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The Answers, Man!!!

Whew! Questions. Thank you all for not leaving me looking more foolish than a Eddie Griffin movie...LOL

Thanks for your questions. And without further ado, I, the Answer Man, will respond!

Kajuana from DC writes:

1. Do you take more than the prescribed dosage of medicine?

LOL...whaaaat? Actually, no. I don't take any type of medicine outside of the occasional DayQuil for cold and flu symptoms or Tylenol for headaches.

2. Ever shaved/waxed a woman's bikini line?

Yes, I have. She was my significant other and she trusted me implicitly. I got skills. LOL

3. Ever swallowed your own vomit and under what circumstance?

You know what? I really haven't. And that's probably because I can count on one hand the number of times I've thrown up in my life. Two times it was after rocky roller coaster rides. The other time...well, let's just say I don't order in from restaurants in Harlem too much anymore. Yeesh.

My homie Singing from New Yawwwwwwk writes:

1. Who is your favorite writer and why?

Steven Ivory. He's a columnist for and the author of the book Fool In Love. Just a smart writer that will make you laugh--and learn. He talks about things we can all identify with, even if you're not from his generation. It's the everyday stuff that intrigues me. Anyone can be a expert on a certain topic; it takes a special mind to be able to riff fluently on the mundane. If you get a chance, check him out.

2. What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment?

I work for the National Urban League. It's been around for 95 years and throughout its history, many black people have contributed to the cause of empowering communities and changing lives. One of the instruments used for this is a magazine called Opportunity Journal. It prides itself on "telling the stories about black people that haven't been told." A who's who of black authors have written for the Journal. And so have I. Being in the company (Hell, in the same index) of those writers, continuing the tradition of telling those stories...has to be my biggest accomplishment thus far in life. Of course, once I have my first child, this will quickly move down to #2 on my list. :-)

3. What is your favorite movie?

There's a scene in my favorite movie, an intense court scene, where the dialogue flows fast and strong, forceful and melodic. The actors are top shelf, no question. They carry out the dialogue convincingly, as if it were their own. You BELIEVE them when they utter those phrases. And you know what? I don't want to be the actors. Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson are larger than life. But you know what else? It's those words that grant them that honor. I want to be the writer who put together those sentences, who created the tension, who knotted the stomachs of moviegoers the world over. I want to be the man who made it his business to give Jack that monologue where he spouts his military credentials in staccato. That's what I think about every time I see that film. That's what makes A Few Good Men my favorite.

4. What is the first thing that attracts you to a woman?

I get asked this question all the time. And I always respond the same way--her smile. There is nothing, and I mean nothing that can beat a pretty smile. You can have pretty eyes, pretty feet, a bangin' rear or a bodacious chest...but when it comes down to it for me, it's all about the smile. And if I can make you smile?!?!? Lawd. Plus, plus, plus!!!

J from Elmont writes:

1. What are your goals and aspirations in life?

I want to affect people through my words. So my goal is to get my thoughts and writings in people's hands. My goal for the near future is to have a syndicated column which talks about topical issues, as well as my own radio talk show. I've been told I have the perfect face for radio. LOL I aspire to be a great father, since I have such a wonderful example to follow, a great son and a great friend. And as long as I continue to aspire, I will be alllllright. :-)

2. Love Jones! Have you ever received some serious lovin that made you get up, make breakfast, and serve her in bed?

Yessssssssss! I can be a cooking fool if you love me right. Breakfast, pasta, chicken marsala...LOL I'll make it all under the right circumstances. There have been certain people who have gotten the Love Jones treatment from me. Eggs, toast, two types of potatoes...Lawd. Had me open like a 24-hour liquor store. Those were the days...

3. If you can resurrect three people, who would they be and why?

Well, I guess, since I talk about him a lot, people would guess that my dad would make this list. And he would. Only if he didn't have to suffer like he did while he was alive. I would never bring him back just to have him go through those final years in pain all over again. That would be cruel.
  • I would definitely bring back my friend Greg, who died due to complications from a motorcycle accident back in 2001. He had his whole life in front of him; was about to be engaged and was the pillar of strength for his family after his father died two years before. I'd bring him back for his nephew, for his girlfriend, for his mother and for his friends. Just a great guy.
  • I would bring back my birth mother, who died soon after I was born, just to find out more about her and the reasons why drugs played such a prominent part in her life. I would want to see the reasons behind her pain, what made her get with my birth dad, if she had any more children with other men, thus giving me brothers or sisters that I never got to know, and if she would do anything differently with her life. It would be fascinating, to say the least.
  • There's a woman that I know who lost all three of her sons to street violence in the span of 14 months. She lost her husband soon thereafter. And throughout the years that have followed, she's continued to lose various family members to death. If I had the power, I would bring back at least one of her sons, or her husband--whomever she chose. She deserves the choice. She deserves to be happy again.

