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Interests: Hobbies: Blogging, reading, music, concerts, hanging out with friends. Fave Authors: Hubert Selby Jr., Bell Hooks, Toni Morrison, Henry Rollins, Mark Anthony Neale, Lester Bangs, Anthony Swofford (Details), Anderson Cooper, Tim Wise
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Hey everyone! Sorry there has been such a massive delay in posting. Just realized that in the 6 months since I've posted here, life has been hectic as shit. My second semester of grad school was, while a lot better... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Writing is Fighting
I'm about 6 months behind in actually writing about my move from Toronto to Brooklyn. Outside of being extremely busy with my first semester of graduate school at The New School / NSSR ; freelancing to try and keep a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Writing is Fighting
A few weeks ago I was asked to interview a band that I really dig: Lord Mantis. I didn’t hesitate in taking the gig. It was an email interview, so I sent my questions to their PR guy and was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Writing is Fighting
Call me naive, but this shit is hard. I've been writing about race and racism for....shit, since I was 17 or so. I've had my share of critics, but in comparison to many of my race-baiting colleagues I've been pretty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Writing is Fighting
On Saturday night (January 18th) Global National Television ran a ten minute segment based on my book, What Are You Doing Here on their program 16 x 9. I haven't even watched it yet - I got through about 2... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Writing is Fighting
(A continuation from the previous post) The Gray : Best music of 2013 Music saved my life this year. It was simply a great year for music. Just like last year I didn't write a whole lotta reviews, but ended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
(Updated from my original December 18th post) I've been dying to write this for weeks, even though I know that its not totally true: 2013 sucked. This, hands down, was the hardest year of my life, but it is only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
I was going to post about some upcoming book / event stuff, but I wanted to take a few minutes out to discuss something that really bothered me....... I woke up this morning to a text that my best friend... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
A couple of weeks ago I did an interview with Thunder Bay's Witchfinder Radio on What Are You Doing Here? and the Indiegogo Campaign. I think it turned out really great, so check it out below. Indiegogo Campaign - A... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
WAYDH Indiegogo Book Campaign from Laina Dawes on Vimeo. Hey everyone! I started an Indiegogo Campaign a couple of weeks ago to fund the book event tour that I mentioned in an earlier post. I'm not going to reguritate everything... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
Hey Everyone!!!!! In April, I had my official book launch in NYC at Saint Vitus Bar, which was great. I had invited three bands and it was essentially a live performance with a bit of talk from me. Books were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
I have to admit, I was a bit surprised. I followed the trial on CNN, and while the prosecution didn't do the greatest job, I thought that he might be convicted of Manslaughter. Well I was wrong. I was up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
(I started writing this two weeks ago and then temporarily abandoned it because I knew I was too busy and couldn’t get it up in a timely manner. However, today I was reading an article on Chief Keef in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
The last month has been a blur. In addition to the two events, I went to SXSW Music festival and realized that I've been to Austin for either the Music or Interactive portion about 6 times. Yeesh. Was it fun?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
The next month is going to be cray-cray! First up: I'm leaving for SXSW in Austin next week and its going to be a jam-packed few days. On Thursday, March 14th I'll be part of a panel presentation for Black... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
I've just set up a store...there's not really a "name" per se, but the website is Blackinmetal. As T-shirts are a staple in the metal, hardcore and punk communities, I asked G. Therese Lanz from Mares of Thrace to help... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
Last week, Bazillion Points posted a playlist consisting of some of the women musicians mentioned and /or interviewed in What Are You Doing Here? Ones that are missing weren't available, but I'll update when I can. I also want to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
The last week has been busy, 'yall. Here are the latest interviews and reviews posted on What Are You Doing Here? NPR's Morning Edition: This interview was great, and the response has been overwhelming. The Atlantic: A total surprise! The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
I was in NYC recently and did this interview with Soundcheck on What Are You Doing Here? Check it! Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
First, I hope y'all had a good holiday. Today I finally feel energized enough to update and get on with the realization that this is going to (hopefully) be a crazy yet exciting year. A couple of things: did you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Writing is Fighting
In preparation in (or while debating whether I am going to) see(ing) Django Unchained in the next week or so, I decided to watch this amazing documentary Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, which interweaves three stories: The first is about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at Writing is Fighting
I was thinking of doing this later in the month, but peer pressure! All the major mainstream pubs have started posting theirs so I thought I would get this over with. I don't like doing these lists - not this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at Writing is Fighting
I'm so excited that this is finally seeing the light! Here is a description: A collection articles, essays and interviews with people who are creating, participating and working in art scenes where it is commonly thought they don't belong based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Writing is Fighting
Last Tuesday Bestie and I went to see Henry Rollins Speak at the CBC in Toronto. This was the third time we had seen him together; the fourth I had seen him. I was looking for some inspiration, and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Writing is Fighting
(I 've missed doing long-form album reviews, so I thought I would start up again with this great album). “If you’re going to put our record on, it’s not going to be a party: You’ll be putting our music on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Writing is Fighting