Revisited Part I: Valentino-Of-?
We know him as Valentino-Of-Ct. Not so long ago he was the new kid on the block that had heads turning, eyes popping-and everyone guessing. I caught up with Valentino for a revisit of our now infamous interview. He’s settling in his new home in Atlanta, reconnecting with his father…and just enjoying life. This isn’t one of my juicy interviews; it’s more of a catch-up to see how our friend in blogville is fairing along after his two-week hiatus…
Trent: So...how was your transition to ATL? Well how is it going thus far
Valentino: it is going well. I was still nervous at first and some living arrangements had to change
Trent: like what?
Valentino: I was gonna be staying with a friend, but then I decided not to, because friendships can change with that sort of thing.
Trent: yes...so did you like drive a big U-haul truck down there and butch it out, or did you fly down there and have all of your stuff delivered?
Valentino: I shipped my clothes and computer before hand, flew down with the rest and some more of my things are gonna be brought down when my sister moves.
Trent: oh okay...so you just went with no furniture? Damn that sounds like you were getting out of a bad marriage...
Trent: like Tina did...”He can have all that other stuff, as long as I can keep my name..."
Valentino: no I didn’t want to deal with bringing all that
Trent: So, what led you to ATL?
Valentino: Well we all know my love of NYC. NYC is extremely expensive and I didn’t want to Borough. If I'm gonna be in the city...I want to be IN the city. When I visited ATL back in DEC/Jan I found that it had similar qualities to NYC-plus I loved how it seemed like a place a person of color could come into their own, if they really put their mind to it
Trent: is this your first time moving away from home?
Trent: how are you liking it and is your family calling you every second making
sure you're okay?
Valentino: yeah my mother calls often, sounding so silly
Trent: do you like roam around the house naked?
Valentino: lol…no. I don’t understand why people say that, when they get their first place
Trent: its so liberating
Valentino: its not all that-I do walk around in my underwear though.
Trent: not the ones like mine with the ass cheeks hanging out.
Valentino: but I live in a sort of high rise so I'm thinking people are watching me or like in that movie sliver
Trent: lol…close your windows fool
Valentino: why? Lol… I need light
Trent: cause that’s what white people do! Walk around with open blinds so people can see their business
Valentino: lol-my blinds are closed
Trent: so tell me about the selection of boys there and are they any different from the east coast boys?
Valentino: they are somewhat different, so country
Trent: that’s cute
Valentino: and everybody goes to church
Trent: (rolls eyes)
Valentino: and the light skin boys think they are heaven
Trent: that’s everywhere honey…So-do you think the men are better quality or is it the same...do you buy into the theory that men are different based on territory?
Valentino: no, there are just more here and the discretion is gone so people are trying to holla everywhere!
Trent: what? It’s fagville like that?
Valentino: somebody screamed out their phone number from a truck to my friend and me the other day
Trent: and they're all thugs huh?
Valentino: no thugs or I haven't seen any
Valentino: assumed established
Valentino: with their luxury vehicles
Trent: Looks like I need to go ahead and move to Brooklyn!
Valentino: the thugs look dirty
Valentino: cut off jeans and stuff
Trent: what? LOL
Valentino: well this is what I've seen so far, I'm sure I haven’t seen it all
Valentino: before people be attacking me
Trent: you know how they are once you say something on my spot they have it out for you anyway
Valentino: it shouldn't be that serious
Trent: they'll say it!
Valentino: lol, oh well
Trent: so where in the city do you live and do you have a spot that you frequent yet...how long have you been there?
Valentino: I've been here going on three weeks. I live in the buckhead / Lenox area which is like the ritzy /fancy area.
Trent: of course
Valentino: but I don’t live in a ritzy place
Trent: how much is rent
Valentino: my rent is 527
Trent: why not 525 or 530
Trent: such an odd number
Valentino: I know huh
Trent: so what’s your favorite place to eat?
Valentino: Checkers !?!?!?!?! I've been trying different restaurants; you're coming during Labor Day weekend right? Are you doing book things everyday?
