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Keith reflects on Lesli’s imperfections, including that jealous streak

Keith reflects on Lesli’s imperfections, including that jealous streak

Oct. 23 | Luis, Keith mused, had given him hell about dropping him off at his doorstep last night lit up like a Christmas tree. Well, too damned bad for Luis. Luis, after all, had somebody to come home to and catch hell from. Keith sat in the kitchen nursing...

Lesli gets blamed for a drunken brawl  

Lesli gets blamed for a drunken brawl  

Oct. 16 | Maria cut Keith and Luis off. After one had downed several double-Jack-rocks and the other polished off as many Margaritas. Luis gave her a look. Keith started to say something. She gave them both a silencing look. Luis paid the bill and they got...

Helen in a cab, Keith walks home

Helen in a cab, Keith walks home

Sep. 18 | He saw Helen to a cab, pretty much poured her into the back seat, made a show to the driver of writing down the license number and gave the guy a huge tip. Then he wondered what the hell to do with himself. Outside of gigs, he didn’t spend a great...

Keith stands his ground — but for what?

Keith stands his ground — but for what?

Aug. 22 |       Lesli was getting a roll going. He knew he wasn’t going to get a word in edgewise. Not that he had done very much when he had the chance to speak. She stopped roaming around the living room — the way she kept scanning the...

Keith recalls why he has steered clear of relationships

Keith recalls why he has steered clear of relationships

Jul. 24 |       He’d been sitting there, bugging out to Nicole Scherzinger and Busta Rhymes on the Pussycat Doll’s video “Don’t Cha.” Having searched high and low for the uncensored version. Digging it tough, toking, sipping, grinning...

Even back in New York, Keith could not escape Lesli’s reach

Even back in New York, Keith could not escape Lesli’s reach

Jun. 26 |   The only thing Keith hated worse than taking off in an airplane was touching back down in one. He’d done this dozens of times but still couldn’t get used to it. As the ground got bigger and drew closer, Keith wondered, every single time,...

In love or not, Keith gets bored just hanging around

In love or not, Keith gets bored just hanging around

Jun. 5 |     Editor’s note: This is the 17th 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...

Lesli grew under Keith’s skin and into his brain

Lesli grew under Keith’s skin and into his brain

May. 8 |     A long week. Spent in good spirits, but it was long. After leaving Lesli off at the airport, Keith had ridden back to the hotel and gotten his regular routine in gear — looking over the sheets, running fingering scales. Then he’d...

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

Mar. 27 |     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...

Keith had given up on the long-term relationship thing — ‘til Lesli came along

Keith had given up on the long-term relationship thing — ‘til Lesli came along

Mar. 13 |     Fear is a funny thing. Not that he was anywhere near laughing. It was just queer. Lesli was the best woman to have happened to him — and scared him to within an inch of his life. Someone, somewhere, might’ve been his mother or...