Another Great Weekend...

I think my favorite thing about these special weekends is the opportunity to do things with friends from out of town... and this MLK weekend was no different. The weekend started off with me and my friend from New York, LB, heading to Atlantic Station to see Stomp the Yard. While the storyline is very Drumline (delete bands and add fraternities) but Columbus Short, Laz Alonzo, and Brian White are enough reason to go see the movie... which I will be seeing again. Friday ended with us sweating it up at Towers 2.

Saturday began with a walk or 3 around Lenox Mall... thankfully there were no chain thong incidents but the kids were definitely out. A house party with too much alcohol for some and an extra but funny host ended a rather lowkey evening.

Sunday..... well I had a very late lunch or possibly an early dinner with Maurice Jamal. He is such a character, that will definitely keep u entertained. It was great to hear about his upcoming projects especially the adaptation of James Earl Hardy's B Boy Blues for the big screen... and of course the upcoming release of Dirty Laundry this fall. The B Boy Blues movie website can be found here.

The highlight for Sunday and probably the entire weekend was attending my first ball with my boy LB (it was his first too). The House of Escada presented The Devil Wears Escada at the Fox Theater in the heart of midtown Atlanta. The ball was everything that I thought it would be and a lot I didn't. Frank Mizrahi served as our guide for the evening, answering the endless questions we had and introducing us to the many notables of the ballroom scene. While I anticipated the shade that has come to be expected from gays, that was quickly disspelled as the legendary Andre Mizrahi (remember the guy that vogued down on Apollo) not only spoke but gave me a hug as he did so. While I thought some of the categories were a bit extra and too long... and some people should have never even got up to walk certain categories it was interesting to see the effort the participants and houses put into their craft. Part of me thinks you can actually get more from attending a ball than going to a club. I mean you get music, you get a show, and you get to talk and meet people in decent lighting. I definitely plan on attending another one... hopefully with the expertise of Frank. Here are a few pictures from the evening but of course if you want to see them all you have to visit Frank's page.



All in all a great weekend... many thanks to LB and Dr. Frank for making it memorable.

15 comments:

j_shanlin said...

hmm...seems like you had fun....aww your head is so shiny!

colinnyc said...

seems like a full weekend... cant believe u finally went to a ball.

Dayne Avery said...

Sounds like it was a good weekend, I know the A was packed for MLK, it always is.

Never been to a ball but great pics.

Anonymous said...

is that the girl from Real World Chicago in that picture??

terpFAN said...

nice pics ... i've never been to a ball ... looks like it was fun

Playboy Adonis said...

Redd, you went to a ball and didn't invite me?..LOL I'm gonna get you for that one.

Did you stay from beginning to end?

You mean you didn't walk a category?

Clik wasn't distributing their new mag there were they? Mofukkas making me sick.

Kensilo said...

I am glad u had a great MLK weekend. I need to attend some of the balls soon. Have a good one.

Cocoa Rican said...

That's the problem with being old school... these new balls just aren't the same... I'm from the Paris Is Burning days... I mean, literally. Most of the folks in that movie were friends or friends of friends, so these new fangled balls are only impressive to you youngins... LOL

Valentino said...

I like that shirt...

Soldier said...

Happy 07 !!!!
Its good to know at least somebody had fun this past weekend while i was dying of a severe flu, lol
I'm not dead anymore tho, here i am !
First ball, huh ? I'll go to one, one day... I just have to learn how to control my facial expressions. I saw a very weird drag queen once and he/she had to ask me " Honey why u lookin so sad ? " I couldnt answer "i just saw you" so i just smiled.
This MLK in ATL things seems to be big. I was in ATL last summer. I was waiting for that little shuttle thing that goes from Lenox square to Phipps Plaza.
A bunch of "guys" with light make-up and colored nails arrived from nowhere. They stood in 2 lines and one by one, each of them would walk like a model in the middle while the others were clapping ! Then on the bus, they sang really loud for like 45 seconds and got off at the first stop (a few meters away from where we took the bus).
I had never seen such a " what the fuck ? " look on my mother's face before !

ReddMann said...

mad soldier took a bus to go across the street... lazy bastard

Marz said...

The ball looked like fun. And Amiyah was sitting.

OMG @ the B-Boy blues series movie. I remember reading them when I was like 13.


-Marz

ShawnQt said...

I saw the photos on Frank's blog, glad u had fun! I tell u, if it wasn't for frank, I would not have went, but I enjoyed it.

Alright for the pink shirt!

I'm going to go see stomp the yard this weekend.

Soldier said...

I know !! But my mother and I were meeting somebody at Phipps Plaza and we had to finish creating the story we would use to get rid of her or else she was gonna try to spend the whole day with us, hence the waste of time and the shuttle thing !

That Dude Right There said...

And I missed it all. DAMN JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!