Posted in Research, The Here and Now


We’ve all seen the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, a commentary on the extreme lack of diversity present in this years Oscars Award Ceremony nominations. Unfortunately this exact same phenomenon occurred with the Brits Awards across the pond. With the majority of its non-white nominees being from the International Artist/Group pool, it only makes sense that the hashtag #BritsSoWhite was birthed.

But this post isn’t about the underrepresentation and underappreciation of musicians of color. This isn’t about the inevitable discrimination against groups that have such an impressive effect on modern/pop culture today. It’s about my (ex) gurl Lianne La Havas.

She’s an amazing artist with songwriting talent seldom paralleled. No songs get to me as much as “Gone” or “Lost & Found.” This post isn’t about her music.

It’s about how she didn’t agree with the #BritsSoWhite hashtag simply because if artists want to be nominated they should “just make good music and [they’ll] be fine.” She called the “horrible horrible” hashtag “racist” which is laughable because its entire purpose is to challenge a discriminatory structure. She completely ignored the fact that power structures keep POC at at disadvantage. It’s silly to look at the Brit Nomination lineup, see the minimal POC present and attribute it to the fact that they’re just not as good as their white counterparts.

This post is probably coming out very angry and “blamey” but I’m allowed to be angry when even people who have huge followings, money, and influence are being swept under the rug because of their race, regardless of their talent. If literal actual celebrities are having trouble making it, what’s gonna become of me and all my not-famous, not-rich POC brothers and sisters?

Lianne is entitled to her opinion but it’s heartbreaking to find out someone you admire doesn’t seem to understand someone as prevalent and important as basic representation.

Posted in Poetry


it’s hard to tell people
out of the blue
how much they mean to you
how much they really mean



you have an eye for all things extremely beautiful
and a little bit broken
so i’m surprised
impressed that you found me
(the complete opposite)

you’re more of a friend to me
than i will ever
be able to express
or reciprocate

ur rad as heck


Posted in The Here and Now

Embrace Your Weakness

No one ever wants to feel like a failure. When we make mistakes we hide them and only ever let them show once we’ve recovered and made it better.

It’s hard to admit that you’re wrong. It’s hard to tell people that you overestimated your abilities. Our egos and our pride don’t allow us to be comfortable with saying, “Hey guys. I messed up. I don’t know where I’m going from here but this is where I am now.”

But failing is all a part of being human. We can’t be superstars 24/7. We need our missteps to guide us in the right direction. There is no perfect individual out there and I think we all need to be more open with our limitations, as terrifying as it may be to do so.

This isn’t to say we should be glorifying mistakes, rather, we shouldn’t be turning away the people who make mistakes: we should be learning from them and appreciating their desire to change. As a result, I think we’ll all stop beating ourselves up over tiny shortcomings.