Monthly Archives: March 2011

True Confession: I Don’t Know How To Swim

*Sigh* I hate to admit this, but no, I do not know how to swim. It troubles me terribly because the moment I tell someone that, I instantly feel like a stereotype – and rightfully so. I recently read an article on website where it was reported that  “58 percent of African-American children cannot swim — more than double the percentage of white children.” Black folks not knowing how to swim has been a running gag and the butt of jokes for many years. But it’s not always a laughing matter. In the same article, The Brooklyn Ink spoke with Lee

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Lounge Review: Stir

I have reservations! That’s what I yelled over the thumping bass of P-Diddy’s “Hello, Good Morning” to the bouncer who was checking ID’s at the door of Stir, a lounge on New York City’s upper east side. He pointed me in the direction of the hostess at the bar. Sure, I had called ahead to reserve a table for two, but I was also referring to my sudden suspicion that this supposed night of laid-back martini tasting and appetizer nibbling had just taken a turn for the worse. The raucous crowd spilling out of the door was my first indication

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The Urbane Urbanite: One Year & 105 Blog Posts Later…

I can’t believe it. A year ago today, I sat down to write my very first blog post: a lengthy review of my experience at a private editor’s tasting of an upscale tequila. When I created this blog, it was never my intention to post this much. I figured I’d pump out a post once or twice a month when I felt like it and that would be that. And here I am a year and 105 blog posts later. *Pats self on the back* But I couldn’t have done it alone. A big ol’ cyber hug to my homie,

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