Umojah Nation at Chalkfest 2017!

Once again the Umojah Nation crew came to Cleveland in style!  This time it was Chalk Fest 2017.  It was an all day performance - literally morning to evening, with a few breaks in between.  And as always, the Cleveland Museum of Art hosted a great event.  Like Pops asked when he visited the Museum [...]

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 [...]

“Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Doubt - Death - Disillusion?   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"  [...]

Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!

(So, this happened a year ago - but the experience is long-lasting)   Yep, I splurged a little, made a quick road trip to downtown Toledo, OH and was escorted by ushers to the FIRST ROW of the Valentine Theatre.  After a short wait, popcorn and a whiskey sour, the lights went out, and the performance [...]

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 [...]