8.3.17 Thoughts: Strictly Business

1. In the early 90’s, there were black films made with characters in positions of influence and affluence. Nino Brown in New Jack City, Marcus Graham in Boomerang, and Waymon Tinsdale of Strictly Business were the first examples of what I saw as young black businessmen riding high on the wave of their own success […]

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For Kelis…. An Appreciation

When I hear the phrase “Black Girls Rock”, Kelis is the first woman that I think of. I had never seen anyone like her before and her music, especially in 1999, was purely an anomaly. The radio, especially urban formats, was nothing but your standard mainstream Hip-Hop and R&B. There weren’t any real exciting artists; […]

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5.31.17 Thoughts

1. I’d like to thank the members of N.E.R.D. for my new found mantra (and future tattoo): Fly Or Die. Fly Or Die is the title of their sophomore album which had a significant presence in my collegiate life. While reading Charlemagne’s newest book Black Privilege it hit me out of nowhere. In this world […]

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Childlike but not childish…

  My grandmother would call me mischievous. It’s an adjective that I was well deserving of and even now at this very moment. The earliest memory that I have of my childhood maybe running around in diapers in my grandmother’s house and/or moving into my family’s first apartment. I only had one birthday party there; […]

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