life has officially closed its doors. The great Webster Hall is now closed for renovations. It is will be closed until sometime in November 2017 and will reopen its doors with new owners and management but it will never be the same. I feel like I grew up there. Webster hall provided me with many experiences & memories I will never forget. There was the first *and last* time I got on stage for amateur strip night for my 21st birthday. Did I when? No but my cousin did lol. Gotta like a nice set of double Ds on a pretty girl. $450 in the pocket just for a flash. I saw the one and only Corrine Bailey Rae, after trying to see her for 10 years since she came out. I got taken back to my high school music roots with a closing show of a Good Charlotte concert. I won tickets to the Downtown Festival were I was introduced to one of the waviest bands Vactioner. Webster gave many young woman and myself their first spin on stripper poles. They were just for show but fun as hell. I introduced many of my friends to the the club for only kind of night life you can experience in NYC. One night we randomly complimented a lovely lady who happened who be celebrating officially be coming a doctor and was offered to hang out and drink with her. Another night we danced with beautiful men in drag till the shut the club down. One night we met a group of guys who invited us to go to Ihop. The journey getting there was the most hilarious thing in the world. Im still not sure how we fit 8 grown ass drunken adults in that small 4 door car. Another time after work we decided we didn’t wanna go home so we headed to Webster for Ladies Night. One of my friends for got there ID at work so we felt the plan of the night failed. Cleverly all we needed was a marker to save the day. We squeeze her behind the fence into the smoking section outside, marked her hand up identical to everyone else then chatted up a few people standing there just to make it look good. We stood there staring at the entrance as she walked up in hopes that the bouncer didnt know what just happened. She flash her marked up hand and walked in with no problem. The adrenaline rush of knowing we pulled off sneaking someone in to Webster Hall just made the night even more exciting. I found out both of my friends were pregnant at Webster lol. It was two separate occasions but cool none the less. Whenever one of my friend attended ladies night she alway got licked by someone. Till this day we still never understood it but without fail someone licked her lmao. As I got older my trips to Webster Hall for parties decreased drastically. I went there for more concerts but still randomly every few years making an appearance for a party. So the on their final night I decided to go shake a tail feather for good time sake. It was exactly what I remember. As it was ladies night there were tons of girls with guys to follow, music blasting on every floor, squads taking pictures to save that lasting moment. To my pleasant surprise a few dancers from when I was a teen, showed up & showed out for the last night. A guy I remember seeing partying at Webster on many occasions now worked as security and the stage on the entrance floor no longer had the infamous poles but was still filled with people. I will never forget those moment I spent there (especially because there a bunch of pics and video on a hard drive somewhere in my house) at Webster Hall. I can only hope with all thats new coming to the venu that it will have the same impact that it has provided for decades before.
My journey to foreign territory aka the Bronx in search of The Greatest Day Ever and I shall say it definitely lived up to its name. DAY 1: To my surprise it really that bad of a travel to get to the festival. Although it took 2 hours it was totally worth it. Once though the gates you were greeted with the site of carival rides, beautiful people and bass thumping music. The line up consisted of Tropkillaz, Westside Gunn & Conway the Machine, They. , Dj Esco, Kyle, Anna Lunoe, Mr. Carmack, Bro Safari and Dillion Francis. I miss half of Tropkillaz set because of travel but was I did catch was pretty good. Westside Gunn & Conway the Machine gave us some hip hop. They. were awesome. Dante & Drew’s performance was just as hype as their videos. DJ Esco had the crowded turned ALL THR WAY UP! There was not one body that wasnt moving during his set. By this time I made my way up close to the front for Kyle. He never disappoints. He and Super Duper Brick were so energetic. They busted out some dance moves from the 90’s and giving nothing but Super Duper show. Next up was Anna Loune. Droves of people began to pour in as they set up for her set. I had never heard her