My Summer Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 19-“call on me” Lalah Hathaway and Redman are the perfect pair for a song. In their respective genres of r&b and hip hop, both are the favorites of your favorite artists. When either make an appearance-song features or onstage with their peers-it is all but certain who will steal the show, unless Lalah and Red relent with... Continue Reading →

My Summer Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 2-“Keep it Real” There is an almost 3,000-word essay, lodged in a folder on an external hard drive. Hell, the hard drive said essay resides is attached to this very computer. But this is an exercise, so it’s too early in the process to feel lazy and share from the archives to meet an intense quota I... Continue Reading →

Cydney’s Favorite Songs

My parents aren't your average parents.  They're both pretty artsy people (my mother teaches art and my father is a musician), don't look or act like they're in their mid-fifties, have are blonde, and have tattoos.  They're pretty cool people.  My sister and I grew up listening to r&b and popular music-as if they thought... Continue Reading →

So Amibtious

  I've never believed in the mantra "Make your haters your motivators."  However, when one does find success it is only natural to think about all of those who may have made negative comments that could deter others from one's vision.  The second to last song on Jay Z's mixed-reviewed Blueprint 3 is one of my favorite... Continue Reading →

Stressed Out

I hate A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Beats, Rhymes, and Life.’   I don’t hate it like most other people do.  It’s not because this album was a departure from what made Tribe’s first three albums classic and ultimately the beginning of the end for them.  I hate it because it reminds me of where I was... Continue Reading →

Charity Starts At Home

I room and a microphone. And a family I ain't seen in months/ And I played this record a million times just hoping that you'd play it once/" Phonte ColemanPhonte was one third of the North Carolina rap group Little Brother.  To those that were super hip-hop heads, Little Brother was a fixture in your... Continue Reading →


 I didn't think about this post until late Friday evening.  However, I felt that it was something I should share.  For my generation, Tupac Amaru Shakur was our John Lennon.  There isn't really anyone else to compare him to as far as influence, iconic status, and death,  I was first introduced to 2Pac by my... Continue Reading →

Ice Cube’s Double Consciousness

The term "double consciousness" was coined by W.E.B. DuBois to describe the internal challenge with one's identity that blacks have to reconcile to fit into a society. Usually, this being raised in African American culture in a European/Western education and corporate setting where one usually conflicts with the other.  However, I am using it as... Continue Reading →

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