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Monday, December 12, 2005

Color Me Purple

Weekends come and go, but it is always that one weekend that really makes you appreciate what life is all about.

Saturday
I spent the day with my good friend of mine named "O". O has become a really close friend of mine over the past couple of months. He is very understanding, giving, intelligent, and very funny. We mesh well together, and I honor my friendship with him. The brotha can sing like no other, and plans to go into Music Education. So O and myself decided to go to NYC to do some Christmas Shopping. I wanted to get into the Christmas Spirit, so I started to sing Christmas songs on the PATH train. I was really bad because I kept forgetting the words. Everyone kept looking like us like we was crazy, but hey, they will never see us ever again.

So then we went to Manhattan Mall, grubbing down on Mickie D's Fries most of the time, and went to a few stores there. Then we went to H&M, Kay B Toy Store, Old Navy, Toys R Us, and the Virgin Mega Store. I got half of my shopping done, but NO WHERE NEAR DONE!

Then we headed to Derrick L. Briggs "Stories" Event, to be a part of one of the BEST events I have been to all year! It was amazing, the experience of being around so many intelligent black gay brothas, all sharing a piece of who they are, there are just no words. If you missed the event, you have to go to the next one, because you will be, "fulfilled". Derrick introduced a character called D'MARCUS BLACK, and not only is he piece of Derrick himself, he's a piece of all our experiences. You have to hear his story. What I was really excited about was to meet some many bloggers that I admire, and now would like to get to know. Stone, P. Alonzo, Jason Cooper, Prodigal Sun, Bobby Brown Jr., Rodney, were all in attendance. Shout out to Big Q for winning Best Story! Sorry I missed it, I PROMISE next time, I won't be late.

The story I read was actually a previous blog entry that was re-written to be more compelling . Will I Ever Let Go?, was the best introduction, and while I was re-writing it, I received my answer from GOD.

"Sometimes its good to let go, any other times its good to let God In."

It was great to experience this event. This is our story. This is where I feel the quote from The Color Purple comes in. We all want to be noticed, heard, acknowledged, because we all are beautiful men and women, of God. I'm just glad that Derrick created such a space within the universe... So Color Me Purple, You'll be hearing more of me! After the event, O, Paul, and Myself went out to eat at a diner, and I ended up going to Brooklyn to see Narnia the Movie later on that evening. Great Movie!

Sunday
The next day, I spent time with an amazing man, who is such an amazing man, that he surprised me with the most amazing gift of taking me to a Broadway show. You guessed it? "The Color Purple: The Musical"

The Color Purple has always been my favorite movie of all time. I read the book in High School, and fell in love with it again. Now that I have seen the Musical, I have a even deeper appreciation for it. I don't want to go into full detail since I want ALL OF YOU TO GO SEE IT! I just want to say that, the stage background was simple and amazing, the acting and singing was on point, and it was very true to the story, with added additions, to keep huge fans like me interested. None of the songs from the Motion picture were featured, but I now have new songs to add to the playlist. The characters were very vibrant, and you could feel the sadness and determination within them. The trade mark, Hell NO!, so famously said by Sophia, were sold as T-shirts in the Hallway. I was just so excited to be there!

Nettie, Celie's Sister, is the only person she trusts and loves. Nettie's Love is what keep Celie pushing on. There is bond, so strong it can be felt over of years of them being a part. Ma-Ki-Da-Da!

What was interesting to me was the love affair of (Celie & Shug) isn't played down in the show but played up, even having both of them sing a ballad to each other. It is always good to see a loving portrayal of homosexuality, because it wasn't about sex with these two, it was the bond and the connection that they shared. Shug made Celie feel confident and beautiful.

How do you Color yourself Purple?

[to mr. amazing. thanks.]

15 Comments:

  • I have planned a trip to NYC for my birthday with the sole intention of seeing The Color Purple. The movie and book are in my favorites list and I am sure that the Musical with be also. Thanks for the post.

    By Blogger That Dude Right There, at 7:24 PM  

  • YOU KNOW WHAT.
    I'm cool with the entire situation now. That was worth it, almost.

    But I am still feeling the shade factor from that whole entire setting.

    By Blogger Trent Jackson, at 7:50 PM  

  • Thanks Baba...it was good to see you Saturday too. I loved your story! On point...I'll hold you to not missing mine next time *winks*

    By Blogger Essequibo, at 9:31 PM  

  • It was great meeting you too. It was absolutely an amazing event, affirming and inspiring... everything a movement should be. I really felt a little like I had been to a good church service when I left. I hope to be invited back.

    By Blogger Rodney, at 11:08 PM  

  • This is why I have to get out of Florida. I would never get that experience here.

    By Blogger mytruth, at 11:17 PM  

  • Yeah Saturday was amazing also. I had so much fun. Yeah we should make an effort to hang out more often the city is not that big that we can not do it.

    By Blogger Stone, at 3:40 AM  

  • Yeah I had a great time this weekend...THANK YOU SHAWNQT for Sharing your STORY...I loved it!

    Also Thanks for the D'Marcus Black plug...he's going to turn things up a notch...I'll see you at the NEXT event...

    --Derrick

    By Blogger A NEW DERRICK, at 7:12 AM  

  • I really some of the software you use to edit those pictures that you put on your blog!!!

    What is it?

    By Blogger "N" Search of Ecstasy, at 9:50 AM  

  • AHHHHHHHHHH!! I saw it on Tuesday!! I love, love, LOVED it!! Fabulous. I had chills the entire opening scene. Beautiful. Moving.

    By Blogger jameil1922, at 12:38 PM  

  • Damn that was VERY nice of homeboy to take you to see that...And I'm mad about all these get togethers and shindigs in NYC for the bloggers and stuff...shooooooot.

    By Blogger Valentino, at 9:58 PM  

  • aaaw you are so lucky to have someone do that for you. i plan to see the show next summer, im very excited.

    By Blogger Charles X, at 3:33 AM  

  • That movie will always be the bedrock of the black community for generations to come. Celie needed someone to rebuild her character and bring her back in touch with herself. A “man” could not build that bridge for Celie because it was a “man” that destroyed that bridge that once existed. To say it was a portrayal of a homosexual relationship is a stretch for me. I maybe super conservative about this view, but the literary work never intended, in my opinion, to apply the allegorical meaning to that extreme.

    By Blogger The Captain, at 8:13 AM  

  • That's an interesting point you bring up Captain!

    Question? Does calling the love scene between Celie and Shug "homosexual" make it extreame?

    Just asking! :)

    By Blogger ShawnQt, at 1:15 PM  

  • Looks like you was tearing the city up!

    By Blogger No4real4real, at 9:55 PM  

  • (skipping into my ballroom vernacular)---bitch, you ATE this ENTIRE post! I am living for the quote from The Color Purple with your image attached.

    By Blogger Frank León Roberts, at 12:24 AM  

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