Nikki Giovanni’s Busboys

January 12, 2011

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I absolutely love Busboys & Poets. It’s an incredible local gathering spot with a name inspired by poet Langston Hughes, who’d worked as a busboy prior to becoming an internationally renowned poet back in the 1930s. It’s also one of the best cultural venues in the District of Columbia, with splendid food, a stylish environment, […]

Oh, The Glorious Flute!

January 6, 2011

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For about the past month-and-a-half, Erykah Badu’s album “Icon” has been in near constant rotation in the South Korean sedan. The appeal? Sheer auditory felicity. The lyrics are my cup of tea, too, with several exceptions. But the sound? Amazing. Simply gorgeous. So one of many things I enjoy on this CD is the intermittent […]

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Baxter’s Fashion Sense

January 3, 2011

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You may already be asking: “Who on Earth is Baxter?” My reply: “He’s a bear. And a very cute one at that. But there’s one thing that makes him unique from other two-dimensional depictions.” “And that is …?” “He can’t seem to stay away from fruit.” Take a look: You may not know this, but […]

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A Visual: Parenting the Next Hip Hop Generation

January 3, 2011

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of encountering one of the most meaningful music videos I’d ever seen. It’s a piece from Lamp Mode recording artist Json, and the actual song, “Parent Me,” can be found on his most recent project, “City Lights.” The vid is solid. It’s optically appealing with a high-quality […]

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How Could I Have Slept on Corcoran?

January 2, 2011

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  I’d driven by the Corcoran countless times, known it to be a Washington treasure, but hadn’t so much as stepped in until recently. The result of my long-overdue visit? Let’s just say my visual senses enjoyed every moment. If you’re a lover of visual aesthetics, you’ll adore this place. From the building’s architecture to […]

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The Phat Fat Cat

January 2, 2011

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Visited my hometown, as usual, for New Years. Had a refreshing time seeing fam and friends, but was pleasantly surprised to discover a loungie spot in the West Village called Fat Cat. Let me be honest: I hadn’t discovered Fat Cat on my own. One member of our little crew had heard of it only […]

Posted in: Lounges & Clubs