Verses: Knocking off the Nerves

Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well.  It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip:  As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened [...]

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 [...]

Daily Prayer: For Our Children

Defend Lord, these Thy children in all their work and all their prayer. Spread among them the desire to know and learn and do. Let them grow in the capacity for worthy work and in all their working and thinking let them not forget the host of witnesses about them - those that love and those [...]

For My People by Margaret Walker Alexander

By far, one of my favorite poets and poems of all time.  I had the honor of walking the campus of Jackson State University when she was there, marching in the Sonic Boom of the South with her grandson, and serving her dinner as a waiter at Red Lobster!  Hope this touches you as well... [...]

Umojah Nation Opening for Morgan Heritage!

Once again it was on...  Umojah Nation!  We opened up for the legendary Morgan Heritage at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.  So dope.  It was a hot night! I had to get a clip of one of my favorite reggae songs, No Haffi Dread... 'Got to believe in His Majesty Oh yes, His lineage and divinity [...]

A Day with Jerry Pinkney

I had the honor of picking up author/illustrator Jerry Pinkey from the Hopkins International Airport for a visit and lecture at my Cuyahoga County Public Library -  Warrensville Heights Branch.  He jumped in the vehicle and we instantly began a great conversation about our art inspirations, community, and family among other things.  We hopped on [...]

Everyone Makes Mistakes, Right?

My dear Sista in the arts and in the cosmos, Erykah Badu, seemed to make the mistake of her career.  Bad album?  Or photo shoot?  Nope.  Far beyond the awkward appearing relationships with the various fathers of her children.  In fact, who cares about that?!?  That is her business.  It doesn't affect her music, her [...]