What a way to be greeted to NYC after not visiting in two years. Here’s the play-by-play of my witnessing the serendipitous magic of last nights kick off of The Fugees’ Diaspora Calling reunion tour. The tour is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of their classic sophomore album “The Score” and their first time performing in 15 years. Held at Manhattan’s Pier 17 in the Seaport District, this was the soft launch of the upcoming must attend tour. As we waited and waited (soundcheck issues and Lauryn?), DJ Reborn kept the crowd that spanned generations energized and moving. While short, The Fugees performance of songs from “The Score” was soul stirring to include what seemed like a 20 piece band to include background singers. You could truly feel the love, appreciation, and good vibes, energy from Lauryn, Wyclef, and Pras. They took me OUT with “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “Ready or Not.” I’m surprised I still have my voice.
During the show Lauryn said “Respect the miracle of this union.” “Respect that we can get on this stage and still do this.” Much respect and appreciation is truly due to them. Especially for being an example of what forgiveness and working ish out for the greater good looks like.
Two articles about the show and tour:
The Real MVPs: My nephew TJ (see backstory below). The hook up friend. My Nike Air Max. Thank goodness I had on sneakers.
Theater of the Mind (Because I couldn’t use my phone.): Picture a beautiful first day of Fall in Manhattan. There’s a consistent beautiful breeze that’s just enough comfort, minus a chill. The rooftop stage has the Brooklyn Bridge, East River, a clear night sky, and the Harvest Full Moon as the backdrop. It was serene and breathtaking.
The Aftermath: Feeling a bit beat up from the day due to outdoor air allergies attack (I should have sprayed my nice when I got in.) and my shoulders and back sore from the NY walking and standing for about three hours at the show.
After Show Munchies: I think I caught a contact through my mask while at the show. 🤪🤣 I had the best slice of cheese pizza in FOREVER at Little Italy Pizza! Perfect cheese. Perfect sauce. Perfect crust. The bonus was a hot dog from Papaya Dog. As Pop would say “You got carried away with yourself.”
The Backstory: My brother Terence hears of my arrival through the grapevine and calls to invite me to meet the family at The Feast of Saint Gennaro in Little Italy. Off I go. We walk to take in the sights and then dine at an Italian spot called La Mela Restaurante. I had the Porcini Mushroom Ravioli. Mmmm…
My nephew TJ shares a friend is going to get him in the show. Come with? I’m thinking am I dressed (BeDoLove shirt, jeans, sneakers.) for it. Why not? Heck yeah. I had to abandon getting gelato 🥺 to focus on the swift NY pace walk from Little Italy to the Seaport District. Two of his friends join us as we wait for our escort. And, just like that, we’re in. But, first THEY LOCK OUR PHONES IN YONDR POUCHES. 🤬
I needed this to reenergize and reaffirm that “I Am a magnet for attracting dope ish to my life for living out loud.” I’m still in Heaven. The end! #BeDoLove #SelfCareMatters #FindYourZen #BirthAndLiveYourSoulFullPurpose #LivingOutLoud #BeDoLoveSAVOR #BonAppetit #Yummylicious #Yummyliciousness #TheFugees #TheFeastofSaintGennaro