A Closer Look at the Evolution of Aina Brei’Yon [Interview]

Where were you when you were first introduced to the artistry of Aina Brei’Yon? I can still recall distinctly being a young lesbian preparing to cross the street on the eastside of Chicago when out of my peripheral I saw a car turning the corner. Inside was someone with a striking face and a gorgeous…

Biggest Lesson I Learned in 2018

Fly, take up space and trust your instincts. Looking back on 2018 I can say that it was a whirlwind year full of many emotions, growth and reconditioning myself to trust my internal voice. In life, we are so often taught the way that things should be: be a good student, excel academically, go to…

Music Choice: “I Wish I Never Met You” by Domo Wilson

A part of me hates that I really like this song. Like most people who watched their relationship mature, and eventually devolve, I don’t care to see Domo and Crissy continue to rip each other to shreds in the public eye, but the music lover in me can acknowledge the way that Domo elevated her…

Music Choice: Tamia

Tamia is one of those rare talents whose voice is a superb today as it was when he first heard her years ago. For some reason, her album seemed to slide under the radar and did not receive as much attention as it rightfully deserved. In order to try to change that, I have selected…

Music Choice: Pitbull

Have you ever heard a song and knew within the first 10 seconds that it was going to be amazing? That was this song for me! The moment Prince Royce sang “Quiero saber…” I was enraptured by the silkiness of his voice and immediately added the song to my “música” playlist. Not only did these…

Music Choice: Mario

Mario has been on my list of underappreciated artists FOREVER. I still recall blasting his debut album Mario all summer 2002. That was a special summer because I was preparing to head to high school and he was singing all the desires of my young heart! Since then, he has released quality project after quality…

Music Choice: Danni Cassette

It is no secret that I have been a fan of Danni Cassette for quite a while and the newest single definitely lives up to my expectations! Give your soul a boost and check out the melodic croons of “Banana” by this electric talent. The newest single: Listen here :). Discover More of Danni: Leave…

Music Choice: Maluma

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have a major crush on Maluma. Not only is he gorgeous, but he is an AMAZING talent. I’ve seen him in concert and must admit that I was impressed by his presence and performance. This week I have not one song, but two. Do your ears, eyes,…

Music Choice: 6lack

I have absolutely loved 6lack since his first album. Not only did he present a flawless debut project, but with each single has managed to deliver and perform to the same quality. His current song that I have one repeat is “Nonchalant.” My favorite line is “I’m somewhere between humble and hell nah.” Know that…

Music Choice: Ari Lennox

As you all know, I’m a music snob who loves to share good quality tunes with all of you. Beginning today, each Monday I will share a tune that I’m currently jamming to and I have had on repeat. The song may be new or old but is worth a listen all the same. The…

Kanye West is a Symptom of the Problem

For many Kanye West fans, his stance for the last few years has been problematic, to say the least. However, what some know, but many are seemingly unwilling to say, is that the issue is bigger than Kanye. West’s problem is that he has an altered and limited level of consciousness. What I mean by…

Can Drake Withstand the Push?

I once wrote an article about how much I love and live for quality rap battles. Now, to my surprise and amusement, a worthwhile one is finally upon us: Drake vs. Pusha T. This beef has been going on for so long that I nearly forgot it was a thing! On Pusha T’s newest album,…

Weekend Vibes

The weekend is upon us and I’m ready to groove! Here are some songs that will definitely be on my chill weekend vibes playlist. I hope you enjoy and find many reasons to dance :-). 1. “Boo’d Up” (Ella Mai Remix) – Plies 2. “Come Through and Chill – Miguel 3. “Return of the Mack”…

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but I have never taken a moment to fully introduce myself. So, here we are. When I initially began this blog it was as an extension, and eventual replacement, for the “For Your Black? Conscious” newsletter I started during my years in Chicago. The original intent of…

When are the Masses Going to Stop Sleeping on Miguel?

Listen, Miguel is a national treasure and we should all be appreciating him as such. Not only is he musically capable of bodying his own songs, but also everyone else’s. Don’t believe me, let the talent speak for itself: Not enough proof? Let’s go back to the beginning. For the most part, we were all…

K.O.D.: The Best J. Cole Album Yet?

Since 2010 the world has found a place in the mind and the music of Jermaine Cole. Friday Night Lights, J. Cole’s last mixtape, was a dazzling display of true lyricism that was not only sorely needed at the time but set him on his current trajectory. Coles’ introspection on the project comes from a…

Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough

1. Bronzeville The podcast describes this series as “an audio theatre for the mind” and this could not be more accurate! My bias towards all things Chicago aside, this is a phenomenal series that honestly elevates the podcast-sphere. This series is jam-packed with A-list performers: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick,…

A Few of My Favorite Things 2018: Quarter 1

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already over! I want to take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite experiences and most used items of 2018. Here we go: 1. Maluma’s F.A.M.E. Concert As I’ve stated in other posts, concerts are one of my many favorite pastimes. In March I…

Is Your Love Big Enough? Re-Release…I Need Answers!

For the better part of the last 5 years, I have been on a hunt to find Lianne La Havas’ debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? on vinyl. However, up until today, I hadn’t purchased it because it was limited edition release and being resold for upward of $400. But low and behold, today…

Thursday Tunes: R&B Edition

As an individual with a rich appreciation of music, I love to share gems that I feel are often slept on. This week, here are some songs on my playlist that I feel should be more widely known: 1. “Monsoon” – Amber Mark 2. “The Woman you Love” – Ashanti 3. “No Bonnie” – Frank…