mardi, octobre 28, 2008


My 'hood. See pull quote...
One Dead, 4 Hurt in Brooklyn Hair Salon Shooting

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two armed men stormed into a beauty salon on Monday with their guns blazing, shot a man to death and wounded four other people, including an off-duty police officer who was getting her hair done, authorities said.

The man who died had been standing outside a bakery on a busy commercial strip in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon when the two armed men jumped out of a sport utility vehicle, charged toward him and started shooting, police said. The man, who was 19, fled into the nearby De Lux Gallery salon on Fulton Street, and the armed men followed and kept shooting, they said.

At least 10 shots were fired, witnesses said.

The 41-year-old off-duty officer was shot in the right foot. A 29-year-old stylist at the salon, which is next to a restaurant and other stores in the Fort Greene neighborhood, was shot in the legs. Two bystanders, both 52 years old, also were shot in their legs.

The wounded victims were hospitalized in stable condition.

The shooters escaped and were being sought, police said. No motive for the shooting was cited.

A city councilwoman who saw the shooting said people on the crowded street ran and ducked for cover.

"It was just pandemonium,'' Councilwoman Letitia James said.

The hair salon's Web site calls the neighborhood "idyllic.''

vendredi, octobre 10, 2008

Cococurious: Maxwell at Radio City Music Hall

This is the listing I wrote, which for whatever reason didn't run.

Maxwell introduced a new vocabulary with his nineties soul excursions: 1996’s Urban Hang Suite, the inaugural and most impressive and “Luxury: Cococure,” from his sophomore album Embrya, the most representative of his whimsical iteration of Black intimacy unbound and masculinity unwound. The man and his “mellowsmoothe”—to whom it may be slipped is of elaborate fantasy to fans still seizing at his rendition of Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful” at this year’s BET Awards—disarmed before disappearing. This resurgent performance promises to impress and preview some of the music his label’s been sitting on and supposedly poised to release.

I'll post a full review at VIBE by the end of the day but in the meantine, check my flickr slideshow below.