Videos related to this author
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Of course I can
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. 'Cool' and 'I'm fine' come to mind.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Identify is tough. I am fascinated by those ancestors who were brought from places in Africa I am unable to identify, survived Middle Passage and sit at the base of my gene pool, giving me what I need to move forward today.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. This is completely impossible for me to answer. The list would change endlessly, then I'd have to get into whose version of the songs. . .
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
November 17, 2008When you live in Brooklyn, NY you pretty much learn how to tune out noise—it’s a survival skill. But I am utterly unable to ignore the sound of music, whether it’s a CD I’ve chosen, or I am being involuntarily serenaded with dancehall, hip hop, gospel, or whatever is filtering from my neighbors’ windows. It’s really a problem when I’m trying to write. My words bump into the melody and I’m lost.
But sixth senses are like that—they don’t bend to your will, and for me music isn’t just about hearing. It’s as much a sense as taste or smell—has been since I was little. I grew... see more