This past Saturday night, I went to an outdoor concert at The Greek Theater with my dear friends, award-winning playwright David E. Talbert and his supercool, super-savvy, super-fly wife, Lyn. We had the bestest time!!! Talk about flashing back to the early 90’s. Check out the lineup:
And the headlining act…*drumroll*…
SWV opened the show and got the crowd going.
Coko’s voice was truly amazing…
…strong, crystal clear, and incredibly soulful. We were singing and swaying along to the music.
…sans the fabulous Dawn Robinson, who always brought a wonderful rock edge to the group. There was another girl in her place who had a good voice, but her presence only served to make Dawn’s absence that much more glaring. Sorry folks, but En Vogue without Dawn Robinson just ain’t En Vogue to me.
After the ladies, it was all about the men. Bell Biv Devoe set the crowd on FIYAH!!
We were on our feet dancing, singing, and rapping at the tops of our lungs. Of course, Bobby Brown was unable to contain himself and wait his turn (even though he was centerpiece of the night), and rushed out onstage (along with Johnny Gill!!!)…
…in the middle of Do Me.
As for Bobby, he was the biggest surprise of all.
I reconnected with my deeper blackness that night, y’all. I needed that shot (of soul) in the arm. I’m sayin’. This town and this business will drain the melanin out of you, if you let it. I gotta fight for my right to stay black (as if I could be anything else).
*Thanks to Lyn Talbert for sharing the pics she snapped with her digital camera!! The pics from my cameraphone came out like hot garbage.