Last night, I attended the Hip-Hop is For Lovers Mixer at Therapy Wine Bar in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The event was hosted by the lovely ladies of HH4L, Uche, Lenee, and Jakema, and boasted a nice, mixed crowd of music lovers, tastemakers, jetsetters, and liquor enthusiasts.
Uche held things down on the music front, playing the role of DJ and spinning everything from classics (Biggie’s “One More Chance/Stay With Me”) to more recent jams (Big Boi’s “Tambourine”).
I had a few adult beverages, including the concoction for which Hip-Hop is For Lovers is infamous: the Slow Motion. It features a sweet mélange of tropical flavors that will sneak up on that ass and then leave you on your ass.
Posted in Cool Story Bro, Event, Life, New York City, Nightlife, Random Cool
Tagged Bed Stuy, Bedford Stuyvesant, Big Boi, Brooklyn, Hip-Hop is For Lovers, The Notorious B.I.G., Therapy Wine Bar
Before my debut novel GUESTLIST was actually a tangible object that people could purchase and read, I told everyone that it would be available at all the usual online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s. (Hey, Powell’s, what the hell?)
But people asked, “Well, will it be available at [insert local bookstore]?”
“Oh, sure,” I said. “I’ve spoken with them, they pretty much said they’ll be ready when I’m ready.”
Turns out that hasn’t been the case.
You see, despite my being a local Brooklyn author and the claims of my neighborhood bookstores’ desires to support and showcase the work of local authors, I’ve been getting the run-around from damn near everyone.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, Life, New York City, Op-Ed, Politics, Publishing, writing, WTF
Tagged Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Stuy, Book Court, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Greenlight Bookstore, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Hanson Dry, Hue-Man Bookstore, Jay Fingers, Powell's, Word Brooklyn, You've Got Mail