Failure is an Opportunity on the Road to Success

“I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan During my time on this planet, I have rarely tasted the sweet nectar of success. But I have had plenty of experience with failure. It has been this extensive experience that has allowed me to see failure […]

Subterranean Chronicles Part 2: Is Hip-hop Dead?

The Music of My Youth Influenced Generations In light of recent events, it seems to be as important as ever to celebrate African-American culture. One of the many amazing contributions of this historically oppressed group is hip-hop, which not only gave birth to an immensely popular genre of music but inspired millions of people across […]

Canceled by the Coronavirus

I normally would not take such a risk, not thinking so much for my own well-being, but the lives of others who could be compromised, if I were to contract the virus and pass it to someone. But here I was, ready to risk it all for those I love and…myself. Both my parents turned […]

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An Introduction to Subterranean Mixtape

I am excited to formally introduce the project that has been more than a decade in the making: Subterranean Mixtape. This has been a journey not only of discovery and great emotional depth but tenacity. The more than 1,000 pages of my writing that I pulled together that spans more than two decades was culled […]

Freeing Yourself Through Poetry

Poetry has been a part of my life most of the way.  While working on Subterranean Mixtape, I exhumed some of my earliest poems, and it has been a trip looking back at them. Here is one poem that I wrote in seventh grade: See Me As I Am Paint me red, Paint me blue, […]

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10 Facts About Hermann Hesse to Celebrate His Birthday

Perhaps no other writer captured my imagination as much as Hermann Hesse did in my early twenties. Both my parents admired Hesse, and it was perhaps my rebellious spirit that caused me to eschew his work for so long. But reading Narcissus and Goldman got me quite interested in his work, and soon after I […]

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My Journey Through Fiction

Often a large part of the DNA of a writer is affected by the inputs and influences. Perhaps the most pronounced is the other writers that one has read.  My journey through fiction began at a young age and continues … It can be argued that every book and, therefore every writer one has ever […]