Going past the local playground today I saw some dude who was supposed to be a boxing trainer doing the mitts with some guy that was supposed to be a boxer. No speed. No power. I hadn’t seen a precision session that weak since the Fresh Prince tried to take on Tyson. For some reason it reminded me that the decade of my 30s seems to have also been the decade of the loudmouth. Whether it’s Kanye West in a cleavage top trying to get paraplegics to stand or the fact that more Black people know who Wendy Williams is than they do James Baldwin and even when you look at current fashion trends today’s world is all about being loud, even if you’re also wrong. Most of these dudes wouldn’t have made it in the old neighborhood without keeping their shades drawn. Just a thought.
The Other Place
A native of Washington, DC, Kenji Jasper is the author of five books including the bestselling Dark, the acclaimed House on Childress Street and the crime novella, Snow. His work has appeared on National Public Radio, in Newsweek, Essence, VIBE and in many other publications. The Other Place is a boutique media arts initiative that will bring the world offerings in books, film and food, all with a subterranean 21st Century flair. It's first release, Jasper's own The Morning After, will be released in the Summer of 2013 followed by several web and television projects and Eve, Jasper's first full novel since 2007.