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Excerpt 4: Noccalula Falls

By the time I was sixteen-years-old, I was even making a name for myself in the sports sections of the newspaper, from junior high up through my senior year. Due to such status, I became a lifeguard at the recreation center during the summer. It is ironic we weren’t invited to swim there, but a […]

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Excerpt 3: A Memoir

These are men who made me proud and women who taught me to fight back. Studying their lives helped me piece together a quilt not too unlike the one my cousin Oscar Underwood described in a talk with me—one both ugly and beautiful. The differences between the two views are thin on some patches, with […]

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Excerpt 2: Racism Today

It has bubbled to the surface in many of us just like that—young and old, black and white, rich and poor. With some speaking out, marching, protesting, holding up signs and fists, singing protest anthems made for a new generation—that’s what ‘Woke’ is all about. The end of that closed lip complacency. The end of […]

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Excerpt 1: Colorism & Eroticized Rage

“I was seeing this therapist when the racial dynamic surfaced again, and that shifted me into the direction that led to my ultimate progress. As a part of my therapy, a series of men groups of all ages, sizes, and colors were available to join. In my groups, there were always men my age that […]

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Mathew Knowles Named Houston’s Top Music Mogul

Houston, Texas–August 7, 2017 Internationally renowned music executive Mathew Knowles was recently honored by the Go DJ Awards as “Houston’s Top Music Mogul”. As the founder of Music World Entertainment, which recently celebrated its 25th year in business, the label’s record sales exceeds 300 million worldwide. During his acceptance speech in front of a sold-out […]

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Successful A&Rs

Now that we know what an A&R does, let’s take a look at a few that really shook up the game. Rick Rubin Any hip-hop head will be familiar with the bearded wonder that is Rick Rubin. He and co-founder Russell Simmons established Def Jam Recordings as the first label with hip-hop music as it’s […]

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