By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
      Or does it explode?
I hope you’ve missed me.
I’m done putting things off.
I’m done procrastinating.
I’m going to do better as a writer, blogger, journalist.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia Presents:”Keepers of the Culture”


The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents: Keepers of the Culture – LADIES FIRST: STORIES OF COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS

This is a part of the African American Museum’s summer long celebration of PhilAesthetic: the Black Arts Movement.

Join Philadelphia-based educational organization Keepers of the Culture for this special in-community presentation. Recognizing the role of the storyteller in African and African American communities, Keepers of the Culture will engage its Griots in collective community empowerment through the art of storytelling. Ladies First will recount the contributions of Sade Alexander, Louise Williams Bishop, Joan Myers Brown, and Falaka Fattah, four distinctive community builders, who provided the context for our political cultural leadership, told in their own words through dramatic monologues by master storytellers.” Source

Date: Sat Aug 5th @ 1:00pm
Location: New Freedom Theatre1346 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA



See you there!!












New Docu-Series: Shades


“The DMV means the realest.”- Shades

Shades (the DMV) is an unscripted series focusing on the lives of young African American men and women residing in the District of Columbia.

A group of DC natives will document their experiences in expressing culture, overcoming racial opposition, discovering their heritage and their involvement in real events in their community.

The creators of Shades-the-DMV (Love Nafi & Nadia Marie Sasso) have a mission of changing our generation’s (millennials’) perception of our community and the world as a whole.


Watch the official trailer:


“The docu-series is focused on Afro- millennial’s starting a creative collective and delving into concepts of culture, race, and heritage while living in the DC metropolitan area. Think Black Ink Crew meets MTV Diary- with a contemporary afro aesthetic – and without the extra added superficiality of the current reality TV medium. Cast members include key players in afro- influenced pop culture- models, athletes, media moguls, and musicians.” Source

Read more about the creation of Shades, meet the cast members, and subscribe to the mailing list for a chance to win exclusive prizes (& immediate updates about casting and production) here.

The cast of Shades are currently asking for support and/or donations in anticipation of their launch.

Keep an eye of for @shadesthedmv as it is set to launch this fall.

Learn more about creating and pitching your unscripted docu-series for reality television here.


#NeverEverEverEverGIVEUP : I’ll Take Trap-spiration for 1017 Alex!

Tired of being let down by [some of] social media’s content? Were you recently exposed to a gruesome murder or a random subway fight on Facebook? Feeling like your President is letting you down? Is that annoying co worker subtweeting you again??

Well, here’s an inspirational boost:  Gucci Mane has been on a motivational kick lately, I don’t know if this is just the promo for his upcoming autobiography, but I’m 100 percent here for the positive vibes he’s been giving all summer ’17.

Here’s some #TRAPspiration for you:







Everyone can benefit from creating a positive mindset and speaking positivity into existence…


And he keeps it coming…



My personal favorite #GUWOP :


Not that you need another reason to stare at your phone all day, but since you’re going to anyway, it might as well uplift you.

No need to look too hard for inspiration, get your daily dose of trap-spiration here: @gucci1017

Keep an eye out for Gucci Autobiography set to release this upcoming fall:


Pre-order it here.

Put Your Next Flight On Layaway With “Airfordable”

Ama Marfo, recent Drexel University graduate and frequent international flyer created an affordable way to travel through her start-up company “Airfordable.”


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As a student at Drexel, Marfo could not afford to foot the bill to visit her family home in Ghana during semester breaks:

“I wanted to see my family in Ghana during school breaks, but couldn’t afford the $2,000 ticket,” she recalled. “I stayed in the dorm alone or with other international students who couldn’t go home. Because of this personal frustration, I set out to determine how to make travel more accessible.” -Ama Marfo

Marfo ultimately took her disadvantage and created an opportunity. Airfordable is making traveling around the world more realistic for people with low income.

Here’s how it works:

Airfordable is a web based company allowing travelers to enroll in a (low interest rate) micro loan to help pay for flights and assists in repayment.

With Airfordable travelers are required to submit a snapshot of their travel itinerary, an initial deposit is paid, and payment arrangements are set up to pay off the remainder of the flight through affordable installments (installments that can be made all the way up to the date of the departure).

One of the biggest differences between this micro loan and a personal loan is that this service can be provided without a hard inquiry into your credit. This increases the chances of approval for people with fair to poor credit.

Inspired to help individuals in the same predicament, especially international college students, Marfo has created a successful business helping people fly on a budget.

According to Forbes, since 2015 Airfordable has assisted at least 10,000 travelers to finance their flights and travel on a budget. Future expansion includes micro loans for vacation packages, hotels, etc.


When you put on for your city: it’s Lee Mazin!

Philadelphia’s own Hip Hop/ Rap artist Lee Mazin & friends are hosting a Philadelphia high school tour.

This exclusive high school tour gives an opportunity for young people to socially engage with one another through music and the overall opportunity to just have fun in a positive way.



It’s always a good look to see people who are from the community make it to a higher status and give back. In this instance, it’s beneficial to young people.



One time for the culture.


This tour kicked off in April and will continue on this month. So far some schools that have been visited include Mastbaum, Dobbins &Randolph. Ten more high schools being added this month.



If you want Lee Mazin at your school head to her Instagram page and let her know.



Catch a few clips from the high school tour below:


Twitter: @leemazin





I am the stone that builder refused
I am the visual
The inspiration
That made lady sing the blues

I’m the spark that makes your idea bright
The same spark
That lights the dark
So that you can know your left from your right

I am the ballot in your box
The bullet in your gun
The inner glow that lets you know
To call your brother son
The story that just begun
The promise of what’s to come
And I’m ‘a remain a soldier till the war is won