The New New Yorker Siddity writes:

1. Slap or tickle?

I slap asses and tickle feet.

2. What's your favorite flower?

Not really a flower man. Give me a plant any day. Right now I have two bamboo plants that I'm caring for. Watching this one at my job grow over the past year has been great.

3. Least favorite male action star?

This one was easy. Of course there are many candidates to choose from; "actors" who just can't cut it when it comes to walking and chewing gum, who can't formulate sentences because their minds are on firing their weapons. We've seen them all, and with greater regularity recently. And I've tried to cut them some slack, give them the benefit of the doubt. But you know what? I shouldn't have to. Horrible acting is just plain horrible acting--action film or not. So, for every role he's ever done, from The Fast and the Furious to xXx and beyond...Vin Deisel wins my vote as Least Favorite Male Action Star. And think about it...he beat out Sly Stallone and Wesley Snipes for this award. LOL

4. Most admired political figure?

Wow, that's a tough one. Working for the Urban League, I get to meet A LOT of politicians throughout the course of a year. But the one I've most admired, I think, is Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca.). I met her at my first Urban League Conference, 1999 in Houston. I was assigned to shadow her and her husband for the day (pick her up from the airport, escort them around the convention center, etc.). I was nervous. Here I am, a wet-behind-the-ears Urban League rookie, given the task of showing a member of the U.S. Congress around. What if I slipped and called her Maxie? What if I tripped over my shoe lace, or worse, a display in the exhibit hall? What if I caught her husband pinching another woman's ass? (that didn't happen, by the Could I do this? I was nervous as hell.

In the car coming back from the airport, I tried in vain to make small talk. I asked about their flight, the weather in California, told her that I had just moved back from Cali in 1998, the early-morning heat in Houston...blah blah blah. And then, it happened. Her cell phone rang. She answered. On the other end? Bill Cosby. Bill FREAKIN Cosby. WTF?!?!?! They carried on for a few minutes before she hung up the phone. As I looked on with a glazed expression, she looked back at me and smiled. She told me that Mr. Cosby was coming out to do a fundraiser for her in DC that September and needed information. Then she asked about me, what I did at the League, what I wanted to ultimately do. She put me at ease, and made me feel as important as Mr. Cosby. She was sincere. She was funny. And for the rest of the day, not once did I ever slip and call her Maxie.

I admire strong black women. Congresswoman Waters is definitely one of them. I admire her for all that she's done, but more importantly, for the person that she is.

5.Favorite smell?

Sunday morning breakfast at my mom's house. Heaven on Earth.

My future wifey Suezette from the ATL writes:

1. What is your favorite female article of clothing?

Hmmmm...toss up. It's between the fitted skirt and the bra. Good times, both!

2. Boxers or briefs?

Definitely boxers.

3. If you could star in a blaxplotation film...which one would it be and what role would you play?

I would play the role of pillow in any Pam Grier movie where she's naked. LOL

Meka from Deleware writes:

What is sexy to you?

Sexy to me is a smile at the right time, a kiss on the cheek, a confident walk, a twist of the hair, a blush, a sincere laugh...

What does borborygmus mean?

Not a clue.

What are your vices?

Banana pudding, pretty women, television, books, sports. Not necessarily in that order.

What is one thing you would change about yourself?

My shyness. People don't believe that I am, but really, I am. And if people think I'm outgoing now, imagine if I didn't give a flyin' fugg about being rejected. I'd be ruling the world by now. Or at least further along with my goals by now. Sigh.

What's your favorite poem?

Dreams by Langston Hughes.

Donyell from Detroit writes:

Why do you blog?

Blogging, to me, is a way for me to release thoughts. I have soooo much in my brain that needs to be shared and blogging is a way to let it ooze out. I'm a writer. A blog just seems natural.

The Great Elle from Baltimore writes:

1. What is the first memory of childhood you can recall?

Wow. Good one. That's why you're Great! I'm trying to think back, and the first memory I can recall was visit days with my birth father and my brothers and sisters. We would gather at a rec center and play and visit. It's weird, being that I was only 3, but I remember it clearly. And those visits are where my memory begins. Go figure.

2. If you had the opportunity to write a biography of any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Somebody beat me to it, of course, but I'd love to do the biography of Jackie Robinson. To be the first "anything" must be a trip. To be the first "everything" for a generation of blacks who struggled for so long to "get in where they fit in" was no doubt tumultuous, thrilling and scary all at once. To be able to go along for that ride with Mr. Robinson, and to document it step by step...that's the story I'd like to write.

3. Who would you want to write the foreword to your greatest work?

I would want either Alice Walker or Langston Hughes to write the foreward to my greatest book. Them just lending their names to the work would give me all the credibility I'd need. Them lending their words to the work...priceless.


Whew! That was a lot of work. LOL Thank you so much for your questions. I look forward to doing a Volume 2 sometime soon.


scribbled by Will at 1/12/2005 11:26:00 AM
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