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Happy National Siblings Day

Happy National Siblings Day

In this photo, I was just six years old. We lived in Staten Island at this time. I have many (half) brothers and (half) sisters, but I chose to share this picture because this brother played a huge role in who I am today. In the 1990s, he started collecting music of all genres. In those days, compact discs were very popular. If you were ‘cool’, you had a Discman and you that probably meant you had the latest street tapes blaring from your car speakers. Vividly, I remember reading album booklets from cover to cover in his basement apartment. It’s actually the first time I read “Kayne West”. I didn’t know who he was then, but I felt his pain.

I’ll keep this short… Happy National Siblings Day, big brother!

Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is part of the Complex Day Ones, an exclusive community to help make the Complex experiences even better.