I wonder if da vinci would say things are moving too fast

I recently started to ponder about creative content in 2021. Going further, I thought about my own creative process. And a question that continued to circulate in my head has been, “How did I ever get anything done in school?” Knee-jerk reaction? Deadlines. Grading systems. Fear of failure. But against all that was something a bit more subtle in my creative process. My ability to start and finish something came with time and focus.

So often I feel like we live in an whirlwind of “pics or it didn’t happen” or “have you monetized yet?” We don’t want to feel like failures by not capturing our up moments (or what society deems is up) or being exploited. As someone who considers themself a creative person, I’m constantly stating so behind a mask. There is a thin veil in front of my eyes that makes me constantly say, “You’re a fraud. You haven’t created something in weeks!” Everything I achieved gone in moments. Suddenly I’m a liar for saying I’m a creative because I’m not doing it at that exact moment. Or I don’t have the nicest staged pictures to prove it. It’s almost like my brain can’t settle down enough to accept what we’ve accomplished because before I can applaud the moment, someone else has had that moment several times over. And I’m just not moving fast enough.

I had thought back to my favorite class growing up: Art. You work a piece for about an hour. Come back to it the next day and work it for an hour again. And then you just keep doing that for a semester until you have something. Full stop. You have something. Maybe it isn’t complete. Maybe it isn’t the best. Maybe it should be hung in a gallery or tossed in the trash. But you have something. A slow, constant work manifested itself into something.

But in today’s work, every hour not spent with some form of gratification seems as if a waste. “You spent time drawing today? Did you film it? Did you sell it? Is someone going to pay for it?” thoughts spew out of other’s mouths until eventually they become your own thoughts. It’s tragic honestly. Bills do not stop because you need to pace yourself. I get it. But somewhere between childhood and adulthood I feel like we’ve fallen out of understanding with time. I used to be excited to share my work. Now I’m too far behind the latest trend by the time it’s complete that only a handful of people care to see my random, poorly lit creation.

I’m currently struggling with working a project for no more than the sheer enjoyment in creating. Writing a book takes time. Perfecting your hand at drawing or calligraphy, takes time. I practice both everyday. I want to better learn how I can pace myself and be comfortable that, well, nothing gratuitous is coming.

I often go in museums and hear about how long it had taken an artist to complete some work of theirs. And yes, they were getting paid. But the matter that creative endeavors take time and practice is something I feel myself and so many other creatives I know let slip from us. I want to make things slower. Is that even possible in the digital age? I’m not sure… but by the end of my process I’ll have something.

I’ve tried using planners, apps, anything to help me better realize that everything is in smaller pieces. I mean, that’s sketching 101, right? I’ve also realized that everything has a price tag. Assuming you can just sit at home and pace yourself all day is unrealistic for most. However, against all that I get 24 hours in a day, and I don’t need to have it all resolved in that 24. I need to understand that it is absolutely okay that things take time. I’m not falling behind, failing, or mismanaging. Creative things take time. And whether good or bad, I wonder if the artists of yesterday think things are quite frankly, moving too damn fast.

Black People are Always the Last to Receive but the First to Test

In recent news, the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer has rolled out to the United States and “high-risk” healthcare workers are the first to be injected with the novel vaccine. In most cases, this achievement has been met with the excitement and joy the American people felt when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. However, there is a sizable demographic of Black Americans with a less than lukewarm reception for this milestone.

Let’s take a short trip down memory lane of America’s past with Black people. The obvious location to start is slavery but going there seems almost too easy (and almost too easy for naysayers to dismiss). I will skip the parts about Black people getting the worst parts of animals to live on, the shacks they were given when too old to work, and the obvious lack of payment for their labor (this needs no source, it’s called slavery). Instead, I will start at the point Black people became second-class citizens (there really is no other word for it because we are moving into reconstruction and Jim Crow). During this period of time, the medical community alone injected Black men with syphilis for 40 years, Black women were used a gynecological guinea pigs, the recent statistics on the maternal morbidity rate for Black women, Henrietta Lacks, just to name a few.

