I'm baaaaaack in L.A. after five fabulous days in Brooklyn and other parts of NYC. Five days of book work. Kinda tired. Just had to get a few things and thanks out on behalf of Daniel and me:
Bluestockings: a great social justice bookstore and space in Lower East Side on Allen St; so happy to meet a new friend, Clay, who's got a book proposal that'll knock your socks off. Thanks Brooke and company!
Chi Chiz: a great drinking spot on Christopher Street in the Village, that welcomed me with open arms, quite a few Cuba Libres, and a ton of book sales believe it or not... in a bar! Thanks Kraig and the crew at Chi Chiz for a great night... and for keeping a visible black presence on Christopher Street!
BlackOut Arts Series: sponsored by the Pride In The City organizers, this night was a great kickoff to a fun, educational, and community-building weekend. Loved hearing and seeing the work of so many artists. I could go down a long list of names... but trust me... they put a lot of pride events to shame with how organized it is... and the great mix of both fun and information.
Books Are Sexy Book Club: What can I say? Derrick L. Briggs and company know how to do it right... and I had so much fun talking with a group of people who had finished the book and had a billion insights into Down For Whatever. Alex, No4Real4Real, Marcus, Carol, Dwayne, Sam... everyone... too many names to mention... loved all your comments and questions! And now Daniel and I are brainstorming the West Coast brother book club to compliment your work...
Got pics. Got stories. Gotta check with a few folks to respect their confidentiality on pictures first... Hopefully over the next couple days will have a story or two to tell...
I thank all the guys in Brooklyn for making this a weekend to remember. And the organizers of Pride in the City, People of Color in Crisis... two standing ovations for your hard work!
And to my new friends... and you truly are friends for driving me and Daniel around, hanging out with us, buying the book at events, recommending the book after events, supplying us with sleeping quarters, drinks, parties, and laughs after events... I'm really honored you took this West Coast boy in. You're making me want to move there! You know who you are...
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