Saturday, July 12, 2008

only in NY

I would assume...
I had a totally multicultural weekend...it started yesterday when MMB wanted her hair blown out...now in NY the place to get the hair did is by the Dominicans...my sisters know how to straighten them curls and make it last for weeks! well, with my curly frizzy hair blowing it out is kinda of dumb cause it will generally last about two days tops so I decided to get it braided...so I dropped MMB off with my Dominican sisters with their music flowing and the fast talking and I head down the block to the land of Africa...
I've only gotten my hair braided twice (this being the second time) cause I can't stand the fake hair, so I waited until I could just get my hair braided...
WELL...this was an experience...
my lady was fresh from Canada...she has only been in NY for 2 weeks...she came from Senegal about 9 years ago...she was draped down and sweet...she said she spoke her native language and french and wanted to speak english as well as she knew french...but man could she braid...small and tight...this will last in my hair for the rest of the summer...
we watched African movies (in english) and watched a video of someones wedding party...the culture is not kind to our sisters...
then today we went to our first pow wow of the season...I needed to hear those drums...you can listen to native music, but it's so not the same...to hear/feel/smell the drums can be replicated...to eat the food...to visit with friends you haven't seen since last year...
MMB is getting into the jewelery and she and I pick up a few things...nothing spoke to choclahontas this trip, but she is fighting with herself...
wow...what a day, what a weekend...I'm sure bearmaiden will post pictures at some point...

4 comments:

Foia said...

You probably don't care..but I don't like the purple on green...it hurts my eyes..lol..

professor said...

lol...a few folks complained, but i like it...hope you come back despite the colors...

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

canada, senegal
african movie in english
blow outs
well i get tghe blow outs and the muzk

swordlady said...

I like the purple and green. Harloem, this side of the Divide, it's real life, it's full and rich and folks get their news reports direct from WEEZY.."earth to weezy...earth to Weezy.." He's a Martian so he see's the whole picture...PowWow season, we live for it don't we? Nothing like the earth beneath yr feet (even stilletos) sucking up the drumbeat, seeing Chief Charlie and Patsey and Chee and Jack..feels like home to me