Question 6 & Compromising the Bible

“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord! Please don’t let me be misunderstood” – Please Don’t let me be Misunderstood                                                  Written by B. Benjamin, G. Caldwell and S. Marcus Consider what it would be like, if your religion taught that you were cursed at birth? To know that what you are atContinue reading “Question 6 & Compromising the Bible”

#Buycott Substantial’s “Home is Where the Art is”

It was after sunset, so the breeze bit a little harder, and the jacket I wore was a little thin.  I’m usually in a better mood while waiting for my mobile reading room and writing desk (aka the 70 bus) but I had just finished a week of running ragged by oversleeping and missing myContinue reading “#Buycott Substantial’s “Home is Where the Art is””

Okay Barack: Show’em Your Black Side

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” – Mike Tyson Last spring my twin sons were learning how to identify coins in their kindergarten class.  I was excited to help them, so I pulled out a bunch of change from my pocket and started explaining who all the Presidents were onContinue reading “Okay Barack: Show’em Your Black Side”

It’s a Party, But Not a Game: Why I’m not voting for Obama

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ~ Mark Twain When it’s all said and done, I’ll blame my Presidential vote on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa being such a horrible party host.  When I tuned into the DNC’s big convention party, I was rudelyContinue reading “It’s a Party, But Not a Game: Why I’m not voting for Obama”

Raising Other People’s Kids

The brother greeted me with a smile and a “good morning” as I boarded the E4. He couldn’t have been more than 4 or 5 years older than me, he could’ve been younger.  His demeanor lightened everyone’s mood, which was great, because in a few moments I realized I was going the wrong way.  IContinue reading “Raising Other People’s Kids”

4 Things about the RNC Convention

I had fun watching the RNC Convention.  It was a welcome distraction from the late nights of work I had, and was as disturbing, jingoistic, xenophobic and factually incorrect as I suspected. Their most popular positive talking points were, “God is real”, “hard work pays off”, and “love your family”.  Three things no one inContinue reading “4 Things about the RNC Convention”

The Angle Episode #6 (Art Enables)

From the first time the Director for The Angle was introduced to Art Enables in 2009, he has been an advocate for this dynamic organization. When the idea that The Angle would have episodes, featuring Art Enables was early on the list to capture. Park Triangle featured the organization a few years back for TheContinue reading “The Angle Episode #6 (Art Enables)”

Get Out DC July 30, 2012

Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week. If you know just a little bit about me, then you know that I’m a huge fan of my favorite fruit…WATERMELON!!  This Friday, August 3rd, come join me and some of my favorite artists as we celebrate National Watermelon Day at Sankofa VideoContinue reading “Get Out DC July 30, 2012”

Make Penn State Believable

No Football for a year.  I thought I’d just skip to the point and sort out the logistics and emotions of it afterward.  There is a long list of penalties that Penn State was given by the NCAA, including major loss of scholarships, a $60 million fine, and forfeiting all the wins the program hadContinue reading “Make Penn State Believable”

Get Out DMV July 23, 2012

Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week. “Where Langston Hughes meets Mos Def,” is a great way to describe DMV poetry and hip-hop vet Komplex.  Whether back in the day as an original member of the seminal poetry collective “The 5th L”, or as the emcee half of the FlyContinue reading “Get Out DMV July 23, 2012”

Live in Peace, for All of Us Survivors of Aurora, CO

Rest in Peace to the victims of the horrific massacre in Aurora, Colorado.  My sincere condolences to their families and loved ones. This is the crucial moment, in the age of 24/7 news and the myth of U.S. exceptional-ism, that we have to remember not to over react.  Your life is always within nano-seconds ofContinue reading “Live in Peace, for All of Us Survivors of Aurora, CO”

I’m Not a Rapper, I’m a TEACHER with a Hip-Hop Style

Have you ever walked into a room full of 20 suburban white kids from a church youth group and said “Hey, let’s write a hip-hop song!”?  No?  You don’t know what you’re missing.  For the past year I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with organizations in a new 2 hour song writing workshop I’veContinue reading “I’m Not a Rapper, I’m a TEACHER with a Hip-Hop Style”

Get Out DMV July 9, 2012

Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week. I’m really having fun highlighting the great events that happen in Washington DC!  Make sure to check back to this blog anytime during the week when you get that itch to get out and have some live fun!  This weeks featured artist isContinue reading “Get Out DMV July 9, 2012”

The Angle Episode #5 (Clayton Lebeuf)

  Clayton LeBouef is a good friend and mentor to both the host, Paige Hernandez and the director, Gemal Woods so he was an obvious choice as a featured guest on The Angle. As a seasoned actor, writer and activist, his passion makes for compelling guest, as his nimble mind, wit and humor play wellContinue reading “The Angle Episode #5 (Clayton Lebeuf)”

Get Out DMV July 2, 2012

Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week. Another great week in the District.  Thanks to everyone who made the Upper Room at the Red Lounge a success last week.  This week the big show is yours truly with Immaletchufinish at Sankofa Video and Books.  Also, this is the week ofContinue reading “Get Out DMV July 2, 2012”

Reading, Rhyming, and Rhythm with Dr. Seuss

I had a wonderful time doing my “Reading, Rhyming & Rhythm” workshop with the 4-6 year old students at the Capital Hill Day School Yoga Camp.  That’s right, yoga for the little ones.  I didn’t think that was possible at first, considering how much radioactive energy emanates from a 5 year old.  But the truthContinue reading “Reading, Rhyming, and Rhythm with Dr. Seuss”

Much to Like about “Likeonomics”

I would expect that a book with a cover quote from Deepak Chopra would lead me through 150 + pages of great Zen like business advice, and Likeonomics does not disappoint.  Rohit Bhargava, marketing expert and Adjunct Professor Marketing at Georgetown University, has written a great book on something that you would think is muchContinue reading “Much to Like about “Likeonomics””

Recording Studio Tip #1

A professional recording studio can be intimidating for a newbie.  The huge $1000 microphone, the flashing lights on the compressors and pre-amps, the moving faders and the wave lengths magically appearing on screen, all there to turn the songs you sang in the shower or spit in front of a sparse open mic crowd, intoContinue reading “Recording Studio Tip #1”

Originally posted on The Even Place:
It was another great day at The Even Place with Dr. Alvin Jones.  This is always my favorite part of the Sunday morning program, the interview with the author.  This weeks guest is Dr. Gordon Livingston MD, West Point Graduate, Vietnam Veteran, Johns Hopkins alumni and author of 4…

Get Out DMV June 25, 2012

Your weekly breakdown of the live entertainment spots in DC this week. Last week was another great week for the DC live music and art scene, and expect this week to be as good or even better.  You can catch two of my favorite percussionist/lyricist, Jali-D & Jabari “Auragin” Exum at two different open micsContinue reading “Get Out DMV June 25, 2012”

Rethink What You Know About Fear & Courage

The suicide of an adult son. The cancer death of a toddler. The adult revelation that you’re adopted, followed by the quest to find your family.  Multiple tours as an officer in Vietnam.  All of these individually would have been the main story line of most people’s book about fear and courage, but in GordonContinue reading “Rethink What You Know About Fear & Courage”