It's been far too long, lovely readers. I have spent my summer entertaining friends, family and the occasional freelance assignment.
Though Black History Month has come to an end, the conversation is just getting started. I reached out to several Black public figures to ask them to contribute "reminders" concerning issues that mattered to them, which I have compiled into a list. If you're white, much like me, all I ask of you is to listen and perhaps learn from the advice, experiences and perspectives of these influential figures.
On his way to catch a flight to New York City, Canadian-raised international supermodel Adonis Bosso calls me to chat about the release of his first independent single, “Jungle.” He describes the song as social commentary on life, as the 27-year-old has experienced it. “I feel like life is a jungle. It’s kind of about my time in New York, trying to make it, trying to make a name for myself,” says Bosso.
New York is totally unpredictable. It will both shatter and exceed all of your expectations, and the best thing you can do is simply ride the waves. The jaded passersby and sense of emotional disconnect suddenly make a whole lot of sense. If you get too caught up on the highs or lows, you will lack perspective.