The 2017 Wrap Up

Sometimes you need to share some of your soul with someone to remember how far you’ve come! As 2017 began to wind down, I became exceptionally eager to say ‘so long!‘

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Gone But Never Forgotten!

Studying theology in itself is an honor, but to step into the infamous Riverside Church weekly where classes are held is overwhelming. I often reflect on the rich, tremendous history that building holds: the legendary guest speakers, the musicians and activists I’ve loved who’ve been eulogized there, the community events that I’ve attended – wow!

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And then what…?

The NFL boycott that gained notoriety and spread like wildfire through social media outlets has really left me a bit befuddled. I absolutely applaud Colin Kaepernich for taking a stance against the racial atrocities and apparent lack of value that the lives of blacks hold, by kneeling on one knee during the singing of the national anthem in protest. However, the question that I have raised on numerous occasions with the scholarly individuals that I

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Disgraceful World Around Us!

A few days ago I posted a picture of a clear sky with a pillow of clouds and a moon that was natural & beautiful. It struck me because there's so much evil & bitterness around us ~ which is painful to witness. Yesterday's events in Hempstead, NY and Charlottesville, VA are absolutely disgraceful and mind-blowing.

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So much on my mind…

I ran across an image that speaks volumes about my brain. There is so much going on in my life that my brain often continuously works to set up priorities.

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‘Thank you, Black Music Month!’

Someone slapped a label on June as a month to celebrate Black Music, and this year I ran with it – though I’ve cherished music on a daily basis!

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Inner Reflections

Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and reflect on what exactly is happening within you, and around you. 

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Thru The Fire!

I heard a song yesterday that was so representative of my journey that I chair-danced and praised my way from Queens to Hempstead and back, windows down, hair flying, volume way up and smiling hard! At red lights, I didn’t look left or right and cared not if anyone was watching ~ I was in my own space.

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Lady Alma: Cherish & Bless Her

Music has been a tremendous blessing to me. I have unexpectedly built friendships that will take me through this lifetime. I thank God for giving me a spirit that I have where business ties often become personal and filled with love.For those who are unfamiliar with the sister in this picture, Lady Alma Horton (https://www.facebook.com/TheRealLadyAlma/), take a moment to visit her page, check her out on YouTube or google her. She’s a bad chick, for

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Can Music Give Me: Reciprocal Love Again?

I can’t seem to get the dialogue out of my head that PJ Morton dropped during his intimate New York listening party earlier this week. There was so much knowledge shared about the industry/indie artists in such a crowded space to shine one above the other/radio today/creating music that you love, not a generic project that doesn’t feel good to your soul that others try to push you to create. And, I really fell in

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My name is…

Detrel, I am 45+ years of age and I was born to Helen & Oliver at Westchester Square Hospital in the fine borough of the Bronx – a place where stars are born and bred! I’m here to leave my mark on a world that hasn’t always been so kind to me.  I refuse to allow the foolish ways of others to deter me from the path that God has ordained for my life. The

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Flashback: The Hempstead TSS Record Department

The best job I have ever had was working in the record department at TSS in Hempstead, NY. During my high school years, and school breaks when I went up to Buffalo State College, I could not wait to get back to work. My love of music was fed in the same manner that you would pour lighter fluid on a barbecue pit to ignite a flame! 

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Cupid’s Hunt 10th Anniversary Mix: When Love Goes Awry – Part 1

Anyone who has lived long enough knows that love relationships can be far from perfectly happy moments all of the time. But, what about when things just start to fall apart? When you know that you need to let it go because you see it fading fast?

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Blessed!

sometimes you have to stop, take stock in your own life and acknowledge just how blessed you are in spite of your journey … my best days are ahead and the sun will keep shining!

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And then I Cried…

So many heartfelt losses during 2016. The tears rolled down my cheeks, and an ugly cry welled up in my throat (Kashif, Prince, Sis. Afeni, Colonel Abrams, George Michael, Phife, Natalie Cole, Maurice White, Vanity, Sharon Jones, Billy Paul, on & on)!

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Joey Gallant: Makes You Stop & Listen!

Remember the video of the soulful mochalatte crooner paying tribute to President Obama that made its way to every inbox when the world realized we were heading for a horrid 4 years under the leadership of the new person occupying the Oval Office? Well, here’s another offering from Joey Gallant that will simply make you ‘pause!’ There isn’t much to say except, “shhh please listen!”

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Coming in 2017…

Sometimes you have to step out of the shadows in your own life when you realize that the life you thought you’d be living is not the life for you after all! #truestory

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Freedom

Independence ~ Self Assuredness 

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A Concerning Observation!

Last night, one of my very best friends treated me to a show featuring Charlie Murphy and D.L. Hughley, with Terry Hodges as the opening comedian as an early birthday gift. Anyone who really knows me, knows that I can just sit and ogle at D.L. for days — he’s been deemed my ‘next lifetime husband’ (snickering)!

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Living: Inhaling/Exhaling & Smiling!

So FYI ~ a vacation doesn’t always involve sandy beaches/airports or passport stamps ~ but when that word hasn’t been in your vocabulary for 5 years, and you know that it’s time ~ you plan to do things that you’ve wanted for quite a while and you make it a reality! On the day that I created a facebook photo album, I had a date to see a LADY! (a green lady who stands 305

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