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Byron Crawford

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Byron Crawford is the founder and editor of ByronCrawford.com: The Mindset of a Champion, and the author of The Mindset of a Champion: Your Favorite Rapper's Least Favorite Book and Infinite Crab Meats. He blogged for XXL magazine for five years in the mid to late '00s. He lives in a shanty town.

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Byron Crawford I only started writing as an adult, and having read very little up until that point. Once I did start writing, I looked around for people I could…moreI only started writing as an adult, and having read very little up until that point. Once I did start writing, I looked around for people I could emulate/rip off, and the thing you realize right away, as a black male writer looking for other black male writers (nullus), is that black guys don't write. When they do, it's not very well publicized, which I'm sure is part of the reason they don't.

I went to school for business, which typically means you don't have to read or write much of anything, but this was a fairly writing-intensive program. We were taught/ordered to emulate articles in Harvard Business Review, especially by a guy named Michael Porter, to the point where if you submitted them to a publication you would rightly be accused of plagiarism. But that was the whole point. If you attempted to get creative and/or informal with it, you'd get a bad grade.

While I was in college I read The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast. I was already writing on the Internets at that point, but I had no idea that it was something I would continue to do well into my adulthood, semi-professionally. But once I did start writing, that was the kind of writing I attempted to emulate. I drew on it a lot when I was writing for XXL, and I always thought one day I would write a similar book. I toyed with the idea in the late '00s, but I never seriously pursued it, and it wasn't until a while after I left XXL that I set out to write my first book, at which point I had a pretty strong handle on what I was doing.(less)
Byron Crawford I don't get nearly as much of the kind of hate mail I used to post, maybe because a lot of older and semi-literate Internet users are now on Facebook.…moreI don't get nearly as much of the kind of hate mail I used to post, maybe because a lot of older and semi-literate Internet users are now on Facebook. I still get the occasional bum rapper wanting to know Paul Rosenberg's email address, as a result of something I posted back circa '09, and the occasional weird furrin guy who thinks he's emailing one of the girls from RackRadar.(less)
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Infinite Crab Meats

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NaS Lost: A Tribute to the ...

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No Country for Black Men

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Writin' Dirty: An Anthology

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I fished this from a dollar bin the other day, having once seen it mentioned in regard to the '90s-era debate about "gangsta rap." I figured at the very least the price was right. It turned out to be a not half bad read.

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“Ironically, Zuckerberg, who's built a vast fortune on harvesting people's personal information, can't stand to be photographed.”
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“I drive a van.”
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“The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”
Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
Elizabeth Taylor

“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”
John Burroughs, Studies in Nature and Literature

“A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.”
Walter Mosley, The Long Fall




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