Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book and building my speaking career! 
You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up. 
You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in age from 20's to 80's. Actor Luke Perry, my middle…

Fantastic Negrito Concert in Oakland was LIT

You must, you must, you MUST buy Fantastic Negrito's album The Last Days of Oakland.

Some of you may have heard of Fantastic Negrito when he beat out 7,000 people in a music contest for NPR. I saw him perform at a private party and he rocked the hell out of the stage. I went home and bought his album immediately. My friend bought his CD right there. Fantastic Negrito is a blend of blues, roots, punk and rock. He recently performed on Empire.

His new album The Last Days of Oakland is about gentrification, racism today and hardships of the working class. He performed live on Friday night for Oakland's monthly First Friday street fair. I rocked out. I get tired of songs about the club and womanizing. His lyrics have depth and many people can relate to what he's talking about.  I'm glad I got a photo with him before he really blows up.

I'll have some special news about Fantastic Negrito very soon. I'm excited!

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