My love for New York City could only be illustrated by what kept me going during a 19-hour day that began at 3am. I work in morning news television in New York so I was already booked for a 4am shift, but for some reason every cultural event in the world was scheduled for April 26. I am inspired by every encounter in this city of frenzied talent, wealth, grit and despair. Museum forums, theatre productions, dance class, film festivals, and the best people-watching on the planet…all had to take a backseat to events with which I already had a personal connection. Running into friends at the annual TFI Interactive Digital Conference, and subsequently experiencing with a friend the interactive and immersive documentary forums exhibited in StoryScapes at the TriBeCa Film Festival, celebrating a friend’s premiere of her film On My Own in Harlem which surprised me tremendously when I found friends in attendance who I had yet to meet in person since I’d only spent time with them on the web, and wrapping the day at the hard-to-get-reservations-for Ginny’s Supper Club to meet up with friends from Norway and share a night of swinging music and mouth-watering food (I splurged and had the chicken & waffles with a side of collards, truffles for desert). What was the best part from a day of social interactive documentary, advocacy for preservation of the black family, and jazz/blues singer Brianna Thomas accompanied by a jammin’ quartet who raised the roof of our subterranean sweet spot? I have a bond here with my peeps. They give me life. And life supports my art. And art keeps me connected to what God creates. That’s when it comes full circle. I can’t wait until tomorrow.