(a follow-up to last year’s list)
I’m also thankful for…
I was driving home this morning and something happened that made me instantly think of a caption and a social network. Now, what that something was, I can’t tell you. That’s how insignificant it was. But my immediate reaction was to share some clever mess online in hopes of being showered with likes, comments and retweets.
That experience and internal dialogue is not uncommon. About an hour before writing this, I pulled out my copy of “August: Osage County” and found a ticket stub from Brown University’s 2009 Spring Weekend. Somehow my mind drifted past the mesmerized feelings I’d had during my first crack at Brown’s legendary SPRING WEEKEND and instead went straight to “Ooo! Let me Instagram this!” I know I’m not the only one whose mind operates this way.
Thoughtful Thursday Music: “The Joy,” Milo&Otis (2013)
I’m so incredibly excited to share this beautiful video with you all today! As I wrote earlier this year, Milo&Otis is an amazing Chicago-based duo, made up of two of my classmates from Brown University. Their debut album “The Joy,” released in May 2012, features 11 tracks of soulful goodness, including a love song featuring Chance the Rapper. If you don’t want to take my word for it, just read the news; Milo&Otis has been featured in magazines, newspapers (Washington Post, anyone?) and “artists to watch out for” lists for a minute now.
These two deserve all the shine they receive and more. Please support them by listening and sharing their music - thank you in advance!
TODAY’S TASK: “Look at your life, look at the joy you give!” Have faith, no matter what.
The Black Creatives at Work (#BCAW) series is back! We’re promoting more young, innovative black creatives across the country who use their written, verbal, visual and musical skills to build a community. This week, you’ll get to know these people and projects:
Flashback Fridays: “Hangin’ On A String (Contemplating),” Loose Ends (1985)
Some of you may hear this and think of Wiz Khalifa, but my mind goes back to being stuck in the backseat, listening to WHUR and MAJIC 102.3 while my parents ran errands.
Though I hated what I perceived as a lack of choice back then, I’ll forever be grateful that my mother and father were always in complete control of the radio. Without their strictness, I’d be severely lacking in old school knowledge and Love’s Holiday wouldn’t exist today. So thank you, past generations, and have a very happy, funky Friday!
Not-So-New Music: “On & On (LAKIM Remix),” Erykah Badu (2013)
Shout out to my home state for cultivating great producers (see Timbaland and Pharrell)! LAKIM hails from Virginia and reworked the Badu classic in early 2013.
The track comes from “Reinterpretations,” a project he put out with Potholes In My Blog. Download the 6-track album for free, then check out his Soulection-backed “Esoteric" EP and new remix of Young Dro’s hit "FDB.”