My guys do a great job of retaining every day interactions that I’ve long forgotten. Little things. But usually their rendition of things that I’ve said or have done are right on point. That’s why it’s imperative to 1) keep it real with them, 2) always have the best intentions, and most importantly, 3) create rituals… Continue Reading
BB-ism #3 “Finally!!! The BARNES BROTHERS ARE TOGETHER AGAIN!!!” This is a phrase I originated, and have been abruptly saying it around the fellas when this rare event happens. And as they get older, the event will become even more rare. If you have two or more children, and I know you try not to… Continue Reading
My Daddy’s Records #4- “My Philosophy” By All Means Necessary August 20, 2015 Can you believe that this is the first hip-hop record I’ve shared on My Daddy’s Records (this is a weekly segment where I share the songs that I introduce to the Mighty, because they sure as hell won’t hear them on the radio.… Continue Reading
Take random pictures of them being free, and confident, and brave,and resilient, and defiant, and beautiful. Take charge of the narrative, at least in your home, so that they can continue to grow without any amount of useless fear dictating their future.
BB-ism #2 When Pretty Boy McCoy was in the fourth grade, his teacher flagged me down after school and told me that the eldest Barnes brother had a piss-poor day. He was behaving like a follower, was involved in various scenes of silliness and mischief, or what I would call, ‘unnecessary coonery’,… Continue Reading
I told you I was going to scroll through the entire vinyl collection, right? Now this is not a “classic” from a chronological sense of the word; it did have a fairly recent release (1999). But from where this album stands in comparison to other rock/pop/funk rock albums, this is one of the Mount… Continue Reading
Brother Solo and Ma Dukes; circa 2011 Barnes brother Solo tagged along with me last week when I took my mother to the eye clinic for a minor procedure. We came early. There were at least eight other people in the room, waiting in silence, reading magazine articles. I read an article in Men’s… Continue Reading