Monday, September 20, 2010
First and foremost, it's salsa. I've talked many times on this blog about how I first found salsa. Every time I move or travel, I find it again and again. My first night in Madrid 3 years ago, I wandered the streets unsure of what I was doing there, how long I'd stay, if I'd be able to make a life there. A door opened and the sounds of salsa wafted into the street. Following my ear, I approached the door and asked the bouncer if there was a cover. He let me in. I sat with a drink and just watched for the first hour (patience is key), but after the first dance, I was home again. Rhythm. Laughter. New friends. Also, comfort. Refuge. An anchor. For the dance and the people who love it are the same everywhere.
Except in New York. It's better. The dancers are more crisp and on clave. There was only one way for me to spend my last night here in NY til the holidays. We are in silhouette, me and my dread in a big ball on top of my head (salsa was lots of fun with baby dreads, I could spin faster!), and my partner in a Red Sox cap...
Untitled from ieishah clelland on Vimeo.
What's the first and last thing you do in a new country? When everything else if foreign, where's home?
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I'm a 20 year old black girl from the northwestern part of North America who is planning to attend the University of Barcelona in the fall. I have been doing a lot of research about Spain including crime rates and prices. I came across your blog and knew I had to find you. I'd love any information, hints, tips etc. you have! For example, how bad's the culture shock and how do I learn to fit into their way of life without losing myself? I've never been to Spain before and I don't know any Spanish so I know it's going to be difficult. I'll also be living in an apartment with other students from the program but I'd really appreciate any advice that you'd like to share about settling into BCN as a person who is living there. Thank you! I hope I haven't taken up too much of your time!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
"I like Nicki Minaj."
“We’re going to see what happens with [Minaj] and if it’s worth it to open the doors up a little bit…” -Some Music Exec Dude
“If male rappers are spending so much time dissing African American women, there’s not much to be said for male listeners wanting to hear what’s on in an African American woman’s mind,’ - Lyte (paraphrased).
“You’re a female. I’m a dude… I’m not gonna learn nothing from you… I just wanna look at you.” -Trina reading the minds of her male fans.
When asked why they thought there was such an absence of women rappers the answers were truly diverse. Truly. Like a catwalk.