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I'm taking lesson's from Alyssa on Howard's marching band:


I have to say that one of the real highlights for me was the trek PostBourgie's Shani and I took out to Howard University, which turned into us being let in for free to the Howard-Bethune-Cookman football game.  Now, Howard does not have much of a football team.  But I am a big fan of any brass band that can seriously rock Drake's "Best I Ever Had."  And the fact that Howard has not one, not two, but three dance teams is seriously impressive.  The gender politics of having a team of dancers in skin-tight uniforms called the "Ooh La La Girls" can be debated, for sure.  But go-go sure makes up for some mediocre football

Heh the "Ooh La La Girls." Man, in my day, Howard's entire campus could haved called the "Oh La La Girls." Never in the history of creation have so many dimes assembled in one place, for one cause--driving Ta-Nehisi Coates out of his mind. A buddy of mine graduated, and came back a year later. I found him sitting on a bench on the outskirts of the yard. "I had to sit down man," he said. "You see all these women?" Yup. Like everyday.

Anyway, much as I loved HU's band, I always thought the lower-profile black schools were the ones that really brought the noise. It was my unscientific, unverified belief that the further South you went, and the smaller the HBCUs got, the more the band kicked ass. Anyway, check out the Mecca over at Alyssa's place.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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