Issues

Single Life Musings: Instant Ramifications

It was beautiful.  Everyone was there.  Batman, Robin, Penguin, The Joker, and even the butler, Alfred.  The Bat Cave set featured a zip-line that ran from one end to the other, a control center, and a parking space for the Batmobile.  At the age of eight, this was what life was about.  Quickly dragging my […]

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Issues

Single Life Musings: Cheers To Her

My first beer as a child was a Heineken.  I instantly turned red, laughed hysterically, and told my mom that my dad was in trouble.  Twenty years later, I realized I really don’t like Heineken and I don’t turn red anymore.  With a proclivity for a variety of different alcoholic drinks, I’ve eventually chosen my […]

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Media

Jam On It: Ta-ku – “Dowhatyoulove”

Pick your nose.  Sing at the top of your lungs.  Pretend your steering wheel is an 808 pad.  There are lots of things we do when we drive alone.  Mine just happens to be freestyling.  A lot of it is nonsense, but hey, that’s why I do it alone.  The only thing that is subjected […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

Single Life Musings: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

When I was eight years old, my mother brought me hiking in the mountains of Shitou, Taiwan.  Trudging up dirt paths through shrubbery, she talked about her experiences in the countryside as a child.  After about three hours, I could see the worry in her face.  Sundown was quickly approaching and we were completely lost. […]

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Issues

single life musings: take a timeout

I knew what that glare meant.  His bottom lip would quiver with anger and his eyes would bulge up to the size of ping pong balls.  As an eight year old, my father looked like a giant.  So when his voice thundered down from Mount Olympus that I was in timeout and to go to […]

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Issues

Before It Drops: A Journey Through Cole’s World

28 years ago, Jermaine Lamarr Cole was born in Germany to an African-American man from the US Army and a white mother.  After relocating to North Carolina, his father eventually left the family and his mother raised him from a young age.  Growing up in a multi-ethnic environment, Jermaine studied guitar, played basketball, and idolized […]

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Fashion Lifestyle

WALKING ON THE MOON: THE TOP 10 LUNAR NIKES EVER.

I was a Big 5 Kid.  I mean that in the worst sense possible.  While my friends in junior high were donning Olympic Air Much More Uptempos to honor Scottie Pippen, I was wearing Reebok Street Hockey Blacktops. You didn’t know they made Street Hockey sneakers? Neither did I , until they were $30 at […]

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Events

Live @ The Roxy: Blu x Tiron + Ayomari

Purple is my favorite color, but Blu is one of my favorite spitters.  Thus, I jumped on the chance to see him along with the duo of TiRon and Ayomari at The Roxy last Sunday. Yes, on a Sunday night. Talk about giving a middle finger to the work week.  

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Events

Live @ The Observatory: Aesop Rock

In college, I thought I was the coolest kid when I could tell people that I listened to Aesop Rock.  He was more underground than Slug, and if I could be snobby about liking complex lyrics, I must’ve had a cloud of smug that hung around my head as I walked the campus.  But when […]

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Issues, Media

JAM ON IT: JAY-Z – OPEN LETTER

Have you ever watched Fox News?  I’m non-partisan, so don’t take this the wrong way, but my liberal tendencies help me enjoy the hilarious nature of the biased news channel.  Conservatives have been attacking rap/hip-hop for years and the examples are endless.  Obama’s tenure has just increased the volatility of associated racism to rap music […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

Single Life Musings: Listen To Her

There are very few things that can make me stop having a conversation with a girl at a bar.  Bad breath, a closed mind, ordering a Coors Light, wearing Skechers, woo-ing when your song comes on…ok, I lied. There are many things.  But the major turning point is when I ask her what music she […]

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