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The Hip-Hop Generation


The Hip-Hop Generation, featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Makaveli, The Notorious B.I.G., Ice-T, and 50 Cent is a non-fiction work involving the history and development of the HIP-HOP culture and the genre of Rap artistry.

This work focuses on the various perspectives which are projected regarding the virtues, values, money, violence, and impact on both the youth around the world, and societies as a whole. The HIP-HOP Generation will also fixate on the ‘’Super Stars’’ of the Rap industry, identifying the talent, vision, and genius of those who helped create and nourish the industry. The work also includes a candid look at corporate America’s involvement and culpability regarding violence in the HIP-HOP community and society as a whole.

The Place of Burial for the Early Settlers of the Creole Corridor


Commissioned by Les Amis (“The Friends”) for The 250th Anniversary of the Founding of Saint Louis

The settlers in the French Colonial era left few physical traces, including the locations of their individual burial sites. The oldest burying grounds were East Bank locations, and most of those were washed away by major flooding along the same Mississippi River that brought the early explorers and settlers to that land. Early burying grounds on the West Bank, especially in St. Louis, were “washed away” by the forces of expanding population and changing economics. Identifying early burial grounds is now a difficult, controversial process.

When the Stars Came Out


In the summer of 1969, the Mississippi River Festival (MRF) kicked off on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Over the next 12 turbulent summers, the outdoor concert series attracted more than a million fans, showcased the talents of hundreds of legendary performers, and created countless memories among the artists, fans and workers who called the MRF their summer home.

The Who, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, the Eagles, Janis Joplin and many other rock legends played the MRF. But the festival’s commitment to music diversity allowed area fans to also enjoy classical, jazz, dance, barbershop, theater and bluegrass over the course of a summer.

The Mississippi River Festival is a part of history now, but it remains a beloved piece of nostalgia for thousands of St. Louis area residents. And now, for the first time, the complete story is being told. With fan reviews, artist recounts, and a gallery of rare, vintage photos, this is the story of what happened when the stars came out.