So, About That Wage Gap…..

“It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable that we go around the world and we talk about equal rights for women in other countries and we don’t…..It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.” – Patricia Arquette
Source: Time

If you haven’t heard, there’s a big fuss over Miss Arquette’s speech at the Oscars last night. So much fuss that the above referenced article from Time.com is asking everyone to stop giving her a hard time because of it. That said, I won’t give her a hard time. I won’t even address her. I will simply explain why what she said upset so many people(other than the implicit tone that the fight gays and people of color has ended). And don’t worry, this will be short sweet and to the point. Read the rest of this entry

Black Dopeness: A Poetic Piece of Prose

Why are you so bothered by my existence?
Why

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

Tope – OH SH!T (video)

I was entirely too busy yesterday to peep this new video from Tope. What’s better than dope visuals of a dope track over the dopest of beats. The Stewart Villain produced joint couples well with the clean visual artistry under the direction of Filthiest. Take a look/listen for yourself. And if you haven’t already, check out BROKEBOYSYNDROME now.

LunchTime Legends – I’m Ready ft. Don Thomas & Rasheed Jamal

Thank God the holidays are over. Now I can focus on everything else. Before I disappeared into the chaos and Christmas decorations, I introduced you all to Deondrae Rhone. Today he has a LunchTime Legends track featuring Don Thomas and one of my faves, Rasheed Jamal. This is the first of Drae’s LunchTime Tuesdays drops. Enjoy.

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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Cop Killers vs. Killer Cops

It’s always fascinating to see how quickly blame shifts. As soon as there is an opportunity to point and say “Well look at what they did,” the weak and irresponsible pounce. It’s like with my kids. My son will do something wrong to my daughter and get in trouble but as soon as he finds something she’s done wrong he starts the, “But Payton did…” blues. Mind you, they are 6 and 7, but grown folks use the same tactics.

This weekend I heard of a Black man shooting two police officers and I knew what would follow. Blame shift city. Suddenly the anti-police brutality protestors are to blame for the shooting. A shooting only one man committed. But like all groups of people, when there is a threat to few, the whole gets defensive and wants to protect themselves from suffering the same plight. It’s natural. Read the rest of this entry

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