I don’t know why but I’m sitting here idling; thinking about Maya Angelo. I met her back in the mid 90s at an entertainment venue known as the Motown Café on 57th St. in New York City. By the way thank you so much Audra W and Esther S for all that you have done for me in the entertainment industry.
I was such a nincompoop and so unfocused (no leadership at my side) and driven by fame and lights and money, so much so that I missed A lot of the richness of the individuals who I interacted with.
I was just so trite and wayward and really not thinking about the long-term picture and how I might make an impact on peoples lives or how we might have relationships far into the future. Thank God I never went overboard but I do remember glib moments with Nancy Wilson and Chaka Khan and Phyllis Hyman, Luther Vandross, Christopher Reeves and yes our Maya Angelo. If nothing else, all those memories have toughened my Teflon as it relates to all-things-entertainment… I just don’t find myself impressed by much of anything these days. New talent I must say doesn’t impress me often, not enough dedication in such an over saturated marketplace. But in some ways I feel the whole “been there done that” state of mind. Sometimes I see entertainment as so superficial and I really do hunger for rich, engaging involvements with individuals on grassroots levels. Probably why I don’t favor all the extra hair and lashes and the whole mask that people put on in life. But even then, how does all I just shared make sense when I’m about to sign/manage/develop my first artist? Go figger.