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The month of May is recognized as Mental Health Month since 1949. Growing up, the focus has always been placed on spiritual and physical health. A few years ago I became super interested in the state of my own mental health. I came to find that my mental health was the pillar that held my entire life together and needed […]

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Try Something New: Cigars

I’ve decided to start a new series for Pretty Dope Right called Try Something New. If you’ve been reading faithfully, you’ve noticed that I blog about a variety of things from album reviews, personal stories, interviews etc. I’m just all over the place most days. While many of the posts are interesting, I thought it’d be even cooler to share […]

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Giants

Spoiler alert. If you haven’t watched Giants, please stop here. If you claim to be a supporter of Issa Rae and haven’t seen it, I’m disappointed in you but still, stop here, go watch and donate. Giants is a YouTube series created by James Bland, that follows a group of friends that are dealing with life’s pressures. The show is set in Los Angeles, California. The characters include Malachi, Journee and Ade. Malachi is a 29 year old black male struggling to pursue passions while trying to avoid a divine calling on his life that he hasn’t quite figured out yet. In Season 1, he finds himself becoming a male escort, getting evicted, moving in with his friend Ade and having the purpose of his dreams about running, drowning and being kidnapped revealed to him by a random stranger at the bus stop. Journee is a 29 year old black female suffering from manic depression which has taken complete control of her life. The depression has caused her to lose her job and even spend days in bed crying and vomiting. She and Malachi were sharing living spaces prior to the eviction. She then moves in with her sister but the depression forces her sister to put her out, sending her to crash with Malachi and Ade. Journee meets a guy on Tinder but the relationship doesn’t last long as he and his ex patch things up, sending her into a […]

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Tangled

So I’m only a few months shy of my ten year high school reunion. Yes it’s already been ten years since the Northern Vance High School Class of 2008 has been together. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting Mr. Pearce’s AP English class being convinced that Emily Dickinson was the greatest American poet. If no one else, […]

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Issa Celebration: The Space Heater

For those of you that aren’t familiar with what a space heater is, just think of it as a house warming for business owners. This was the concept behind The Space Heater event this weekend, hosted by my good friend Erin. So who the hell is Erin you ask? Erin Pettiford-Watson is a licensed massage and body work therapist with […]

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You’re Not Communicating

There are a million ways to communicate And yet you choose the one We go from everyday to nonverbal to every now and then, then straight to none   The I’m busy Oh i forgot to send the text I’m adding them to your collection of excuses And wondering what’s next   We make a conscious effort for the things that we want to make time for Perhaps you don’t wanna make the conscious effort for me anymore   We used to say good morning Now we say nothing at all We used to say how is your day And now you don’t even answer my calls   The message you’re sending Is that i should probably cut and run Because I’m not high enough on your priority level And we all know that’s no fun   Being put on the back burner While everything else is on the forefront But as soon as your dick misses me Communication with me is priority level one   Oh wait it’s not like that Don’t be like that Don’t do me like that It is what it is It’s just x it’s just y it’s just z No, i get it kid   Communication requires a sender And a receiver And right now this communication Has neither   We were so excited in the beginning When we exchanged numbers And now you seem to struggle to remember To even send a smoke […]

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Everything You Own in a Box to the Left

I’m moving……AGAIN. This is the third time that I’ve moved in three doggone years. I swear that I don’t do it deliberately. It just kinda happens. But I knew about a month in that I would be leaving this spot as soon as the lease was up. I was hoodwinked, swindled and bamboozled. And finally the time has come. Tomorrow is moving day. And guess what I’ve packed? Not a damn thing. I just don’t feel like boxing up anything. I have way too much mess. It’s even worse that I never truly know what I have until it time to move. After sharing the small studio with Chris while on vacation, I realized that I’m a hoarder. There. I admitted it. That’s the first step right? I came back home and felt cluttered in my own space. Each new apartment keeps getting bigger and bigger so I buy more crap to fill the space. I could very easily live with less……the bare necessities. That being said, I’m getting rid of a few things. All the mental and emotional unpacking that I’ve done, yet somehow I forgot to get rid of the physical stuff as well. Clothes, books, shoes…..ya know….all the major culprits. So……I decided to share a few things that I forgot to consider when moving Fees Movers or friends/family to help? Renting a UHaul Boxes Connection fees (utilities, cable/internet) Location Proximity to work (cause gas ain’t cheap) Safety […]

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To Live and Die in LA

This was the first vacation/baecation of 2018. What better way to bring in birthday twenty eight than in the city of angels. It also gave me the idea to start detailing the logistical sides of my travels. Traveling is more affordable than most people think if you simply plan ahead. So before I get into the details, here are some […]

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