Tag Archives: nostalgia

March 09

Gettin’ Grown: A Retrospect on My Hip-Hop Fandom

The nineteenth anniversary of the slaying of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace led me to reflect on my relationship with the genre that has lionized him in death.

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February 21

30-Day Challenge Day Seventeen: Words To Live By

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Seventeen: A Quote You Try To Live By Decades have passed since the days I occupied the pews of my home church, my legs clad in pantyhose and primly crossed at the ankles. But various Bible verses from those days are still inscribed into my head, much like the rural […]

January 23

30-Day Writing Challenge Day Three: First Kiss

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Three: Your First Love and First Kiss (if separate discuss both) My initial experiences with love and kissing took place on different occasions, so I’ve split this topic into two posts. First Kiss I experienced my first kiss back in 1991, on a Sunday after church. Growing up in a […]

January 21

30-Day Writing Challenge Day Three: First Love

30- Day Writing Challenge Day Three: First Love/First Kiss My initial experiences with love and kissing took place on different occasions so I’ll publish two posts today to describe them. First Love I mulled over the first love part, wondering exactly what was meant. Did my adolescent shenanigans apply? There was my puppy love back in […]

January 20

30-Day Writing Challenge Day Two: My Earliest Memory

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Two: Your Earliest Memory I can remember pieces of my life from ages two and three. However, my earliest complete memory is from a fall evening in 1984. At the time, my mother and I resided in Guam as she was in the Navy and received orders to report there. […]

October 12

Just Like Music: “That’s The Way Of the World”, August 2005

In early August 2005 I sit in the front pew of my childhood church, hand in hand with my husband Ali. A frosted pink funeral program lays across my lap, a stark contrast to my flowing black dress. Years prior a member of the church said that believers should wear bright colors to funerals, that […]

October 10

Just Like Music:”I’m Sprung”, June 2005

Somewhere between my freshman and sophomore year of high school I drafted the blueprint of my life. It looked like this: Attend and graduate from an HBCU by the age of 21; Meet a “good Black man” at said HBCU; Marry said “good Black man” at 25; Give birth to our first child at 28; Give […]

October 07

Just Like Music: “Where The Party At”, 2001

I wasn’t in Seattle the day I turned twenty-one years old and was unable to spend it with my friends. That didn’t sway my BFF Tisha. Within hours of my return from vacation in New York City in early August she called me. “Okay girl don’t make any plans for this weekend! We are going […]