June 2, 2012

The City of Brotherly Hate

Over the last few years we have witnessed the City of Brotherly Love become a City of No Love For Our Brothers.  Our young men are losing their lives by fate at the hands of their own peers. The murders and violence is nothing but a cycle created in the early 70's that was passed down from generation to generation.  This cycle is now on it's 4th generation.  Except, this generation is killing and dealing because of the stories of prior generations that was glorified.  You can't turn on the radio without hearing a rap that boast about drug dealing and degrading women.  You can't turn the television on without breaking news alerting us about another black male murdered.  The elderly is out living the youth.  Chances are that your Grandparents might live longer than your 8yr old son.  This my readers is the brutal truth.  But, this is when we as parents must show our children examples of what could happen if they get involved in the street life.  It's time that we teach our children to lead by their own example and break the cycle of poor examples set before them.  . A lot of articles that I write about may look to some that I am praising those that have made bad choices.  That is far from the truth.  I give two examples with each piece that I write. I give you the good first.  Then, I give you possible outcomes.  That way if a younger person is reading this blog they're going to get this impression, "So and so is living the life.  But, had he not been living the life he would've been reading this article, now.  You can't tell a child to not do something without probable reasoning of why they shouldn't do it.  This has become a doggy dog world and if you aren't prepared for it, you'll be eaten alive.  Listed below is an interview that I did on a very good friend of mine named, Maseo.  Also, view the trailer below of soon to come documentary, "Tailor Made". This is life of reputed J.B.M. member, Leroy Bucky Davis.  This is one of the stories that give you the good and the bad side.  Thank you all so much for your constant support.  May you be blessed and blessed enough to bless someone else.  Peace....
OR:   A lot of times we tend to adopt the mentality of black men straying because of their upbringing in the home. Some men blame it on the father not being present or whatever else society leads us to believe for the black male to go astray. What directed you to the street game and at what age?

MM:  I was 14 fresh out of grade school and my nephew asked me to go half on a ounce of weed to sell joints in school with the promise of doubling my money in one day

OR:  What type of criminal activity did you partake in?

MM:  I was really non active in the criminal element until that day my Nephew Jamal asked me that question from there I was off to the races Mostly weed selling

OR:  Were you ever arrested? If so, for what and at what age?
MM: My first arrest was at age 18 for a robbery I did not commit 

OR:  I’m almost positive that your parents were unaware of your street activity in the beginning. What age did your parents find out and how?
MM:  My parents did not become aware until I was 16 years of age and by than I was no longer living at home but each and everyday my dad would try his hardest to talk me out of the streets

OR:  What was their reaction?
MM:  When they discovered my life style I was immediately given an ultimatum stop or get out so as I stated at 16 I was on my own

OR:  Were you ever convicted of a crime and sentenced? If so, why and how long?
MM:  I was sentenced for the robbery which I did not commit because of racism the judge said just because I did not do it does not mean I don't know the people that did

OR:  Even in an illegal business field vs. legal employment one can possess strong points. Meaning one can have their own qualities that can assist he/she to excel. How did you excel in the street business?
MM:  I excelled by loyalty and staying away from any kind of violence I made it a point to make money and go home no matter what the money would not be the issue for any violence as well as remembering that loyalty is the key be strictly about the business at hand and pick up a routine so nothing gets repetition

OR:  The saying is the only way out of the street is dead or incarcerated. Then you have a handful that have dodged the bullets and literally grew old in the streets. What made you walk away from it all?
MM:  My wife and kids period I want to see my grandchildren go away to college

OR:   How were you able to stay away from it all?
MM:  Nothing comes easy and the price you pay is your life there are no rules in the limelight except dance and dancing can be sex , murder , whatever your style but the DJ has no picks about who wins the only winners are those who never play in the first place.
OR:  What advice do you have for that easily influenced young male that is fascinated with the glitz and glamour of the streets?
MM:  I can go on and on on why we as blacks should never cater to the glitz but the best reason is our lives are worth so much more.

May 5, 2012

The Month Of May

I don't know where to begin or where I am going with this post.  But, I'm coming from my heart.  Within a matter of four months my life have been turned upside down.  I lost one of the most important people in my life.  My Grandfather, My Father, My Protector left this cruel world and I will never get over his demise. It's like nothing is regular anymore.  It even feel strange to see my Grandmother without you.  Your absence is truly felt.  As I think back on my childhood I can actually smile.  You loved us ALL unconditionally.  I often think of the many sacrifices that you made for your family.  Your only expectant of us was to do our best.  Yes, I know that I disappointed you when I didn't continue with Chestnut Hill College.  However, I know for a fact that you were proud of the woman that I grew into.  My work ethics are because of you.  The way that I treat others is because of the example that you set for me.  I cherished holidays because it was another day for me to show you through the things that you liked that you were appreciated.  Normally, I despise cards without monetary surprises.  I must have gotten that from you. Out of the hundreds of cards that I received in my life only two cards touches me emotionally.  This was the last birthday card that I will receive from the both of you together.  This card says it all.
Daddy, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you.  Realistically, I know that you are in a better place that is pain free and peaceful.  Selfishly, I'm very angry that you aren't here. I'm angry that I can't call Mama and ask what you are doing.  I'm angry that it isn't that easy for me to move on like others.  I'm just angry, Daddy.  I miss you for you.  I don't miss you for what you could do or for what you have done.  I miss you because I love you.  As your birthday rapidly approach it makes the pain worst.  It has been a ritual for my mother and I to celebrate your birthday and Mother's Day on the same day.  So, the Sunday of Mother's Day we would bring your gift and visit for dinner.  It saddens my heart that next Sunday we won't be doing that.  It saddens my heart that Tuesday I won't be able to call you and say Happy Birthday, Daddy.  I love you.  But, I'm glad that I did tell you while you were here that I love you and thank you.  So, as you rest peacefully I know for a fact that you know that I am truly thankful and appreciative for your love and your sacrifices.  So, rest Daddy and I promise you that I will raise these boys to give their absolute best and to always put God first.  I will make sure that Mekhai honors your name.  I love you, Daddy.  You are definitely the greatest person I have ever known.,,,,

April 5, 2012

Laughter Is Good For The Soul

Okay, I have to deviate from normal topics.  With the madness that is contaminating our world, I thought that it would be nice to laugh.  After all laughter is the remedy to a broken heart and healthy living.  Although, some might look at this as offensive I have a different opinion. I think it's excellent creativity.  The voice behind Peanut is actually becoming a household name.  However, it isn't a show that you would watch with children.  He can get a little vulgar at times.  Matter of fact, he's vulgar all the times.  But, he's funny.  I see this puppet being the next Stevie TV.  Check out this episode of Peanut Live 215 getting his haircut....

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