Hip Hop, Is that YOU?!?

You all already know why I’m asking that question, right? ¬†

For the past decade or more, rap music has become outright terrifying. ¬†I was just about to hang it up! ¬†Talib went Tweet, twat mad, Busta Bus falling off stages (with the Luvs my CoCo dude – No!!!) Yasin Bey b.k.a. Mos Def fled the country (that’s all good), but then announced his retirement? ¬†Afrika Bambatta accused of molestation?!? ¬†Damn. ¬†I even saw new claims of Tupac being alive. ¬†We got desperate, ya’ll.

But then I saw Team Backpack and 16yo Astro on Sway and I felt blood going back into my toes. ¬†Then I saw Gza in concert, then Grand Master Flash… ¬†Then Netflix stepped in with the documentaries like Sample This, Art of Organized Noise, and then¬†Luke Cage emerged with the genius of Ali Shaheed Muhammad, then The Get Down, and I was like, Okay! ¬†My fingers started tingling.

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“Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Doubt РDeath РDisillusion?  

I have grown tired of living in a world full of hate and hurt. ¬†Whenever I begin to break out of such limited thinking and living, I found that so many negative energies seemingly exist just to put me back. ¬†I’m often reminded that…

“Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”¬†

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That was the profound quote that stuck with me from the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.  The quote came from professor Orlando Patterson, co-author and editor of The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth.  His speech was powerful and best of all, unapologetic.  Dr. Patterson is 76 years of age, and even though I may not agree with every word that he says or writes, it is refreshing and empowering to hear an elder speak with such courage.   Check out this article on Patterson and The Cultural Matrix. Continue reading

Social Media Madness?

Most recently I had a friend state that she liked ‚Äúmen‚ÄĚ that used social media sparingly. ¬†Respect. ¬†Funny thing is, she said it on ‚Äď a social media site. ¬†So, the problem is of course that sometimes we need to do one majorly important thing ‚Äď sssshhhhhhh….

No love lost, my friend.

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Ugandan Kids Choir – Inspiring!

Sometimes you don’t know where inspiration will come from.

I am about to start a bucket drumming club with youth at the local Harvey Rice School in Cleveland on Tuesdays.  Since proclaiming that I would start such a club, I have been in need of a push Рjust a little nudge to give me some motivation.  I had no idea what was coming!

I was invited by a Sista of mine to attend a presentation of the Ugandan Orphans Kids Choir some months ago.¬† I received constant reminders about the upcoming show, but still didn’t quite remember.¬† That’s the busy life!¬† However, on the morning of the show, I got that final reminder and rushed out the door to find Imagine Academy in Cleveland’s Harvard neighborhood to see the performance.¬†¬†As I pulled into the parking lot¬†I felt this energy.¬† There were a number of cars parked as well as the large, nicely painted van for the Childcare Worldwide organization.¬† I was excited!

As soon as walked in the school auditorium, it was time for the show to start.  I would very soon find the inspiration that I needed.

Enjoy…

 
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