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Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man

This week has been a catastrophe for Blackness. Two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were killed by police officers within 24 hours of each other. Neither had committed a crime that was punishable by death nor did they put any officers lives at risk. It’s inexcusable, unjustifiable, and is perpetuated by a system that disproportionately targets Black Men. Later in the week, 5 police officers in Dallas were killed in the line of duty by a single gunman during an otherwise peaceful protest concerning those cases of lethal force. All of these deaths are completely senseless.


July 9, 2016 0

I’m 30 today. I’m me, now.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t me yesterday, but I definitely wasn’t me 10 or even 5 years ago.

Today, I’m writing for myself. I haven’t written much lately and that idea has something to do with it. The feeling of writing for other people strips away the joy. I like joy. I want it. (Not to be confused with happiness or contentment, which I don’t care about as much anymore.)

This is for me. One has a need to take inventory of self every now and then. Today seems marginally more appropriate than yesterday. So, these are a


June 1, 2016 0

Be Not Afraid (of Color)

OmariAkil-0545I know it seems scary to just put a bunch of different colors together, but you can do it well. Take this look for instance…

The tealish green and dark blue gingham button down from Zara is asking for attention. Not in a 4-year-old at the grocery store kind of way. More like a middle school girl dying her hair a different color kind of way. You could let it take center stage by surrounding it with a few muted shades and that would be beautiful too. The other option is to add another bold color on top of it. …


April 23, 2016 0

All of Me

You are entering the world of someone who spent years separating themselves into marketable components and trying to sell each piece as something special. It was a lie. It was a lie that could have cost me an entire lifetime of disappointment, desperation, and despair.

Like most mistakes, I was able to learn from them. All the time and energy I spent separating myself was needless. I discovered somewhere along the way that the uniqueness that is appreciated by the people around me originates in the interesting combination of things that exists within me. In separate pieces I look like …


April 23, 2016 0

A Health Haiku

Should I gym today?
Yesterday I walked….to a
pizza place. So, yes.

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March 7, 2016 0

The Multipotentialite Life

I’m a multipotentialite. In a nutshell, I have way more interests and passions than I have time. Most people that know me know a few things that I do and or enjoy doing in my spare time. Few people know the depth of my multipotentialism–I’m talking Mariana trench depth. As an exercise I’ll just list some of the things I can do or could be doing any any given moment (in no particular order). The good part is, I’m not alone. You may be one too, but you don’t even know it yet. If you take a look at …


March 7, 2016 0

Anatomy of a Dealbreaker

The Dealbreaker Experience

Dealbreakers are as empowering as they are terrifying. If you know what yours are you’re in good shape. You can ask about them casually upon meeting someone or ask them bluntly (job interview style) over coffee. At this point, hearing the relationship equivalent of nails on a chalkboard isn’t going to be the end of the world. You’ll probably talk for another 30 minutes about how you could still maybe be friends and then walk away knowing that you’ll both send each other a couple more fleeting text messages and move on to that awkward stage where …


March 1, 2016 0

5 Things My Dad Taught Me

65 years ago, today, my dad was born. He’s a great guy. I’m turning 30 soon and I understand pretty clearly that everyone isn’t great. He is. If you listened to him talk for a moment, you may not catch it at first. The strength in his words and his passion and insistence for them can sometimes be off-putting, but to the right ears in the right context they are magic. I’ve seen him turn rooms upside down with speeches and lectures and conversations that manage to touch every person present. I’m mostly happy I was there to soak


December 24, 2015 0

Yum

Can’t tell you exactly what the feeling be
But even when I’m down I’m still somewhere near the ceiling
See I’m drinking from the fountain at the tops of all the mountains
Surrounded by the pouncers and the leapers all around me
Nothing cannot stop me like a lobbyist in congress
the sweetest group of peoples supporting me like steeple
You see me from a mile away but can’t tell what I am until you feeling me
Intimate. You can keep the bitterness inside like a bird in a cage
Come in third in a race with myself
Me tomorrow …


November 24, 2015 0

Glad to Be Alive

Been across the ocean twice

Now I know there’s more to life

Than a couple of hustles build a couple of muscles cause I know they’ll be more to fight

Hoping plight goes away ain’t a strategy

Self taught we not welcome at academy

Know that youre capable even though

Inescapable truth is a tragedy

Can’t settle down here

Keep my bags packed

400 years of emotional baggage fuckin right it leave a man cracked

One happy black family in they neighborhood

Think moving away is for the greater good

All you doing is screwing up the little views of …


November 10, 2015 0