The Dream Warrior interview in ARTnews about this story is really insulting! Baltimore is “off the beaten path” and not a real art culture? The first thing the New York gallery people did was put bars over the windows – presumably to protect their expensive “New York Art” from Baltimore? You can’t tell me they put up bars to reference Freddy Kreuger. I do not believe that.
Who do these people think they are? And why is ARTnews giving them a free pass to say condescending things about Baltimore? Obviously, the interviewer knows who they are or he wouldn’t be conducting the interview at all and being so obsequiously flattering. (“Sweet name, dude.”) Why are people afraid to name those behind this project?
If they can’t conduct themselves with respect for a unique culture and place, maybe it’s time to head back to New York!
Besides Lauren's health scare, we did have some good times dancing at Reggae and I met some amazing artists, including Alpha Blondie, Isreal Vibrations and some powerful women singer such as Jah9 and Etana. I gave them all copies of my World Cup songs, which enabled me to approach them on a more personal level. Very special! and much thanks to Mateel manager Justin Crelin, who gave me a back-stage pass, and to Lauren, who encouraged me to be assertive.