There are not enough hours in the day. That’s what a lot of people say. I personally think that there just aren’t enough days in the week. Extra days in a week add the opportunity to work. Extra hours in a day add the opportunity to sleep.
I’ve been trying to figure out what should I be doing on this blog. The number one that comes to mind is, keep writing. No one likes an empty blog! It’s like watching web pages load on a dial-up connection.
I’ve got to be interesting, number two. I can be a very smart and entertaining guy in my own head, but what happens when those thoughts start to fall out spontaneously into the blogosphere? I’ll conquer those fears as they come, which leads to number three…
Keep it real. There’s a card I keep on my desk from my niece which reads: “Real doesn’t just happen. Real’s something you have to work hard to become. Real’s something you have to work hard to remain.” I’ve had my ups and downs in life, and the key factor through those triumphs and failures has been taking responsibility for the choices I’ve made. Those who know me well know that I’m a risk taker. When you own up to something, good or bad, that’s keeping it real. Recognize your favors and your faults, because everyone else does.
Bear with me as this blog evolves. I can’t give all of me in one fell swoop. I’m a work in progress. I have a lot of friends in a lot of different walks of life. That’s part of the Loupy D vibe. Like the name suggests, there are a lot of circles in my life; from the red blood cells squeezing through my veins to the cycles which govern universal law, I recognize the oneness of us all. I recognize the beauty of the written word and it’s power to initiate peace and unity, and I just so happen like to write. No, I’m passionate about writing, and with this blog I’m kindling a flame to start a fire where we can all gather around and sing Kumbay-…
Wait! Let me slow it down y’all. This is just one point in the circle. I’m sure in time this blog will expand, and more reasons to keep it going will come in the making. I’m sure it will ripple with other circles out there. Maybe the purpose of this blog will grow out of my hands. I won’t get any extra days in my week, but I will dedicate more of my days to being a better writer.
By Loupy D
Lawrence Evan Dotson was born in Los Angeles, California. He decided early in life that he wanted to tell stories. He was a character who could entertain his two older sisters by staging his own version of a church radio broadcast that they would listen to on Sunday nights. His desire to perform followed him through grade school, and in his senior year of high school, a UCLA professor scouted and urged Lawrence to major in theater. Lawrence felt convicted to follow in the footsteps of his father, so instead of declaring Theater Arts as a freshman, he went in undeclared to sit out for a spot in the highly competitive Engineering Department. It only took one calculus class to convince Lawrence that Theater Arts was his calling and that he was going to achieve his goal of being recognized for his talents. While attending UCLA, he combined his interests in art and music and was one of the founders of the UCLA Jazz and Reggae Festival. He was on the Student Committee for the Arts, which put on the Jazz at the Wadsworth Series in conjunction with KKGO FM.
Lawrence became more aware of social justice issues affecting the African American community on campus and became active in organizations that promoted positive change. He collaborated with students from other majors and formed the African Theater Collective, which promoted and produced plays from the African Diaspora. That action inspired a performance protest demanding the hiring of more black professors in the Theater Department, and tenure for longtime Professor, Dr. Beverly J. Robinson. The performance was based upon the subject matter that Dr. Robinson taught: the procession of the Black Theater experience in America as depicted through the development of the African slave from the plantations, to the pulpit, to the stage.
Blessed with a wealth of knowledge and a rich experience from the University, Lawrence graduated and landed a job as an actor with University Express, an outreach program managed by a former student of Dr. Robinson. The troupe performed plays at Middle and High Schools that stressed the importance of continuing education. The job allowed him enough time to go on auditions, but after a year Lawrence burnt out on the acting treadmill. He met an editor for an underground Hip Hop magazine called No Sellout in 1991. Lawrence had his first article published in the second issue, an interview with L.A. DJ Michael Mixxin Moor. Lawrence began writing under “Loupy D”, coined from a childhood nickname. He wrote articles, reviews and commentary, and conducted interviews with some of Hip Hop’s top entertainers like The Notorious BIG, Wu Tang Clan, Erykah Badu and many others until 2003.
In 2015, he earned an MFA in Creative Writing, after submitting a draft of a memoir based on his experiences growing up in post-Civil Rights Era Los Angeles. He's published an academic article, “Persona in Progression: A Look At Creative Nonfiction Literature In Civil Rights and Rap,” in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. He also served a brief stint as the music editor for the online writing journal Drunk Monkeys.
In between writing stints, Lawrence has and continues to be an avid amateur photographer and independent film professional. He will be releasing books and videos of his work over time, just as soon as he figures out how to balance work life with the life of single parenting two sons.
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Love, love, love this! Passion and words! Oh, yeah! 🙂
I’m where you are. Keep it up, and best to you in your endeavor!
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Keep it going! I want to see what will come of your blog. It can only get better!
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