The Intersection of Africa with Latin Music

September 10, 2018 · Posted In: Encounter, Music

In a previous issue, I explored how the African-American tradition deserves credit for inventing all major forms of music created in America, such as hip-hop, disco, funk, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues, blues, house, techno, […]

MILLENNIAL MYTH: We’re Job Hoppers

June 13, 2018 · Posted In: Encounter, People

I’m a millennial who’s held four different jobs over the past two years.  This begs the question, “Am I a cliché?” Gallup called millennials the “job-hopping generation” in a 2016 study.  An April NBC news article […]

The Music Lesson You Never Got in School

May 3, 2018 · Posted In: Encounter, Lifestyle, Music

Through my time as a DJ for the past 16 years, it’s been my career and passion to study music. And I’ve learned one important fact along the way—the modern legacy of American dance music […]

Being Present for the Small Moments

April 2, 2018 · Posted In: Encounter, Lifestyle, People

My mom passed away three days before this past Christmas. My friend and former co-worker Justin Swanson passed two days before that. Between the two, I wound up saying farewell to Justin in the ICU […]

Transitorily Yours

December 28, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Opinion

I’m going to get real vulnerable here: When it comes to millennial stereotypes, I can verifiably say that I fit within the “coddled” category. Even though I grew up in the context of a middle-class […]

Confessions of a Wedding DJ

December 17, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Nightlife

I’m a wedding DJ. That’s the first time I’ve publicly written this sentence. It’s been a long journey to get to this point right. I went from a 19-year-old starry-eyed kid with a plan to […]

Generational Journey Through Nightlife

August 23, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Lifestyle, People

When I was 19, I could be found illegally sneaking into nightclubs. As the youngest person in the room, I was essentially walking into a raucous Generation X party. Back then, around 2003-2004, the height […]

Transitorily Yours

June 15, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Lifestyle, People

As a millennial in the midst of fatherhood, there’s a range of interesting observations and surprising lessons I’ve taken in along the way. I somehow evaded having a child throughout most of my adult life. […]

Transitorily Yours

May 31, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, People

Since we all know millennials are prone to nostalgia and the whole “Netflix’n’chill” bit, I recently watched the series The Get Down. In the Netflix production, a couple of kids work their way through the […]

Transitorily Yours

February 22, 2017 · Posted In: Encounter, Omaha Magazine, Opinion, People On the Rise

Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a new Encounter column focusing on millennial life by Brent Crampton. To share your significant life experiences, email millennials@omahapublications.com Today is Jan. 7, 2017, and yesterday I walked […]