Throwback Thursday: The Roots – “What They Do”

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Lost generation, fast paced nation
World population confront they frustration
The principles of true hip-hop have been forsaken
It’s all contractual and about money makin
Pretend-to-be cats don’t seem to know they limitation
Exact replication and false representation
You wanna be a man, then stand your own
To MC requires skills, I demand some shown…

– Black Thought

This is one of my favorite records by The Roots. The video is brilliant too.

Previously: Throwback Thursday: The Fugees – “Ready Or Not”


Video: Lauryn Hill Speaks to High School Students in 2000

January 18, 2011 2 comments

This video of singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill speaking to high school students hit the web late last week. Lauryn, who was 25 at the time, delivers an inspirational speech about the music industry, spirituality, love, and more.

I hope everyone is as encouraged and motivated by this video as I was… Enjoy!

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Poetry: “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

“We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!

Previously: Poetry: “When God Wants To Drill A Man”

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Quote of the Week

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Previously: Quote of the Week

The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 1: The List

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Music has always served as a page marker in the book of my life. Certain songs bring back memories of where I’ve been, some allow me sit in the present, and others take me where I want to go. Last year was the beginning of a new decade, which means new stories were written.

As we turn the page to 2011, I’d like to revisit the albums that stood out and some that were overlooked.

Coming Soon: Update: The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 2: The Five

Related: Lists & Album Reviews

Hit the jump for The List…

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Holiday Update

December 23, 2010 1 comment

It’s hard to believe that I started this blog back in February. Throughout 2010, I’ve made some valuable connections and surprisingly made some great friends.  However, my vision for The Truth Renaissance is far from complete. There is still a lot of work to be done and I will be posting a lot more in 2011. I have a lot of great ideas and plan on expanding on what I’ve already started. I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read and comment on my posts. With that said, look forward to the following to close out 2010:

1. The Lost Reviews Part I & II: There are a lot of albums I wanted to review this year that I never got around to writing. So I will be highlighting my favorite releases this year and doing a brief review of each.

2. A year end Quote of the Week/Editorial.

3. One last Throwback Thursday.

4. Lastly, expect an update on the mission of The Truth Renaissance at the top of the year.

I hope that everyone has a safe and blessed Christmas!


Quote of the Week

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

“You do not have to pay the price to grow and expand intellectually. The mind neither requires it nor demands it. If, however, you want to experience the joy of discovery and the pleasure of plowing new and fertile soul, effort is required.

Light won’t automatically shine upon you, nor will truth silently sleep into you head by means of rocking osmosis…. it’s up to you. It’s your move.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

In Napoleon Hill’s “Law of Success”, he writes about the misconception of the meaning of the word educate. He explains that “the word educate has its roots in the Latin word educo, which means to develop from within; to educe; to draw out; to grow through the law of use.” We have transformed into a society that has allowed formal education to serve as the culmination of our epistemological pursuit. As I’ve stated before, we should be constantly educating ourselves and putting forth effort to grow in all areas of our lives.

We’re all aware that if you don’t use your muscles they become weak. The same applies to our mind and our thought process. If we do not challenge the way we think or revisit our worldview through meditation and reflection we subject ourselves to an illusion of wisdom. Also, as Mr. Swindoll so eloquently states, we prevent ourselves from experiencing the joy and freedom that God intends for all of us. I’m of the belief that once we begin to seek truth, it will present itself; however, growth takes action. Nature hates idleness in all forms.

This week challenge yourself to get into the habit of taking time out to educate yourself. If you are experiencing difficulties in any area (e.g. financial, spiritual, or relationships), remember its up to you to take the necessary steps. A lot of times we’re not waiting on God to move in our lives, He is waiting on us.



The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9


Previously: Quote of the Week x Earl Graves