Muhammad Ali has died. I can’t believe that I just typed these words. You were a role model, an icon, a father figure. Muhammad was not a mortal in my eyes. He was invincible. A superhero, not only for his accomplishments in the ring, but for his accomplishments in the battle for civil rights. Muhammad Ali was a man strong in his convictions. Unflinching. Immovable. A man who personified Black pride. A man who personified fatherhood. Strength. Integrity. Dignity.Read More
A couple days ago, I had the privilege of linking with my good friend, STEFisDOPE in DC. After arriving in town around noon, we sat down to record an episode of his podcast, the #DOPESESSIONS. The conversations with this guy are always intelligent and uplifting but this one is especially golden because we finally had the presence of mind to record it. Anyways, take a listen and you'll hear a little bit about Karmalifee, my upbringing, love for sports and a few other things that matter to me dearly. Check it out and tell us what you think.
Good afternoon Karmalifee family, if you've been paying attention to our social media recently, you can tell we've been super busy but I wanted to take some time out of my day to shoutout our good friends at The Link Up. This trio of beautiful, intelligent black women give you this raw, unfiltered and extremely honest point-of-view on the issues that matter most to us millennials. One of their recent episodes highlighted on #BlackBusinesses and what we do and don't do well in our ventures. After taking the time to listen to it, I knew had to share it. Over the course of the show, they went through their dining experiences, work incidents, consumer issues, and even personal interactions that rubbed them the wrong way. The feedback though, was not all negative, they made sure to highlight on the pleasant instances and mention some businesses that have consistently impressed them over the years like GLOSSRAGS, #BLKCREATIVES, Blavity, The Root, Field Mobb and of course BCFest. I sincerely appreciate them for this episode because it sends home the point that it's absolutely necessary to hold yourself and your business to a higher standard but at the same time allow room to grow into your dreams. If you haven't checked out their podcast yet, this one would DEFINITELY be a good place to start.
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being a guest on the #LastOfTheSolehicans Podcast with Demetrius Brown better known as Sole Frito. His running conversation about sneakers taps into the raw enthusiasm that makes us sneakerheads feel the way we do about our footwear. During the interview, I gave some insight on Karmalifee and some of my other endeavors, how sneakers have affected my life and overall the trajectory of my career. This was an amazing opportunity for me because it meant somebody out there values my opinion, and I don't really mean that in a sense of validation, but moreso confirmation that I'm headed on the right path so for that I am grateful. Anyways, if you haven't yet please make sure you check it out!
Reedville, Virginia raised me. The land of seafood, church, and white privilege. An all-American southern town. But also, a town where there are unspoken race rules. You know that the groups don't necessarily like each other, but they live alongside one another with very little disturbance. All races maintained their own identity and are not expected to assimilate, but one group is always considered superior... it's still Amerikkka.Read More
I can appreciate the dialogue between friends that took place on a recent episode of the DOPE SESSIONS. If you are not familiar, DOPE SESSIONS is a podcast that is the brainchild of DMV artist and fellow creative, STEFISDOPE, and honestly speaking, it's really nothing more than an online conversation. What makes this conversation special though, is its depth. This isn't just some guy who's trying to break into the music scene and just wants you to listen to his music. He thinks about and speaks to the current issues, whether they be political or social, positive or negative he touches them all. With that being said, this edition of the show took it to another level. I'm not sure I've heard DMV artists like Brain Rapp and Nature Boi be this raw and honest in a public forum. It's definitely a refreshing perspective on DC scene. Take a listen and decide for yourself.
TomTom reflects on his recent trip to NY for Capsule & Liberty Fairs with Merc.Read More
Super Tuesday in the Election Primaires just passed and I have to be honest, I've been struggling to keep up. Not because I can't keep up with the information, I'm just tired and bored with the whole thing. There's so many debates, 15 Republican ones because a Democrat is in power. I don't really watch TV so I guess I'll catch the "Sportscenter" version on CNN or some other channel. You really have to between the lines and listen to what they're not saying with a mic in their hands. Eventhough he has good intentions, Bernie seems too ambitious, Hilary switches sides so much that it's hard to tell what's truthful. The GOP seems to be so out of touch, it's like they're on another planet. No one candidate on EITHER side really inspires me to do anything. At this point in the game, it feels like I'm going through the motions or just voting to exercise my right to do so. I can not sit quiet and not do anything, that is not an option either. I guess that could be why I appreciate this VICE piece with Bun B. To the common folk, he is a rapper, but in real life, he is an artist with a voice. An activist and active lecturer at Rice University, he takes his point-of-view and shares the knowledge rather than sit idle. He carefully navigates each setting and engages with the supporters of each candidate in a way we don't even see on tv. Let the media tell it, every Trump rally is a brawl and Ted Cruz is a preacher without a pulpit. But anyways, take some time out your day, watch this report, educate yourself on the candidates and their platforms and make a choice for yourself.