educator, writer, speaker, devoted family man, amateur philosopher, chess enthusiast, basketball junkie, connoisseur of fine hip hop, and purveyor of wit and wisdom

Proud Father Moment

Please give me a couple minutes to brag about my son. My son Michael took the S.A.T. this past Saturday morning…as a 7th grader. When he aced the California standardized … Continue reading

January 25, 2017 · 3 Comments

How to Develop a Talent

Originally posted on Joker to King:
When I was in middle school, my mother signed me up for piano lessons at our church. I took lessons for about a year…

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Future Kings


January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Three Pillars of Manhood

A couple months ago, my students and I wrapped up a series of essays on gender roles and expectations. We read several essays and discussed all types of topics including … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

I Finally Did It!

It finally hapened. On July 18 five years ago, I compiled a list of challenges that I had to reach before my 40th birthday. That list was called my 40 … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Coming Soon…August 1, 2016

July 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Be the Father Your Kids Need

(The following is an excerpt from my new book Joker to King which is available now on Amazon.)   I’m going to assume you already know that your kids need … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

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Soulquarian Quote of the Day

"There is no hip hop manual for growing old...The 22-year-old college grad who used to love the Roots in 1994 never left. He’s just 40 now and has a wife and kids and doesn’t feel like spending all night at a club."