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This all off the top so excuse any errors.

This past weekend was a memorable one for me. It showed me the highs & lows of my profession as a journalist. Here’s a raw, unfiltered recap of the past few days.

Myself (middle) alongside artist ME + L (right), & close friend, Sean (left).

Friday, I interviewed artist ME + L , a rising star with a unique sound. Saturday, I interviewed talented poet HD The Poet , Neville, CEO of fire clothing brand Temet Nosce, and NYC’s hottest drill rapper Nas EBK. When DHJ reaches the next level, I’ll credit this weekend towards helping me reach new heights.

Myself (right) alongside writer & poet HD The Poet (left).

Sunday I premiered an interview for the 1st time during DHJ alum Rickey Strachan‘s book signing in Brooklyn. Thank you so much for that opportunity.

Myself (middle right), alongside Temet Nosce CEO Neville (far left), close friend Jaden (middle left), & Steven (far right).

Yesterday, our Creative Director Roki graduated, as well as several other alums of our platform. Congrats to the CO’21, very proud of y’all.

Myself (middle left), alongside artist Nas EBK (middle right), artist Chevy Love (far right), and close friend Zo (far left).

During this hectic weekend, we lost 2 special people to senseless gun violence. Aaron was a role model, with a strong work ethic, beautiful family, and maturity I admired. Keyshawn, someone I had no relationship with, was well-liked during my FDA years.

Photo from Rickey Strachan’s book signing on Sunday, June 27th, where I premiered an interview for the first time.

1 year ago, we lost hoop star Brandon Hendricks to gun violence. It’s a pandemic that’s still spreading. If you’re reading this, please remain safe & careful during these summer months. We don’t need to lose anyone else. My condolences go out to the families of Aaron, Keyshawn, and Brandon.

Photo from our Creative Director’s Roki’s high school graduation June 28th. Congratulations!

With that being said, I’ll conclude with this: Da Hood Journal is not a podcast, blog, or YouTube channel. It’s a platform for the people, made by the people, and used to help the people that support our vision. Big thank you to our supporters, we are going to keep building with DHJ.

Photo of Keyshawn (left) & Aaron (right), two young men who unfortunately lost their lives to gun violence during this weekend. May they rest in paradise.

THANK YOU TO Black Ivy Media & Ritha Pierre for helping me realize my full potential & more with my platform!

Photo of Brandon “B-Diddy” Hendricks, a basketball star that lost his life to gun violence, a year ago last weekend. May he rest in paradise.

If you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading. Leave a comment if you enjoyed this piece. And please, share this with your friends!

Blessings,

Da Hood Journal

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