August 21, 2015 in Features, Op-Eds by

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Beats The Odds

When Straight Outta Compton debuted this past weekend, there was concern nationwide about whether the film’s subject matter, coupled with a recent string of violence at U.S. movie theaters might affect its box office performance. It’s a disturbing trend to acknowledge, but ever since a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colo. theater during a

August 7, 2015 in Features, Op-Eds, Preach On, Sermon by

How Can Meek Mill Rise Up & Overcome?

Sermon (of Sermon’s Domain) is a prodigy in the world of Hip-Hop journalism and a staple in the Seattle music scene. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back on a Freshest In The NW panel and we’ve kept in touch ever since, fans of each other’s work in the NW scene. That said,

June 18, 2015 in Editorials, Op-Eds, Politics by

The Gentrification of Blackness

In case you’ve never seen the highest grossing film of all time, it revolves around a hero who feels so sorry for the aliens whom he’s been assigned to infiltrate and obliterate that he chooses to live his life disguised as one of them, and is eventually discovered as a fraud before re-earning their trust

April 28, 2015 in Editorials, News, On..., Op-Eds, Politics by

On: Baltimore, Cloaks, and Daggers

The word of the day is ruthless. It’s not a word I can use to describe Baltimore protesters. It’s the word that comes to mind when I see things like #bluelivesmatter. When you see people “rioting,” that’s anger. That’s desperation. Ruthless is the people who will do and say anything to hold on to power.

January 30, 2015 in Editorials, News, On..., Op-Eds by

On: Marshawn Lynch and the Matrix

Before this season, I wasn’t a fan of Marshawn Lynch at all. Granted, that had less do with him as a person and more to do with him not being a Dallas Cowboy. But with the NFL and the media going after him so hard this season, I gained a new appreciation. That was especially

December 26, 2014 in 10 THINGS, Editorials, Op-Eds by

10 THINGS: That Made The News In 2014

As an adult, I usually find myself in December wondering where the year went. This year was different for me though – maybe for you as well – as I end the year feeling like, “Finally!” Maybe it’s the newly acquired speed of news cycles driven by social media fervor, or maybe it was the

October 27, 2014 in Editorials, News, On..., Op-Eds, Politics by

On: Measure 91 and the OLCC

Anyone who knows me knows I’m cynical about politics. And for good reason. That said, I’m a big proponent of politicking for your interests, which brings me to Measure 91. The bill would legalize weed for recreational use and retail in Oregon. It seems like a no-brainer, right? But I can’t get past one thing.

September 16, 2014 in Editorials, On..., Op-Eds, Politics by

On: Economic Protest

This past weekend, a lot of us saw the video of Portland Police beating and tasing a 16-year-old. To make matters worse, this comes at time when there are anti-police brutality protests and discussions all around the city. Apparently the police still don’t give a fuck about Black people. While I’m not big on protests,

September 4, 2014 in Editorials, On..., Op-Eds by

On: Post Hype Media

I’ve been talking a lot about politics lately, but this week, I have to call myself out. Despite being a fan of all the music coming out of Portland, I haven’t posted much about it in a while. Even when I look back on a lot of my music related posts, how many were really

August 19, 2014 in Editorials, On..., Op-Eds, Politics by

On: “Leaders”

Ever criticized a “Black leader?” Does this response sound familiar? “How dare you talk about me? At least I’m doing something?” Is it getting tired yet? Let’s be real. You can organize rallies. You can make speeches. You can get a new batch of kids, who don’t know your history, to parrot you every year.