Chilling with Ice Cube

Ice Cube was on fire Monday night at Myst, where he showed up shortly before midnight to promote his upcoming album, “Raw Footage,” set to be released Aug. 19.

My friend, who works for Quick, a Dallas Morning News publication, invited me and two other girls to join her for the event. As someone who likes old school rap, I couldn’t help but want to go to the club and have my picture taken with the 39-year-old hip-hop star.

Ice Cube had a fierce and bewildered look in his eyes, and I never once saw him smile when in the company of his paparazzi posse. I laughed, though, while taking my picture with him. There I was, still dressed in my not-so-fashionable work clothes at a trendy night club with Ice Cube for an event I had just heard about hours before. I couldn’t help but love the spontaneity.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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