“I know how to build a business. First you gotta get the black people to do it to get the white people to do it. Then you gotta get the black people to stop doing it. One step at a time” (The Office).

This is a quote from season 8, episode 9 of The Office, spoken by Dwight Schrute who, in this specific episode, was discussing his marketing strategy in the building of his newly started gym business. As the nature of The Office goes, this quotation was an ironic commentary on the societal notion of black culture and the…


Taken out of context, this quote may contain, to its reader, no pertinent or tangible meaning. And so I ask, if you will, to picture this scene. It is a blistery New York City day and a narrator explains that we are looking at the Rosedale Projects in Queens. The camera zeros in on a figure stepping out of a parked white Mercedes. It is Sincere, the narrator and one of two main characters in Hype Williams’s 1998 film, Belly, a scene from which I am…




In reflecting upon my far-from-finished spiritual journey in this life, I felt it would be an injustice not to begin this piece with this Kanye West lyric — as it is one lyric among many (this one, however, being the most poignant) that have provided the catalyst for the personal journey of finding my faith. That said, I guess you could also partially say I found my love for hip-hop with the assistance of…

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