Cool Things I Saw in Austin

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1.) The documentary Page One. Exquisite and personally inspiring.

2.) Small Black. Sound was bad in the club, but the nod factor was in full effect. Gonna grab some of their stuff today.

3.) Curras. Best guacamole and fish tacos I've ever had.

4.) The Smith-Westerns, though I think I was the only one who liked them. The crowd was not into it. But that wasn't on the band. Raphael Saadiq followed them and gave it all he had but didn't get much more from the crowd. I left before Duran-Duran.

5.) Sixth Street at 2 AM. Wow. I tweeted that the whole thing was like an interracial freaknik--featuring a different order of freak. And I don't interracial in terms of just couples, but friends too. It was fascinating. 

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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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