On respectability & looking out for #1

I avoided rap as a kid for fear of giving people the wrong idea about me. Moving away from home and having black friends who were into quirky things but also liked the same kinds of music as me — but also hip-hop was revelatory.

I didn’t set out to live in places where people didn’t have strong anti-black sentiments as an adult, but it worked out that way for a long time. I liked knowing that for the most part, situations were what they were and people generally weren’t coming at a situation based on perception and confusion about you even being qualified to do what you’re doing as a profession.

My first impulse is, do you not know how to operate google?

But beyond that, I just think a lot about how if my career had been anywhere but where it began, my life would’ve been different and not necessarily for the better either.

So I’m not sure what that means for me and what’s next exactly. I just know you have to ask better questions, be assertive in the fact that you’re an expert in your field when that’s the case and realize that not everybody is going to look out for you or see you as deserving.

13th Floor Elevators were a 60s psychedelic rock band that I got into a few years back. I thought this obnoxious poster would look good in my soulless cubicle.

13th Floor Elevators were a 60s psychedelic rock band that I got into a few years back. I thought this obnoxious poster would look good in my soulless cubicle.