Weekend UpdateBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Weekend Update
By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Fri, Aug 31 2007 by Iquo Essien
I just turned on the dishwasher.

You know, growing up, my parents weren't too keen on dishwashers, cable TV, or video games. Friend of mine said her mom used to say that dishwashers lead to confusion in a household, with everybody vacating responsibility for washing the dishes. I think it leads to folks not knowing how to really clean a dish, same way I can't really wash a pair of jeans by hand and get them clean. You don't know how many crazy roommates I've encountered who call themselves washing a dish without actually getting it clean. Leftover cheese from a burrito stuck to the bottom of a plate, this morning's oatmeal stuck to the sides of a bowl, I've even seen lipstick stains on the rim of a wine glass.

So, as a means of avoiding an altercation with my current roommate, who happens to be my best friend, I broke down and bought some dishwashing detergent. (Yes, our apt does have a dishwasher. No, I hadn't used it yet, because I don't trust them.) I'll let you guys know how it goes.

I will be headed up to Boston for the second of my big sister's baby showers on Saturday, to be followed by a third, in a coupla weeks, thrown by the Akwa Ibom Women's Association of NYC. Way to rack up the gifts, sis! Cha-ching. But before I go, I will be checking out Ishmael Osekre's spoken word (Friday, 6:30PM, see invite below), Kuku & Sparlha Swa @ Piano's (Friday, 8:00PM & 9:00PM), and Ledisi @ the Highline Ballroom (Friday, 10:00PM). I may not make it to everything, but I know for a fact that I will see Ledisi.

She was trained in opera before she turned to blues and jazz. Has a command of her voice, range, and style that I've never seen replicated by any other. Ledisi is mos def on my short list of favorite female vocalists in the world, right up there with Cassandra Wilson and Miriam Makeba. She just got signed to Verve, which is a good thing, but I hope she doesn't feel pressured to sell out to the masses. I'll be keeping my eye on her!

And my boy Khary will be screening a short at Rooftop Films on Saturday, so go out and support!


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