I’m Black!

Styles P proclaimed it in his 2006 song "I'm Black" and James Brown shouted it out in his  1968 song "I'm Black and I'm Proud." Both clarify how I feel these days. It's embarrassing to admit it, but I wasn't always proud to be black, much to my parents' chagrin. I was probably blackest in my middle …

Remembering 9/11: Interviewing a daughter a year after she lost her father in the Pentagon attacks

Besides the Challenger—the space shuttle that blew up in 1986 as my 6th grade class watched in horror—September 11th as been the next most devastating—I remember where I was and what I was doing—days I've witnessed in my lifetime. There are plenty of horrors in this world, many we can see unfurling in news clip after news clip, …

“Inside Outside Come Around…Who’s That?”

Pic taken @ The Sound Garden Baltimore …BRRRROOOOWWWWNNN!!!!! -Scenario by A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) et al Ahhhh yes, the one liners-the quips-those unforgettable verses that stay with you longer then yesterday's social studies homework or that online training presentation you just finished. Music is the foundation of my memories and Scenario is a 10th grade …

Kid Cudi as Inspiration

I’m working on an assignment for my memoir workshop class about my relationship to my generation, X. Writing this piece I’m gravitating toward music which is fitting since the older Gen X’ers have been around since the inception of MTV. I was struggling writing this at first because my ass has been kicked by a …