Everybody Loves The Sunshine…


The July 4th weekend is Chocolate Snowflake and my anniversary. When we met seven years ago we came to realize that we had been in the same place at the same time mostly all our lives. We just weren’t looking for one another until finally our world’s collided like the Hadron.

C.S. and I are musical beings because we love the sounds all around us. Rain on the window sill. Birds in the trees. The cars on Eastern Parkway. There is a rhythm in all of those things that is musical if you can open your mind to hearing it. That is the way you also find love. You have to be open to receive it, just like music.

The day didn’t begin on such a great note for us. I wasn’t feeling in top shape. My diabetic condition isn’t getting better on its own and before I have to do something drastic like taking insulin I am trying some other methods and formulas. I just wasn’t feeling it that day tho’ and C.S. understood and was willing to just stay home with me and nurse me back into the fight.

I wasn’t going out like that this time tho’. Roy Ayers was performing at Central Park SummerStage and this was our anniversary dammit. I mean, everybody loves the sunshine…


Roy Ayers was preceded on the stage by the Jazz Mafia Symphony. Leave it to some dudes from San Francisco to try and keep jazz alive. I’m sure it will be some Bay Area Berkeley ass rappers who try to save Hip-Hop also. There has to be something funky in the water over there.

Jazz Mafia then brought out some grade school kids from the Harlem School of the Arts to play behind Ayers’ seminal classic ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’. It was quite magical. The star of the show was this little blind Black boy on the keys. When I say that he killed it, please believe he merc’ked it. My apologies to this camera phone quality video.


Seeing those young people on stage was actually reassuring in the sense that art was being passed down to another generation. We rarely witness that passing of the torch in rap music because of the fake scarcity of resources that is promoted in rap culture. That principle will be a discussion for another drop because this post is all about Chocolate Snowflake and me.

When the Roy Ayers concert wrapped up we had a few choices left for our day. We could scramble ourselves back home to sit on the steps of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and people watch the 1st Saturday partygoer procession. 1st Saturday was where we shared our first dance together. The legendary story is all about the foot massage that I offered C.S. on the steps of the museum after the dance party had ended. She accepted, and the rest as the story goes is his story.

The deejay set at 1st Saturday was done by my friends from the Freedom Friday party so I know the vibe was sky high at the museum. The Freedom Friday crew was motivating over to Brooklyn Bowl to do a dance party there afterwards so we decided to make BK Bowl our next stop. I’m sorry that I missed the KeiStar BBQ on Washington Avenue since that was also one of the places that C.S. would run into me that fateful first weekend seven years ago.


We were met at BK Bowl by C.S. younger sister who immediately recognized that DJ J-Period had on the SAME t-shirt from the Roots Picnic in Philly. She asked J if he needed her to buy him another shirt. J-Period claimed to have other shirts but ionno. Big up to Toronto emcee Shad for blessing me with that shirt also. The party at Brooklyn Bowl was a perfect endcap for the day. My mood and my physical condition had improved along the way.

Shoutout to my folks from Pardon Me Duke who happened to be in the place to be celebrating the PMD founder’s new year. Another anniversary made perfect by great music and good friends. For Chocolate Snowflake and I it was another year to renew our love and faith in one another. Brooklyn was the planet, and everybody loves the sunshine.


16 Responses to “Everybody Loves The Sunshine…”

  1. pmac says:

    martins whole wheat potatoe bread eat with what ever you use bread on and youll lose 15 lbs in 3 months easy no exercise. egg and cheese put it on the bread blt on the bread. any samwhich believe. you loose that type2 threat and its no joke, shooting up my moms big gut with the novolog mix shit when her hands hurts it gross. plus them medicines can get sky high, i bought it on the street a couple times and the one touch test strips cause medicare will pay for only so much. youve been warned internets.

  2. LM says:

    Great pics… health is wealth.

  3. abstrizzle says:

    The funny thing about love is when you’re not looking 4 it,
    all of a sudden it finds you and slaps u in the face. Congrats 2 u & C.S.

  4. TED says:

    who knew consequence could play piano?

  5. BBmpls says:

    Great post and video Dallas…Congrats to you both!

  6. bloodbath33 says:

    congrats on the anniversary n stuff.

    I dont know the extent of your diabetes
    just recently found out the hard way that i am type 2 diabetic insulin dependent back in march. shit aint no joke . it can kill. i almost found out. insulin can be costly, you dont want to get to that point. i use 2 different types. shit isnt fun and it aint easy.
    watch dem sugar levels.
    sounds like its time the for the internets celebrity fits club to reunite on the strenff..

  7. Lamar Debussy says:

    DP– you might wanna read this is on diabetes; go back a page or two also if interested–


  8. DirtyJerz says:

    Lolz! you thought you was smoove gettin’ thru cuffing season unscathed, then CS caught you like a fresh water scrod!…at the height of jumpoff season, even!

  9. the_dallas says:

    Thx, I appreciate the link

    The July 4th weekend is when we met but we ain’t hook up until the cuffing season playoffs in late september. I’m not a player, I just crush a lot.

  10. BIGNAT says:

    d.p. stay focused and get on your trying to live forever swag hahahahaha. your ladies younger sister is a cutie.

  11. the_dallas says:

    I’ma stick around and keep paying my taxes as long as I can. My ladies sisters are cute in an art school type way. I’m still amazed that I ever even met C.S. I don’t normally fux with women who are smarter than I am (read: they don’t fux with me)

  12. El Maestro says:

    Congrats Dallas,

    I am always glad to hear stories of love going strong. Sometimes I feel like the odd man out that has found love. I been with my love for 13 years!!!!! Through all that she been my rock and the one person who let me fly free. At times we want to never grow up. We want to be peter pan leading the lost boys and flying through never land. And many of us have lost any a “Wendy” or two in the process. I have been lucky in that i found a “Wendy” that agrees to fly through the air with me and add power to my movement. Congrats to you and your woman!

    I think we all need to start taking better care of ourselves. We should start some kind DP biggest loser contest. Nothing motivates me like new sneakers!!!!

  13. Digs says:

    Looks like a very dope show! I’m humbled by Mr. Ayers body of work, he inspires me. Props for posting these pics. Far as the young dude on the keys, we might have a young Ray Charles on our hands for real, no BS.

  14. Amadeo says:

    Nice. I come from a line of diabetics and I’m trying to avoid that shit hard.

  15. BIGNAT says:

    “I don’t normally fux with women who are smarter than I am (read: they don’t fux with me)” i can go smarter but it depends on what kinda knowledge we talking. if it’s law or medical any women involved in those fields i can handle. when you get into chemistry side of medical though those women are kinda boring. basically the more it comsumes her personal life to do the job the less fun the women is.

  16. BIGNAT says:

    lil homie was getting it i hope they help him nurture his gift. then hopefully one day he can have a career in music

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