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Art don’t like chismis

Stop talking about a work in progress. Don’t tweet about it, blog about it, gram about it. Works in progress thrive in secrecy. When it’s ready to be revealed, it will let you know and then you can chismis accordingly.

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Chirp

If you’re trained to fear dogs then even the diminutive chihuahua can scare you away.

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Chirp

Does having a calculator make one a mathematician?

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L.A. Notes

I figured it out, guys

The secret to keeping your head straight as we live through this pandemic is to … self-distance online as well. Get away from the crowds (Twitter), don’t gather in groups (Instagram), and avoid mass gatherings (Facebook). Stay at home (personal blog) and chill. Trust me, ain’t shit happening out there.

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Music Notes

Learning my first chords on the guitar

And I’m finding that the C chord is a magical chord — powerful from the get. I’m still struggling with the shape but when I nail it, it’s present, it defines the moment. The G chord is just right, like the swish of a basketball. It reminds me of why the guitar is important. The […]

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Long Live Dave Chappelle

In one bit on Dave’s Chappelle’s groundbreaking For What It’s Worth comedy special, he reminds us, right before he breaks into his famous Ja Rule bit, that we should stop worshipping celebrities. If I had the chance to go back in time and catch Dave writing that bit, I would’ve said, “Hol’ up. I’mma let […]

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To Become A Full-Time Write-At-Home Dad

It was January, 2016 when I realized that I was dying inside. Nothing medical, though had I continued on my path, I was sure to lose a part of myself that was critical to who I was, my identity, which never even had a chance to blossom — the part that wanted to be a […]

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Notes Sports Travels

Photos Of Basketball Courts From Around The World

In September, 2015, I was assigned to create content for the basketball category at Under Armour and found myself standing in front of several basketball courts from around the world. I had grown up playing basketball at a young age, and it continues to be my favorite sport. There’s just something serene about watching street […]

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Notes The Writing Process

Three Books I'm Reading Today

I’m not sure if this is common knowledge among writers (you never really know) but it’s always worth pointing out that if you want to become a better writer than you were yesterday, you must read everything. ”I’m influenced by everything I read, shamelessly. ‘In a review someone said, ‘Oh, she sounds very much like […]

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Winter Carnival Lights

There’s something about these carnival lights that make me feel at ease. It’s like a promise — to tell me that they will always be around, that they will never leave. To make me believe in tomorrow. To make me believe in me.