Meet the Curator — W. D. Herstun, the W is Wild.

I am W. D. Herstun. The owner and curator of the site that is coming together before your eyes. It is an interesting place to join the journey. So. I’ll try to start you somewhere closer to the beginning.

Nicki + Cardi — Dame Las Dos — Diasporic Jewels

Cardi is day to Nicki’s night. Where Nicki is going in, Cardi is chilling back, posed. When Minaj is going for your throat, Cardi is slipping you the poison while smiling. Dame. Las. Dos.

Album Review — Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe

Imagine being a historian in America circa 3012, searching through archives looking for some material on technology and love in music and you proverbially dust off Dirty Computer.

Album Review — East Atlanta Love Letter — 6lack

It wasn’t until listening to this album that I was reminded that canadian-born Drake and I had little in common… I feel like I lived an hour in his truth and I don’t know this man from John Doe.

Heavy Rotation — 2018 Albums on Repeat

I have always loved music. [Read how much music matters to me here.] But, being a stay-at-home parent has changed the way that I listen. I remember racing through aisles at the local store to grab an album the DAY it hit the shelves. I can’t always get to albums as soon as they dropContinue reading “Heavy Rotation — 2018 Albums on Repeat”

Music Matters

“I see my life in terms of music.” Albert Einstein Songs are like photographs of melodic memories or rhythmic reminders of lessons learned. They can awaken peaceful recollections of salty waves beating white sands smooth; or generate the imaginary smell of hair burning on a hot comb, all within a 3 to 7 minute timeframe.Continue reading “Music Matters”

Poem — Endymion’s Fate (and R.Kelly’s too) — Éloa

My fingers were beaten grey and gold the same color of my bruises that you would prod at   You would feed them to me with spoonfuls of honeyed phrases they stung like a bee   I would get caught up in it My throat would stick closed   Eyes faintly drooped as if youContinue reading “Poem — Endymion’s Fate (and R.Kelly’s too) — Éloa”

Sculptor Spotlight — Murjoni

Murjoni popped up while on a search for contemporary pottery artists. The goal was to find young, cool, sophisticaed potters that were making the ancient art of pottery hip again. There is something about messages sent via sculpture and pottery that transmit subconscious ideas about power and beauty. “… three-dimensional works of art have withstoodContinue reading “Sculptor Spotlight — Murjoni”

Author Spotlight — Zora Neale Hurston

“I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.”      – Letter from Zora Neale Hurston to Countee Cullen life summary The above quote is the first thing featured prominently on Zora Neale Hurston’s Official Website. Hurston was bornContinue reading “Author Spotlight — Zora Neale Hurston”

Call Me By Your Name — Um. A Friendship?

The film’s title alludes to Oliver and Elio’s loving pact to call each other by their own names, recognising that, as [film director] Luca Guadagnino put it in a Q&A: “The other person makes you beautiful – enlightens you, elevates you.” This idea stems ultimately from Aristotle’s views on “true” friendship, but it echoes down theContinue reading “Call Me By Your Name — Um. A Friendship?”