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Nasir,

I’m the producer of the One Mic festival at the Kennedy Center. Greg Schick generously gave me one of the beautiful medallions you made for him. I wore it every day, to every event, including the Nas concerts we produced. I got so many compliments on it, including by several members of Nas’ crew (and Daru Jones, who was wearing one of your pieces)that following the second performance I actually said to a colleague “the spirit is telling me that Nas should have this.” So, I went into his dressing room where he was chilling with some friends. He’d seen me wearing it all weekend, so he really appreciated it when I took it off and offered it to him. He loved it and put it on immediately. I then gave him the little bag and business card that came with the necklace, and explained that you had made it.

The next thing you knew, we were going up to the afterparty where Nas was going to make some remarks and hang out for a bit. As you now know, he was proudly wearing the necklace, and a bunch of people photographed him with it on - including the Washington Post photographer. When I saw Greg again on Wednesday night, I told him the story, thinking that I’d be surprising him. But, he’d already guessed what had happened because he’d seen all the photos in the press and social media, and he told me that you have too! I’m really glad that it worked out this way. Although, I admit that I’m bummed that I no longer have a Straight Path One Mic necklace. Is there any way you can make another?

Very best regards,

Garth

Garth Ross
Vice President
Community Engagement
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

HAPPY EASTER.