From January, 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana

Song: It Ain’t My Fault Artist: Dejan’s Olympia Brass Brand Writer: Smokey Johnson and Wardell Quezergue Release: 1964, original release Sampled By: Silkk the Shocker, It Ain’t My Fault, Charge it 2 Da Game (1998). I love that Silkk the Shocker sampled this, as it is a testament to the strong cultural influence of New Orleans. I was first introduced to New Orleans more than ten years ago, when my sister left Atlanta to attend Xavier University. That beautiful Crescent City, with its living culture and magical, almost spiritual pull, will always have a special place in my heart. From…

Nnene

Name: Nnene Hometown: Lithonia, Georgia and Imo State, Nigeria Age: 23 Age You First Fell in Love: At this stage in life, I haven’t experienced true love. Love Is: Love is beyond mushy romance, it is recognizing the flaws in the other individual and still working to enhance and transform each other. It is someone…

Edmund

Name: Edmund Hometown: Riverdale, Georgia and Accra, Ghana Age: 21 Age You First Fell in Love: 16 Love Is: I was sixteen when I first fell in love with someone, who at the time, I felt was my soulmate. Everyday, I felt as if I couldn’t live without that person and I didn’t get over…

Suwilanji

Name: Suwilanji Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia and Democratic Republic of Congo Age: 25 Age You First Fell in Love: 22 Love Is: Love is giving, it is sacrifice. I give all of myself to those who I love and who I fall in love with. Love is continuous charity. I thought I’d fallen in love at…

Tola

Name: Tola Hometown: Snellville, Georgia and Ibadan, Nigeria Age: 24 Age You First Fell in Love: 21 Love Is: The ability to be out of yourself and value someone else as important. It is what allows you to sacrifice your time and life resources, everything that compromises you for another. It can be tested but…

Neka

Name: Neka Hometown: Doraville, Georgia and Port Harcourt, Nigeria Age: 24 Age You First Fell in Love: 19 Love Is: In all senses of the word it is by far the most powerful human emotion that there is. Love’s greatest attribute, I think is its power to overcome fear. So in the romantic sense, love…

Jackie

Name: Jackie Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia and Delta State, Nigeria Age: 25 Age You First Fell in Love: 23 Love Is: I think there’s a difference between being in love and loving someone. I’ve said I’ve been in love, but I don’t think I meant it. I do think that love is being connected mind, body…

Uche

Name: Uche Hometown: Decatur, Georgia and Abiriba, Nigeria Age: 24 Age You First Fell in Love: I’ve never been in love. Love is: Giving yourself completely, I think that’s why I’ve never been in love because I wouldn’t be able to recover [from losing it]. I have to be vulnerable enough to love you. Being…

Geraldine

Name: Geraldine Hometown: Miami, Florida and Conakry, Guinea Age: 24 Age You First Fell in Love: I’ve never been in love. Love is: Sacrifice, commitment and dedication. When you find all three, I believe you have found love. Growing up African, I feel I’m expected to find love before I’m 30 (ha!). I think my…