Erika Lewis: New York Partying, ‘Grits and Biscuits’, and Church

Erika Lewis attends a service at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times.
Erika Lewis attends a service at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill. Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times.

In 2010, Erika Lewis and her friends Alzo and Maurice Slade saw a hole in the New York dance party scene where Southern hip-hop should be. So they introduced Grits and Biscuits, a pop-up event that has since expanded to Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities. In 2011, the trio, known as E.Z.Mo Breezy, introduced Saturday Morning Cartoons, another dance party that plays music from the 1980s and ’90s. The next one, which Ms. Lewis described as “a safe place to get loose,” will take place at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Oct. 11. Ms. Lewis, 40, who works full time in marketing, keeps it simple on Sundays, spending most of them in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where she lives.NOW, GOSPEL MUSIC I’ll wake up, take a shower, have a glass of water and a Kind bar, and then my first stop is Emmanuel Baptist Church. When they have the New York Marathon and it goes through Brooklyn, my church always has the gospel choir on the steps for the runners. Being in New York, away from my family, I value having other friends who are of a similar walk and belief. It allows me to examine my own life and my own goals. The music totally inspires me. It allows me to disconnect from my to-do list.

A REAL MEAL After church I eat. Sometimes I’ll go have brunch with a friend. I like the eggs at Maggie Brown. I go to Putnam’s, too. They have really good biscuits. I eat them just plain with butter. And I’ll have them with mint tea, eggs, potatoes.

QUEST FOR SPACE I’m looking to buy an apartment I can afford, and there’s nothing I can afford, but I still like to entertain myself by going to open houses. I’m looking in Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Flatbush. I want space. I’d love to find something that’s 1,000 square feet. But you never know. I need to buy something I can grow into. I’ve acquired a lot of stuff.

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Source: The New York Times | HILARY HOWARD

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