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Goings on About Town

I'm sitting by my window with Fertile Ground's "Colors of the Night" on. The breeze is delicious. So is this group's jazzy, mellow, neo-souly style. So, anyways, like them girls on 'Kast's Stankonia say, "It's awwwl good."

Went to a party Wednesday night downtown. It was cool enough to make me not regret missing ANTM, which I've been known to work my schedule around. LOL. Will not disclose the name of the magazine that was hosting it, for fear of negatively blowuptuating a publication that's trying to be on the up and up. That said, a few comments if I may. Don't worry, I'll tread lightly. Cool? Okay, on we go...

Um, the editor, an older woman, looked nothing short of a hag on wheels. It wasn't because of her age (my 84-year-old grandmother is the flyest woman I know), but because she had an ill-fitting strapless dress on with the accessory of fatback hanging out over the edge. She was also sporting a two-toned weave that looked like it was the remnant of a non-road savvy raccoon and his brother. On top of that she had the sheer audacity to get up on a stage, shake her tailfeather and hike up her dress displaying her legs as the syncophantic audience clapped their approval. *Jaw dropped here* Perhaps I am naive, a little classic and conservative at times, but I have never with mine own eyes seen such a display. LOL It was, as that 80's group sang, "more than words."

Anyway, moving on past the shock of the hour, I watched with amusement as B-list celebs made their entrance and posed for photos (spotted Bokeem Woodbine and Camille from the season before last's ANTM sans her drawn-on clown brows). But the two who made the night truly worth it were Shirley Murdock and Kelly Price, who appeared on stage about an hour after the EIC's display. Together, they sang an acapella snippet of the classic, "As We Lay". I, taking a break from playing it cool on the dance floor, had been sitting away from the stage, resting the camel Nine West heels and the feet therein. That was, until I realized who was on stage. At that point, said fatigue was forgotten and I jumped up.


At that moment, I was in chuch y'all. She took it to town, that's all I can say. Kelly even expressed her awe at being next to the gospel/R&B diva, simply saying, "I'm a groupie right now." She, of course, held her own too.

*Mahogany lends her alto here, you know, in the case they need my help* "In the second, in the minute, in the owwww-rrrrrah!! Hey, hey, hey. As we lay!" LOL

The piece de resistance was when Shirley offered a little bit of a remix at the end, singing "And, before you lay, you-you-you betta pray". Lowering her voice into the mike, "Cause God aint gon' give ya somebody else's huzzzband." I was too through.

Turn to ya neighbor and if ya can't say amen, say ouch.


At April 22, 2005 12:33 PM , Blogger princessdominique said...

From the drawn on clown brows to the racoon weave, that made my Friday. Thanks!

At April 22, 2005 1:02 PM , Blogger Will said...

Sister Elle...you know, I was supposed 2 go to that event. Thank da Lawd I stayed away, my Sister! LOL

It would've been good to see Ms. Murdock, though. And to have had a pow-wow with Kelly Price's nose...? LAWD! I shoulda gone!!!


At April 22, 2005 6:49 PM , Blogger Mahogany Elle said...

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At April 23, 2005 12:44 PM , Blogger Harold M. Clemens said...

non-road savvy racoon=priceless

At April 23, 2005 4:25 PM , Blogger Berry said...

That sounds like quite an event....I love those two ladies by the way.

At April 25, 2005 3:03 PM , Blogger nai' said...

Nights like these make me really re-think if I just hate living in NYC that much. To be a place that I grew up, I don't understand why I can't find it in my heart to live there. But, over here in Alexandria where our celebs are the dag'gon mayor and em, I could use some comic relief like what you've mentioned here. And roflmao @ Will's comment. I hope that the editor of the said publication doesn't happen on your page. And then again, it would probably do her good to have some honest constructive criticism



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