On hairdressers and dancing mermaids

“I’m so/fabulous/yeah you know wha’ I mean” I love this video. Here are two little black girls, talking about their passion for dancing, and how it makes them feel, and what they want to do with it. “I’ll describe my dancing like … powerful and just hardcore,” says B-girl Terra. “I’ll describe my dancing as […]

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Eavesdropping in New York

The location: A launderette in Bed-Stuy A Tuesday in September Around 3pm “Mohammed, everything good? I missed you!” “He’s been gone two weeks,” this woman tells another brown skinned man fixing a washer. “I missed him,” she says again. Then she loads two duvets into a large washer and talks aloud, “oh no, I don’t […]

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Five Things: New York

1. I spent most of yesterday on the High Line. I walked the entire route very slowly, stopping to sit and bask in the sun, use (steal?) free wi-fi from a local password-free router, and pause at the many artworks that dot the route. I also did a lot of people-watching. There are lots of tourists […]

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On teeth, nails, and hair

I finally got my tooth implant after a too-long period of wearing a denture (one day, I will write about this feeling). Before the crown was put in, I had a bone graft in my upper jaw, and a titanium dental root was drilled in. The pain is indescribable. I cried all through the surgery, […]

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RIP Maya Angelou: Queen of Badassery

There are people on the public stage, who we might think of as celebrities, whatever their field. Their life’s work becomes our life’s consumption. And over the course of years – or shorter periods that take on the significance and weight of years via the shortcuts of strife and pain – we get to feeling […]

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