play before and she was beyond everything I expected. Words truly can’t described how in Aww I was of her and on top of giving the crowd 1000% she did it 7 months pregnant. That was just the cherry on top of the sundae for me. After the amazing Anna was done I went to some grub. With the amount of jumping around I was doing I needed to refuel. Snack of choice: Loaded Tots *drools*. With the line being so long and how slow I was eating *savoring every piece of bacon* by the time I got back inside Bro Safari was providing the tunes. Whoever is sidekick was that was dancing on stage for him was hilarious. They definitely got the crowd up and on their feet in preparation for one of my new faves Dillion Francis. I immediately fall in luv with him one year ago when he opened his set playing the Pokémon theme song * he knows his was to a girls heart*. Of course he was blessed us with greatness and gave the crowd a lil 00s throw back tunes. It truly was great way to end the night. DAY 2: I made the trek back to the BX thinking I was late because i got there at 4:15pm and I was just a little bit but it started at 4pm. The line up consisted of: Fight Club, Tunji Ige, Tokimonsta, Green Velvet, Gold Link, The Internet, Post Malone, What So Not and the main attraction Diplo. I caught was was left of Fight Clubs set then decided I would get on some of the rides. Ya gotta take full advantage of all the was given. There was the calm Ferris Wheel, the Zipper which would be recommended to ride on a empty stomach, Himalaya and Alien Invasion. When I was done Tokimonsta was starting to play. She is one of those artist I like to put on my Groove Train list. She takes ya on a ride. Nothing too hard but nothing soft or mellow but pure groovy baby. Green Velevt kinda put you in a trance. So much so that a spin the bottle dance circle started. If the top points to you, ya get in the circle in show your moves. When he stopped playing we all looked up in confusion like “Damn that was it? Why he stop?”. Gold Link made me become a fan on the spot. His vibe, his clothing of choice, and his lyric pulled me in. It was one of those moments when I thought “Damnit! I should have Googled him before so I knew the words to his songs”. I felt so left out with everyone singing along but trust I’ll know them for next time. I was super hype when The Internet took the stage. The group recently all did solo project and I hoped they’d sing a song from those albums and they sure did. Both Syd & Steve Lacey performanced songs off their project and it made me so happy. After they finished I went to get some food and sit for a bit so I missed Post Malones performance. I needed that refresher because What So Not got the wharehouse bumping. I danced so much I almost couldn’t catch my breath. They were awesome. Glady right after What So Not finished, there was no time wasted getting Dilpo to the stage. He never lets ya down. My shirt was fully socked with sweat by the time he was done. Luckily I brought another one for back up. If this was the replace or a hold over for Mad Decent Block Party, I ain’t mad at it. I defiantly had a great time even thought it was so far I’d travel back for another round of The Greatest Day Ever.
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It took my a while to figure out what to say about thailand and not be a super tourist but in all honesty thats exactly what I was. Coming from one city to go to another was a nice eye opener and gave me a great appreciation for where I just visited and where I live. First of all their transit system is awesome! The BTS and MRT run flawlessly, they are on time and clean as hell. All signs in each station are printed boldy with arrows pointing in the direction you want to go. This made travel about the city extremely easy depending where I wanted to go. Their trains shut down around 12am and coming from NYC were the transit system runs 24 hour thats the only downside I saw. The food is amazing! Sadly I wish I ate way more food than I did but I was so excited to just be there I forget to eat a few times. I know few people who are a little touchy about eating street but have no fear thats what malls are for. Yeah I spent a decent about of time in malls window shopping but if your a person who isnt to keen on street food Thailand has the most impressive food courts I have seen to date. So many options and styles of food, you’ll want to walk around and get a bit of everything. The street food scene comes more alive at night so thats when I decide to indulge. Of course I got some Pad Thai and this *see pic* tasty desert banana thingy well as boat noodle which were delicious. At some point I got a craving for fried chicken and