Lynne d Johnson



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08.13.01 09:00 AM

Body & Soul

I went to Church on Saturday. Well, not the old preacher in the pulpit, sermonizing type vibe, but I did get a good dose of religion. Central Park Summerstage, Body and Soul Party. It's funny how much six degrees of separation ish can go on in New York. Thought I wouldn't get in, but I sent someone my energy and he came and put me on the line with he and his friends. I had my back turned at the time, and he just walked over. Funny that.

Saw many lads and ladettes I've know in former roles in my life. Incognito performed, but got a little too long winded for most folks. We wanted Joe Clausell, Francois K, Danny Krivit, we wanted that classic Garage funk...jammed all up in our ears and souls. We wanted to get down and party. And that we did, eventually. I danced so much, I was sore the next day. And after much testifying, shouting, wailing, and a vocal chords were all spased out. And yet...I couldn't stop. Had to continue the night. The party never ended. I made new friends. Hung out with folks I barely knew. But that's what Church can do for you. It can give you a sense of belonging, a sense of community. Hallelu - jah!

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08.04.01 09:00 AM

Planet of the Apes - The Film

Finally saw Planet of the Apes. Still not sure how I feel about this movie. I am trying to recollect the original movie and TV series that I saw as a youth. Of course, Tim Burton made it fantastic in terms of EFX and imagery — visually stunning it was. And of course I am upset about the whole social order/disorder racial division representations, and I know I want to say more. I feel more. I am thinking more. But it is making my head ache.

I also saw Lumumba this week. And going from that experience to the experience of viewing Planet of the Apes — WOW! — what a trip. On one level, there is a strong overlap in terms of the issues both of these movies present and raise about race and cultural domination. And on another level there are absolutely no parallels. I suppose if race, caste, and class structures, in which one group of people subjugate the masses, didn't exist gloabally I would have been able to view these flix for their artistic merits solely. But daymn, it ain't the case.

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08.03.01 09:00 AM

Fela, the man, the music

I just got in from the most awesome party for the Fela Project. DJ Rich Medina really did a lovely job spinning the afrobeat at Shine in NYC tonight. Fela performances were playing on the film screen all night. Levis Jeans represented and had some cat there painting over a denim outfit like it were canvas. The music was so fierce, and the mixes were so on point. The DJ went from afrobeat, to house, and back again. The energy of the crowd was magnificent. I am so elated I just don't know if I can go to bed now. Watch me dance, here.

It's been a long time since I've been to a party that was really all good vibes --- spiritual even. I suspect that is what I will encounter when Body & Soul plays central park on August 11th with DJs Francois K, Danny Krivit, and Joaquin "joe" clausell.

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