Happy New Year!
My wish for 2018 is that we all make an effort to bring the best out of one another, and ourselves, each and every day. Let's appeal to the highest in our collective and individual humanity, rather than our lowest instincts.
I'm so happy that 2018 is finally here. 2017 was a long year, which went by very fast - if that makes any sense! (The image blow is a screenshot I took of my cell phone at just after midnight)
My New Years Eve was pretty chilled. I wanted to laugh, feel good and stay warm, given the frigid cold that has descended on New York. To that end, I watched the two Dave Chappelle specials which appeared on Netflix on New Years Eve: Equanimity and The Bird Revelation.
I'd recommend both, watched back to back if possible. Chappelle has truly mastered his craft and is true comedic genius, able to be profound, thought-provoking, educational and hilarious all at the same time, while touching on some of the most provocative topics of our time. I must get to see him live in 2018.
My New Year's Day has been spent so far listening to a 2017 album entitled Walkin' Vol 2 by Peejay, a Korean artist (rapper, producer). You can hear the influences of artists and groups like Erykah Badu, N.E.R.D, Incognito, Jamiroquai, The Roots and a bit of Robert Glasper in here.... It's impressive, and I've vowed to spend this year paying more attention to what's going on in Korea musically because there's clearly a thriving and vibrant soul/neo-soul scene out there. So, if you want some mellow New Year's vibes to start off your 2018, Peejay's got it for ya!
I'm also committed to reading more books this year. Some that I enjoyed last year and highly recommend are: Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, Angie Thomas' The Hate You Give, Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing and - randomly - Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, which is such a brilliantly humorous read.
I won't give full reviews, but all cultural content that I consume is similar in that it's a) thought-provoking, b) educational and helps me learn, c) opens my mind to other perspectives and points of view, d) touches me emotionally. All of these books - although very different - did this for me. The first three all relate to black people in some way, but from three completely different perspectives (South African, African-American, and a mixture of African through to African-American) which is in itself fascinating.
Wishing you a healthy and happy 2018!