Jookin Wars 20!!!

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I was invited by my good friend, Twoin, to check out the 20th anniversary Jookin Wars at Rumba Room. My first thoughts were how has this gone on 20 years and I've never heard of it and can I get out there and compete!!

For those that don't know, Jookin is a dance. It's actually a dance that was created in Memphis way back when the dancers were the tough guys lol. Boy have times changed!  I've heard it called bucking, tutting, or ticking, but it's always been Jookin to me. It's a dance that takes a lot of skill and bravado. It's definitely not for the meek and mild. It mostly goes along with the beat of a song, so it takes a lot of listening and motion ability. 

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I remember, back when Demin and Diamond was the spot, that I always wanted to be good at Jookin, but I was cursed with very little rhythm. Jookin takes great footwork and even more smoothness to pull off. Two things I sorely lack because I'm awkward and clumsy. 

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Still unsure about what exactly Jooking is? Well, here's a little video that I put together from the Jooking Wars show that might help out a bit. Quick shoutout to my guys at GMC for the intro and outro music!!

While this wasn't my first jooking show, it was definitely one of my favorites. I loved the energy of the crowd and that most of the dancers had these huge entourages and fans! I loved that, even though it was a bit heated on the dance floor, everyone knew it was entertainment and there were plenty laughs and high fives. It's entirely possible for the youth to get together and have a positive event that doesn't end in violence! Also, the crowd was extremely diverse! That's always a good thing. I'm glad that some truly Memphis has blended racial lines! 

So be on the lookout for next years Jookin Wars! I know that I am really anxious to see who takes the championship belt next year!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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Little Italy Review with Dine01

The next stop on the Best Memphis Pizza in April with the guys of Dine01 was Little Italy! This small, local spot packed a mean pizza punch! I was so impressed by the pizza I got from Little Italy. I hadn't heard the best reviews of Little Italy, so I must admit I was a bit hesitant when I was asked to go by Justin.

 

We were presented with a Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken and Meatball Parmingiana pizza. Justin had the pepperoni and I basically devoured the meatball parmingiana and buffalo chicken on site! I was really impressed with pizza as a whole. From the not not too soft and not too hard crust, to the slightly sweet sauce, and the ample toppings. It was a very good experience. I will say that the Buffalo Chicken was my favorite of the three, thought the meatball parmingiana wasn't very far behind. 

 

This was one of the better pizzas that I have had in Memphis. I was equally impressed by the vibe inside Little Italy. It reminded me of what you would expect in an old Italian movie. I wouldn't have been very surprised if there was a few mafia bosses hanging out back eating cannoli (more on that later). It all really went very well together. 

So before I left I had to have some dessert. I got a slice of Italian cheesecake, a cannoli, and some tiramisu. The cheesecake had a slight hint of lime that was really good. The tiramisu was so light and fluffy. It was delightful. Now let's get to the cannoli situation. It was literally one of the best I've ever had! Please try that cannoli!!

If you're in the mood for a great local pizza with a vibe of The GodFather and great dessert, please do yourself a favor and give Little Italy a try. Here's a video of the review I did with Justin Harrison of Dine01. You can also check out their other videos by clicking HERE

Little Italy is located at 1495 Union Ave at the corner of Union and Kimbrough Pl. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.