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

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

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

DIY Halloween | Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR

In May, Tyler, The Creator released IGOR. The release was teased with with short clips of Tyler, The Creator performing songs from the album wearing bright colored suits while rocking a blond wig. Unclear about the aesthetic, but I was into it. And thus it prompted another Halloween idea – another nod to a Hip-Hop … Continue Reading

A Jumpsuit for Pineapple Skies

On April 27th, I attended the Second Annual Sol Blume festival in Sacramento, California. You can read all about my experience here. My modus operandi in preparation for events like Sol Blume, or major events in general, is to make a garment to wear to said event, at the last minute. And that is just … Continue Reading