Essays On Patreon (2017-2018)

Essays On Patreon (2017-2018)

On Patreon I offer: Long essays on social media behavior/culture, labor, art, film, television or music etc. Surprise rewards which includes additional long pieces, book reviews and other unique content. Short essays on lifestyle topics, social media behavior/culture, labor, art, film, television or music etc. Bonus content published sporadically, which includes art-related tutorials, tips, digital wallpapers, recipes and more. "The Weekly Five" with 5 tips per post on art as inspiration, creativity, business, labor and self-care, beginner photography education, or life/leisure tips. "Read This Week" as a curated reading list that includes good articles on photography, food, writing, film/television, art, politics/sociopolitics, and general life. Some of my own writing is included in each post as well. Public posts that include or are based on my thoughts and work that is already publicly accessible via my tweets, Gradient Lair, Drift Sojourn, Cinemacked, my writing on this blog etc.

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2016: 100 Favorite Essays, Reviews, Photographs, Recipes & More...

2016: 100 Favorite Essays, Reviews, Photographs, Recipes & More...

Art is my career. Art is my hobby. Art is my life. Art saves me. Though 2016 was a terrible year for me in so many ways, it was also a year where I created art that I love, art that I feel proud of and art that has sustained me.

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My Top 15 Favorite Albums Of 2016

My Top 15 Favorite Albums Of 2016

I love my genre-diverse list of 15 favorite albums of 2016; true. But I must say that Black women especially showed up for music in 2016. I mean, Beyoncé’s album alone carried me through 2016. Solange made me so proud. What a tremendous contribution to Black music and culture. Rihanna defined what risk-taking is in music and is definitely receiving the benefits of doing this well. These 3 artists, let alone the other Black women I named made such an impact in 2016. Black women as creators sometimes seem to give the world more than the world deserves. I am grateful for these creations, nevertheless.

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To Get Through This Thing Called Life

To Get Through This Thing Called Life

Prince feels alive and always feels really close when I listen to his music. It hurts so badly, but at the same time I keep shifting between crying and smiling as I listen right now. I do not presume to intimately know Prince; obviously I am not his friend nor his family. But grief does not care about the formality of relationships. Besides, if I am honest with myself, his music has done more for me than some people who call me "friend" or "family" has. It has healed me when some people who would say they intimately know me could not. It has brought me joy when some people who know me have brought me pain. To deny the gravity of what Black artistry and Black music has done for Black imagination and reality seems unfair to myself. Thus, I recognize it and I am willing and honored to hold a place in my heart for it. Prince does not have to be my friend or family to have this honor. 

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My Top 9 Favorite Albums Of 2015 and Other Music Love...

My Top 9 Favorite Albums Of 2015 and Other Music Love...

There is always good music. And the truth is, every decade, era and genre of music always includes sublimegreatgoodaveragemediocrebad and "never listen to this, ever" levels of music. Not all music that is "old" is good; not all music that is "new" is bad. Music tastes are subjective.

Janet Jackson, Jasiri X, Lianne La Havas, Jazmine Sullivan, Willow Smith, Erykah Badu, Ruby Amanfu, Jay Z and Lalah Hathway created some of my favorite music in 2015.

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Album Cover Art As A Source Of Artistic Inspiration

Album Cover Art As A Source Of Artistic Inspiration

Creative album covers (and liner art too) inspire me in the same way that looking through large books of other photographers' work and reading other writers' writing does; it is entertainment and it is homework, so to speak. If an album is like a book where each song is a chapter, then the liner art is the illustration and the album cover is the book cover. It has to pull the person in. It has to connect to the entirety of the creation. It too can be an additional visual story that compliments the auditory one.

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