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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

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  • Tuesday, October 19, 2004

    Street Style and Mos Def

    Besides music, I cover a little fashion. One of my assignments is the weekly "Street Style," where Stephanie and I go out to different South Bay spots to find fashionable people to be featured in the paper.

    Along with a photograph, we ask them what they're wearing, where they got it from and how much it cost. Most times, people have no idea what the label is, so, I often find myself searching for tags down people's bums. Not always as fun as it may seem.

    We also ask: how would you define fashion? We've gotten answers from the mundane, like "What I see in magazines," or "What I threw together this morning," to the very deep like, "It's the soul on the outside," or "It's a self-filtration system in order to find friends."

    Personally, I see fashion as a way to reflect how I'm feeling that particular day. I like hats because they're different, not as many women wear hats.

    Anyone want to share your definition of fashion?

    Speaking of stylish, ch-check out hip-hop emcee-actor extraordinaire, that is if you're willing to brave the rain:

    WHAT: Mos Def
    WHERE: Catalyst Nightclub, 1011 Pacific Ave.Santa Cruz
    WHEN: 8:30 p.m. tonight, 10/19
    TICKETS: $30 in advance, $35 at the door; catalystclub.com

    If you're not willing to get wet, here's another option:

    WHAT: Mos Def with JIN Tha MC opening
    WHERE: Space 550, 550 Barneveld, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21
    TICKETS: 21+; $30; no sports gear; brownpapertickets

    4 Comments:

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    Fashion: to adapt, as to a purpose or an occasion; accommodate.
    Also: adidas...anything adidas.

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