SB: I can’t eat ice cream anymore (food allergies) so ANY flavor would be my favorite if I could eat it…and speaking of eating ice cream - when I could eat it - Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra was surely my very own little taste of heaven.
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
SB: The very first time I went to New Orleans everything that I knew that I knew but didn’t know why I knew it came to life. I literally heard my name being called from the trees. I saw the Wind respond to the Black (Mardi Gras) Indians at Jazz Fest. I understood everything about my father (who is from Algiers, LA.)…and something shifted in me.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
SB: Harlem Nights. Vera (Della Reese) says to Quick (Eddie Murphy), “You done insulted me. I got to kick yo ass right na, and afterwards I don’t want no hard feelings.”
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
SB: Angela Davis BayBay! Black power, Black beauty, Black intelligence, Black feminism, Black queerness, Black freedom, Black swagga…need I say more.
KLC: The United States electoral process is_____________________.
SB: fucked up. As one of my Dad’s (I have three Dads/but that’s a whole nutha story) used to say: “we need to get those old White men that have been in Congress forever out of there - put some young people in their place – and limit amount of time they can serve.”
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
SB: When I was a pre-teen I sicced my dog on a boy I liked so that I could rescue him (the boy). Lol…such a lil misguided butch. Anyways, luckily my dog was a cocker spaniel and just ran up to the boy and licked him.
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
SB: The last great product idea that I had got carried in the Wind and picked up - I’m just saying. Anyways…I travel a lot and try to travel lite. Often my backpack feels like extra baggage, but when I don’t take it, I always wish I had it. So my idea was to create a, “shrink wrap back pack,” made out of recyclable, extremely durable, water proof material that you could roll into a tiny ball and easily travel with.…well Muji calls it something different/but they selling them. Humhum. So I ain’t saying my new product idea out loud…
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
SB: I’ma go with elves, cause I think I’ve seen bigfoot, and I believe that the young people are going to take down Wall Street’s evil reign.
KLC: Wild card question! If you could name someone famous—living or dead—as your emergency contact, who would it be?
SB: Langston Hughes. Then I’d call Langston and say meet me for coffee, it’s an emergency that I talk to you.
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
SB: The Question: How do you cope with the massive amount of rejection that artists face? Answer: Mostly I stay centered in doing the work by any means necessary, but every now and then, one of them no’s takes me down. On those days, I eat Pirate’s Booty and watch Frasier marathons.
Pugs, French Bulldogs and SunShine make me really happy. I am a Reiki Master, a Certified (by Doreen Virtue) Angel Card Reader, a Transdenominational practitioner of Love, a Theatrical Jazz Artist. I have more than twenty years experience facilitating creative process, writing original works, collaborating with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as I compose moving soundscapes of my non-linear texts.
A child of the Great Migration - my work is queerly centered in Black traditions: Circles; simultaneity; polyrhythm; call and response; playing with time; Witnessing; improvising; collaboration. Ritual.
A Ocean Dreamer…I spend my free time talking to the Moon.