In the New York Times article, “U.S. Starts Vaccine Rollout as High-Risk Health Care Workers Go First,” there is an almost insidious message sitting at the helm of the term “high-risk”. For anyone who has been paying attention in 2020, Black people have been increasingly referred to as “high-risk” for the novel coronavirus. With this knowledge and historical context, it is increasingly odd that of all the people to first try this new vaccine, it is a Black woman. When administered the vaccine she said, “I want people who look like me and are associated with me to know it’s safe.” I’m no linguistic specialist, but I know public relations preparation when I see it.

In Clubhouse rooms, across Twitter, and pretty much anywhere Black and white people co-inhabit, the discussion around who will be taking the vaccine has occurred. Our first Black woman Vice-President was even asked this question during an earlier debate. In hindsight, the question alone must force you to ask, “Was this another tactic to get a Black woman to rally Black people into taking a vaccine? Was Kamala’s answer to not trusting a Trump/Pence vaccine enough?” Or what about Dr. Fauci being sure to say, “So, the first thing you might want to say to my African American brothers and sisters is that the vaccine that you’re going to be taking was developed by an African American woman. And that is just a fact.” If you have read this far, you may have already noticed that most of my above list who suffered at the hands of medical practitioners was Black women. Something seems unsettling.

In all of this conversation around the vaccine, it must be taken into account that Black Americans are often the first to be boxed out of all prosperous opportunities and the first to be used in trials and tests. Let’s take another trip down America’s Black memory lane: red-lining, food deserts, unemployment rates, jobs in the service/ “essential-workers” industry, medical malpractice, and access to educational opportunities. The list goes on. For the first time in what feels like forever, Black Americans were put first for something that has the chance to be prosperous and important. But, the media feeding the idea that they need to be the first ones administered a vaccine (created at a speed never seen before) because they are dying in abundance, seems less than noble. Unfortunately, Black Americans have been suffering and dying at the hands of greater inflictions for years, but reformative justice is continually on the chopping block.

One thing is for certain, this vaccine is rolling out and Americans are watching their stocks. Take that particular word as need be because the horse can only be led to water. Black people have a long and damaging past and present with the medical community, and it is intellectually lazy to write them off as being among the anti-vaxxer and conspiracy theorist crowds. Black Americans don’t want to watch their loved ones die in abundance from yet another disease that leaves them exposed and vulnerable. They want to be safe and make sure others feel the same way. They just may not be ready to go first.

Write-ups and biographies

Meet Laurelle

A DMV native, singer-songwriter  Laurelle Hicks, pens powerful love songs that force listeners to get up and groove. Gifted with a bold stage presence, her alluring voice seamlessly blends the genres of R&B, Funk, and Neo-soul to create seductive but gritty music. Laurelle is also the sole vocalist in her band Laurelle & The Lovas. After hearing her, it’s easy to see why she accredits Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Patti Labelle as her main influencers.

Her single “Compare to You,” reached number one on the 2010 Top 50 Independent Charts for Internet Radio. She has performed as a background vocalist for Day 26’s Robert Curry and for NBC’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting with Kellie Pickler. After a hiatus, Laurelle released her studio album, “The Journey” in June 2018, and in May 2019, she headlined a show at The Bowery Electric.

 Along with her musical talents, she  finds joy in hanging with her friends  and family, going on outdoor adventures and sharing powerful messages of self-love. Big next steps for Laurelle include the release of a 5 part series  with her band called “Sultry Sessions”. The series will consist of live recordings of her previously released and unreleased music.


The Journey of Dante Wolfe

Title: Danté Wolfe’s Resurgence and Why He Tells Fans to “Really Pay Attention to What I’m Saying”

Publication: For Danté Wolfe/Press

Early this October, St. Louis native rapper Danté Wolfe, born Kelly Petty Jr., sat down in his car after a nine hour shift to discuss his upcoming projects for his fans and supporters. In 2016, he released two albums. The first album being “The God Complex” followed by “Carleton Ave,” which received exceptional reviews from Riverfront Times and DeluxMag. After a three year gap and never someone to talk-the-talk without having walked first, Wolfe smoothly affirms the hiatus was “time well spent.” 

