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  1. Terrelle: Character Development

    Date 05 Sep 2017
    Nine years before coaches sat in my house comparing the holocaust to slavery as a recruitment tool before there was a fleet of Honda Accords always double-parked outside; and before television producers pestered him with questions about Freddie Gray, what exactly constitutes a chicken box, and where to get a…

  2. Untitled Fiction June 2017: Part One

    Date 23 Jun 2017
    “What you getting into tonight? You in the house dug?” G knows damn well all I do is sit in the house and watch re-runs of Martin until a “black father” mustache sprouts on my top lip as my cruddy morphs into a bald drop fade. I stared at the…

  3. NORTH EAST LEGENDS BATTLE OF THE RECS by Jabray Franklin & Jeffery Alexander

    Date 25 May 2017
    When I entered the gym to Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School a feeling came over me. Even though it wasn’t my gym I felt a sense of welcoming as soon as I stepped in. Dimmed lights, shimmying wooden floors, and creamed color concrete walls all around, with two sets of wooden…

  4. On Peaking Too Soon: A Tale of Two Ohioans, LeBron James & Shad Moss

    Date 20 May 2017
    In 2000, the Columbus, Ohio born 13 year-old rapper Lil Bow Wow burst onto the scene with his single “Bounce With Me,” rapping about snagging people’s daughters, stacking money, and rocking an iced out Mickey Mouse chain around his neck as Jermaine Dupri gave his best, yet more palatable Diddy-like record executive appearance in the…

  5. I Probably Die Anonymous: On Self Image

    Date 02 May 2017
    I get a lot of flack from my friends about not posting pictures of myself on social media. For a while I didn’t know why I didn’t really do it, maybe it was due to a negative self-image. I’m not sure.  When I started taking photography seriously I consciously avoided…

  6. My Wife Beyonce, I Brag Different

    Date 05 Apr 2017
    Jay and Beyonce are celebrating their ninth anniversary today and all over social media there have been pictures of them marked with #Goals or #RelationshipGoals. I’ve been watching a bunch of Jay Z documentaries and listening to a lot of his music these days, as he’s an inspiration when it…

  7. Jordan Bell and The Paradox of Failure

    Date 02 Apr 2017
    Last night’s final four match-ups lived up to the March Madness billing we’ve all come to expect. Gonzaga withstood South Carolina’s runs in the first game as Przemek Karnowski gave us his best Willis Reed impersonation returning from an eye injury to greatly impact the game in the final minutes. The hot…

  8. Like Kool-Aid 4 Tha Analyst

    Date 31 Mar 2017
    Kendrick dropped this video which prompted me to dance in the middle of a parking lot while trying (and failing) not to shed a thug tear. ‘Humble’ and ‘The Heart pt. 4’ are two earthquakes that measure 9.5’s on the Richter scale putting the rap world on notice while sending Drake and Big…

  9. Watch Out, Watch Out: On “Glowing Up”

    Date 29 Mar 2017
    I feigned sleep again last night like I always do. As I burned the midnight oil watching Jay-Z documentaries and interviews to figure out what makes people great, I could have easily slipped into a youtube psychosis. What may have ensued was a string of black wedding videos, basketball videos, Bilal…

  10. Live & Maintain

    Date 21 Mar 2017
    Ace from Paid In Full has got to be my favorite character in any movie. I know it’s a movie, but he had a lot of endearing qualities that I think about from time to time. He used discretion. He was strategic, and did things his own way. He was mindful…

  11. “I hit the gym all chest no legs”

    Date 17 Mar 2017
    It’s a Kanye line. I wouldn’t do that out of the fear of looking like one of those guys that look like a light bulb, a bright idea. That’s not what I’m going for. During the season while documenting the team I’d break a sweat shooting around before practice those were…

  12. Sweetback’s Theme

    Date 17 Mar 2017
    There’s a saying going around in reference to dating that basically says “be somebody that can do both”. From what I can tell it’s about switching up your style, about wearing sweatsuits and streetwear but also having the ability to look nice in a suit. That’s cool and all, it’s…

  13. Touch The Sky

    Date 14 Mar 2017
    Take ‘em back to the plan / Me and my momma hopped in that U-Haul van” After it became pretty apparent that I wasn’t going to play college basketball I went through a little bit of a phase where I started to experiment with other interests I cultivated while…

  14. Gratitude

    Date 12 Mar 2017
    My alma mater and the team I’ve been documenting since July responded from a loss in the city championship, ran through the state playoffs, and last night won the MPSSAA Class 3A State Championship game by one point.  The moment was pretty surreal as this project has been very personal for…

  15. I Love What I Do

    Date 05 Mar 2017
    Every now and again one of my editors and I talk about how special journalism is in terms of life experiences and connecting with people. I meet people at a certain point in their lives and spend anywhere from a half hour or so to almost a year getting…

  16. The Adultescent and Childhood Mementos

    Date 03 Mar 2017
    I’m almost ten months removed from graduating college to return back home. While there is no pressure to move out immediately there are subtle reminders that let me know that I need to transition into being on my own. Mementos from me and my sister’s childhood gave me a sense…

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