When the Business Drops, Support it: An in-depth look at the mental health of Creators & Entrepreneurs.

I have a business. A pretty dope business. I’ve been a creator since the age of 13 when I started communicating through poetry. The concept of my business is 29 years old. The execution of my business is about 2 years old. I don’t make money on my business. I get a sale here and... Read more »

Confessions of a Binge Eater

Confessions of a Binge Eater
Monday Orange Theory Fitness at 7 o’clock in the morning A cocktail that includes a shot of apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup of coconut water, and 1/2 cup Perrier  for breakfast A handful of raw cashews and a granny smith apple for a snack A Salmon bowl from Pret for lunch (2 ounces of grilled... Read more »

A Song for Maya

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He told me he loved me. And I believed him. He said “one day I’ma make you my wife.” So I supported him. He told me “I’ll never make you cry again.” And I trusted him. Then there was that lonely Wednesday. It was windy and I was somber. Usually it’s Jose James or Nina... Read more »
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Drunk by the Sea

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Hey man Is that a beer can You know you can’t drink out here Am I making myself clear And why are you out here anyway Wasting the day away Deferring dreams and asking for handouts Surviving on memories and dancing to songs nobody hears but you I’m sick and tired of seeing you live... Read more »

Remy Ma is fighting a Honey Bee

Imagine this. You are outside on a beautiful day enjoying your life. Sun is shining. You can smell the flowers for the first time in a long time. It’s a good day. Then a bee buzzes by you. At first you move a little and ignore it; not taking it personal of course, because it’s... Read more »

22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

The 22nd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival returned to the Gene Siskel Film Center this August for another year of celebrating Black Independent Filmmakers. This year’s films ranged from raunchy comedies to films documenting real time social injustices, with some brilliant biographical documentaries in between. From first-time filmmakers and actors to legends like Irma P.... Read more »
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A Dream Deferred

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Money or Freedom? That’s the question you have to ask yourself when embarking upon a journey down the path less traveled. Do I want the security and comforts afforded by way of a steady stream of income or the freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment of working for self. Money 40 hours a week = 65 hours... Read more »

The Life of a Writer

I heard someone say “I don’t like to write. I like having written.” I think it was Pearl Cleage. Could’ve been Sonia Sanchez or Jessica Care Moore or Nikki. I feel that way. I don’t like the act of writing, I like the pleasure from having written. Almost like going to the gym. Hate it.... Read more »

A Song for Maya

(Photo Credit: Inspirational Quotes) He told me he loved me. And I believed him. He said “one day I’ma make you my wife.” So I supported him. He told me “I’ll never make you cry again.” And I trusted him. Then there was that lonely Wednesday. It was windy and I was somber. Usually it’s Jose... Read more »
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My Chicago. My Home.

My Chicago. My Home.
503. 503 letters & Emails. Don’t say I didn’t try to talk it out. Don’t say I wasn’t solutionary. I didn’t just complain to upset you. You were hurting me. How? By being dishonest to me. “It has no long-lasting affects.” “It’s organic and non-pollutive.” “We are doing this to enhance the quality of your... Read more »