My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 32-“Shaolin Style”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/j9DaLhd0QCk Richmond County. The Forgotten Boro. Shaolin: Staten Island…. Often, when one envisions New York City, images which come to mind are Manhattan's skyscrapers, the icons who have called Brooklyn home, the Unisphere symbolizes Queens as the World’s Borough, and an interlocked NY worn all over the globe signifies the greatest sports franchise: the Bronx... Continue Reading →

My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care-“It’s On Tonight”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/nAcptDyFb5c Sam Salter’s “It’s On Tonight” reminds me of my first stage in adolescence. It sounds like a Vaughn Harper introduced throughout his quiet storm radio show, while I sat in the passenger’s side of my parents’ cars, as we voyaged from Manhattan to our apartment in Queens on a summer night. I loved these... Continue Reading →

My Summer Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 25-“Seen It All”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FDuvoYoNMB4 I said my final goodbye to my grandmother yesterday. About 30 minutes away from the burial site, the alternator in my mother’s car gave out; therefore, my mother, Cydney, and were unable to attend. Before the alternator ceased, we managed to make it to safety, parked, and waited for a tow service at a... Continue Reading →

My Summer Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 22-“Waves”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/cUGXFyevoLo New Year’s Eve, 1997. A few hours before the ball dropped, I sat in my parents’ bedroom to watch my favorite rap group, Bone Thugs -N-Harmony on BET’s Planet Groove. After a performance of “Look Into My Eyez,” Cleveland’s finest sat on the couch with my former wife to be, Rachel Stuart to promote... Continue Reading →

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