theory and practice: “Rake It Up” edition

While riding the train and listening to Yo Gotti’s “Rake It Up” featuring Nicki Minaj, the words started to have a different meaning. If you have been reading my pieces, my lenses are always tilted to a degree. My view of last year’s summer banger from the Memphis rapper is no different. Even though “Rake... Continue Reading →

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Breaking: Black Excellence

This video by Because of Them We Can is a must see of facts and cuteness. What a way to kick off Black History Month!    

in the details: you

There are times when we are not ready to receive information that you are given. For years, people say the same thing repeatedly and we are just not trying to hear it. Until one day, it all makes sense. That definitely happened to me last week. I went to visit my homeboy in the hospital.... Continue Reading →

qotw: MLK’s patience

“For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’...There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.” The above quote comes from his Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s... Continue Reading →

poll: will you still shop at H&M?

I rolled my eyes when I saw the tweet of the H&M ad. I was annoyed, but I wasn't surprised. Placing a beautiful Black boy in a sweatshirt labeled "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" is disrespectful and offensive--but you knew that. Why didn't they? Did they know better and just didn't care? How could the... Continue Reading →

What are you holding?

When discussing things that trigger us, we hold things for different reasons… A while ago I was in a group discussion and we ended up talking about white privilege. A man who identified as biracial said a lot of things and used Marxism as his crux. One of the things that he said was blacks... Continue Reading →

Can’t Knock the Hustle

The main reason this site exists stems from BET's "Food for Thought" interview with Jay-Z in 2009. In the interview, Jay-Z talked about creating your own lane. The way things were going, I had to switch up and start clearing a path for this lane, but with what and how? During the interview he also... Continue Reading →

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