[This piece was written for the 15th Anniversary of Erykah Badu’s iconic Mama’s Gun. You can find the original here.]

Fifteen years ago, I borrowed my mother’s copy of Mama’s Gun. The over-50 crowd may not have been Ms. Badu’s assumed demographic, but then again, “Bumpy’s Lament” was just as…

Christian Scott is a Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter, composer, and producer. The nephew of Jazz Saxophonist Donald Harrison, Scott has been called “Jazz’s young style God,” after receiving critical acclaim for both his progressive sound as well as his innovative fashion sense. His most recognizable attribute is a practice known as…

In 2003, Dipset was everything. The pink polo assigned to me by my newfound prep school proclivities were the closest that I would ever get to being Cameron Giles. But in my dreams, diamond-encrusted medallions hung low, overwhelming the paisley crown adorning my head — necessities of a ghetto prince…

A Brief Selection: “Her Keys”

photo: paul pennington

accompanying musical selection:

Claude Debussy — Préludes, Book 1., L. 117, No. 8: La fille aux cheveux de lin

I was never allowed to touch my grandmother’s piano. Standing at an even five feet, this black woman’s stature belies a formidable presence. She isn’t a…

Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity is an upcoming documentary chronicling the life of one of music’s most dynamic figures. Directed by Dorsay Alavi, the project will be comprised of concert footage, personal interviews, and candid behind-the-scenes moments. …

Paul Clabourne

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