See You Next Year…

I will be taking a break until New Year’s Day. Thank you to everyone who has come to and followed my blog this year. I appreciate it! Happy holidays and in the meantime, listen to Seal singing “Fly Like an Eagle” and look at some of my previous posts.

“Fly right into the future!”


It’s The End of the World: Apocalyptic Playlist

I thought I’d do this for fun! When most websites compile lists of their favorite apocalyptic songs and music videos, some of these are probably not the first to come to mind. So, enjoy!

Living Colour – “Time’s Up”

Fishbone – “Party at Ground Zero”

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Modern Griots Interviews: De’ Kridge and The Power In M!O!R!E!

As a writer and entrepreneur, De’ Kridge tells of his inspiring and triumphant story that has led to the formation of his own spiritual mythology and language through his project, “The Power In M!O!R!E!.” Read his story below in my interview with him (Note: read carefully, it may be a lot to take in):

1) Your idea for The Power In M!O!R!E! is compelling. Can you introduce yourself, what you do and how you came to this point in your life?

On this intrinsic journey to claiming a purposeful life, over the last seven years, I have anchored most of my motivation to paying homage to my Great-Grandmother—Ma. Ma was THE one consistent affirmation of love, wisdom, spirituality, compassion, and personal accountability in my life. She use to say, “Trust what you think, and what you feel about people.” The additional seeds of Self-Worth-More, Ma deliberately planted in my mind and heart: hope, forgiveness, inspiration, lending, and of course, change—all of which I am still watering daily.

I am De’ Kridge. De, is the easy version. I was born on the island of Trinidad—of the famed twin-island Trinidad & Tobago, known for the Steelpan/Carnival/and more than one Miss World. I am an entrepreneur/writer, with many additional skills.

Rewind: I first came to the US in 1970. I was thirteen years old. Unknowingly, that first passage has become one of those lifesaving gifts from one of my aunts—The Nun – from which I first became inspired to imagine beyond the confines of my physical dystopia.

Fast forward to around my nineteenth year of who am I? I hated my life! Stuck in emotional dystopia: angry, afraid, and full with resentment for feeling ashamed about being born to so little—and my greatest burden then was the taunting shame of my mother’s rejection. I simply wanted to surrender: cross to No Dream and die from the reality of not being inspired. But my futuristic imagination would not pre-play my doom. I remember making a conscious decision to document everything. I have come to describe that moment as a preordained, quantum beginning—an epiphany if you wish.

I have reasoned, that I made a cognitive decision back then: I would not give up and become shattered from the emotional-darkness of childhood ills, and then simply die as one of those people doomed from conception. However, although I had that epiphany, crossing from that place I have named Oblivion to an isolated junction—inspired and alone with a sense of distant certainty—I was indeed “The Applicant” to choose to effect-and/or-attain my dream—my oaath—self-recognition of my firstworth. That reconnecting to my first-worth-faith, or firstfaith if you wish, did not accompany all the emotional intelligence I needed for mastering tasks-to-goals, and goals-to-my-firstworth. No way!

In fact, the necessary-emotional-intelligence I needed would come in drops, as if from a leaking faucet, and I would struggle for years, learning how to effectively use My Motion! My Order! My ability to RiiThink! And my intent to positively Effect!

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Modern Griots Review: Afro-Cinematique at ImageNation

largeAlthough at last night’s Afro-Cinematique showcase at ImageNation for five award-winning short films, which film student Lauren Elizabeth Brown curated, seemed to have no common theme, I would like to suggest that of the relationship between contact and alienation.

Despite some technical difficulties, I was glad to see these independent films were available and the audience had access to the filmmakers, where otherwise this would have been difficult to have in the past. The featured films were Say Grace Before Drowning, which I saw before, The Man in the Glass Case, White Space, Cherry Waves and Record/Play, the film I actually came to the event to see.

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Otherworldly Videos: The Kids Are Dangerous

Imani Coppola – “The Kids Are Dangerous” (This video is for those who think about the psychological terror and fears of living in this world as a young person, including myself as one. I’ve been listening to the song nonstop.)

From the album, The Glass Wall

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Art of This World: Nathan Jalani Taylor

After creating a list of items that I found on Zazzle, one of the shops that stood out to me was Nathan Jalani Taylor’s, so here is my spotlight on him. I was immediately drawn to his art; it had a Alex Grey vibe to it. His artworks reminds me of church stain-glass windows with a kind of supernatural glow in them.

More Nathan Jalani Taylor videos below:

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Modern Griots Review: Tunde Olaniran’s “The Second Transgression”

“Kill or Be Killed”

Singer Tunde Olaniran continues his disorientation from the norm through his hybridizing of sounds, styles (ex. electronic, rock, afro-beat, house, hip-hop, pop), identities and thoughts in his The Second Transgression.  The five-track EP presents a dark, dramatic soundscape that lends well to fantasy visual, as in his video above for “Kill or Be Killed.” The appropriately titled first-track “2.0,” which features Flobots rapper Jonny 5, has a flipbookish quick-changing beats and synth with Olaniran melodically flowing within the mix. The song gives an impression of the singer searching through the different pieces of himself to create a new seamless self. “Autonomous” with its distorted guitars and heavy beats describes the battle of trying to forget feelings for a lost love as if programmed to be automatic in his system despite his refusal.

In “Sun Goes Down”, the edgier distortion of sounds complements the kind of horror “werewolf” or “Dr. Jeklyll and Mr. Hyde” double-identity theme of the lyrics: “Don’t point over there/it’s because you never like what you see in the mirror/you’re missing your crown/in the day you’re just a man/ but when the sun goes down.” “Kill or Be Killed,” with its pulsating electro-bass and drums, expresses a painful love (“love kills”) that is teetering on the edge towards complete destruction. Finally, the first-released single, “Brown Boy,” is a detour from the other tracks on the EP, a celebration of being proud of who you are even as you are on the margins. Sampling singing Chinese school children and a police chief’s retirement speech, it is a victory song and crown to top off the ritualistic struggles embedded in the other tracks.