Alex in The City: Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum

Me and a close friend/fellow blogger had the pleasure of seeing the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum mere days before the exhibit closes!

Check out the video I made capturing the beautiful works of one of the greatest designers of our time.

There are even a few pieces that Beyonce has worn! When I saw the piece she wore at the Live at the Wynn Las Vegas concert I fell in love! There is also a photo that resembles some of the visuals from her latest album! Check out the video to see if you catch the picture I am taking about!

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The Exhibit is open until the 23rd! If you hurry you can still make it!

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Alex In The City: Hill Harpers “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother” Book Signing and Conversation at Brooklyn Restoration

20131113-193907.jpgThis weekend I got to meet one of my favorite people, for a second time! You may have heard of him, he attended Harvard with our current President, he is a NYTimes best selling author, an actor (Covert affairs and my personal favorites were his cameos on The Game and his role opposite my SISTER Dr. Kerry Marisa Washington in for colored girls) and an activist and advocate and probably 6 other awesome things I can’t think of right now but most of all he is close to me as a person that I look to for guidance and inspiration through his work so much so that when I decided to build my own outlet, this very blog, I used one of his quotes as the headline on the home page.

Hill Harper.

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I met Hill for the first time at Essence Magazines annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Hill was on a panel at the convention center and he took time after the panel to take photos and sign books. I have a funny story about how I got my book (The Conversation) signed that I won’t share the details of today but it was so worth it. When I heard hill was coming to Brooklyn I HAD to be there. Not to mention Brooklyn Restoration is so close to where I live.

I had just recommended Letters to an Incarcerated Brother to someone on twitter who was looking for a good read when I stumbled into the Greenlight bookstore to pick up a calendar of events that included Hills presentation. I immediately texted my friends inviting them to join because I was surely going and I was definitely buying the book.

What I love most about Hills books is that you don’t just read the book, you have homework to do afterward and you can always pass the book on and bless someone else’s life with it, unless of course its hand signed by Hill himself in which case you Share some integral passages via email with those you think my benefit from it in order to avoid having the person you loaned said autographed book to losing it without a trace (yes I’ve had an unanticipated parting with my first copy of the conversation).

Hills most recent book “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother” addresses the mass incarceration issue in the United States and more specifically in the African American and poor communities.

Hill began his presentation asserting that Mass Incarceration is an issue that no one talks about and later recounted part of his struggle with his publishing process was his fight with a publishing house that was convinced that this was an issue that Hills audience, or anyone for that matter, are not concerned with or interested in the issue.

He guided the audience to the first passage in the book; A letter from an imprisoned 16 year old boy that after reading Hills first book (Letters to a Young Brother) wrote Hill a very honest and moving letter from, but not in the usual fashion of moving and honest letters like we get from loved ones. The letter made it evident that the young man was writing and probably also reading at roughly a 4th grade reading level for an average American child. After reading the letter Hill recalled asking himself “Had he failed us or have we failed him.”

Thanks to Hills commitment to young men and women, to his community of readers and fans and his understanding of a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,. he admits to carrying with him “We are all tied together in a garment of mutual destiny” Hill took a pay cut and put up a fight to publish this book and make it an agent for change.  You can purchase the book HERE. The book includes a list of prisons to send a copy to via the warden for the Prison library.

Check out my throwbacks with Hill and a few Photos from Saturday night Below !

 

 

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Alex In The City: Opening Night of American Ballet Theatre

I am in love with this look, particularly with the skirt and it was just perfect for a night at the ballet. I stole a Jay Z lyric for the theme of most of my fall looks “Bordeaux and burgundys” … Continue reading

Alex in The City: VDay Conversations With Eve Ensler Pt 2

Eve Ensler and Dr. Denis Mukwege

What is a Tuesday night without a couple of revolutionaries?! I was honored to attend the second event in the Rise For Justice  “Coversations With Eve”  series at ABC Carpet & Home on Tuesday evening with Dr. Denis Mukwege and Eve Ensler. Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy but was also the seven year anniversary of the meeting of Eve and Dr. Mukwege. Who wouldn’t want to be in a room with two incredibly and relentlessly brave and courageous activist as they commune for their anniversary?

Dr. Mukwege  is the Director and Founder of the Panzi General Referral Hospital in Bukavu, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Mukwege performs life-saving fistula surgeries on girls and women who have been brutally raped and mutilated in the Congolese war. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to benefit the Panzi foundation to help further the vision of Dr. Mukwege and support the women of the Congo.

Dr. Mukwege recounted the first time he met Eve and invited her to visit him in Bakavu, Eve accepted but Dr. Mukwege thought she would be like most others “Everyone accepts but no one ever comes” he said. Well in true Eve fashion she showed up. much to Dr. Mukweges surprise and delight. Dr. Mukwege shared with the audience how a night spent with Eve and his patients dancing and talking helped him to return to his work not only as a doctor but as an activist for the abused and endangered Congolese women. Because of Eve and Dr. Mukweges commitment to justice and safety and well being for women the Congolese V-day campaign and The City of Joy foundation was born. Watching these two converse was a pleasure in and of itself! It was all but a “No you’re more awesome” contest at moments. The amount of love and respect they have for one another was so evident and so understandable seeing that both Dr. Mukwege and Eve have dedicated and risked their lives to better the lives of others. They are two of the people in the world that understand and honor the connection that we all have to one another and how intricately our destinies are intertwined.

The past month has included a few interactions with Eve and I can only describe it as a series of enlightening and inspiring aha moments. The inspiring thing about Eve, to me,  is that she is all about the work, something I strive to keep in mind when I go about doing my own work as an actor or an activist or an advocate.

