Category Archives: People You Should Know

A Black History Month #WCW Dedication

On this first Wednesday of Black History Month I wanted to write about the amazing Black women who came before me. This is dedicated to:

Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Ida B. Wells, Phillis Wheatly, Alice Walker, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, my mother, Wendy Battles
And the thousands of others who put pen to paper and paved the way. Read the rest of this entry


Black Dopeness: A Poetic Piece of Prose

Why are you so bothered by my existence?

The more I love me
The more you hate me for it
The more I succeed
The more you want to see me fail Read the rest of this entry

Black Dopeness: Glenn Waco

When you think about today’s hip-hop music, you might not expect Black excellence to be found anywhere. The mainstream artists and local copy cats tend to be all about the BBB, bitches, blunts and basicness. But here in Portland, OR we are blessed to have a nice selection of artists who use their music in more productive ways. And not only do they send a message through song, they live their lives righteously and work for the betterment of the community. Read the rest of this entry

Black Dopeness: Shawn Yoakum

Today’s entry in the Black Dopeness series earns her spot with her drive and perseverance. One of the most beautiful things about the Black community is our ability to succeed and thrive despite the oppression we face. We have risen up from some of the darkest struggles and continue to shine thru. Not everyone in the series will be featured because what they have accomplished. A few I am honoring because what they are trying to accomplish. Read the rest of this entry

Black Dopeness: Milele Lott

Every February we’re bombarded with watered down reminders of our history. I won’t even call it Black history because we as a country need to remember that everything that has happened to Black people, everything that Black people have done affects all of us. It’s not like the events in “Black history” only shaped the lives of Black people. It’s not as if all the activism only changed our lives. It’s not like the great Black inventors only created tools used exclusively by Black people. Black history is human history and we must not forget that. It’s just a damn shame that Blacks are omitted from history 11 months out of the year.

Even still, I do take the time to reflect more than usual on Black excellence during the month of February. Usually it’s posting about our history, but I think that we also need to look at the present and future of the Black community. It is a pivotal time for us and we need to be looking to our leaders and creative thinkers. That said, I will be featuring Black and brown leaders as well as allies who are doing their part to empower and simply be great. Read the rest of this entry

People You Should Know: Deondrae Rhone

Okay, I’m going to be cheesy this morning because I messed around and caught the holiday spirit. I’m anxiously waiting to start the festivities. Looking forward to my sister coming over, baking cookies, wrapping gifts, watching epic Christmas movies and drinking seasonal beers. I’m also pretty excited about wrapping these gifts and seeing the looks on my kids’ faces when they open them. Gift giving is my favorite part of the season. So I’ll give you all a gift this Christmas Eve.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Deondrae Rhone….
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People You Should Know: Chris Williams

This week check out the who, what, when, where, and why of local clothing designer Chris Williams. You may have already checked out his LXRD brand, now you get to learn a little more about the man behind it. Read the rest of this entry

People You Should Know: Big Mo

Finals are over and I could not be any happier. I feel like every post for the last few months has started with some sort of apology for being so busy. Even still, I wanted to make sure I gave you all something this week. Today we get a look at local artist and fellow writer Big Mo.


Photo Credit: Bryce Trost, Green Luck Media Group

I came across Mo a while back performing along side J Burns and really liked his style. It’s always refreshing to hear someone who sound different and it was an even bigger treat to get to know him and learn that he is intelligent and compassionate about issues that are also very important to me. And now you all can read up a little on him before he appears tonight at Green Luck Media Group’s Hip-Hop Showcase. Check him out. Read the rest of this entry

People You Should Know: Yung Rob

I’ve had a serious case of writer’s block for more than a week so y’all have to forgive my lack of pretty little words to wrap this up nicely with. Fortunately, this week’s person you should know has enough to say for himself. Read the rest of this entry

People You Should Know: Trox

This week’s artist is my personal favorite local producer, Trox. I know, I know, I know, we shouldn’t pay favorites. But, the young man is talented. And he proves it around every corner. Trox has made beats for your favorite rappers. Everyone from Dre C to 50 Cent has been blessed with a Trox beat. And now, he blesses us with a little info about himself and his work. Read the rest of this entry