Trent: no just Saturday and Sunday
Valentino: oh-u should host a party
Trent: you're gonna come sit with me half of one day and look cute right? PAHLEASE I am not on that level yet. If yall wanna throw me one and I'll pay for it…
Valentino: oh its easy to host a party, u make up the flyers and pass them out at ur booth
Valentino: not like a huge one
Trent: I don't think I am ready
Valentino: a small little hotel room thingy
Trent: that sounds fun
Valentino: but yes I'll sit at your booth
Trent: that’s sidebar...we could both use that to our advantage
Valentino: of course
Trent: so how do you feel about Ludacris and Bobby Valentino fucking?
Valentino: I don’t think bobby is that cute, so that disturbs me
Trent: he's cute but he looks like a little rat or something
Valentino: now if u said Ludacris and bow wow
Trent: so-about Bow Wow and Ciara you're fascinated with them-tell me why
Valentino: Ludacris looks like the smack you on the ass type, oh because ciara looks so much older bow wow still looks 12 to me what is he doing with that? I can't fathom it but I did see the new video...and they do have chemistry.
Trent: hmmm...I'm happy for anyone who does a relationship and a celebrity relationship even more...I think they are the new Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri…how is your love life going
Valentino: hmmm…its going
Valentino: I think there's a circle of friends all vying, who's gonna get him first type of thing
Trent: do you want to get got?
Valentino: no, they're all a mess
Trent: lol. So you don't enjoy your singledom
Valentino: oh I do enjoy it, I'm not looking for any shackles right now
Valentino: someone to hang out with is cool, kiss, hug, laugh, but nobody to be holding hands with in the park…I cant take all that right now
Trent: Unless it's after dark in the bushes of Piedmont...oh I forgot about you and that free-spirit sex! So you've visited the infamous Piedmont Park...what did you leave out of your blog that you want to tell me?
Valentino: nothing. I have not experienced any of that that they say or even saw it, but if u wanna stand behind trees and suck on dicks and things then do you
Trent: lol, you'd rather just take them back to the penthouse studio
Valentino: no penthouse studio and no park people…I did see Ty Lattimore walking through there
Trent: he's not that hot
Valentino: not at all. I said that’s what u wanna look like walking through the
park? To myself
Trent: lol-I wonder how many silent readers I have...
Valentino: a whole bunch
Trent: LOL, I wonder if he's one of them
Valentino: lol-wouldn't that be something…my father told me to carry a knife
Trent: oooh I have the perfect gift for u
Valentino: oh did you reach the part in Alphonso's book where the drag queen slips
a blade from under the tongue
Trent: LOL-I haven't read night yet
Valentino: oh-my baaaad
Trent: But I think that the book is phenomenal. I’m so glad you’ve read it. I am
going to finish it this week and Fred’s too…I can discuss it with you when I’m done!
Because I don’t know of anyone else who has read it or reading it… what is your take on Alphonso’s book...I think he is brilliant and he brings a new fresh vibe to the gay black literary scene.
Valentino: yes he does-I loved it, it is much different from everyone else
Trent: I think that it is safe to say that it's one of the best reads, if not the best read of the year
Valentino: it really is, I think its good for young readers
Trent: yes...its definitely appealing to the urban crowd…the hood boys up top from the BK
Trent: does he not have eyebrows? Lol (Not Alphonso and inside joke that Valentino and I have..)
Valentino: don’t u start
Trent: so since our last chat, is there anything you wanted to clear up or add?
Valentino: not that I can think of
Trent: so moving out, on your own, to ATL what is your biggest learned thus far
Valentino: I haven't really learned anything yet, I was pretty much independent
before, I just lived with my mother
Trent: wait how does that work?
Valentino: I still cooked for myself, paid bills, got my business in order. The only difference is that she's not in the other room
Trent: something tells me you miss that
Valentino: not just yet
Trent: I'm Trent Jackson don't act like you don't know the name! Thank you for the update and I'll see you in ATL over Chick-Fila
Valentino: lol, I have date at smoothie king in ten minutes
Stay tuned for tomorrow-Bombs Over Baghdad and No4real is throwing them!