Across 135th St.

Are we voting yet?

Writer/DJ/crowned sarcasm champ Chairman Mao kindly shared his experiences of last week’s historic election day in the USA, as well as these beautiful photos taken when he, his wife Andréa and son Trevor went to vote in Harlem.

The Chairman wrote: “Tuesday night was amazing. Baby Trevor was asleep so we didn’t hit 125th St. to join in the revelry after Obama’s victory was projected. (History or no history we weren’t waking him – if you ever have a kid you’ll understand; we took him out w/ us in the morning to vote, he did great, but that was enough.) Every car that drove down our block or up & down Lenox was honking, every group of folks who were walking down the street was yelling ‘Obama!’ Like I said since we didn’t venture out our experience was probably like that of others in most parts of NYC – or most blue-friendly cities across the country. We heard from friends who live in Austin TX that the reaction from just looking out the window was very much the same – folks leaning on their car horns, people literally celebrating in the street.

We popped a bottle of Dom P that we kept from when we got married & toasted. Andréa cried early & often during the news coverage – tears of joy, of course. But she was also thinking of her late grandfather, who she was very close with, and how great it would have been for him to have lived to see this. She called her dad – an old Harlemite now living in California – to share the moment.

Finally, America had done the right thing. (The non-white thing.)”

Read the rest of the Chairman’s words in this post I wrote today for the Academy blog, along with some thoughts from Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc.

Lines Inside

Trevor Brando

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