Music

“Love Again” by Ta-Ku featuring JMSN ft. Sango

April 25, 2015

There’s songs that you love instantly, and this is one of those songs for me. Here is the new song from producer Ta-Ku in the form of “Love Again.” The song features JMSN and Sango and will be featured on Ta-Ku’s upcoming project To Make Up To, which will be out June 12th via Future Classic/Fool’s Gold.

Pre-order on iTunes: smarturl.it/TakuiTunes
Pre-order on vinyl: smarturl.it/TaKuShop
Follow Ta-ku on Spotify: smarturl.it/TakuSpotify

 

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Extensive Playlist – Weekend Vibes

April 17, 2015
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I’ve done a terrible job at keeping up with my blog and I honestly can’t say why. I’ve been dating more, drinking less coffee and reading lots so perhaps that has something to do with it. Or, the fact that the whole work/life balance thing I’m still getting use to. Whatever the reason is, I vow to do better starting today.

I plan to do some blogging at least twice a week which could be on a variety of random topics that are currently tickling my fancy. Today however, this post consists of my SoundCloud playlist. If you follow me on social media or here, you would see that I was doing this thing called “SoundCloud Binges” but I stopped doing them in favor of one long ass playlist. This is getting updated daily, so add it, vibe, check it out. Impress your boo (I’m not longer saying bae) and just chill out.

TTFN. – I was just reintroduced to this saying this week, along with SClub7 songs and Workin’ Out Barbie which sadly no one remembers. If you didn’t have that cassette your parents really didn’t hook you up (“me, you, workin out barbie. She’s got smooth moves.”)

Books

The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl Book Review

April 1, 2015
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Growing up as an awkward black girl with a group of friends who like you are awkward (and beautiful) can be a trying time.

The stories we discuss from: dating, work, relationships and more, are laughable and sometimes cringe-worthy to say the least. This fact is perhaps why we are all supporters and enthusiast of Issa Rae and her hilarious YouTube series Awkward Black Girl.

With the series we see Issa going through weird scenarios like rapping for love (my favorite episode) or being socially awkward at parties or work. This same awkward existence that was found on the show, can also be found in the pages of Issa’s new book “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

With the book, Issa creates a collection of essays exposing her awkward reality with subjects like: chat rooms and early-day catfishing, race and blackness, divorce, hair and more. Like the show, the book is hilarious, however, it may be more funny than the show in all honesty. Also, not only is the writing great, but readers get a more indepth view of who exactly Issa is from her Senegalese background, her struggles with weight/hair and a time before she was 100% comfortable in her own skin.

Also, as you would expect, there’s funny and quirky chapters in the book that will have you laughing really hard — well I did (I’ve been experiencing extreme emotions lately, either crying at stuff or laughing uncontrollably). With these chapters readers learn about the different types of blacks, how to connect with other blacks and perhaps my favorite chapter about her first kiss including a bus and her younger sister.

Overall, I would definitely suggest this book to anyone wanting to read a good and funny book. It’s a very fast read that will have you engaged from beginning to end. I did read a review of the book that said in comparison to books like Lena Dunham’s latest “Not That Kind of Girl” which I thought was boring in most places, or Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” that they felt in parts Issa’s book fell short – I don’t agree. Yes, not everything is funny in this book somethings are just a reality which I like. I enjoy the balance and this book.

Buy Issa Rae’s “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” here.

Books

40 Days Of Dating (Book) Review #40daysofdating

February 24, 2015
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Like millions of people, I frequented the blog 40 Days of Dating the brainchild of longtime friends and illustrators Jessica Walsh (the hopeless romantic) and Timothy Goodman (the non-committal bachelor).

After having series of dating setbacks, the pairing decided to do an experiment and date each other for 40 days. “It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the emotions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?”

