To Mimi: Reflections from My Inaugural Mother’s Day

5/13/15 Dear Mila, A few days ago, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. I celebrated you and all the ways you have changed my life. The time we spent as one is forever imprinted on my mind. That you are now here, in my arms, amazes me. It seems like just a few weeks ago, I was praying for your safe delivery and good health, tearfully … Continue reading To Mimi: Reflections from My Inaugural Mother’s Day

What Grinds My Gears: Dim Lituations

Ya know what grinds my gears? When people refer to every place where 100+ people have gathered as “lit.” Just because a bunch of people cram into a small space (i.e. a club), doesn’t make it “lit.” No one is dancing, smiling or showing other signs of merriment, yet you’re dubbing it “lit.” By that logic, the following would all be examples of “lituations”: a) “Man, that … Continue reading What Grinds My Gears: Dim Lituations

Mood-Boosting Music, Part I: Now

I’m a busy educator and entrepreneur with a complicated mind. It’s a heavy combination. Thankfully, music is my therapy, and there are certain songs that boost my mood whenever I hear them. Here are some current songs that get me going. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to be giddy, too. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. This is my FAVORITE song of now (and perhaps … Continue reading Mood-Boosting Music, Part I: Now

Lines We Should Retire from Hip-Hop

Music is my life. If I’m not listening to it, it’s probably playing in my head. I love all types of music but I grew up with hip-hop in my heart. Lately though, I feel like we’ve run out of things to say in rap songs. I am growing increasingly irritated with the following topics/phrases: 1) “Turn up” or “Turn down for what?” — I may morph into … Continue reading Lines We Should Retire from Hip-Hop