Category: Columns

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My Life in the New Old World, by Elizabeth Cunningham [World Class Adventurer #4]

Fireworks light up the night sky as The Middle Kingdom prepares for Chinese New Year. Shanghai — an Asian megacity consisting of more than 25 million people — is more than half empty.  The only ones who stay behind are the locals and foreigners. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Small shop owners change…
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Dealing with Barriers for Writers of Color, by Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #8]

“Gangsta (2002), they told me there’s no market for this. Black Lotus (2005), they told me YOUR readers aren’t ready to digest this. The Gabriel & DeMona stories, they told me a kid from the projects can’t write urban fantasy. Not one time did I listen, K’wan whatever he wants”-K’wan, best selling and award-winning author.…
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The Generation Gap in Hip-Hop, by Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #7]

Ah, good ole’ hip-hop, the genre that forever changed my life and is exactly what I eat and breathe each and every day. One thing that I love is the constant evolution and competition that hip-hop brings, but it also highlights the never-ending generational gap. Whenever I listen to emcee’s from the 80’s or 90’s…
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2017 in Review, by Elizabeth Cunningham [World Class Adventurer #3]

January I spent New Year’s in Tokyo and fell completely in love with the city. After my Tokyo trip, I took a brief holiday to Taiwan where I stayed for a couple weeks before returning to the mainland. February I decided to spend the Chinese New Year in Shanghai where I met some awesome foreigners…
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Poetic Thoughts of a Rebel, by Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #6]

After a brief hiatus I am back with another edition of Poetic Thoughts. I want to give you all a little insight into the making of my latest project “Poetic Thoughts of a Rebel” and what it’s about. You see I’m an author and poet along with being a contributor for Beautiful Losers Magazine. I’m…
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Should Poetry Slam Competitions Be Televised? by Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #5]

Poetry slams are powerful events to attend and be a part of if you’re into hearing people wax poetic in an aggressive fashion. You might even witness the next Kai Davis or Malcolm London in the making right in front of you without even realizing it. Imagine if everyone around the world could witness live…
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Having Guts by Elizabeth Cunningham [World Class Adventurer #2]

As I enter into my fifth month in Japan and my 27th birthday looms just one week away, I can’t help but feel a sense of existential dread on a level I’ve never experienced before. I wonder if my guardian angel is still out there or if she’s given up on me the same way…
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How Can We Stop the Appropriation of Black Fashion Designers by Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #4]

I’m no fashion designer or expert, but, like most people, I am a consumer. I’m a huge fan of street wear and hip-hop fashion, everything from jewelr to, hoodies to jerseys, etc.  I’m interested and excited to see what the future of fashion will be, especially with all of the talent from the underground such…
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Street lit Shawn Hudson

Urban Fiction Should Be In High Schools And Colleges By Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #3]

Urban fiction is a genre of African-American literature that depicts the trials and tribulations that people of color, particularly Black folks that live in the inner city, have to wrestle with on a regular basis. This genre also goes by the name of “street lit” or “hood books”; the author is usually someone who has…
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The Case for Legalizing Marijuana in NYC by Shawn Hudson [Poetic Thoughts #2]

Legalization of recreational and medical marijuana across the United States has been becoming a huge and well-timed trend, taking place over the last decade in states such as Colorado, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Maine, and a few others. There are benefits to legalizing Mary Jane and it becoming available to marijuana consumers. One benefit would be…
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