Gone But Never Forgotten!

Posted on | January 18, 2018 | No Comments

Studying theology in itself is an honor, but to step into the infamous Riverside Church weekly where classes are held is overwhelming. I often reflect on the rich, tremendous history that building holds: the legendary guest speakers, the musicians and activists I’ve loved who’ve been eulogized there, the community events that I’ve attended – wow!

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And then what…?

Posted on | September 10, 2017 | No Comments

The NFL boycott that gained notoriety and spread like wildfire through social media outlets has really left me a bit befuddled. I absolutely applaud Colin Kaepernich for taking a stance against the racial atrocities and apparent lack of value that the lives of blacks hold, by kneeling on one knee during the singing of the national anthem in protest. However, the question that I have raised on numerous occasions with the scholarly individuals that I call friends is ‘and then what?!’

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Disgraceful World Around Us!

Posted on | August 13, 2017 | No Comments

A few days ago I posted a picture of a clear sky with a pillow of clouds and a moon that was natural & beautiful. It struck me because there's so much evil & bitterness around us ~ which is painful to witness. Yesterday's events in Hempstead, NY and Charlottesville, VA are absolutely disgraceful and mind-blowing.
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So much on my mind…

Posted on | August 5, 2017 | No Comments

I ran across an image that speaks volumes about my brain.

There is so much going on in my life that my brain often continuously works to set up priorities. Read more

‘Thank you, Black Music Month!’

Posted on | July 12, 2017 | No Comments

Someone slapped a label on June as a month to celebrate Black Music, and this year I ran with it – though I’ve cherished music on a daily basis!
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Inner Reflections

Posted on | June 3, 2017 | No Comments

Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and reflect on what exactly is happening within you, and around you.  Read more

Thru The Fire!

Posted on | May 1, 2017 | No Comments

I heard a song yesterday that was so representative of my journey that I chair-danced and praised my way from Queens to Hempstead and back, windows down, hair flying, volume way up and smiling hard! At red lights, I didn’t look left or right and cared not if anyone was watching ~ I was in my own space.

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Lady Alma: Cherish & Bless Her

Posted on | April 23, 2017 | No Comments

Music has been a tremendous blessing to me. I have unexpectedly built friendships that will take me through this lifetime. I thank God for giving me a spirit that I have where business ties often become personal and filled with love.For those who are unfamiliar with the sister in this picture, Lady Alma Horton (https://www.facebook.com/TheRealLadyAlma/), take a moment to visit her page, check her out on YouTube or google her. She’s a bad chick, for real for real ~ and is celebrated globally, but more importantly she’s my sisterboo! 😘 

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Can Music Give Me: Reciprocal Love Again?

Posted on | April 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

I can’t seem to get the dialogue out of my head that PJ Morton dropped during his intimate New York listening party earlier this week. There was so much knowledge shared about the industry/indie artists in such a crowded space to shine one above the other/radio today/creating music that you love, not a generic project that doesn’t feel good to your soul that others try to push you to create. And, I really fell in love with his Gumbo project — which for me, today is epic! I think there’s one joint that I could’ve passed on — but he def revived something in me that made me say to myself — hmm, musiq do you still love ‘me’? cause I just might love ‘you’ again!

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My name is…

Posted on | April 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Detrel, I am 45+ years of age and I was born to Helen & Oliver at Westchester Square Hospital in the fine borough of the Bronx – a place where stars are born and bred! I’m here to leave my mark on a world that hasn’t always been so kind to me. 

I refuse to allow the foolish ways of others to deter me from the path that God has ordained for my life. The devil has many faces and I have been shown quite a few.

So, the foundation has been laid and I am prepared to no longer run in the opposite direction. I have heard the call and have felt the tugging in my soul; I will be obedient this time, and forever more!

 Let’s go! Amen…

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