Category Archives: Books

What I Learned from @CThaGod

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While in Barnes And Noble on a Friday evening a week and half ago, I stood in line for about an hour and fifteen minutes to have my copy of Charlamagne’s recent book Black Privilege signed. While waiting to on the first floor to reach the third floor I started to debate on whether or not I wanted to actually go through with it and I also wondered why everyone else was there. Whenever I’m in line for anything that’s taking a bit of time, my thoughts go everywhere and I think about everything. Fortunately for all of us in attendance, the wait wasn’t too bad. Continue reading

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ESSENTIAL READING: How To Think More About Sex

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As referenced in my Thoughts About Sexuality post, this is one of the books that I read that helped to form a stronger knowledge base on the subject. Author Alain De Botton’s book thoroughly broke down the pleasures and problems of sex. I never knew how fetishes developed or the complexities of sexual attraction before reading  How To Think More About Sex. For those that are under the flawed impression that sex is just a physical thing, a “body thing” (check the reference!) then you, my friend, need to pick this up IMMEDIATELY!!!

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Essential Reading: Wax Poetics #17 “The Hip-Hop Issue”

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It was either 2006 or 2007 and my homie Chris and I took a trip to Brooklyn via the Chinatown bus to the BK Hip-Hop Festival. I don’t remember the headliner but I do remember seeing Jeru The Damaja and Saigon walking around the open area. Wait… I think members of the Wu actually were some of the headliners but that’s really fluff in terms of relevancy to this story. While standing in line for food, I spotted a vendor selling copies of the above Waxpoetics and since I was/am a huge Dilla fan (since 95) I had to buy it and this was the HIGHEST that I had ever paid for a magazine at the time (roughly $20) but it’s truly priceless. Continue reading

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Essential Reading Material: Frank 151 x A$AP MOB

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Yo this is one of my favorite FRANK 151 magazines that will never leave my personal library. The A$AP MOB issue opened with an intro by A$AP Yams (RIP) and featured stories about Harlem’s Jazz Age, interviews with A$AP Twelvy, ILLz, Bari, FERG, and Yams himself all the while sprinkling in information about what makes Harlem so legendary. Though I wasn’t into A$AP before reading this issue, I gained a greater respect and for the collective afterwards. If you don’t have this in your collection yet, click the link below.

Frank 151 x ASAP MOB

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Essential Reading Material: Frank151 X Mighty Healthy

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I’ve been a huge fan of Frank151’s magazines for years now. My favorite issues were the De La Soul, Ricky Powell, MF Doom joints to name a few. When it comes to documenting culture, they do it in a such a cool way and each issue teaches me something new each go round. Chapter 57: Mighty Healthy celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the clothing brand and features interviews with it’s creater Ray Maté, Ghostface Killah, Photographer Van Styles, Artist Kevin Lyons, and other well known skaters. Definitely worth the read. I need to get my hands on the DKNY issue soon before it’s sold out.

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