The night was wonderful, the room was full but quiet so that every word could be heard during the conversation. I brought along two friends with me who enjoyed themselves just as much as I did and I think Its safe to say that Emma Myles and I are officially ‘cool’ lol. I was lucky enough to meet her at a Vday meeting that, ironically, took place after I had been working as a background actor on Orange is the New Black, the hit series from Netflix in which Emma plays an inmate by the name of Leanne Taylor. I got to see her again last night!

Me and Emma Myles

Check out more of my photos from last night below!

You can read more about and support the Panzi foundation or City of Joy just click HERE (Panzi) or HERE (City of Joy)

You can watch the taping of the live stream of last Nights event with Dr. Mukwege and Eve HERE!!!!!!!

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Editor of Yas Magazine Yasmine (Left)
Actress Candyce Adkins (right)

Me and Eve Ensler


Alex in the city: DIANA NYAD SWIMMING FOR RELIEF

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Aside from Scandal one of my favorite shows to watch is Super Soul Sunday on OWN! It really is like my church sometimes.

Well this past Sundays episode put a spotlight of an amazing woman by the name of Diana Nyad.

If you’re not familiar with Diana, I wasn’t before Sunday, she is most recognized for her swim from Cuba to Florida at age 64 and a few attempts of that very swim before she succeeded.

What did this have to do with my Tuesday you ask? Well I got to see Diana in action yesterday as she swam in a two lap makeshift pool in Herald Square here in NYC. If Diana were not inspirational enough already she is completing a 48 swim as a part of the Swim for Relief campaign to help Hurricane Sandy Survivors.

A few other notable swimmers were also part of the relief swim including a cool guy, you might have heard of him his name is OLYMPIC MEDALIST RYAN LOCHTE!!!!!

I did not get to see Ryan swim but I did see Diana and write an inspirational message to her on the Tampax wall. (Could proctor and gamble not think of anything other than a Tampax wall, sounds like something not nearly as pleasant as it was). While I was there I took a few shots, check them out below!!!

Also check out more info on the swim for relief campaign here or send an inspirational tweet to Diana at her twitter handle @diananyad ! If you are in The City stop buy and cheer on the swimmers!

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ALEX IN THE CITY: NYFF Viewing of 12 Years A Slave

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Last night I made my first appearance at the 51st New York Film Festival and what an opening event it was for me. Last night in the Walter Reade Theater “12 years a slave” directed by THE Steve McQueen, played for two jam packed audiences.  I did not make the early viewing which included the Q&A with the cast (Q&A should go up on their YT channel HERE) and director and I am kicking myself for it. I attended the 10:30 show and got to see Mr. McQueen and Chiwetel as they left. I also spotted Miss Jay in a fabulous print pant suit. I was cool, calm and collected when Mr. McQueen stopped near me to sign autographs and did the normal “OMG that’s Steve and that’s Chiwetel.” If I had any idea of what I was about to see in that theater I would have had to, at the very least, thank him profusely for such an honest piece of work.

I do not know the last time I, if ever I saw a film that was so unflinching so honest and so masterfully made with such artistry that was equally devastating all at once. My goodness, I was not prepared. Myself and both of my friends cried until we were all but wailing in the theater. During a gut wrenching scene witch Lupita Nyong’o’s character is whipped…. I could not move, I had to remind myself to breathe. I am writing the draft for this blog as I sit on the C train on my way to work and I am fist fighting tears as I play the scene back in my mind. I cant give any spoilers but I can say that Chiwetel and Lupita, sweet lord Lupita…. BLEW ME AWAY!

“OH MY GOD. Oh my God. Oh my God”  And “Jesus” was basically all I could muster after leaving the theater.

Listen to me when I say EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS FILM! EVERYONE! Check out the full list of release dates here, “12 Years a Slave” will be playing in limited theaters in the US beginning October 18th.

Needless to say, I enjoyed it. I will more than likely be back for the Sunday viewing with more friends and Steve McQueen is sooooooooo on my radar, as if he weren’t already!

GO SEE THIS FILM!

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Alex in The City: Afghan Activist Malalai Joya joins Eve Ensler in NYC

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On Saturday evening in a dimly lit intimate space in the back of ABC carpet and home the calligraphy of monk Thich Nhat Hanh hung on the walls  wine and water were sipped from stemless glasses Visionary and Activist Eve Ensler shared the wonder and bravery of Afghan Activist Malalai Joya.

I was excited to receive an email invitation to this event, I was not familiar with Malalai but I knew Eve was going to be there and I just had to go.

I was in the company of two great ladies and we were all delighted to meet Eve, be introduced to the brave and freedom loving spirit of Malalai Joya and be in a room filled with such great energy. Vday board member and Actress Rosario Dawson was also in attendance, that was a pleasant surprise!

Malalai is in NY as a part of a US lecture/speaking tour that continues on to Boston next. This VDAY event was part of the #RISEFORJUSTICE campaign  birthed by VDAY organizers after a wonderful turnout for the #1billionrising campaign. I am a an active part of the VDAY movement, my journey with VDAY began a few years ago when I performed in a production of The Vagina Monologues and has only gotten more amazing and rewarding since.

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If you have not heard Malalais brave, inspiring and ongoing story I encourage you to read up on her at Malalai Joya.com and if you are already familiar with her I promised myself I would share the indiegogo page for the film that is being made about her HERE!. (I love indiegogo and other sites like it and gofundme) donate if you can or just share the info!

This was a wonderful even that I learned soooooo much from and really made me proud to be part of Vday, proud to be a woman that is fighting for what is right and extremely humbled to be in the presence of such greatness! Check out my photos below.

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EVE ENSLER

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Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Lovely Ladies! My Roadies! Candyce and Yasmine enjoying themselves.

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Myself and Actress Candyce A.

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This young lady came all the way from Canada, and wore this awesome #1Billionrising shirt, to see Eve Ensler.

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