surely enough there was a vendor making fresh fried chicken two blocks away from my hotel. I thought to myself “God is good”. It was some of the best I had in a very long time. Just like the street food scene pretty much very thing else began to come alive at night. While there I attended a Couch Surfing Meetup and hung out with some cool locals and fellow travelers. From there a group of us headed to Kaosan Road. Ive seen videos about its but way better in person. A whole entire block with bars to the left and right blasting music with hunreds of people dancing in the street and bar hopping along the way. I got one of those buckets everyone talks about and was a bit disappointed that is wasnt as strong as imagined. I could have drank a whole one by myself and been absolutely fine. Upon my last night in Thailand I decided to grab a beer at an outside bar. While there I chatted a bit with the bartender, a few very entertaining lady boys and a fellow staying in Thailand for school from Africa. We all talked, craked jokes and just chilled there till it was closing time. I mentioned I hadn’t been to any clubs or got the full experience of the night life there, he decided to take me to a club. Sadly they were all closing but he knew of a lounge they stayed open pretty much till the morning. While walking he gave me the scoop on the area and let go of some shocking information. Well not really shocking but a bit surprising. He told me that there were a lot of women of color who come to Thailand to do prostitution *my mouth immediately drops*. I think to myself isn’t this true or maybe someone told him this story too but low and be I witness it with my own eyes. On our way to the lounge the was a man and a woman who I thought was a couple were walking in front of us. He was feeling all over her and talking in ear. Im guessing she said a too high of a price to him because seconds later he was pushing her way and she keep trying to get him back. Conveniently there was a group of 3 girl walking across the street in our direction. Once they made it to the block, he squeezed right between two of them wrapped his arms around their waist and they all proceeded to walk with each other. He grabbed one of their asses whispered in her ear and no sooner then she responded they were walking off by themselves in the opposite direction leaving the other two girl on there own, *Drops Mic*. Now if that wasn’t the quickest I told you so I don’t know what it is. Before leaving the states I was extremely hype about getting Thai massage but not only did I get that but cute lil love affair. Okay I’m being way to dramatic so ill say it was a cute lil LUST situation. So before receiving my massage *thankfully the shop was right next to my hotel* the beautiful people who worked there pretty much hung outside attracking customers for business. I saw them everyday upon entering/leaving the hotel so we’d always said Hello to each other. When I finally decided to get my massage the guy who I thought was the cutest of them all stepped forward to rub me down. I was dumb hype on the inside because I got to stare at him for an hour and some change. We exchange what little dialect we could while just smiling at each other like teenagers. It was all so adorable.We bonded over having tattoos. So of course nothing actually happened passed the actual massage beside me really feeling up his arms when told to. Yeah he knew what I was doing and we laughed after. He also gave my butt a nice rub and squeeze. Yes, he asked first *who doesn’t love a butt rub* and we both know what he was doing because upon doing the first squeeze I looked back at him and he said “Nice” with a kool aid smile. After the massage I went back to my room and just melted to sleep. Melting to sleep is a thing cause I said so. LOL!As the days went by everytime we saw each other he course he asked me if I would like another massage and I declined but we always gave each other lusty eyes and smiles like we had a secert no one knew about. On my last day coming back to the hotel to get my things he ask one last time did I want a massage and when I mentioned I was going home, his face dropped. I feel like he thought I was joking until a cab pull into the driveway. As the door man grabbed my bags there he stood just watching…Looking at me in the distance. And there I stood looking back. We literally stood there and stared at each other until everything and one was tucked away in the the car. No waving good bye, just our eyes watching each other till I got into the cab…..
So that was my time Thailand. I have intentions on going back within the next 2 years but for now I get to live in the memories and pictures of that time.
