Sports has an interesting way of being analogous to life. When in the midst of a debate or conversation, I’ve found that an effective way to get a point across so that it is understood the way you intended it to be is to use sports examples that serve as anchors to your message. What better way to explain how fucked up a your job is, and how that fucked-up-ness is a result of top-down chaos (more on that at a later date), than by citing a dysfunctional sports franchise as a case study for the expression of your plight? So it wasn’t surprising to me when I came to the revelation that my status as a Kobe Bryant fan wasn’t merely a representation of my sports heritage, but a reflection on generational change as well. [Read more…]
Growing up in a multicultural environment presented me with a unique opportunity. I could adopt a worldview which differed from that of a person whose immediate environment is, for lack of a better term, homogenous.
I came of age surrounded by people from different backgrounds. In fact, my high school was broken down into a 65% Hispanic, 30% Black, 5% “other” demographic. There were more non-white “others” who attended my high school than actual white kids. That’s not to say that I didn’t have any white friends, because I did. I had three of them. Aside from them, every other human that I associated with was Black, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Venezuelan, and so on. [Read more…]
Hip-hop’s history doesn’t need to be rehashed. To those who identify themselves as fans of the art-form, the history of rap music and by extension hip-hop culture is rich and complicated, albeit relatively new. What began as a form of rebellious expression against the sociopolitical status quo has evolved into a billion dollar entertainment medium that has served as a means for people from different walks of life to come together and learn not what separates them, but what brings them together. [Read more…]