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.
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!!!
Not to be confused with the movie about the vagina eating penises… Yup thats an actual movie and I’ve seen it but im talking about the ones in your mouth. Many take for granted or just dont pay attention to the teeth they have and wait forever to either get them checked or taken out. Cut to November/December 2016, after a forever struggle with getting consistent health insurance, I got some *Thanks Obama*. I go get a cleaning and am told i need fillings. Okay Im down for it. The first dentist failed at properly doing the job and I ended up with gaps and a crack filling literally within the 3 weeks time of getting them done. January 2017, I decided to go to a different dentist with fingers crossed and pray they can fix what was sadly done. NYU School of Dentistry is full of student dentists and fully licensed dentist all looking to teach as well as fix what ever is wrong with your mouth. Now you maybe thinking student dentists “Oh Hell Nah!!!” but look they have learn from somewhere, they are back by a full faculty and for half the price of what you would pay at a regular one, I say do your part and teach the people. They happily fix all my missed up fillings and pull a very unhappy wisdom tooth. The tooth some how started to decay from within, with much of its outter enamel fully intact. Glady I had no pain during or directly after the pulling and only popped a total of 4 painkillers. I like being proactive. The most fascinating thing about this said tooth pulling is seeing my xrays. For some reason my lower wisdom teeth decided to grow in underneath my gum and sideways. One dentist stared at my xrays in awe and in disbelief that I’ve never had any issues with them. He made me feeling like one of those patients on Greys Anatomy that has a condition only 1 in 25,000 people have. Yup I was special 😄 lol. Of course they want to pull them out too but im gonna wait a while to get that done. One dentist mentions weeks of pain and my brain was like NOPE!!! So people please go get you teeth checked ASAP before you tolerance of pain disappears.
Side Bar: I’ve been MIA on here because I been saving up for an awesome vacation. Even thought most of the event I attend are free I tend to spend a lot on eating out, Ubers/Lyfts and the dentist lol. Saving every penny counts! See ya soon & GO TO THE DENTIST!!!!
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.
Click HERE to see some photos from the photobooth. Enjoy!!!
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that there is not an open door for you in New York City because they’re always is.Whether it’s a restaurant, clothing store or a bar, the door is always open especially with galleries. Coming upon Highland Park walking past a building full of windows with the door wide open was the Allouche Gallery. What caught my eye was a huge sculpture by Faile standing in the window *it kind of reminded me of Alison in Wonderland with a skateboard* and I thought to myself how could I not going in.
There were so many cool and thought provoking pieces I couldn’t help but take pictures of almost everything. So if by chance you ever come up on a building with a cool peace of anything in the window is the door open walk on in. I shall continue to welcome this open door policy by walking into any door that’s open. Hopefully I’ll end up in a celebrities apartment LMAO!!!!
So if you have some free time stop Allouche Gallery their door is open til 7pm!
Going back to Afropunk with a new frame of mind made me enjoy it way more than I did the day before. I embraced all that it had to offer. I stood for a second watching the people but this time not in aww but happy that I got the chance to witness it all. Happy at seeing all the diversity of people. Happy to know that everyone was welcomed with know questions asked.Still slightly in aww by the people and their way of dress, with camera in hand I forced myself to pay attention to the music. Before taking in the first performance of the day there was a dance pretty. As the music played the people came. What started as a small group quickly became half of the parks field being taking up by moving bodies. Dances circles formed.People cheering on strangers and friends who stepped in the center to show their moves. It was all such a beautiful thing Now on the the MUSIC! Armed with camera in hand my first performance of the day was Angel Haze. She got BARS!!! It was my first time seeing her perform and I glad I got the chance wit witness her in action. After checking out the tricycle races again I made my way to the gold stage. Somehow the day before I didn’t know it existed but I decided to stay there for the rest of the day and I was glad I did. The next artist I caught was Gallant.HE SANG HIS ASS OFF!!! I was giving me bits of 90s r&b and Prince. Anyone who gives you bits of Prince in their on original way is a keeper. I was definitely googling him the next day for more. Once his performance was done I slowly squeezed my way towards the front and Dj Esta began playing. Boy Oh Boy!!! If there could have been a roof that he could hypothetically tear off, he did the damn thing. Not one soul near the gold stage wasn’t dancing. Playing a mixture of 90s classics, trap remixes and all thing in between….He was unstoppable. Next up was my newly discovered fav Kelela. She gave so much soul. The group of ladies I was standing next to me knew every word the pretty much every song she sang. She has so many levels to her voice it was amazing. Her song “Send Me Out” was stuck in head *in a good way* even after I listened to it. The nights main attraction for me was The Internet. We were all sooooooo excited to see them live.The crowd swayed together and sang together. Tyler the Creator was in the cut singing along enjoy himself too .We didn’t want it to end, so much so that the crowd started to scream Encore!
Sadly it didn’t happen but we can always try right.
Stay Tune in to the Snapchat & IG because its the time again…. New York Fashion Week!
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 can’t call it Mad just because it was FREAKING EPIC!!! The usual 2 days of music, with great people and AMAZEBALL performances. Day one started off with Neo Fresco & Fki 1st who got the party started.
Next Gryffin took the stage and as soon and he got into a groove Mother Nature (this bitch!) decides to provide us with rain…And not just a regular shower, a freak wind pushing down pour for about 20 mins. It got so bad that the shut shit down and told us to vacate the premises. Did we listen? HELL NO! We stayed and banded together like the music lovers we are. Some rushed the field with security chasing them. Eventually they gave up and so did the rain. Fully soaked we ran back to continue the party.
Next up was Alison Wonderland who was great. Then Tory Lanez who’s set a sat through because I needed to save my energy for the evenings main attractions. Dillon Fucking Francis open his set with the Pokémon theme song. I truly fall in love with him at that moment.
I’m pretty sure you could here us screaming “Pokémon” 3 block away. He continued to set fire to our asses track after track he played. Last but not least DIPLO!!! Of course he kept us dancing till the very last minute.
It’s like he takes you on a ride and you don’t wanna get off. He brought out the drum machine , a keyboard and even whistled on a track…To me that was hot! I appreciate the little things. Now Party Khan, Party Khan, PARTY KHAN!!! The link up of Party Favor and Valentino Khan was the best thing ever. I don’t think I danced so much in a short period of time it was amazing.
If could afford to go to every show they play at I would, it was that good. Slushii hit the stage next. I was my first time hearing him play and I will say I enjoyed what I heard. Making her way back into the music world after a bit of legal stuff was Ke$ha or what I like to call her Miss Thickness. She looked amazing. I mean expected nothing less but she put in a bit of weight and it went to all the right places.
While she performed I mostly stood there in awe of her legs. Her thighs made me jealous. After the beautiful Ke$ha was Boi-1da. Now to my knowledge he is one of Drakes producers and he started his set playing the 6God. I thought it was just going to be the Drake hour which no one would ever complain about but Drake actually appeared and performed.
When I say the crowd went wild, they went there and beyond when he hit the stage. He gave us the best surprise of the day. We all needed a bit of rest after it was all over. Zeds Dead put us right back on the dance floor or shall I say field. The closers of the night was Dj Snake. He had so much freaking energy. I think he would have keep playing til the next day if they let him but sadly they didn’t.
However when we thought it was all over and done he came back with a bit of an encore. I could tell he really loves his job.
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