On Repeat | Spillage Village | Spilligion

Honestly, I am embarrassed that I am just getting hip to Spillage Village. I consider myself a fan of JID, Mereba, and EarthGang respectively; having seen all of them separately between 2018 and 2019. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that they comprise part of a musical collective called Spillage Village. For once, … Continue Reading

On Repeat | Erykah Badu | Mama’s Gun

On this day, twenty years ago, Erykah Badu released Mama’s Gun. I clung to Mama’s Gun in the middle of my adolescence. On weekends, I would clean my small bedroom, humming along with “Didn’t Cha Know”. Read the liner notes of the CD insert while softly singing along to “Orange Moon”. Harmonized with the backup … Continue Reading

My Kalle Shirt

I tend to buy fabric, keep it for years and then make something out of it. It is as if I conduct my sewing with a reverse expiration date. If I cut the fabric before a few years have passed, I will surely find a pattern better suited for the fabric or the print, and … Continue Reading

On Repeat | DEAN, Rad Museum, Mokyo | 숨 (Breath)

Just breathe… It feels like the things will not let up. Since my last post, John Lewis died and more black folx have been harassed and killed. Even more lives have been lost to COVID-19, and just last week, Chadwick Boseman passed away after a four-year long battle with colon cancer. To say I am … Continue Reading

Zinnia Skirt

Last year, I was determined to have some semblance of a summer vacation. I knew I couldn’t vacate for a long stretch of time, so I set out to visit some good friends across the country (damn I miss visiting friends). I managed to make it to Denver and Seattle. During my time in Denver, … Continue Reading

Southern California Dreaming with a Matching Set

The pandemic and onslaught of anti-blackness and police brutality continue to take its toll, but I am finding the strength to press on and do what I can. One of the ways I am able to show up for myself and therein for others, is to find little moments to practice self-care. This includes a … Continue Reading

On Repeat | Anderson .Paak | Lockdown

I have talked at length with my loved ones about my pain, sorrow, frustration and exhaustion. At times, I experienced difficulty tapping into and exuding hope. But as time marches on, so does the movement, and I am inspired by the change that is possible. Anderson Paak’s Juneteenth release of the single and video, “Lockdown” … Continue Reading

Ain’t No Sunshine

Mr. Bill Withers passed away at the age of 81 on April 3rd. His poignant tunes touched many lives, mine being no exception. Recently, I told someone about a road trip I took with my parents to the Grand Canyon as a child. I tagged along with my father to Pic ‘N’ Save, now Big … Continue Reading

On Repeat | Stro Elliot | Kamaal Coltrane

I used to scour the interwebs for new music – blends, mixes and the like. Back when my only music management systems were Windows Media Player and iTunes. I would download as many podcasts featuring DJ’s from around the world in hopes of soaking up some good beats and rhymes. I eventually found WeFunk Radio … Continue Reading

Eighth Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival is this Weekend

It’s time for Camp Now that Halloween is over, I am sharply pivoting from sewing to festival musings. In two days, I will be roaming Dodger Stadium discovering new music and grooving to some of my favs. It has been a couple of years since I attended the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. My last experience … Continue Reading