How Hip-Hop and Cognac Fell in Love

Hennessy, Courvoisier, Martell, and Rémy Martin. These major cognac brands have set the scene in hundreds, if not thousands, of hip-hop and rap songs since the 1990s. But how did this digestif associated with stuffy aristocrats of fair complexions become the poster liquor for one of the most disenfranchised groups in America?

The Disappearance of Ownership

As a millennial, I've come to terms with not owning anything. I can recall the days of CDs, cassettes, and home movies, but now, my music lives in a cloud and my videos disappear in 24 hours.

Posted on January 20, 2017 .

In Which I Bubble Over About Rachel Dolezal

In an interview with NBC Nightly News' Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Dolezal reveals her bisexuality, relates her blackface to the trans experience, and calmly states "nothing about being white describes who I am."

It pains me to be writing any sort of serious critique regarding Dolezal because she really needs less media attention, but that quote ignited something within me.

Posted on June 18, 2015 .

Despite All Efforts, I’m Black

I’m of Caribbean, Central American, and European descent. I also possess a 131+ IQ (I tested higher as a child) and a dual-citizenship with the United States and Great Britain.

I work most of that into conversations with acquaintances because I am fairly dark in complexion and I always feel a need to prove myself worthy of being talked to.

Posted on January 18, 2015 .