callmeHUTCH_ has written 15 posts for Back to the Basics


One night I asked myself if I truly believed in myself, if I believed in my ability to effect change and to succeed. God says that with him and through him all things are possible but the humanity in me questions rather or not that statement applies to life fully. It’s the night before my … Continue reading

Evolution of R&B — An Essay

Music is a language that is universal. A language that is always changing and progressing as time goes on and demographics change. Rhythm and Blues, also known as R&B, has been a forever changing genre, encompassing elements of soul and jazz and hip hop and rock. R&B giants, like Beyonce, Rihanna, and John Legend, have … Continue reading


When a person is wounded, they go through an extensive healing process that sometimes required bandages and ointments and rest. After a while the thing that was broken or scratched or torn is made new, sometimes leaving a scar as reminder that at one point it existed. The past few days I have been a … Continue reading

Coming Out, To Myself

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6 Word Memoirs

Have you ever imagined what would happen if someone called you and asked you for some dynamic memoir or autobiography, but then limited you to only 6 words. What would you say, or what you would write about? What part of your life would you ignore and what parts would you glorify? In one of … Continue reading

God Bless the Broken Road

When people remember me, or when people see me I want them to remember the smile I had the consumed my face, my priceless facial expressions, and my acts of kindness not the the negative, dilapidated past that so often clouds my perception. Today is January 1. A new month and a new year, and … Continue reading

Where I’m From

I am from Southern Hospitality and hot summers sired onto my skin “Hey y’all”s and bright red forehead kisses sitting on the porch with my cousins I am from the city that sleeps and wakes up early Chic-fil-a and the Varsity I am from MARTA Inefficient but loved the same I am from Eunice and … Continue reading

Identity Beyond Race…

[ahy-den-ti-tee] – the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another Patrick talked about his finding his identity in this book, but more so the finding the middle ground between his roots on the South Side of Chicago and his new found, predominantly white community surrounding Milton boarding school. He discusses the struggles he faced as an underprivileged black boy in a sea of … Continue reading

A Vision…

“Without a Vision, the People Will Perish” Governor Patrick grew up on the South Side of Chicago with his mother, grandparents, and older sister. His father left his family to pursue his career as a musician, and his mother was between jobs. Patrick described the South Side of Chicago as first as a southern staple … Continue reading

A Reason to Believe

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick wrote a book, A Reason to Believe, that I recently finished reading. It was one of the most inspirational works I have read in a long time. Many people, especially black people, don’t read, but this book was thought provoking and it raised many questions in my mind about who I … Continue reading

My Thoughts…

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