Saturday, November 26, 2016

I've been writing.



Also, I have an article on mental health in the December/January issue of EBONY, called "Keeping Your Mind Right While Fighting The Good Fight."


It's about maintaining your mental health situation and balancing your wellness and your wokeness (and activism, explaining, teaching, and engaging).


The issue has four covers, featuring Nas, Ava DuVernay, Simone Biles, and John Legend. You can also read the piece hurr: "Keeping Your Mind Right While Fighting The Good Fight."

I contributed a smooth 40 profiles to last year's Power 100 coverage (in the magazine and on the site).


And was able to finally get "Saint Damita Jo" in print, as the ancestors intended.


But this is my first solo byline in print since ze high school days, when I wrote surly commentary during my time as the occasional editor (there was mucho drama at Sweet Valley High) for our school's newspaper, The Bear Facts. Haven't been able to find it here at home in 1998, Virginia, but I reckon I'll grab a few copies when I get back (home?) to Nueva York.

AND. I wrote about a glorious gluttonous experience I had at Harlem Shake. This encounter made up for a horrid encounter with some horrid macaroni and cheese at this same establishment. We finally relaunched The Extraordinary Negroes and have all kinds of marvelous writing and such from a growing roster of contributors happening over there.



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Get you some merch or whatever.

Good day. I hope this finds you moisturized and in good spirits. If you happen to be in the shopping mood, here's a friendly reminder that I have some crazy, sexy, cool merch happening over in the Colored Boy Store and such. It's a party. For example:


     


Women's "Proud Colored Girl" t-shirt.




Women's "Proud Colored Girl" t-shirt.




and mucho más. Have a gander: Ye Haus of Goodness.
You're so pretty.

Also, catch up on the latest episode of my podcast, The Extraordinary Negroes, here.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Join me in Los Angeles Sunday 12/11 for a Creative Writing Workshop



HEY. Five years, thousands of miles, and [none of your business] pounds later, I am finally returning to Los Angeles to soak up some sunshine. Winter's approach is wearing down on my spirit, so I figure it's time to go West to celebrate my birthday (12/10), catch up with friends and people I've met since leaving, and to eat like hell. My friends are wearing shorts and crop tops while I'm fighting to keep sniffles and ashiness at bay. Life is unfair.

While in Los Angeles, in addition to ze eating (open to recommendations) and recording a few episodes of The Extraordinary Negroes, I will be offering a creative writing workshop for writers of all levels to be able to experiment, share, fellowship, and grow together.

This shall be a one-day writing workshop focused on producing new writing via a series of improvisational writing exercises and group activities. In this welcoming, encouraging environment surrounded by other winners, you will get to work those creative muscles and share what you have written, if you like. By the end of the session, you will have several new pieces of writing that can be expanded into blog posts, essays, book chapters, screenplays, Ava DuVernay-directed masterpieces, etc. Additionally, we will workshop material you bring in for critique, if you decide to.

Bring your fiction or non-fiction completed works or works-in-progress to receive positive, constructive feedback on your writing from me and your fellow writers. If you are bringing work in to be critiqued, please make at least 10 copies in proper manuscript format (no wacky fonts/colors), no more than 1500 words of prose/essay writing, or 15 pages of a screenplay.

What to bring:


  • Your love of writing
  • Pen/pencil and notebook, or
  • Laptop

Who can attend:

This workshop is open to anyone interested in creative writing.


Participants will be capped at 10 to keep this intimate and to ensure everyone has ample time to share.

What: Creative writing and Merriment
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 12PM to 3:30PM
Where: 2146 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018 (between Western and Arlington)
There is onsite parking.

Join me!


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Extraordinary Negroes - Episode 12: "By Any Means Necessary" (feat. Ronnie Man Hatcher of New Era Chicago and Nick Gaines)

Every revolution has a catalyst, and in this episode we chop it up with Ronnie Man Hatcher of New Era Chicago to discuss his decision to spearhead his own in the notorious streets of Chicago. He breaks down his movement, his vision, and his refusal to apologize for uplifting his people by any means necessary. Additionally, Nick can't get enough of Chance The Rapper, Jay reveals his post-Election self-care regimen, and Alex wants you to have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


For your convenience, you can listen and subscribe via iTunes and Soundcloud.

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Support New Era: Merchandise (hoodies/shirts) | To purchase NEC's lemonade: (773)357-6321

Follow Nick: Web | Twitter | LinkedIn

Love The Extraordinary Negroes and help us continue making magic? Check out our Patreon page to see how you can help. You da bess.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Writerly Roundup

I'm writing again. This means the clouds are subsiding. Or something. Here's what I've been up to lately.

"Things To Consider When Starting Therapy" [Very Smart Brothas]
Your therapist is not there to be your best friend or tell you everything you want to hear. 
Given the intimate nature of the client-therapist relationship and the private things you’ll share with your therapist, bonding and developing a warm rapport are natural. Sure, be friendly, cuss like hell and relate over hot comb horror stories. But avoiding a distracting level of personal involvement will help prevent conflicts and confusion about the nature (and limits) of your relationship. Your therapist is providing a service, not working to be the Pam to your Gina.
"Black In The Day: Stage and Screen Mainstays" [Saint Heron]
MC Hammer, “2 Legit 2 Quit” on The Arsenio Hall Show (1991) To be down with Hammer’s 85-person performance squad, you had to be able to slay those frenetic-ass steps on demand, whether in a spandex two-piece and church shoes or a quilted and belted tarp with a hoodie. You had to keep up with a bionic one-man drill team who’ll out-dance you in a couch upholstery zoot suit, six-pound shoulder pads, and boxy Stacy Adams shoes, AND his bionic mini-me. And you might have to sing, too. The man who brought you “Pumps And A Bump” definitely put 245% more effort (and people) into his performances than today’s rappity rappers and shall forever be remembered for his high-energy eight-counts and prolific job creation.
"The Best Parts About Getting Hitched" [Esquire/Jim Beam Black]
3. Teamwork makes the dream work. Facing bills, hardships, difficult decisions, Netflix binge sessions, and aging will be much easier with a partner-in-crime. You can share awesome moments (becoming parents!) and not-so-awesome moments (finding out you're growing ear hair) and kick life's ass together. 
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