Hustler Spirit

50 Cent, once mentioned that there is a parallel between corporate America and the “hood”. There are so many guys in the hood that believe selling drugs, rapping,and having a basketball or football career is the only way to feed your family. In reality, there are so many avenues to build capital for yourself, but…

Adjusting Exposure

When I was a child, my mother would drive my brother and I out to wealthier suburban communities to look at the huge mansions, beautiful landscapes, and clean neighborhoods. She would even visit the playgrounds, and watch us play without having a care in the world. My father was the same way. He would watch…

Why?

Why? It’s the only question that matters, Often the most difficult to answer. Why? Three Letters, With infinite meanings.  Why needs no explanations, Not, “Why, because…” nor, “Why, but…” simply, “Why?” A continuous question; Many words may come after that complete our most common of phrases…. “Why am I here?” “Why did the chicken cross…

Lightskin VS. Darkskin

light skin versus dark skin   Are we having this debate again? Regarding the pigment of melanin in our skin.   This is what we’ve come to, Who is better than who? Not realizing that all black is beautiful.   Do we need to be reminded, Of the harsh history that our skin has been…

Death, Destruction, and Detroit

For years the city of Detroit has induced strange looks and snide remarks when people ask me where I’m from. Although I have not lived there for close to 12 years, I still defend my city. I get defensive when people speak negatively about my city. I still represent my home teams in every sport….

United We Stand

Colored, Black, nigger, African-American…it doesn’t matter what we are called, we are still fair game. We are the hunted. We are the targets. We are the threats. We are the truth that this country attempts to hide. Constantly referred to as less than but WE ARE the leaders. Treated as the scum of the earth,…

Beauty in Unity

I was driving home from Downtown Atlanta a few days ago and passed by a Coca Cola billboard that read, “we live as many, we stand as one”. When I saw it, my mind and my heart were on the same wave. The feeling of unity was filling me. It was more than a sign…

Pursuing What Is Destined

I’m sure many successful people can attest to this: the best visions come randomly. While you’re driving, watching a basketball game, in the shower, running errands, whatever the case may be, the best ideas come randomly and spark one’s interest. When you see the glimpse of possibilities of something you desire, but don’t find it…

Little Sister

Little sister, Remember that hot and humid day when we were walking back from the Capitol downtown Lansing? We had just completed a tour of the grand place and you said “Wow that was so cool!” Our hands interlock and we head back to my job where you’ve gotten the chance to hang out with…

Dear Women,

Dear Women, Why do we accept the things that we do not deserve? Love-its definition by dictionary is: A profoundly tender, passionate affection of another person. Love by personal definition has an abundance of value. It’s very diverse in the way of expression and understanding. How do we define or measure what love truly is?…