Maybe I’m just way to calm, accepting, relaxed or open minded. I try to find the positive in mostly everything, even 20 hour air plane flights. When I mentioned my journey to the land of smiles the first question I got was “How long is the flight?” And after replying “A Day” (it was really 20 hours but that was way to many syllables to keep repeating) the reactions were “Oh no I can’t do that, that’s way to long to be in one spot, why you going so far, and blah blah blah”. I look at any flight especially a long flight as a blessing. Why might you ask???? Because your one and only obligation to the world is to stay in your seat. You have nothing else in world to do. You dont have to worry about work, school, home or anything really. You dont even have to think if you dont want to. You are provided food, beverages and even alcohol on some flights. You may not like it but hey you can’t it wasnt offered. I faithfully bring a few of my own snacks from home for those just in case moments if the food is totally inedible. Many airlines also provide entertainment. My flight leaving the US had better options than my returning flight. Departing I was able to play a language game that helped my brush up on my newly learned Thai words. I played poker as well. If im correct it was an in-flight battle to which I had the pleasure of dominating. I started with $1000, won with $62,385, I took everyones money and Im proud of it lol. There were also a variety of movies and TV shows to watch. This particular flight didn’t carry the newest releases but had a solid amount of choices. I watch xXx : Return of Xander Cage and a 3 episode special of African wild life. Over all my beyond favor part about flying especially on a long flight is sleeping. You get to sleep for however your flight is fully uninterrupted * unless someone has to pee* . I normally aim for the window seat not only for the sites but because no one has to climb over you for anything. I caught up on all the sleep I missed, wish i had, and needed. So enjoy your next long haul flight. Think of it as time to get you internal battery recharged. Catch up on all the sleep you messed. Beat everyone in your cabin in a poker game. Watch some new and entertaining movies or just chat with the person next to you. Positive thoughts people, positive thoughts!!!
Beside the fact that 2016 kinda sucked in the sense of politics and the death of many great celebraties, my personal life was freaking awesome.So I figured I’d start the New Year with my last awesome adventure….
I ventured into foreign territory *New Jersey* for Exxxotica 2016. My inner pervert has been so suppressed for a bit so I was extremely excited to go. Walking in I had no clue what to expect and the first thing I saw was ass.
Cheeks & Boobs Everywhere!!!! Web cam girls were the first thing you saw.
Upon going futher into the rabbit whole you seen porn stars to the left and right, booths with with sex toys and lots of people. Hundreds of people both man and woman came out to see their virtual fornication lovers.
I even noticed a few faces I’ve seen in my home town and a coworker lol. Sadly because I only know of porn my friends share with me, I don’t really know any porn star but there were some faces I recognized from what was shared. One of my hightlight was the dungon. There was suspension, whips, chains, feathers, spin wheels and my new favorite flogging.
I was a little shy at first but reading Fifty Shades of Grey mad me very curious. I enjoy it very much. I wanted to donit again but the line was to long *sad face*. There was also a panels, sex workshops, a sexy fashion show, BBW twerk contest and some other random goodies.
I really had a great time and everyone who watched my snapchat have a very good time too. Oh and there was a awesome gift bag by Bad Dragon that have 3 cute and tiny small dragon shaped penises. I honestly wished they were life size but I digress…
I will definitely be returning next year. After attending Exxxotica I have more of an appropriations for porn stars. With just the naked eye all we see is women (and men)
who have lots of sex for our entertainment. The main difference between us and them* in my eyes* is that we know who they slept with.
They work out hard as hell sexually and physically to keep in shape. They run businesses, take care of loved ones, and everything else the makes them human. So what if there job is different from the typical 9 to 5, doesn’t mean they don’t need love.
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Courtesy of BE@T & OUT I had the chance to to experience an advanced screening and Q&A of the movie Moonlight. Originally a screen play written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, it was a deep ass movie. This film was originally brought to my attention as a moive about gay men via Facebook but it is way more than just that. This movie is relatable to everyone whether you classify as straight, gay, trans, confused etc… I saw different parts of myself (mentally & emotionally) in each sequence of the main characters evolution. I wont provide any spoilers but I will say it is differently worth watching. During the Q&A the director Berry Jenkins and Tarell gave us a bit of insight on filming in the different locations of Miami which have appeared in many music videos. They also mentioned *if im correct* that they filmed all of Naomi Harris’s scenes in three days. The story itself is base of real life events of both director and writer and they were in the same school at one point and never crossed paths until a mutual friend introduced them some years ago. I think it was a sign from the universe bringing them together just for this. I plan on watching again this time bringing a friend to join me. I encourage everyone to start/continue to support indie movies. I personally complain about movie remakes having these huge budgets with horrible story when that money could be used to fund independent films with new, courageous and thought provoking stories. Plus a lot of big stars act in indie films in roles you would really be surprised about…..SO GO OUT AND SUPPORT!!!
