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Black & Single Blues, by Dwight Hobbes

Black & Single Blues, by Dwight Hobbes

    Life without Lesli was, any way you sliced it, a losing proposition. Sleep, forget about it. It took all the courage he had — frankly, not a lot — to lay on the bed where they’d made love. After the first few nights of tossing,...

Black & Single Blues — Lesli flew back to L.A. but never left his thoughts

Black & Single Blues — Lesli flew back to L.A. but never left his thoughts

      Love. Just like that. Well, he’d wondered, is there really any other way for it to happen except all of a sudden? He’d stepped out of the cab. “Luis,” he said, “since you got so much mouth about other folk bidniz, you...

Black & Single Blues: Keith finds himself stuck in Vegas with no Lesli

Black & Single Blues: Keith finds himself stuck in Vegas with no Lesli

Keith asked himself: Since Lesli’s all that great, what’s the problem? On top of being scared, he was, for the first time he could recall, confused about a woman. Why the hell was Lesli Hall so important? Especially since so many of them didn’t...

Black & Single Blues: Keith worries he might — god forbid! — have found his soul mate

Black & Single Blues: Keith worries he might — god forbid! — have found his soul mate

  Lesli threatened to — hell, had done it — make a lie of Keith’s conviction that soul mates do not come along in real life. For one, she understood his concerns about identity in relation to her own. That night of their first “date”...

Lunch with Luis might ease Keith’s blues

Lunch with Luis might ease Keith’s blues

Three in the afternoon. Keith sat with his bare feet propped up on the coffee table, hung over like hell, nursing a beer, watching the Mets lose their fourth of the last five games. On top of which, he had lost Lesli. What the hell else could go wrong?...

Dwight Hobbes’ Black and Single Blues

Dwight Hobbes’ Black and Single Blues

    Editor’s note: This is the 16th episode of “Black & Single Blues” since the series began in our February 14 issue. Thus far, Dwight Hobbes’ continuation and expansion of a story that originally appeared in Essence magazine...

Black and Single Blues — A Vegas gig brought Keith and Lesli together again

Black and Single Blues — A Vegas gig brought Keith and Lesli together again

    How could Keith figure out a way to not break Lesli’s heart? A knife began twisting in his gut. Why? He’d walked away from women with barely more than a second thought. Who was she to be somebody so special? Back when they’d first...

Black and Single Blues: Keith weighs commitment to the best of the best

Black and Single Blues: Keith weighs commitment to the best of the best

When last we left our intrepid hero, he was wondering what the hell good it was doing to stand at the window and watch the street below as he pondered the future of his relationship with Lesli, who was still asleep in his bed. Not much, he decided....

2011 & jazz: looking back and going forward

2011 & jazz: looking back and going forward

James on Jazz By Robin James (l-r) Delfeayo Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis performed at the NEA Jazz Master Awards Ceremony and Concert held in New York Jan. 11. Their father Ellis (left photo) accepted a Jazz Master Award granted...

Epilogue: Something ends, something new begins

Epilogue: Something ends, something new begins

Keith stood at the window, gazing out, cigarette smoke drifting up his arm, watching the street stories below. He was wearing his favorite piece of clothing, a Michelle Obama t-shirt given to him by this newspaper editor, Freezy J, one of the world’s...