David Mills, 1961-2010


Many of you have heard about the sudden passing of Emmy award-winning TV writer David Mills, who wrote for shows such as NYPD Blue, The Corner, The Wire and the upcoming Treme.  Funny thing is, that’s not how I knew David.

In fact, I didn’t even know he was a TV writer, let alone someone recognized for their talent on award-winning shows.  First, for a long time I thought he was another David Mills, who I knew from the Black Filmmaker Foundation days, but that wasn’t the case.  No, what I knew about this David Mills was that he was a blogger, the creative force behind Undercover Black Man.  We’d exchanged a few comments and added each other to our respective blogrolls. But that was about it.  If I'd looked closer, I would've discovered that, prior to his TV career, he'd done a lot of music journalism.

When I was crowdsourcing the funding for my recent SXSW trip, out of nowhere he donated $500.  Just like that.  Humbling to say the least.  That was the single biggest donation I received.  In many ways, he was responsible for my ability to make it down to Austin this year.And I hardly knew the guy.

I thanked him for his generosity and this was his reply:

You're very welcome, Rob. You have turned me on to so much music, I felt a debt.

Keep on. I look forward to reading about SXSW.


I certainly hope that he got a chance to read what I’d written, but the bigger lesson is the reminder that we never know who's life we're impacting when we do good and honest work.

Here's a glimpse at the 14-minute preview of Treme, which premieres on HBO on April 11:

Additional links:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Fear Of A Black President

esq-obama-0812-lg_nigel parry

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration. p5rn7vb

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings


A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”


In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown


A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web


So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...