By: Lauren Whiteman
Can I talk my shit?
March is special. It’s the beginning of #AriesSZN. The time that the promise of warmer weather begins to materialize into something more tangible. When seasonal emotions begin to fall off.
I don’t do well in the cold.
But March is special to me for other reasons. I started writing three years ago today, with a push from a friend after months of fighting it and putting it off. At the time I didn’t realize where things would go. I thought it was going to be something I did here and there to see if I still remembered the things I learned in journalism school. Something to vent my frustration as I was working through the ways society treats women, Black folks and poor people. Turns out that I remembered quite a few journalism rules, and I still enjoy breaking half of them.
This month also marks a year of Kenny and Lee bringing me on as Editor-in-Chief for the brand. Getting placements isn’t always easy for new writers. Getting regular placements and maintaining freedom in the way you use your voice isn’t easy at all. The opportunity to write here, grow here, and help build here isn’t something I take for granted. I’m eternally grateful to be moving with a team of people who don’t rely on smoke and mirrors for brand movement. A team whose movements are based on what we might be able to do for Dallas, not how the city can make us look. A team producing the best written content in the city that’s not connected to a journalistic venture. A team committed to telling important stories, even when they aren’t shiny or on trend.
The goal-diggers talk a lot about the first quarter. In this first quarter the brand has been building, laying foundations, making plays. Individually, I’ve been doing the same. Reflecting on the kind of year I want for myself and manifesting it before next week ushers in my 29th year of life. This week's list needed to reflect those things. The opulence of a Maybach Music installment to describe the success I see the brand and myself having this year, balanced with the awareness that materialistic things aren’t nearly as important as God, family or the culture. Plenty of growth with a little shit talking to make it clear that in 2019 you’re about to see the next level of what you’ve already experienced: another year of outworking whoever, with the culture and for the culture.
When I pull up on a nigga, tell that nigga back back
I’m too good with these words, watch a nigga backtrack
If I die, all I know is I’m a motherfucking legend
It’s too late for my city, I’m the youngest nigga reppin
Drake said it, but I promise I mean every word.
Keep watching. It’s about to be a great year.
Lauren Whiteman is from Dallas, she eats Rudy’s, it’s been a while since she’s been to Big T though. She has a couple of degrees from the University of Oklahoma and is now an educator in the Dallas area. Lauren’s work focuses on advocacy, student development, and the miseducation of Black and African American students in higher education. She’s a TEDx presenter and hopes future generations never forget what to do for the 99 and the 2000. For her twitter shenanigans, visit @itsmewhiteman.