June 25, 2012

The (DRUM)circle

This past Sunday I went back to Meridian Hill Park to observe a long standing community tradition - the Drum Circle. I was quite intrigued when I was there the first time. Having parents of African decent and after living in Nigeria for many years, I'm quite familiar with Nigerian culture. Nigeria has about 250 ethnic groups and about 510 different languages (about 3 major languages with multiple dialects that filter through the regions). I speak Ibo, my parents are from the South, and I can tell you that certain Ibo dialects are hard to understand let alone speak. With the variety in languages, you also have different cultural groups. Each group adopts a different type of dance. Ultimate show in true cultural form are the many festivals when all these groups come together in a parade, usually quite elaborate. Notable holidays are Nigerian Independence day and the Calabar carnival. During these events there are colorful displays of tradition, culture and dance.

May 27, 2012

Artomatic/Automatic!


April 9, 2012

Facebook buys Instagram for what?

It's official.  Instagram is worth $1 billion dollars (at least since Facebook acquired it.)

For those of you who didn't know, Instagram is a mobile photo sharing app that gained popularity quickly since it started close to 2 years ago.  It has about 27 million users from fans with iOS devices alone.  With the launch of the app for Android phones last week, Instagram clocked-in 1 million registered users in 24 hours. That is growing by the minute.

April 3, 2012

The most interesting experience this past Sunday.

Sidamo Coffee & Tea on the H Street Corridor
So this past Sunday, I had the privilege of spending part of my afternoon at an Ethiopian Coffee shop called Sidamo Coffee & Tea on H street.  If you are a D.C native, you would already know that H street NE is going through a total overhaul; community is changing, roads reconstructed, there is now a track for street cars, like one already in San Francisco.  The revitalization has already created opportunities for small businesses, there are hip bars and restaurants that already called The H Street Corridor home; attracting the young and bohemian crowd as well mixed cultures.

March 28, 2012

New York, L.A, London, Paris, Milan and now...Lagos?


That's right!  The trailblazers in the motherland, Nigeria in particular, are making strides to put themselves on the map.  This might be a third-world country, but it's hard to know that when great, talented and ever so creative individuals are breaking the mold.

March 21, 2012

The Drum Circle.


Last Sunday, I talked about how I randomly ran into a group of drummers and dancers that was nothing short of amazing.  Well it turns out they have been around for 40 years!  Traditionally called the Drum Circle, musicians all around DC come together on any given "good weather" Sunday at the Meridian Hill Park and pull out their instruments and begin playing rich African tunes.  Soon after, dancers follow.  Dancers can either be experienced or brand new, everyone's welcome.

March 18, 2012

Summer's Day Out.

So my boyfriend and I were having a Summer's day out in the middle of March.  The weather was unbelievable (like it has been for a few days now, I swear I have no idea what's happening these days, blame the ozone layer...whatever).  It was a good day for walking, so we walked the streets of DC.  We started at the funky boheiman neighborhood of U street, stopping and having a meal at Busboys and Poets, one of my favorite restaurants.
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