Bumped into Storm forward Sheryl Swoopes at the Choklate concert Wednesday night at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. I’ve been a fan of the soulful singer since her days busting the lyrics as part of Jambalaya at the Baltic Room on Capitol Hill, but it was Swoopes’ first time hearing Choklate, who effortlessly mixes hip-hop and R&B with a jazzy flair. Both are pictured right in a photo by Jeff Hobbs. Choklate is to the far left and Swoopes is second from the right.
Honey, Choklate had Swoopes whipped through the gamut of emotions from crying to dancing in her seat to spouting out “maverick” for an impromptu ditty that had the audience roaring like it was a “Saturday Night Live” skit. (The other words included in the freestyle were Obama, sex, diva, and money).
Afterward Swoopes met the artist and chatted with me about her whereabouts. You may have noticed that the shooter has snubbed the media since the Storm made a fourth consecutive first-round exit from the opening round of the playoffs.
“I’ve been through it,” Swoopes said.
But then she threw me for a loop, rubbing her belly while saying, “I’m going to call you, I’ve got some stuff to tell you that’ll blow your mind!”
I looked quizzical as Swoopes’ friend laughed and her partner stood up to thrust her arms in the air with pride. Say what?
“No, I’m just playing. But I do have some stuff to tell you,” she said with a laugh.
The biggest news is that she’ll be back next season playing for the Storm, honoring the player option for the final season of her two-year contract. She’s still living in Kirkland and will begin making more appearances around town as part of the Be Fit initiative and as this season’s official face of the team for winter. In fact, Swoopes’ participation in the past helped the team win the Washington Health Foundation’s Heros of Health Award, which was named on Thursday.
Only I know Swoopes has more to say, so we’ll update when I get that call.
November 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM