theory and practice: “Rake It Up” edition
While 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 It Up” is a…
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.…
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…
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…
qotw: Oprah’s Speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards
Remember when Roc-A-Fella sold Reasonable Doubt as a whole on iTunes because they believed that the album’s greatness shouldn’t be sold in parts (singles) because you would be cheating yourself? This is how I feel about Oprah’s speech last night as she received the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Gold Globe Awards.…
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…
qotw: “you don’t know this new me…”
“You don’t know this new me; I put back my pieces, differently.” 2018? No, now. I am not waiting to ring in the new year to make changes (read: resolution). I have been low key for a few reasons including life changing events and conversations which made me rearrange my focus and goals. It makes…
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…
Patties and Philanthropy
Lowell Howard did it. He came to the United States, and pursued the “American Dream” and made it a reality. As the CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Howard headed the largest Caribbean franchise chain in the US, with more than 120 stores. He didn’t stop there, he gave back to the community…