You are what you eat. I’m pretty sure everyone from Christians to vegans has used this cliché while trying to convince others of some holistic approach to purify the body or mind or soul. Even so, I think it’s a good expression; a nice reminder that we are made up of the things we consume. And really, that’s what we are: consumers. No matter how else we wish to define ourselves—as artists or poets or writers, as creators and producers—we are inescapably consumers. I know cons
When my mama threw my homemade mixtape out of a moving car, “Workin’ Em” by Lil Wayne had just finished playing. Three minutes earlier when it started, as soon as I heard the beat drop, followed by the well-known intro, Gangsta grillz you bastard, I tried hard to scurry out of my seat belt in the back seat and reach my hand over the headrest, hoping to press the knob on the stereo in time to cease the commotion. But clearly, it was too late. It’s really an eye-opening experie
Summer is simmering down into the last long nights of September, a perfect time to expand your literary event horizons. Check out a new reading series in a neighborhood you haven’t frequented before. Defy your comfort zone with an open mic. Let the rhythms of slam poetry inspire you to create form- and genre-bending work that transcends expectations. Here are a few events to get you started! Truth or Lie - September 3, 7:30-10:00 p.m. What’s fiction but lying well? Truth or L
On April 14th, God emcee Kendrick Lamar came back for the three-peat with DAMN, a fourteen-track reflection on human emotion with tracks titled “FEAR,” “LUST, ” and “LOYALTY.” When it dropped, I relieved myself from all social media opinion, I waited a few days to prepare myself, and when I was ready, I lay down on my floor and pressed play.
By the time the closing track “DUCKWORTH” came to a halting, phenomenal end, there wasn’t an ounce of doubt in my mind that Kendrick