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BEST RHYTHM GAME EVER? – American Idol (PS2)

I, along with millions of other oblivious wannabe singers out there, have fascinated at one point about being the American Idol. As a child, I was obsessed. But, even as I grew, I still watched the show religiously until its 12th season in 2013. There’s something so mesmerizing about witnessing the good, the bad, and ugly of home-grown singers transforming into nationally-recognized stars....

MY FAVORITE 2000s VIDEO GAMES

My obsession with video games began when I was an afro-puffed, Limited Too-obsessed child. During those early years, I played some of the best games I've ever played in my entire life. Those key experiences are some of the many reasons why I ended up becoming a lifelong gamer.  Today, we’re going to take a deep dive into some of my favorite games from the 2000s and why they're still relevant...

LIL MUSIC REVIEW: GOLDLINK – DIASPORA

Even though black identity is a deeply rooted tree with an infinite amount of branches, I often think that many of us have shared experiences. It's the singe on the back of your ear from the hot comb. It's smooth melodies of 70s or 80s or 90s tunes strutting into your ears on a Sunday morning as you stumble out of a good night's rest, signaling: it's time to clean. It's Chamillionaire. (I don't...

WHO’S UP NEXT — INTERVIEW WITH WILL THA ARTIST

Welcome to Who's Up Next, where I put you onto the dopest creatives on the Internet. In the first ever segment of Who's Up Next, I had a super dope convo with the 20-year-old rapper, spoken word artist, and all-around creative Will Tha Artist. Keep reading to learn more about the uber-talented Toronto native: Q: What do you love the most about Toronto, and how do you believe the city influences...

#NIADIARIES VOL 6. – “DO NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION.”

Scrolling through the most popular images on any "self care" hashtag, I'm bombarded with the same eye-rollingly repetitive imagery including: -  Open-ended, fortune cookie-esque inspirational quotes like "You can't pour from an empty cup." or "My imperfections make me beautiful." - Super skinny white girls in front of tropical, beachy, etc. backgrounds looking like they've never felt any pain in...

DONALD GLOVER, RIHANNA, & GUAVA ISLAND | REVIEW

Guava Island is a project that's been lingering in the back of my mind like the lyrics to Cardi B's verse on the Thotiana remix. I remember peeping this Vulture article back in November and watching that super small, bootleg-ass trailer from someone's Instagram thinking "What in the world is Gambino cooking up now?"  Now, after months of anticipation and at least sixteen circulations of me...

GOING BAD, LORI HARVEY, AND THE ART OF FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

Practically two years after the straight slap in the face club banger type smash hit record Back 2 Back, Drake and Meek Mill have finally kissed and made up on Meek Mill's "let's pretend we're the mob" anthem Going Bad. Something about the combination is admittedly electrifying. Maybe it's the fact that Meek's last album Championships is one of the best bodies of work he's ever put out? Maybe I'm...

BLUEFACE, THOTIANA, AND HOW MEMES ALTER REALITY

I've never wanted to be that wrinkly, bitter ass old lady shaking her fist at the youngins for making too much noise. But, listening to Blueface for the first time made me feel like being that old ass lady is in my near future. It started off with a tweet that I saw on my timeline. @bluefacebleedem’s “Thotiana” is the number one song in the country ♿️♿️♿️...

2019 / HAPPY NEW YEAR BABE

2018 was a year of ups, downs, lefts, rights, and everything in between. I learned a lot about my true essence of self and what I actually want out of life. 2019 will be the year where I reach for the stars and make things happen. I have goals; I have ambitions; I have passion. In 2018, I spent a lot of time being paralyzed by procrastination and fear of failure. Those factors made it hard to do...

WAKE UP, IT’S THE FIRST OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER

What's up and what's poppin' my beautiful internet homies? October is live and ready around my way, even though we're still dealing with some crazy 80+ degree weather. I guess I should try and appreciate it as much as I can before the swift pimp slap of cold weather hits me directly on the cheekbone. There are many things I love about the fall season including the fashion, the perfect weather,...