Thought it would be fun to share my 2017 playlist.  I’m sure there are several more I could have added.  Yet each song helped me get through a point of time throughout the year.   Some of the songs are so random yet they caught my ear and allowed me to learn something.  Next time I’ll lay out my mix tape collection!

  • Human by Tank and the Bangas
  • Interlude (god push me) by Tank and the Bangas
  • Add to me by Ledsi
  • Where is the soul by Mamma soul and the N.U.T.s
  • The Exercise by Mamma soul and the N.U.T.s
  • I’d rather be with you by Bootsy Collins
  • 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
  • That’s what I like by Bruno Mars
  • Privacy by Chris Brown
  • Make Love by Chris Brown
  • Get you by Daniel Caesar
  • Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled
  • Can’t Hide Love by Earth Wind and Fire
  • Crowned and Kissed by Esperanza Spalding
  • You can’t always get what you want by Ituana
  • Incapable by Keyshia Cole
  • Mars/Venus by Koffee Brown
  • Lalah Hathaway Live
  • Drive by by Eric Bellinger
  • Goat 2.0 featuring Wale by Eric Bellinger
  • Melanin by the Secret is out
  • Jennifer by Trinidad Cardona
  • Fight for you by Mali Music
  • Royalty by Mali Music
  • Confident by Demi Lovato
  • Sorry not Sorry by Demi Lovato
  • Think about that by Jessie J
  • Queen by Jessie J
  • Learn Ya by 6lack
  • Problems by 6lack
  • Love by Kendrick Lamar
  • Loyalty  Kendrick Lamar
  • Damn  Kendrick Lamar
  • Makeda by Les Nubians
  • Fairplay Kiana Lede
  • I am light by India Arie
  • Rake it up by Yo Gottie
  • Be Great by Kevin Ross
  • Hard to Do by K. Michelle
  • Rachet Commandments by Tink
  • Broken Clocks by SZA
  • Super Model by SZA
  • Pretty Wings by Maxwell
  • Brand New Me by Alicia Keys
  • Fire we make By Alicia Keys and Maxwell
  • Don’t be cruel by Bobby Brown
  • U + Me (love lesson) by Mary J

    Image credit: Krista Franklin


collaborative death of innovation 2017

As I walk into the room

A room that looks vibrant, open, and collaborative

yet with no human life inside

I see smiles.  Yet the movements are not real to my thinking

my sensitivities are at an all time high

this space is not made for creative minds..creative thinking

the dictation admits

Only certain types of minds

to be able to function within this space

while chaos is quietly contained

so sophisticated play is not admitted

my universal mind

is a walking target

my critical view

is forsaken

“I don’t want her working on any projects”

so I’m unseen


and murdered everyday walking in that building

no true love for humankind because original thinkers are looked at as nonhuman

no respect of a new nomenclature of learning

There’s shallowness

that breaths coldness with the space

Whether it’s real or fake

it’s thoroughly made known that only certain people can partake within this turning over of ole bones of a system

Only those who are deemed competent can exist or be semi valued

While the axis of compassion, love, vibrational soul

have no way to live within it

There’s no windows to living plants, no music, no dance, no living rituals that breath fresh air into the atmosphere

Super Egos rule this “game of org” types species

no humility

no fun

no dreams are allowed

Your passions are for our control and take

only disrespect of life

gives you the right credentials to paper create

The system within system within system is built for those who only see numbers, the roi, the  do-what’s told type of thinking…

innovation…that’s a play around word for old homspaien culture

Being revolutionary …creating authenticity within an inauthentic environment

an inauthentic system

means you can get killed, maimed, disgraced and murdered amongst the species of the old system

While going against the grain speaking truth

refusing integration upon deaths door

risk-taking is not valued unless you embrace the colonized mind of dominance

so a white boy can write out a CV of mistakes while embracing congratulations and people like me get a write up, a warning, or no projects.

This is a strange strange place of many strange fruits


rudeness for the sake of research

masked within technological pedagogy

A sad sad sad place without a care for redemption

a collaborative space of killing creative minds with no forgiveness



Image credit by @hypeisdead 

higher ed higher pledge…

Higher ed

Higher pledge

between the threads

you teach

you propel

you dispell

you dish out

how you were lead

how you were shaped to be

through warped ideas

of ideologies

of inferority

of exclusive dominance

as you continuously

chok… the… fuck

out of all the creativity

from me

out of learning

What’s your intent?

Where’s your nobility

in nuturing minds

in loving

in  living

to the passion and desire of

shaping better people

for the greater good…

to create a better existence

yet what I feel, look, see, and touch

are  hidden touch points

of bias viewpoints

of top down culture

focusing on subsets, subcultures, subprofit, subdominance


the differentiation

of all thoughts




curious tinkering

as a detour

to maintain

the supremacy of nineteen hundred year old thinking…

Higher ed,

Higher pledge

to what?

group thought

group walk

group thinking

silos of shame

who can I blame

and non ethical lenses

what are you running from higher ed?

what cards are being played?

while you’re marginalizing

who am

as a disable person

as a veteran

as an immigrant

as a woman

a black woman

a creative

a polymath

of new thinking

what happened to those 21st skills sets you wish to teach and bring forth

through experietial learning

What happened to that entrepreneurial mindset that you wish all your students to seek

as I am here

you exist in fear

So when I say who I am

you then tell me what I can’t be

Higher ed

Higher pledge

                            between the threads

the lines of the lies

marginalizing creative thought

creative thinking…..

photo credit:  @mahanypery by @lucasmennezes for @maybellinenybrasil