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05.26.02 06:07 PM

guess who's back?

Just got back to Brooklyn from the Cannes Film Festival today, and boy am I tired. I have plenty of pictures and thoughts to post, but in the meantime check out some commentary I wrote for Black Filmmaker Magazine. Although it is good to be back, I am so unprepared to jump back into the daily grind that is my life. I did have a pleasant welcome though. Since I live across the street from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as soon as I drove up to my street I was greeted by the sights, smells, and sounds of the outdoor African Market of Dance Africa. After securing a hot vegetarian meal and giving shout outs to all the artisans I know, I was treated to a free performance of dance as performed by young folks (apprx. ages 5—10). That alone got me in the mood to start my Brooklyn-based life again.

If I were not here, where would I be? Oftentimes, this three-day weekend finds me at DC Black Pride. Just before I left, I had asked Emil Wilbekin if that was where he would be this year as we remembered that was where we first met. He was of course jet setting again, so Black Pride was not on his agenda this year. It's a great place to be at this time of year, whether you are gay or straight. Speaking of Emil, he and Vibe Magazine were featured in The New York Times
on the 17th. Shout outs to George for posting the link in afrofuturism.

Why were Emil and Vibe featured in the NYT? It was a major accomplishment. Check it out:
"At the moment, Mr. Wilbekin sits on the edge of a cream-colored sofa in his large office overlooking Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill. The 34-year-old editor is quite animated, still in the afterglow of his glossy chronicle of hip-hop's big win at the National Magazine Awards earlier this month. Vibe beat out competitors including The New Yorker in the general-excellence category for magazines with circulations of 500,000 to 1 million. (Think "best picture" at the Oscars.)

I was also happy to return and find Trayc blogging again and to see Jason's new layout. More on Cannes to come later this week. Right now I have a lot of things to catch up on, specfically sleep.

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