(BP): Modern Ministers #1: Kendrick Lamar – Weekly Journal 3

It would be practically impossible to look upon today’s Rap landscape without noticing the influence of Kendrick  Lamar. From impressive appearances on The Tonight Show and SNL to winning several prestigious awards and collaborating with an assortment of artists like Drake, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift, Lamar has pushed the boundaries of Rap to the brink…

(BP): Very Hip, Much Hop – Weekly Journal 2

In my previous journal entry, I took a brief look at where my research would fit in a larger discourse. I would now like to take a step closer and examine the ways in which Hip-Hop and Rap, as social and commercial art forms, fit into mainstream society and culture. A rough, fleeting glance at Hip…

(BP): A Place in the Convo – Weekly Journal 1

I would like to launch my research – as well as my weekly journals – with a brief examination of how the topic of Modern Spirituals fits into the larger literary and social discourse. It does not suffice for a topic to simply be interesting, there must also be a certain relevance and significance. While…

Different Rooms, Different Ceilings : Creative Nonfiction

Different Rooms, Different, Ceilings I smashed my head straight through a ceiling once. The respectable person in me would like to believe there were many different and very substantial factors that led up to my unfortunate breakthrough. I would take into account the fact that I was probably feeling neglected by my family at the…