9 O’Clock Rocks: What Do You Mean “Screen-Free” Parenting?

Dear Friends and Readers: Welcome to my new day and topic! I’ll be posting content on Tuesdays instead of Thursdays from now on, including “9 O’Clock Rocks”, a monthly section devoted to parenting and family topics,…

Dope Aural: Recent Reverb

Once upon a time, when physical CD’s were actually bought and sold, this would generally be the time of year when record companies began releasing new music leading into the holiday season. Like all other sectors…

Kanye West: More than Meets the Eye

One year ago, I published my first piece on this platform, which was about Atlanta-based rapper Lil Jon financing a primary school in Ghana. He’s added another school to his philanthropic efforts since then. Today, I…

Music Mix: Pretty Wicked Things

Halloween is right around the block, and it’s time for festive costume parties, gross candy corn, and all things pumpkin spice. In honor of these American traditions, I decided to share a collection of Halloween-inspired tracks that will…

Who is Quincy Jones?

Last week, I was washing clothes and preparing for my vacation this week. My usual habit is to watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, or catch up on my Netflix shows while doing housework or packing….

Dope Aural: Fall Frequencies

The fall music season is officially here and is ready to take us anywhere the wind blows.  New music releases have been landing steadily every Friday as we trek into the holiday season. Season 3 of Insecure…

rePLAY: Confessions

This month I decided to pull out an album from a not-too-distant past that I haven’t heard in quite some time.  I have been an Usher fan since his very first album and my all-time favorite,…

After 400 Years of American Oppression, Get Ready for the “Year of Return”

Long before being “woke” became a social media trend, 400 years was a round figure used to tally how long we and our ancestors have been toiling in America, first as slaves, then as a segregated,…

Music Mix: Beats & Bourbon

This month’s playlist is all about featuring new music from different types of artists and some classics that remind me of the fall season.  The Beats & Bourbon mix spotlights more than 100 songs, blending R&B and…

The 2018 Prison Strike: Do Black Lives Matter Behind Bars?

Over the past 30 days, we have been fed lots of information about current events affecting Black America: Kaepernick’s Nike ad and the MAGA backlash, the brother in Texas who was killed in his home by…