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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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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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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.

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To Write in 2020

It’s time to tear down all the decorations and all the bullshit. It’s a new year, new decade, and I’m fucking 40 years old. I bring my age up because I tend to compare. Like “How old was he when he dropped his first novel?” But despite that, I know that wisdom still persists. I […]

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Today, I took a picture of a dachshund

This little black-and-tan dachshund bitch is just over 10 years old. She loves soft things like new blankets and thick rugs; sunbathing; and playing with her squeaky rollie ball. Today, I caught her basking under the sun atop our new Virgil Abloh rug, set inside our son’s room. I bring this to you because this […]

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Today, I went to Tom’s One Hour Photo

I hadn’t a clue who Kacey Musgraves was — but without her unabashed sense of adventure and her huge celebrity-sized following, she wouldn’t have had the chance to spread the word about Tom’s One Hour Photo, which is: My kind of photo lab My kind of photographer My kind of photo I have fond memories […]

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Smoking Weed at 40: A Brown Man in America

I was just editing a post about smoking weed at 40, as I was smoking weed at 40, and it led me into a dark place (one of many) that I went through in life. Because as it happens, smoking weed at 40 can cause one to reflect: I once worked for a company where […]

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Locked In Westbrook: Writing and Basketball

Russell Westbrook was so locked in that he forgot the basics, traveling halfway down the court without once dribbling the ball. This is the type of day dreaminess that I try to achieve each time I’m behind the keyboard writing.