Through that time many challenges hurled themselves Wolfe’s way. His rap group disassembled and he left his previous label for The Home Team Music Group LLC. Navigating himself through life and music after hardship, Wolfe says friends and collaborators have played a crucial part in his resurgence. He goes on to credit his friend and collaborator Chris Grindz for his new focus on sounds that resonate with his audiences. 

“I put out a mixtape before ‘The God Complex’ called ‘The Black Leather T.A.P.E.’ and it was cool, but when I finished it, I felt like it was too hip-hoppy.” Wolfe continues his explanation of how he tracked his own sound development and says, “It was based on what I like verses what’s more universal. So I turned around and started working on ‘Carleton Ave’, because I didn’t feel like ‘The God Complex’ was much of a performance piece.” 

Labeling his influencers as the Wu-Tang Clan, particularly Ghostface Killah, Nipsey Hussle, Kid Cudi and Kanye West, he asserts, “Storytelling comes first for me. I place emphasis on stories because I feel like if I listen to your song, especially if I listen to your whole album and I don’t learn anything about you, it’s a waste of time. I do also put an emphasis on having bars. I want to go for more original sounds. Instrumentation. I don’t like super digital, techy sounding beats.”

Almost eight months after the release of his single “IDK,” Wolfe confirms that about 6 more singles are expected to be released within the 2019 year. He says the new tracks are focused on him writing better songs that are less wordy and more sing-songy. There is a drive in him to develop a sound that centers around audience engagement and listenability. For those who have heard “IDK,” it is a contrast to his earlier works like “The God Complex” and its lyrical and bar focused sound or “Carleton Ave’s” performance heavy hooks and grooves. Wolfe says that’s exactly the kind of criticism of the work he wants to hear.

Now, fans may wonder if these new sounds are a push towards more mainstream efforts, but one to stay firm in his craft, Wolfe says he just wants to keep fresh ideas. “I don’t feel like I’m at a point where I need to make this hit for everybody. I’m still just tryna make it period. But I feel like it’s still me. I haven’t really got to that point where I’m really trying to step out the box,” he continues, “I have one song called ‘Scheme’ where it’s gonna, and I don’t know, it may come out and don’t even phase nobody, but to me it’s gonna be a little surprising because the type of artist that I am. That I was the person that made that song and I usually don’t do s–t like that. But right now I’m just experimenting tryna get myself to a higher place.”

New projects are certainly on the horizon for Wolfe. He will be releasing a new EP this winter along with new Wolfe brand merch. In addition, he will be supporting the EP with music video content that’ll stream on Vevo while simultaneously writing a short film. But against all his new endeavors, he says his fans should trust in his artistry without fear that he is no longer being himself. 

“I don’t want them to be confused. I want them to pay attention to the content. Nip was really out here inspiring me. And you’d get a verse talking about business, talking about motivation, talking about how you can get some money and not just on the street s–t. You should be able to see the difference. I’m not talking about rocking these shows, I’m talking about booking these venues. I’m not talking about paying off these cars, I’m talking about buying these cars. I’m not talking about pay me this, I’m talking about backends and signing these checks and it’s like Pusha T said, ‘If you know you know’.”

Season 1E3: All Black Every-thang

 

From the first black Disney Princess to Tiffany Haddish and black women at Yale, this episode is blackity black y’all.

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Mr. ColliparkYing Yang Twins &Bubba Sparxxx

Walt Disney Records– David Zippel & Matthew Wilder

Links:

The End of an Era: Disney’s The Princess and the Frog

U.S., Britain, and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

Trump Gets What He Asked For in the Middle East

The Sneaky Language Today’s Politicians Use to Get Away with Racism and Sexism

14 Coded Words That Carry a Coded Meaning for Black People

Tiffany Haddish “Hoe Resume”

A Black Yale Student Took a Nap in a Dorm Common Room. A White Classmate Called the Cops on Her [Updated]

Bob Marley’s Granddaughter Threatens to Sue After Being Detained by Police While Leaving Airbnb

An Incomplete List of Things Black People Should Avoid Doing so They Won’t Be Killed by Police

 

 

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Season 1E5: My Grandmama’s Greens Are Definitely Better. Deadass.