“Tim and I have been friends for years, and we always make fun of each other about our relationship problems. I wonder if putting two people together with opposite issues could help.”- Jessica

To go along with the 40 days of dating, they also set in place six different rules to follow during the time which included: seeing each other everyday, going on at least dates a week, seeing a couple’s therapist and not seeing and/or having sex with anyone else. Everyday they also had to fill out a questionnaire which was chronicled on their blog through great illustrations.

As the blog became viral, readers like myself saw the complexity that can arise when you blur the lines and become homie-lover-friends. Initially, I expected things to go smooth (for some reason) because ideally, friends do make good lovers because they know your interests and your vices. However, the blog showed that my naive opinion wasn’t necessarily true sometimes crossing the line is even harder than if it were just a normal person. After a horrendous day 40 with a date that ended oddly at Disneyland, I was curious as to what happened between Jessica and Tim and the book released January 20th, answers all of my questions.

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January’s Reads: Four Books To Read, Or Pass On This Month!

January 24, 2015
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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more productive and more proactive. As everyone knows, I love books. This is something that’s been an innate characteristic of mine from growing up as an only child. I would read all the time, write my own books, and throw temper tantrums when my parents didn’t fuel my desire to journey out of my body to the lives of others like Addy my American Girl, or Goosebumps trilogies.

That being said, in the need to become more productive and proactive this year, one of the things on my list was to finally stop bullshitting and actually start my new book club. With this, obviously is an assortment of books to read and discuss in the venue you wish – us, we discuss over brunch #booksandbrunch. The first book we read was Jeff Hobbs’ The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. After reading that book which stirred up some emotional feelings in my soul, I continued my month of reading with four other books, which I will document here as well as what my list for this month. Also, since everything I read wasn’t technically good, I decided to group them in books I enjoyed and those I didn’t.

Also since I’ve been somewhat busy, I thought why not do something different (for this month only) and put the description of the book from the publisher with my own review. Continue Reading

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Guest Post: Selma, Ferguson & Kendrick Lamar By Andrea Brown @Iamandreabrown

January 19, 2015
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It’s great to have a smart friend who is also a great writer, and I’m very thankful. I got one of my favorite honeys Andrea Brown, to write this great blog post for me.

Make sure to follow her on Twitter to stay up to date on what she has coming in the future.

In recent memory, there hasn’t been a film that’s affected me the way Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” has. While it was beautifully shot, directed, and acted, the timing of the film truly impacted me the most. It’s no secret that tensions in America have been at a fever pitch in the wake of a number of high profile police-involved killings of Black men, women, and children. In the wake of the many protests happening across the country – taking a look at Selma is bittersweet. There is an undeniable parallel between what occurred in the seat of the civil rights movement, and what’s happening right now. While the time and catalyst may be different, the quest for justice and fair treatment are a common denominator.

As could be imagined, the film and movement have sparked national conversation. One of the biggest talking points has dealt with the radio silence we’ve received from many of today’s leading Black artists. One of the few who took a stance on the issue was Kendrick Lamar. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the LA-bred rapper acknowledged the disproportionate amount of police brutality toward people of color, but also noted a necessity for personal responsibility as a viable solution to the problems we’ve been facing.

“I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed up,” he said. “What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”

Naturally, many felt that his comments were tone deaf, and not without reason.

In theory, his ideas make sense, and would work – if this was a utopian society. Unfortunately – we don’t live in a perfect world. The truth of the matter is, even if every black person in the country respected themselves, and respected others, there would still be people who would judge based on prejudice. Racism is taught, and respectability politics won’t reverse it. Selma provides an excellent example. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke eloquently, and was still called a nigger, unjustly imprisoned, and eventually murdered.

With that being said, it’s hard for many of us to pinpoint a true solution to the issues we face with race and justice in this country. The surface level solution would be new legislation – but even that is fallible. True change and improvement will only come with a generational cultural shift in tolerance and acceptance. The things that unite us far outweigh the those that divide us – and in order for things to change, that fact has to be acknowledged.