A Renaissance is coming to Oak Cliff, and Taylor Toynes and the For Oak Cliff community center are two of its driving forces. What began as a small school supply drive in the former teacher’s classroom has since grown into a full-scale community center whose programs have garnered the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, J. Cole, Bay Bay, and the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. But beyond the glitz and glamour, Taylor has one goal: Liberate Oak Cliff from systemic oppression.
“After the officers realized it was Larry Johnson, they approached and told him it wasn’t wise for him to be there, and that the area was full of trouble. Larry then pointed in the direction across the street and told the policemen, ‘This is where I spent most of my life. This is home. I don’t forget home.’
I’m just trying to make sure Dallas returns the favor.”
Kam Willard continues the story of Larry Johnson, a true Hometown Hero whose story took him from South Dallas, to Skyline, and from Skyline to Stardom.
Our newest contributor KamWillard gets his #HometownHeroes series kicked off by highlighting DFW native and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. The series pays homage to athletes from the metroplex with a unique look through the lenses of sports, fashion and culture. Tune into the college football playoff tonight to support the hometown hero.
The Black community’s ties to food is the stuff of legend. We don’t just eat it.
We experience it.
With Black Restaurant Week coming to town, Dallas is about to experience the best Black cuisine that the city has to offer, and GoodCulture is giving away two free tickets so you can experience it too!
Between these two deaths, it seems like there is too much going on in the world, especially with Botham Shem Jean being murdered here in Dallas. But stay encouraged, Good People. Things are tough, but what we know for sure is that God clearly ain’t done with niggas yet. If He was, we’d be extinct already.
Lord knows, they’ve tried.
My childhood sounds like books on tape during my mother’s sorority meetings, the Tom Joyner Morning Show on the way to school, and a cassette tape collection that, looking back, just don't make no sense. So I made The TJones Tapes, a list of songs inspired by the music my mother listens to, the movies she watches, and the cassette tape collection that never failed us.
The SOULcase isn’t just another showcase. It’s an intimate listening session that doesn’t put on any airs or pretend to be anything except a good time, with good drinks, and good people. It’s a space for the urban sophisticate whose musical palette is sultry enough to pair musical vibes with something brown and on the rocks. The easy-going music connoisseur moved more by quality sounds and ambiance than they are by smoke and mirrors.
It’s a chance for music lovers to connect to artists in ways that have yet to be seen in Dallas.
Today the power of protest has fossilized itself with the memory of the assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; marches no longer provide change for the wronged and underrepresented and sit ins or boycotts are non-existent due to lack of leaders in the black community, those who have fallen complacent, and social media.
So if you know me you know I’m a reader, love reading articles and I always have a Cosmo on my night stand. I ran across an article called “My Life as a Sugar Baby” now I have heard the term and knew what it was but wasn’t clear so I kept reading. The article was about a 24 year old divorcee with two kids, a gay ex-husband and baby was broke! I thought to myself wow this sounds like me, I’m 24 only one kid and an ex, he’s not gay so not quite like me but you know, I found myself relating. She went on to say how she didn’t want another regular relationship or dating experience (in my head I’m like preach sister). As I started to read the next few lines I found myself a little wide eyed, “My first Sugar Daddy I ever had was from New York.”
Now we all have heard of the term Sugar Daddy, we probably know someone who has one, hell we’ve probably thought of finding one and quitting our jobs (maybe that one is just me HA)! But seriously, what was new to me was how legit Sugar Babies seemed to be. These women are professional Sugar Babies for RICH and I mean RICH Sugar Daddies. They get monthly allowances, have blogs, community chat rooms or forums and not to mention conferences and summits on how to be a Sugar Baby!
The first thought I had was what about her kids and her family, this lifestyle is clearly not a secret! My next thought may surprise you and will probably be a nonfeminist thing to say but I was like hey, she’s about the money, she’s young and seeing the world. Not only that but it’s honest, intentions are clear on both ends. Would I engage in such an arrangement probably NOT but can I knock another woman’s hustle… Hell no! All I can say is make that money girl don’t let it make you! GOOD People what do yall think about Sugar Babies?! Are you one (men that includes you), do you know one? Hit me up on Twitter @MsTaylorAlexis and let me know your thoughts!
MVP: IT HAS A DIFFERENT MEANING WHEN YOU'RE BLACK
Media Vilified Person. Adrian Peterson couldn't discipline his own child unless "they" approved, and now Cam Newton can't even have one unless "they" approve. In a world that cries foul over just about everything black people achieve, I thought parenthood was safe. Happy New Year, same sad shit. If you didn't know prior to reading this, Newton's girlfriend recently gave birth to a baby boy, Chosen, prior to Christmas. When I was informed that people were complaining about the child, my first thought was "These celebs gotta stop naming these kids directions and verbs." I was underestimating the disdain for black positivity in America, even in 2016, even after Tamir's murderer won't even stand trial. Here are some excerpts of letters to the editor from the Charlotte Observer, hometown newspaper of the Carolina Panthers.
"Congratulations would be in order if he had been man enough to marry the mother of his child and make a home. This happy occasion is blighted when Cam, whose own parents were married, skips the very basis of being a good
"Cam is a role model to many of our young males, both white and black. The least that he and his longtime girlfriend could have done is to get married prior to giving birth to show his followers that not only is he a superstar, but also a person with high morals."
Now would be a good time for Under Armour to remake the Charles Barkley "I am not a role model" Nike commercials. In a time where they've stolen the dab and are about to run off with runnin' off on da plug we can't even be fathers to our sons unless they feel comfortable with the circumstances. And then "they" will turn around and use the fatherless homes data as a reason to mock us. #BlackLivesMatter