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July 14, 2019

Every evening, I have a by myself meeting. 

I was 18 when I heard Cappadonna spit that line on “Iron Maiden” from Ghostface Killah’s  debut album Ironman and at the time simply thought it was an dope line; as I close in on 41, I’ve grown to recognize it as self-car...

July 1, 2019

The promise of summer tends to make you contemplate where you’ve been, the choices you’ve made and what’s to come. Well, at least for me. When I was a kid, summer meant nothing but kickball games on Stanley Place and swimming at my great-grandparents’ house. But, as I...

October 17, 2018

Based on a true story…

I was once a millionaire, actually a multi-millionaire, but I squandered my fortune on the internet. Fourteen years ago, my entire family came up for about 45 minutes and just as quickly as we got it, we lost it. I swear it was something that you...

February 17, 2018

There are times when I close my eyes and I find myself perched atop my great-grandmother’s lap, my tiny hands in hers, clapping along with the congregation as the choir sings “Blessed Assurance”. I’m happy and she’s filled with joy, both of us waiting for the chorus…

Th...

August 5, 2016

38 isn’t old, but it’s a lot older than I ever thought we’d be. It’s not like we grew up in a time and place where statistics predicted your outcome, we just didn’t have a plan for 40. Or 38. 25 either. Right now you’re 18 and feeling like the world is yours; to this p...

July 24, 2016

Dear Summer,

It seems like it took forever for your arrival this year, but just how are we supposed to enjoy your visit when you’ve been so volatile? Initially, you rained on nearly every celebration we tried to hold to celebrate your return, now you’ve flashed an attit...

July 13, 2016

Fall 1986: The city of New York is euphoric! Patrick Ewing has arrived at Madison Square Garden and the future looks bright for the Knickerbockers. The Giants have started on a run that will finish with their first Super Bowl title. But, the city belongs to the basebal...

July 6, 2016

I went to sleep last night with the image of Alton Sterling being murdered playing in my head over and again. I woke up and read the story of Asir Brown’s death Sunday night. I drove to work wondering how I’ve survived this far and how much further I will go? You alrea...

July 2, 2016

The NBA began opened its Free Agency period yesterday and from the first contract signed, it was obvious that the increase in the salary cap was going to cause an explosion in the numbers we were going to hear teams and players agreed to. Thanks to a nine-year, $24-bil...

July 1, 2016

As a rule, I hate having my front door open; folks are too nosey and I like to not wear pants in the house. Not to mention, my neighborhood is run by a group of old-school kids who play extremely hard and one little boy has some sort of affinity for following me to my...

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