 

Now we all know rule number one of being black is to never say that your grandmama ain’t got the best damn greens. Well the peas are discussing soul food, Trump being an unseasoned carrot, and Pizza men getting deported.

Music:

DJ Suede the Remix God

Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five

Links:

National Museum of African American History and Culture

France Is Voting on a Law Banning Fake News. Here’s How it Could Work

Trump will ask Athletes who Kneel During Anthem to Recommend People for Pardoning

Rhodesia

Zimbabwe

White Minority Rule

Rhodesia Unilateral Declaration of Independence

Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Man Detained by Immigration Officers After Delivering Pizza to Army Base

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Who is Alice Marie Johnson

A Judge Just Stopped A New York Pizza Delivery Man From Getting Deported

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S1E4: White or Wrong: Interracial Dating with Guest David Schrum

 

This week, after a two week hiatus due to Daphnee’s wisdom teeth being removed, the Peas are discussing the topic of interracial dating! They are also introducing their first guest of the season David Schrum to talk about his experiences in being a part of an interracial relationship.

Music: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

Queen Latifah, Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman

Links:

Race and Attraction, 2009–2014

First Evidence That Online Dating Is Changing the Nature of Society

Special Guest:

David Schrum

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David works his day job in the lab testing environmental samples for hazardous compounds.  He realizes that sentence might sound slightly interesting, or incredibly boring.
His desire for learning about different cultures began at an early age with his love for travel shows focused on food.
He gets his love of music from his mom.  She has a diverse and eclectic music collection, but David has branched out even further to R&B and Hip-hop.
David will take any chance he gets to pass along an album or podcast recommendation, or talk about how My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is Kanye’s best album.

 

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Season 1E2: Kanye Kanye: So Good You Have to Say it Twice

 

The Peas discuss Kanye West and briefly touch on some current topics. This episode is dedicated to Mr. West and all his mess because Kanye will always be the man, the myth, the legend.

music copyright:  (G.O.O.D. MusicRoc-A-Fella RecordsDef Jam Recordings)

Links:

The Chicago Defender

Two Koreas Agree to End War This Year, Pursue Denuclearization

Kanye West Hangs Out With John Legend After Pro-Trump Twitter Disagreement, Releases Two Songs

Kanye West criticizes Obama and praises Trump: ‘The mob can’t make me not love him’

Kanye West’s Rant In TMZ Office (Extended Cut) | TMZ

Kanye West Speaks Jay-Z, Donald Trump & Life With Charlamagne Tha God Full Interview

Charlamagne Tha God: Kanye West Sounds ‘Ignorant’ | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Kanye West Suggests Slavery Was “A Choice” | The View

What Republicans Think of Kanye West

Kanye Isn’t Getting Red-Pilled, He’s Just Being Kanye

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When Mikaila was just four, her family encouraged her to make a product for a Children’s business competition (the Acton Children’s Business Fair) and Austin Lemonade Day. So she put on her thinking cap. While she was thinking, two big events happened.

  • She got stung by a bee. Twice.
  • Then her Great Granny Helen, who lives in Cameron, South Carolina, sent her family a 1940’s cookbook, which included her special recipe for Flaxseed Lemonade.

She didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared her. But then something strange happened. She became fascinated with bees. She learned all about what they do for her and our ecosystem. So then she thought, “what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?”

That’s how Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. It comes from her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and her new love for bees. So that’s why they sweeten it with local honey. And today her little idea continues to grow.

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Season 1E1: Babies, Bush, and ‘Bucks

Meet Daphnee, Starleisha, and Jamir as they discuss infant mortality for black babies, population imbalance, Starbucks coffee, and the death of Barbara Bush.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html?ref=oembed

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/world/too-many-men/?utm_term=.781bf13f491a

https://www.theroot.com/from-starbucks-to-hashtags-we-need-to-talk-about-why-w-1825284087?utm_source=theroot_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/4/23/17271296/waffle-house-video-police-racism

https://nypost.com/2018/04/18/this-college-professor-is-happy-racist-barbara-bush-is-dead/

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