Kotaku and io9 held their first Cosplay Ball in New York presented by Drangon Ball Xenoverse 2. I was uber excited to go but sadly lacked in cosplay get up because I am such a procrastinator. But have no fear! My Harry Potter jumper seriously can in handy and I went as Harmonie. Held at Studio 17 there was music by Dj Cutman, a photobooth, food, drinks and even a 3D printing station.I really had a great time. I met some really cool people, seen cool cosplay and awesome performance by the Fantastic Plastics. There was even a cosplay contest that I sadly missed because I was filling my face with cupcakes and cookies but congrats to the winners! Hopefully they have another one next year because I will definitely be there.
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I went into it totally wrong. Thinking this is just a typical concert/music festival my mindset wasn’t able to appreciate it for what it actually is. It’s a celebration of music. It’s a celebration of being proud of who you are. It’s a celebration of creativity. It’s a celebration of blackness. There is totally no judgement. Wear what you wanna wear. Show out for your peers, express your passion & creativity through you. And let me tell you it was definitely a fashion show to be seen.So many different hair styles & colors. So many pieces of artistic jewelry and patterned outfits it was truly site to see. Honestly I was so busy looking at how people were dress I barely paid to much attention to the musical acts. The acts I did get attention to pay attention to were definitely worth it. The first one I caught sight of was Qassim & The Juggernaut War Party. Their style and music was completely unique.Their energy never seemed to end. It seriously looked like a party on stage that you wish were apart of.I mean technically you were but not lol. As I wander aimlessly around passing market area which had amazing finds (sadly I only had cash for food) I stumbled upon Toyota Music Renegade Lab. They had a bunch of cool activities like turning cds in to records that actually play music, making a mini music video and marble body art. Continuing to wander, I found the tricycle race. It is a very entertaining thing to matching adults race each other on tricycles. The next performance I caught was of Trash Talk a rock band from California. Honestly I wasn’t ready for them. I had no clue what to expect but boy did I get a lot. The voice powerful, the band on point, the excitement of the crowd…Unbelievable!
After all of that I just stayed in one spot to not only recuperate but to wait for Tyler The Creator. While awaiting The Creator we were blessed with tunes from DJ Yaadcore of Jamica , giving use reggae and Rastafarian vibes. Once his set was done it was time for Tyler and once again I wasn’t ready. And not for Tyler *I’m always ready for him* but the crowd! Myself & others were pushed and pulled like a trapped school of fish from people behind use trying to get closer to the stage.
It got so bad that security had to help people over the barricade just so they wouldn’t get squashed to death * Yes I’m being a 5% dramatic but it was real*. Once the pushing calmed down. I was able to take in all the awesomeness of the performance. Once it was done I went home lol. There were other acts performing but after what I just survived I needed to rest.
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I first seem Shamir on the stage singing along with Kitten. All artist that night were new to me but when he appear I stood there wondering who is he…Cut to recently, courtesy of Samsung, I had the chance to see him again this time performing all of his own original material. I know longer questioned who he was.
Shamir performed songs from his new soon to be released album Ratchet and I must say everything that he presented was awesome. Literally every song he sang from his album had people dancing in there seats or singing along. I describe his music as a mix of pop, house, groove and happy…And who do like happy!?! Without even knowing it I already knew one of his song, which was great because I could actually sing along properly lol.
He let us into his world for the night and it was awesome. When you get a chance check out some of his music videos. They are very animated, colorful & he even got turned into a puppet.
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