With Christmas out of the way and TWO days left of 2022, it’s the perfect time for us to do some end of the year reflecting together. 2022 was a year of lessons and blessings. This year I was able to embrace both my ups and my downs, while truly learning more about who I am destined to be. I lived by the motto you have to be uncomfortable with the uncomfortable. More specifically meaning, things will not always be perfect and being able to adjust in a tough situation will allow you to grow and adapt when a situation calls for it. This year was a year of rebirth. Hello 2023, it is so nice to finally meet you...I look forward to seeing you rise to the occasion. I am truly thankful for the blessing to see another year. I am ready to continue on this path of growth in all aspects of my life. Cheers and a Happy New Years!
Finally, after much anticipation...your favorite blogger is the back! Five whole long months have gone by, and I have been trying to figure out what to say about my hiatus. Life happens and it happens hard sometimes. These last few months have been challenging to say the least. I would like to think we have built up a great rapport. One where you the reader and me the writer have a little dialogue twice a month or so about any and everything so now that I have returned, I want to fill you in on my absence and what to expect for the future of the blog. Over the course of the past few months, I have experienced a series of transitions and transformations. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me to check on me and the status of the blog. I appreciate everyone who has been there for me throughout these months as I figure out and navigate a new chapter in my life, as well as those who have not taken my absence or silence lightly. Every kind word and piece of advice I have been given has motivated me greatly to pick up the pieces of my life because it truly is worth living. Thus, allowing me to return with resilience and confidence. Now I can continue be true to me, allowing me to in turn be true to my art.
First impressions are pretty much self explanatory. You get one chance to show your "best self." First impressions are an unavoidable part of life that we all must face. They ease their way in through nervous first dates, pressure cooked interviews, and making new friends.
Both B.G. and C-Murder have represented The South their whole career. I know I am not speaking just for myself when I say the fans want to see them flourish and rise again. They have contributed heavily to Hip-Hop with their respective groups and their solo careers. I know when they are granted their freedom...I am not saying if because they should be free one day. B.G. and C-Murder's cases make me reflect on just how much Black bodies are not protected or respected. We are often sentenced with the harshest time, killed, beaten, or forgotten. Yet, our culture is the most impactful to be repackaged, dissected, and copied for a profit or aesthetic. No matter how much they try to erase, re-write, and study, our presence will always be felt. B.G. and C-Murder will be released one day soon...I am sure of it.
I continue to watch The Wire years later because it is more than a show of entertainment. The Wire breaks down the many layers of corruption in our "Great" America fabric, which to tell you the truth it has never been great. The Wire is a vehicle that dissects crime (police, drugs, and the criminal underworld), education system, politics, and media in a way even the most common person can understand. The Wire is a bird’s eye view into what was happening then and now all over the world. The ecosystem of The Wire exists in places all over America. Shoot, I can tell you that this ecosystem exists in my hometown city of Sacramento right now. I am writing this post to continue the celebration of a show twenty years after its original airing to give flowers to everyone who made it possible from the lighting team to David Simon. Everyone deserves praise including the late Michael "Omar" Williams who is gone but will never be forgotten.
Overall, I would like to extend all praise to The Mackies and their beautiful family. They are NOT relationship goals...they are a model for an upstanding union between two people in front of the world. Remy Ma and Papoose have stood the test of time through the industry, imprisonment, and lively strife. Black Love most certainly equals Remy Ma and Papoose.
Journey how the hell do you go from talking about The Sims to Female Rappers that dominated in the early 1990s to the early 2000s? Said no one ever. These women speak to me in many ways and not because their risqué lyrics speak to my Scorpio nature. Okay, maybe just a little...but it was their confidence, talent, and alpha female energy that truly influenced me. They were not afraid to take risks with their looks, lyrics, and everything else. I admired their bravery as teenagers just tryna figure it out while being in front of the world.
The Sims is a great tool for a full vision board and as they continue to make improvements it will only get better at reflecting real life with time because like fine wine, as it goes up in age it ups the quality. If you wanna plot your life and have some fun while your doing it hop on now and see where the Simulation will take you. After all, The Sims has been a permanent fixture in my life for over a decade.
According to Oxford Languages, Journey in its most basic context means, "an act of traveling from one place to another." The one that really resonates with me most is Oxford's second definition, "a long and often difficult process of personal change [or] development." I know this to be the truth because my mother confirmed it and well, I am living it.
We all come in different packages, stories, styles, and everything else. Yet, the one thing that unites us is our passion for our art. J Free, is a twenty-seven year old writer from Sacramento with raw, unfiltered, and unforgettable content that is Good Enough?!. I have been following his work for less than a year and he continues to surprise me with each piece, the next is always better than the last.
I would be remiss if I did not kick Black History Month off with someone that is not only influential to me, but influential to the culture in more ways than one. Sister Souljah is more than just the writer who changed my life, but she is an activist, public speaker, musician (one and only lady of Public Enemy), and film producer.