On Rewarded Activism vs. Punished Activism

Editors Note: This post emerged from a commentary I made on Facebook while watching the BET Awards on Sunday evening. Yes, I watched. Don’t screw your face up like that at me, I turned in my “woke card” for the night. I made a commentary on the contrast between the recognized activism of Chance the Rapper, and the marginalized and punished activism of Colin Kaepernick. Below are my comments, for the purpose of clarification. -M.P. To make it crystal clear about why I said what I said earlier about the highlighted activism of Chance The Rapper, I maintain the following. On...
Prodigy of Mobb Deep Passes Away at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep Passes Away at 42

The rap game is losing so many of its great artists. As I am sure you have all heard by now, Prodigy of Mobb Deep passed away today at 42.  As was widely known, he suffered from sickle cell anemia his entire life. Prodigy was one half of the Queens rap duo, Mobb Deep, a group that was a staple of 1990’s New York hip-hop. Along with Havoc, Prodigy laid down some of the toughest verses in rap. Besides Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep was one of those groups that defined the sound of East Coast rap. Their most popular song...

Father’s Day: What It Means To Me

Greetings my readers. It’s Father’s Day weekend, and a time of reflection on parenthood from a man’s perspective. While it’s actually tomorrow, I just have a few thoughts that I would like to put out there.  On this site, I have talked about the influence of my late father. I won’t revisit that in this post, as I have also talked about him in my second book. Instead, I will talk about my own experiences.  As some of you know, I have a daughter. Thinking about the past few years, I consider how it has changed how I view things....
George Clinton and Main Source Rock Summer Stage in Queens

George Clinton and Main Source Rock Summer Stage in Queens

If you’re looking for something fun to do this Summer, CityParks Summer Stage 2017 is among the many activities available to the public. A series of concerts offered all around the five boroughs, Summer Stage 2017 has over 100 free events. Sponsored by Capital One Bank, this year’s summer stage is featuring some great artists. Some of the upcoming shows feature people like Slick Rick, Capone N Noreaga, KRS-One, and Vivian Green. On Sunday, June 11th, I had the opportunity to see George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic  as part of the “Only in Queens” Summer Festival. Also on the bill...