<![CDATA[ Racial incidents involving the N-word are still common. But here’s a three-part strategy for preventing them from happening. At first, I was simply annoyed by the latest dust-up involving Gwyneth Paltrow quoting Kanye West and Jay-Z‘s tune, “Niggas In Paris.” But after awhile, my heart sank a little. Regardless of the particulars of this story…

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<![CDATA[ Artist: DJ Maj Album: Speckled Goats II Track: So Free DJ Maj, one of my favorite producers and personalities in music today, penned a great song in 2007 about relaxing, enjoying the ride and being free. And it’s still one of my favorites. It’s great during the summer, of course, but also helpful in…

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<![CDATA[ Put away your money, I’ll buy you a slice / you ain’t gotta worry how high is the price / don’t dine with this world, you’ll die on their diet / they’re like, “sit down, eat your slice of pizza, and be quiet” Put away your money, I’ll buy you a slice / Who…

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<![CDATA[(This poem was written to me by my friend James, after he witnessed a particular exchange I had with my uncle at a church function. Without unpacking all of my personal history, I can say that I found it to be deeply moving and personal. If you know James personally, that shouldn’t come as much…

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<![CDATA[(Author’s note: the following was written as a short story, intended for submission into a competition. At the last minute, I balked, because I didn’t want to pay what I felt was an outrageous entry fee. But I selfishly kept the story to myself. Consider this post an apology.) (Author’s note, redux: this story, by…

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<![CDATA[ Right now my jam of the moment is from Korean-American emcee HeeSun Lee featuring vocalist Shanelle Gabriel, entitled “Open Your Eyes.” There are two great attributes about this tune, essential for any song to reach Jam Of The Moment status: how it sounds, and what it says. First, how it sounds. When it comes…

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<![CDATA[Artist: Chaka KhanAlbum: I Feel For YouSong: I Feel For You This song make me giddy. Yes, absolutely giddy. I love everything about “I Feel For You.” I love the staccato sample intro of Grandmaster Melle Mel’s voice saying, “Cha-Cha-Ch-Ch-Chaka Khan.” As an 8-year-old budding rapper, I probably repeated this phrase incessantly. (Perhaps my sister…

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<![CDATA[ But he knows the way that I take;when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.Job 23:10 (NIV) Being a card-carrying citizen of the hip-hop nation, I have a passing familiarity with gold. Back in the late 80s, if you wanted to be rapper, you needed to look the part. That meant…

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<![CDATA[ So at Irvington Covenant Church, we’ve just finished wrapping up one series, and we’re heading into another. For those who have been missing-in-action for awhile (and you know who you are), here’s the skinny. In May, we launched a series on prayer called Pray With Simplicity, where we examined the topic of prayer through…

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<![CDATA[Kanye West808s and HeartbreakRoc-A-Fella I suppose it’s a sign of the times that a superstar rapper can release a throwback homage to a legendary drum machine and it can come off sounding more like a hybrid of new wave punk. Kanye West has done just that with his latest release, 808s and Heartbreak. What’s most…

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