I just got back from New York and I'm glad to be back in Atlanta where it's a little easier to focus on one thing at a time. During my time in The Big Apple, I woke up (and went to sleep) to random shouting and an endless array of music coming from the streets. I did Shazaam a few bangers I heard coming from the bodega. In Atlanta, I wake up to chirping birds and the occasional lawn mower. Both cities have their charm. Coming from Atlanta, it's dope to explore another Black cultural hotbed in the country,
I got to tape a few episodes of The 85 South Show in Leonard Ouzts Harlem apartment...His spot is very spacious and I appreciate the homie for looking out on such short notice. In Harlem, we hit a the comedy spot to watch some amateurs with Karlous Miller, Jess Hilarious, B Simone and Leonard.
The city though has a heart beat...an energy that just makes you want to get it. My team had a few meetings in Manhattan to solidify partnerships, so we decided to take the subway in. It was a great experience but we found out it can get kind of dangerous. So later, we headed to Amy Ruth's -an authentic Harlem soul food spot - in an Uber.
I made sure to hit the Moma to check out the Unfinished Conversations exhibit at The MoMA.
This striking drawing - taller than me - was stunning me. I was frozen for minutes when I heard someone behind me whisper, "why is a drawing in the museum?" I used a lot of self-restraint in that moment. Hear how the artist Kara Walker was inspired to create 40 Acres Of Mules
I've never seen a 3-channel video and I honestly think I may never one see again. John Akomosh exhibition was all encompassing but never over-whelming. Spanning an entire wall of the museum, I learned about Stuart Hall and his mission to communicate the power and creativity that Black kids from the London streets possessed in the late 80's.
The next day I got some work done at Wild N Out at Time Square inside The Playstation Theatre and tried my best to stay out of the tourist trap. We failed that mission...after the taping one of my friends paid for my $27 dollar pasta. #trapped
We headed back to roaming Malcom X Boulevard. Once again I was reminded that each city is changing...it's culture evolving, shifting and being reimagined. Landscapes and skylines are transforming so now more than ever the artist is necessary to tell the story of the time. The story of humans in this time.