Now I work as an Associate Director in Admissions and help coordinate multicultural recruitment and retention initiatives with a local college in the area. I also work with a lot of community based organizations to promote and implement better means of college access and financial aid to marginalized students. I do a lot of traveling for my job (New Orleans, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, NYC, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Arizona, all over New England, etc.)
Since I just moved to the area of New England, I was hoping to meet some cool people and hopefully make some good friends along the way. It would be nice to find somebody who can show me around the area and introduce me to some cool spots.
Basketball has been one of my favorite sports since 8 years old. I enjoy playing whenever I get some down time and can find my way to the courts.
Cooking, hiking, and boxing have come back into my hobbies over the past year.
My wordplay. I have been told that my speech flows in the most natural of ways:)
Currently (and subject to change on a daily basis):
Books: Langston Hughes Short Stories, Hunger Games, Jazz by Toni Morrison, Machiavelli's The Prince, Black Boy, Native Son, Anything by Shakespeare, Aristophanes, The Godfather, Walt Whitman, Poetry of Claude McKay, The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Amaru Shakur, There Eyes Were Watching God , Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Sanctuary by William Faulkner, and Things Fall Apart, James Baldwin
Movies: Lots of Documentaries (especially on music, boxing, and history), O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Godfather (Parts I, II, and III), The Blues Brothers, Rita y Chico, The Departed, Pineapple Express, 40 Year Old Virgin, Heavyweights, Anything by Spike Lee, Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, Kick-Ass, Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, Juice, Superbad, A Bronx Tale, Knocked Up, Beetlejuice, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 12 Angry Men, The Fifth Element, Ciudad de Dios, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Angels in the Outfield, old school Kung Fu films (Shaw Brothers basically), The Enforcer (a Humphrey Bogart throwback for ya'll who wit me) and several more.
Shows: The Wire, The Killing, Seinfeld, Shameless, Breaking Bad, Blacklist, Luke Cage Better Call Saul, Atlanta, Preacher, Trevor Noah-Daily Show, Sherlock, The Wayans Brothers, Martin, Hey Arnold, The Walking Dead, SNL, Chappelle Show, Modern Family, In Living Color, Flight of the Concords, The Twilight Zone, Malcolm in the Middle, Arrested Development, Louie, 30 Rock, lots of comedy, and so on.
Music: OutKast, D'Angelo, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, the entire O, Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack, Sade, The Heavy, Janelle Monae, Brahms, 2pac, YG, A Tribe Called Quest, Cake, The Temptations, Timbaland and Magoo, Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, Aaliyah, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Prince, Canned Heat, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, The Rolling Stones, Bach, Handel, Big Daddy Kane, D'Angelo, Regina Spektor, Mayer Hawthorne, Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Schoolboy Q, Tech n9ne, DMX, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, REM, Erykah Badu, Wu-Tang Clan, White Stripes, Jack White, The Heavy, Amy Winehouse, Ace of Base, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Jodeci, Dru Hill, The Cranberries, Frank Ocean, The Allman Brothers, George Gershwin, Dizzy Gillespie, REM, Charles Mingus, Ol Dirty Bastard, Redman, Jurassic 5, GangStarr, Snoop Dogg, Mobb Deep, Joey Bada$$, The Fugees, Dave Brubeck, Muddy Waters, Bach, Eva Cassidy, Howlin Wolf, KMD, MF Doom, Eva Cassidy, Mofro, Horace Silver, De La Soul, Gorillaz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, NWA, TLC, James Brown, The Black Keys, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Miles Davis, Wu Tang Clan, Missy Elliot, Cypress Hill, Maria Callas (I love some good opera:) Isaac Hayes, The Alabama Shakes, Gary Clarke, Jr., Etta James, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Booker T and the MGs, and many, many, many more.
Food: Anything. Very fond of Italian, Thai, and Southern BBQ.
A good whiskey, bourbon, or scotch.
My father's watch.
The touch of a woman.
How Aziz Ansari's description of the current dating scene is spot on (and saddens me): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UM_x7eUSaE
My narrative and the legacy I hope to leave behind.
Current state of education for my brothers and sisters.
Starting to get back into dancing. Mainly hip hop and salsa. Looking for a partner to help me get back on it. Would like to learn a couple more styles, so I'm all ears :) And I love to go to lives shows: rap, rock, bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk, classical, anything! I try to mix it up.
I have been playing harmonica with a couple of the local guitar players and bands in the Pioneer Valley as of late. So you might catch me at an open mic or performing at a live show.
Some chess, cooking, and records for the most quiet of evenings.