It’s taken me a long time to appreciate and understand my grandfather, Arzell “Flukie” Thompson, and how his kindness is the most apartment trait he imparted on my family.
Listen to this episode to listen to me explore that role of kindness in his life, and now my life.
I've talked about my past alcohol and drug use quite a lot as a musician. However, I rarely really recap it live on air in detail because it's hard to tell how to talk about it.
Addiction is highly subjective, and not all people experience it the same way.
However, here is how I've come to think of addiction after about 13 years of a combination of various drugs and alcohol and now the last four years and four months sober from alcohol and my former vices.
You can read more about me and see my work as a journalist at theuptownobserver.com.
In this episode, I talk about my relationship to music.
In short, throughout my entire life, music has been the only place, the only space where I can just be me, regardless of what I look like on the outside.
In this episode, I wanted to introduce you to me as a human being.
Not as a journalist. Not as a Black/biracial man.
I simply want to share somewhat of the color of my early years and some experiences that shaped how I react to the world even now so that maybe you better understand me as a person.
As always, feel free to share your thoughts on topics I discuss with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For my work as a journalist, visit theuptownobserver.com.
I wanted to capture my initial thoughts following the guilty verdicts returned against Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd. Because I feel like maybe some people are feeling a little in shock by the verdict as, historically, this is just the fairytale ending for people of color.
Not the one we actually get when loved ones are taken from us.
In this episode, I recap my journey through the world of journalism, from my humble beginnings in the corporate realm in 2012, to my exodus from it in 2020.
For more of my work, visit theuptownobserver.com.
KENOSHA -- In this episode, Uptown Observer founder Daniel Thompson discusses the mass shooting at Somers House in Kenosha County, Wis., on Sunday, April 18, 2021. For more from the Observer, visit theuptownobserver.com.