Just got home from Dance Africa with my bestest friend. (No really we have been friends for 20 years in September and Im not even 25 yet) And because my lovely mother washed my phone in the washing machine the other day I have been phoneless or I would have taken photos to share with yall.
Being phoneless in a society where we are addicted to the illusion of connectivity and communication shows you just how much of an illusion it really is. Because no matter how many followers I have or “friends” on Twitter this weekend I was alone. I only spoke to my mother, father, 1 of my brothers, my grandmother and three friends. Being phoneless shows you who really cares about your life and who just wants to know about your life. There is a difference. I have enjoyed the peace and quiet without that ever gnawing feeling that if I dont check my phone I may miss something. Life is happening all around me. I dont want to miss that.
Ok Im back. So we went to Dance Africa at the Brooklyn Academy of Music otherwise known as BAM. Its their 150th year of operation and they have this really great marketing campaign “BAM and then it hits you” Here is one of my favorites:
Im a sucker for dance photos. But yeah we went and there was a street bazaar around BAM with people selling all of the normal ethnic wares; jewelry, t-shirts, art, body lotions and oils and food. Oh the food!!! I ended up buying a conch shell ring, a wrap skirt, 3 pairs of earrings and a picture. Then we went to the dance performance which was in BAM’s big beautiful theatre and it was absolutely amazing. I love to watch young people do African dance. Some of those girls were as young as 7 or 8 and all I could think about is in about 15 years that will be my son or daughter. My ancestors survived the Middle Passage, slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, The 60’s AND Reagan but along the way our native identity was lost. But when the drumming starts there is something inside me that wakes up like recognizing an old friend. Hey, I know you! So its awesome to watch and be a part of. Furthermore (comma) they was gettin it!!! Do you hear me!!?!! I mean feet, legs, arms, hair, heads just movin. It took everything in me to stay in my seat! Powerful. But the thing that I love most about these types of events is seeing my people and feeling a great sense of community. No fighting, no strife… just good looking men and women out enjoying the weather and each other and life. Just enjoying life.
I also enjoyed a beef patty and a small fruit salad. Did you think I was gonna pass all that good smelling food and not get nothing?!? Pssht!! You must not know me very well.