My Fall Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 27-“Antidote”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/KnZ8h3MRuYg?start=16 A few minutes before we arrived at any contest of sport, Courtney and Cydney knew what to expect. With my Jeep’s stereo on full blast, they were conditioned to charge up as soon as the guitar riff looped, and mumble “Don’t you open up the window,” well-aware all four were about to be rolled... Continue Reading →

My Summer Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 26-“Lemonade”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/H6Q4s_ZdvAQ When life gives you lemons, you make lemon pepper wings with the freeze cups. For days, I have attempted to find direction for this Gucci Mane-inspired prompt. I found it ironic most of my ideas were cliched lemons. I could speak with eloquence and use pejorative terms to make the phrase “when life gives... 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 →

My Summer Rewind: An Ode to Self-Care 21-“Number 1”

https://www.youtube.com/embed/P9XV0jtQX0Q I dreamed I got married a couple of weeks ago. Flanked by groomsmen, I stood in the narthex on the penthouse floor of a swanky hotel which overlooked an unfamiliar city skyline—I think it was a combination of Atlanta and New York. My friends traded lighthearted barbs to take the load off my anxiety;... Continue Reading →

Father’s Day Hangover Pt. 2

​Maybe one of my favorite all-time movie dads, King Jaffe Jofer was right when he said “There is a thin line between love and nausea.” I wake up with a hangover every Monday after Father’s Day. I wonder if I’m the only person who feels like this. It’s possible so much recognition causes my body... Continue Reading →

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