A Different Kind of Hurt: #LongLiveNip #SlausonsFinest

The pain is too heavy. So much so that words get caught in my throat and I’m suffocating, although I am not choking. It’s the same aching pain when Trayvon Martin was killed, except this one hits way closer to home.

Slauson-aire. A legend of legends. A teacher with whom you could really relate. If you’re not from the city you can’t relate on all levels that South Central felt getting that news. I didn’t wanna believe it. When my sister said came upstairs in a huff to deliver the news, I badly wanted it to be a lie. She wanted it to be some sick ass April Fools joke… but it wasn’t. It isn’t.

Ermias Asghedom (Nipsey Hussle) was taken from us. Continue reading

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Silent music

*A work in progress. Also a working title.

I thought our music would never die

We were a song neither of us knew

the harmony to but

Being caught up in the moments

Moments turn movements

Movements we created with our bodies

To our own beat, in sync

We flowed

To our own tunes

While the world, our worlds

Seem to crash down all around us

It didn’t matter

Our music lived

and neither of us knew

Well I knew, what it was

Because I fell in love with you…

– Viola Constance

Influence of Music | Music Therapy

In the midst of all of the grammy chatter I felt it was only right that I finally completed this post and shared my feelings and love of music, especially after the amazing performance by A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak, Consequence and Busta Rhymes . This isn’t about music and politics, just the healing powers of music. Enjoy.


I can’t remember a moment in my life when music wasn’t present. Happy, sad, angry, depressed, births and deaths. It has always been playing in the background. When my family celebrated there was music. When we were going through various trials and tribulations, there was music. When no one felt the need to talk and silence may have been unbearable, there was music. Continue reading

Artists On The Rise: Featuring Morisha Danee` and Kira Hayze

Morisha Danee`Kira Hayze

During my college years I came across a film on Netflix titled “A Good Day to be Black & Sexy.” After watching, I wondered why it took me so long to watch it. I’d scrolled across the film many times and now I wanted more. “A Good Day to be Black & Sexy” was written, produced, and directed by Dennis Dortch, creator of Black&SexyTV. From that film, I began following Black&SexyTV on YouTube. The content was great and relatable; the characters looked like me, the settings of the series were familiar and the music was authentic and meaningful.

Some of the featured artists that I really took a liking to (and noticeably so have others) are Morisha Danee` and Kira Hayze. Both ladies have unique styles and the greatest vibes. Morisha Danee` is more soulful, while Kira Hayze is more eclectic. Both ladies musical content is full of feels – love, sexy, hot and steamy and so much more.

So who are these two young women and what do they bring to the music world. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with them both and let me tell you, these ladies are down to earth, full of great spirits and gifted with talent!

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