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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Black Dot Presents: Urban Culture Decoded

This afternoon I was in New Jersey enjoying the weather when I saw young man a few feet ahead of me walking with a pair of Beats By Dre headphones hugging his cranium. However, what he had in his right hand was a one-way ticket Straight Outta the matrix.

“That’s a classic you got there,” I said to the stranger after mildly nudging him out of his self-induced musical hypnosis. He looked at me with a surprised look on his face, not knowing what I was talking about. I clarified by pointing to his copy of the groundbreaking Hip Hop Decoded, authored by The Black Dot. The young man smiled.

“Yeah man, I was a baby when it came out, but it’s right on point for today.” I shook my head and smiled, knowing full well that the young man was just a boy when the book was released in 2005.

The brief exchange exemplifies Dot’s importance –not just as an author—but as a teacher. He is adept at translating the knowledge and experience of his yesterdays so that it is eagerly embraced and practically used by the blossoming  minds of tomorrow. His latest book, Urban Culture Decoded, boldly addresses a myriad of issues critical to their new world.


“I’m not actually out to create a scene with the book, but rather make public ideas people know will work, but are too afraid to propose,” explained The Black Dot in a personal statement issued to Mind Glow Media just hours after my encounter with the youth in New Jersey. “It takes an unapologetic warrior to step in every few generations and change the direction of the country. Urban America is under great threat from itself, yet we have all we need to solve the issues at our disposal.

I’m ultimately attempting to address the elephant in the room that nobody is brave enough to acknowledge. If parents, teachers, policy makers and anyone else in a position of authority can take the time to venture with me into the unconventional, then saving this lost generation will be easier than we expect. But time is pressing; will you give me a chance to have my say?”

Indeed. To order the new book written by one of my teachers,  go directly to his website at