The Highs and Lows of our National Anthem

Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

There’s undoubtably a great deal of controversy surrounding the National Anthem in the United States right now. People on both sides of the aisle have strong feelings about what the flag and anthem stands for. Bringing up the topic at your latest family dinner is sure to end with some hurt feelings and bruised egos, but I’m not here to give you my hot political take on my belief of what the song means, I’m here to revisit some of the most beautiful and inspiring renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock


A mixtape on how Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter The Wu-Tang” became a cultural revolution

The members of Wu-Tang Clan (Excluding Old-Dirty Bastard)

“Wu-Tang represents the sword style of rhyming; being that we are lyrical assassins, we are aware that the tongue is symbolic to the sword.” — GZA

Growing up, my family never listened to rap. If you were gonna turn on the radio the default station you were gonna get was 99.9 KISS Country. It wasn’t until high school that I started listening to artists like Drake and Lil Wayne, but I still was never immersed in the rap genre. On July 4, 2018, I was grilling dogs and lighting off fireworks with my buddies, when someone put “C.R.E.A.M” on the…


MLK FILMFEST

How Football transcends race in “Remember The Titans”

Coach Herman (Denzel Washington) on the sideline with his team

There are few things in life that can bring a group of people together like the game of football. It’s the ultimate team sport. The men lined up in-front of you don’t care about the differences and struggles your team is going through, all they care about is hitting you in the mouth. In Remember the Titans (2000), the narrative of ignoring the noise and coming together to accomplish a goal is perfectly exemplified as the Titans are the only team in the state of Virginia tasked with the integration of their school. …


The risk vs. reward of playing the violent game of football

January 2, 2013

“The top of your head is the hardest part of your body.”

— Rick Vice

Third and long, ball on the 40. The brisk wind of late October is cold, but the adrenaline pumping through your veins keeps you warm. Your jersey is grass stained and your body aches with every step. The roar of the crowd blesses your ears like angels waiting at heavens gate. You’ve studied their film and know their tendencies. As the ball is snapped you make your reads and break on the route. The receiver catches the ball and you’ve got a full head of…


Music

How the digital age of art has created a market too big for its own good

Photo by Tattooed Martha

In 2020, more than 400 million people subscribed to some sort of digital music platform. The age of people going into stores to buy physical music is over. As technology has increasingly become more interwoven into our lives, the only way to survive is to adapt.

The music industry is no different, as apps such as Spotify and Apple Music have revolutionized how we listen to music. For the consumer these apps have done nothing but help, as any song imaginable is just a click away. You can now create playlists with hundreds of different artists without leaving your couch…


Family History

The journey of a kid from the tobacco fields of Southern Kentucky to the mountains of North Carolina

Newspaper clipping that included a picture of my dad working on the farm

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison

Off in the distance, the waves of heat are visible as the sun beats down on the fields of various plants. A long winding dirt road leads to a lonely house out in the middle of nowhere. My dad’s shirt drenched in sweat and his blue jeans turned red by the clay. His chaveta knife slices through the thick tobacco leaves as he works his way down the row. To his right is his best friend who hasn’t seen his parents…

Mickey Meguiar

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