Blackstars

A personal essay in which Michael Gonzales reflects on the deaths of a dear friend, and a bookworm he idolized: David Bowie.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 10, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,186 words)

XXL’s A Great Day in Hip Hop: 16 Years Later

Actually, twenty years have now passed since the legendary Gordon Parks photographed 177 hip-hop artists and collaborators in a single image in Harlem. It was a once-in-a-lifetime gathering. People are still talking about it. To celebrate the anniversary, here’s the story of what it was like from someone who was there.

Published: Sep 29, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1,775 words)