I arrived in Florida yesterday for spring break and to attend my dad's film festival. When my dad picked me up, he took several surreptitious glances at my hair on the drive from the airport to his house. But it took him a few hours to comment. All he said was, "You like all those little braids in your hair, huh?"
The clipped, "Yes," that I gave him told him, 'Zip it unless you want to compliment me on them.'I guess he didn't have anything nice to say about my hair, 'cause that was the end of that.
The final night of the festival went well and was well attended. My dad originated the event and produces it in collaboration with the Kravis Center in downtown West Palm Beach. It's really a mini film festival in it's third year. I say "mini" because each year, three films are featured on three consecutive Thursdays. This year, the theme was Young Black Artists in the Film Industry. Eve's Bayou, directed by Kasi Lemmons and Get on the Bus (Spike Lee, director) were shown this year.
Kravis Center for the Performimg Arts
Dad introducing the Hostess, Lea Jefferson
Hostess Lea Jefferson
Actor Al Thompson and Dad during the question and answer period
The next day my dad took Al to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts to spend the morning interacting with the students. I heard Al was a hit, but I slept in. They came back to the house to pick me up and we went to the Norton Museum of Art for lunch before dropping Al off at the hotel.
Sometimes things are so serendipitous. Divine order, some call it...
...After lunch, when my dad took me to the Airport to pick up my car rental, I had the great privilege of meeting Letetia! Letetia was the service rep working at AVIS that day. She has been sisterlocked for six years! Her highly textured, cylindrical locs are perfection.
My dad apparently had met Letitia before. Probably as a result of some local projects in the community. They exchanged pleasantries, but he was clueless about the hair connection that Letitia and I had! He's a little hard of hearing now and cryptic comments often pass right over his head ;o)
A congratulatory shout out to Letetia! She will be retiring in a month and plans to open a store selling Africentric apparel and art......My boys will be here tomorrow night and Mikey will be here in two days. I miss my babies and my hubby...
...More spring break posts to follow!