Paradocs Coffee on Fairfax

My notebook by Moleskin and Japanese Pilot Pen Go well with Taka’s coffee at his Paradocs Coffee Shop quaintly positioned on my favorite block in LA On this MLK Day I sat there reading an article about Samya Stumo Who sadly lost her life a little less than a year ago aboard Ethiopia Airlines flight…

“Plant Some Sh*t”

Los Angeles native, Ron Finley, is a man of his word. Finley said: “plant some shit” in an effort to inspire his community to cultivate plants, and that is what he continues to do. His repurposed swimming pool functions as a nursery today where his foliage thrives. Like the plants he grows that are vital…

The Bronze Titan

Ahmad Maceo Eldridge Cleaver was Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver’s only son For him there was only one book anybody needed, the Qu’ran But, he did share with me a book entitled Jesus He also suggested I read Panther Baby by Jamal Joseph I took heed to everything this brotha shared with me After all, the…

Only For The Lonely

  I was in the desert, making my way home I lived in the desert, daily the sun beat down on my dome There was an alley behind where I lived, On this day goats were there The sight of a goat in my hood is rare so I decided to snap a photo And…

Una Balada de Alfredo Sanchez

My Spanish Homework September 12, 2019 Yo dije al representante del aerolínea de Copa que quería visitar Africa con mi familia para tener una experiencia Africana real! El dijo que no fue posible porque no tenia vuelos a Africa por Copa. Pero, el dijo que podemos visitar comunidades con influencias fuertes de Africa en el…

Final Thoughts

Every job is an opportunity. When the job ends, it’s important to take inventory of the lessons you have learned. In these videos, I decided to show the environment I worked in as well as talk about the many challenges I faced. I take full responsibility for my efforts or lack there of that did…

Anthony Bourdain Ate Here

It’s hot, humid, and full of foreigners. I guess that’s Dubai’s charm. It’s uncomfortable at times, but there are locales where you can find a respite from the heat. It’s expansive and with its vastness comes room to share. Hence, Dubai is sharing it’s opportunities with the world. On this day, I had the chance…

Ibn Battuta Mall

Who was Ibn Battuta? Born in Tangiers, Morocco in 1304, Ibn Battuta, a Moroccan scholar, traveled the world including Africa, Asia, and Europe. Ibn Battuta like Marco Polo, Vasco De Gama, Hernan Cortez, and Christopher Columbus was an explorer. Unlike those men mentioned, Ibn Battuta was not a colonizer or invader. Where ever he went,…

The Next Movement: Bbräveler

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About Oman

In the Sultanate of Oman, marketing seems more progressive than what I remember it being back in the United States. For instance, natural hairstyles are controversial in the US so it wasn’t always that models sporting natural hair were visible. However, in Oman, that’s not the case. Surely, there seems to be an abundance of…

Angkor What?

My former colleague, Ted, often wore a t-shirt he bought from Cambodia that read “Angkor What?”. Though I was aware of Angkor Wat, I thought his t-shirt was simply a play on the name especially for people unfamiliar with the historic Khmer site. Last night while strolling down Pub Street in Siem Reap, I happened…