When “hiker” comes to mind, most people conjure images of granola middle-aged folks, clad in over-sized khaki pants, athletic Jesus sandals and sloppy, huge backpacks – sporting a perpetual can-do grin and a thumbs up. Nah son, that ain’t it, at least, that’s not all of it. If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or know me even remotely, you’ve probably realized that the call of the wild isn’t just a whim for me, hiking is an essential part of how I run my world – how I keep my balance. But you’re not here for all that zen…

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At the time of writing this, it will have been 4 months, twenty-one days, and twelve hours since I lost her. I keep asking myself how. How do I start to write about the death of my mom. I never thought that on January 5, 2016, I’d be living in a world without her. I knew I’d have to write about it eventually. Writing has always been a catharsis for me – one that my mom celebrated and encouraged me to pursue since I was a child. I remember at the beginning of every summer, my mom would give me…

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  So, I realized I’d been giving updates about the documentary I produced, X: Malcolm’s Final Years without actually posting the finished product! It aired on the 50th anniversary of Malcolm’s death on Telesur to over 45 million folks in Latin America. Super proud of it, and can’t wait to premiere it at the Senator Theatre this August. Angela Davis, Danny Glover, Jared Ball, Kamau Franklin, and Gloria Richardson, just to name a few were featured. Enjoy! – Angel 

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There aren’t too many current R&B artists that I could listen to over, and over again, but Miguel continues to bring me out of my 2015 R&B apathy. His music shirks the dumb as sh*t, auto-tuned, synthetic, trying-to-be-trap R&B of today, if that’s what you can even call most of it. Exquisite production, real instruments, vocals untethered by autotune (that we can hear.) Merging rock and soul with the ease of his musical predecessors like Prince, D’Angelo and Lenny Kravitz (who is featured), his latest LP and third studio release, “Wildheart,” is DOPE as sh*t. Jesus. Miguel manages to be carnal,…

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I’ve had long time best friends become enemies, enemies become best friends then enemies again, I’ve had friends I would have counted as the closest to me fade, come and go, and it isn’t lost on me, that I am the common denominator. I’ve lost friends because of my inability to express myself or show my true emotions during bad times (a problem that does NOT afflict me when it comes to letting someone I actually don’t like have it), I’ve lost friends because of my career ambitions. I can go months on end mired in work, and when I look…

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