against appropriation.

One would categorize this situation as a thorny issue: Though he describes himself as a good friend of hers, the fashion and art photographer David LaChapelle has decided to settle his differences with the pop star Rihanna in a place where friends don’t usually end…

All Of The Lights.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAfFfqiYLp0&feature=player_embedded] YouTube – Kanye West – All Of The Lights ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi. (via @blackingitup) Hmmm….Yeezy, I don’t know about this one. Casually, I refer to this song as ‘JOY on a sticke‘ (think: Speedy Gonzales when you say ‘sticke’) but overall, the video…

you’re welcome.

Social networking may be killing New York City, but I don’t care. I don’t care about any of that. Especially, when my friends on the facebooks share videos of awesome emerging musicians/bands/groups/vocalists. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you the formidable roots and bluegrass…

what narcissism means to me… a mixtape.

1. Clip from taped interview with George W. Bush for Matt Lauer Reports: MATT LAUER: Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: That’s – “he’s a racist.” And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it…

johnny come lately.

Don’t judge me.  But I finally found the time to watch this: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc] Y’all didn’t tell me. Well, maybe you did. Was I paying attention? Perhaps not. What you should have done was anchor my ass to a chair and put the screen directly in…

on independence.

While some grill meats, unite with families, picnic with friends and drink beer, and others question identity, question what is American, blindly quote words of our founding fathers and reflect on wise yet provocative and controversial words from one of our greatest thinkers of our…

the art of storytelling part 1.

Confession: I love Auditorium. Here’s the thing: I’m not really a hip-hop head. I don’t have a vast encyclopedia of knowledge of beats, rhymes and tracks of everything produce over the past 30 years. I know certain songs from memory because the beat was so…

the playlist.

I write to music. In fact, I can’t write without it. It helps me immerse myself in a scene or setting. To pretend that there isn’t a soundtrack to our lives is just disingenuous. And while I’m editing and organizing the launch of a new…