qotw: all the stars

I would be playing myself if I didn't reference the movie Black Panther. As much as I would like to talk about this epic cinematic experience, I don't want to spoil it for those who have not seen it yet. So I am going to rely on “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar featuring SZA... Continue Reading →


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... Continue Reading →

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 →


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.... 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 →


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... 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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