A dominiyorkian in Paris

A couple weeks ago, my husband told me he was going to Paris to film a leg of a documentary he’s working on about the history of hip-hop and urban fashion. I didn’t think twice about inviting myself to go with. I love Paris, even in the winter, and, more importantly, I had an overdue debt to pay to Saint …

And if You Don’t Know, Now You Know!

It’s so hard to say goodbye…REWIND “No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity” ~ Andre Maurois “The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.” ~ Oscar Wilde “The leader shows that style is no substitute for substance, that creating an impression is more potent than acting from one’s center.” …

racism is high art

“I  never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark.”  — Dick Gregory Racism is so homologous in society that very few people take notice when it reflects itself even in the most unexpected places. We were hardly surprised to see grotesquely exaggerated depictions of Africans at the Louvre. No …

Planet Hip-Hop: Piecebook Battle, Paris

Sacha Jenkins and David “Chino” Villorente co-hosted the “Piecebook Battle” @ Fondation Cartier in the Montparnasse district of Paris. It was very cool. Despite the intermittent rain, the crowds came through all day to support the 15 contestants and four finalists chosen by the hosts and my mellow JonOne 156 (Dominican Power!). The Contestants had an 1 1/2 hours to …