I am most comfortable in clothes that I can move into different settings and environments in. If I am in the States or Europe, a crisp pair of jeans, a collard shirt, maybe a blazer and scarf. If I am in Mali, or somewhere else in West Africa, usually some jeans and a tailored shirt with a distinctive fabric from the country I happen to be in. 

I love Monocle, Nka, Gulf Coast, POETRY Magazine (Don Share and his crew have done great things with it), AFRIKADAA, Chimurenga/The Chronic, SABLE Lit Mag. 

 

 

Because I am living in Mali, West Africa...I am getting more familiar with all the great music here: Babani Kone, Bassekou Kouyate, Salif Keita, Rokia Traore. Also because I am currently living abroad in this context, there is some music that I would like to catch up on like the new Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington. A few days ago a DJ friend of mine (DJ JahSonic) posted some artists on his Facebook page that I need to get up on, he listed: James Blake - The Colour in Anything, Conner Youngblood - The Generation of Lift, Oddisee - Alawasta, and Kaytranada - 99.9%

On my nightstand I have Ocean Voung's book of poems Night Sky With Exit Wounds, a book of speeches called Thomas Sankara Speaks, my house and car keys, some Cfa (West/Central currency), pictures of my wife and kids, Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, and some other odds and ends. 

On my walls are a portrait of Cassandra Wilson by Cameroonian photographer, Samuel Nja Kwa, a picture of myself on U Street by DC based photographer Jati Lindsay, some art by Malian artist Amadou Sanogo. 

My favorite DC location... This is a hard one, because I love so much of our city, but I would have to say I am most partial to the Southern and Eastern side of the city most because it has views if you are East of the River, I love the Waterfront, I love Brookland where my gallery, The Center for Poetic Thought is and I love Anacostia for the village like feel of the street layout and the architecture. 

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