Double Trouble – Tracee Ellis-Ross & Malcolm Jamal Warner
It took a lot to get this one done, but thanks to the efforts of Tre Media and Juanita Stephens, we were able to make it happen. I really enjoyed Tracee. She was down to earth, funny and very responsive. Malcolm was very serious and calculated. If you’re guessing I interviewed them at different times, you hit it on the head!!
No Laughing Matter – Steve Harvey
One of the hardest working men in show business here. I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Harvey in his Atlanta home, which is one of the most massive and impressive layouts I’ve ever seen. He kept the mood light, cracking jokes once the schedule was set in stone, but was eerily stone faced at the onset of the day. Hence the title: No Laughing Matter.
Not Easily Broken – Ciara
I’d just moved into a new place in Cobb County when I got the call to meet Ciara at Houston’s… not the one downtown, but the more obscure, lesser known location on Northside Parkway in Marietta, Ga. Good talk over soup and appetizers… She was kool as a cucumber too.
One of my favorite articles as a freelancer for The SOURCE. It was a good time for people like me (writers). The “B words” hadn’t infiltrated the trade yet and magazines still had budgets for quality work. It was also a crucial time for DJ Drama, the Aphilliates and the mixtape game as a whole.
The accompanying piece – a double cover with The self-proclaimed “King of the South” – delves into the raid that changed the science behind producing and distributing street albums for profit.
Ear 2 The Street & Power Moves
I was in a pretty good groove with The SOURCE when these two assignments came in. Lifestyle pieces, that explored behavior in the urban community, while keeping it official… yeah, I’ll buy that!
The only regret I had on “The Formula” is that my homie AL Dre wasn’t the artist to bring the story to life. As for Power Moves in “The Fast Lane,” chopping it up with Michael “Blue” Williams, was definitely a treat.