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    Black History Matters

    Great men and women have come from Africa and have exhibited the dignity and intelligence of their ancestors. The story of the so-called black man and woman cannot be told in a few bits about slavery. For there would remain too much untold. If we want to talk about the history of the black man we have to start with Eve, the mother of all civilization Her dark bronze skin and clever mind drew the pattern for our survival tens of thousands of years ago. Her imprint guides us to Egypt. There...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/george-frison/

    George Frison

    My name is George Frison aka G-Ball. I am 50 years of age and was raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Auburn-Gresham area, on the borderline of Englewood. I came from what many would consider to be a well-to-do family, as my parents owned and operated an upholstery business in our neighborhood around 79th and Loomis. I was also raised in a Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. In 1980, I had a fight with a boy over a girl. After a series of retaliation by his older brothers against me,...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/solutions-poverty-struggle-people/

    Solutions To The Day-To-Day Struggles Of The People

    I am so sick of watching these programs with these so-called solutions to the violence in impoverished communities, especially in my hometown of Chicago. The people who come up with these solutions live in shiny highrises and fancy and comfortable homes and are out of touch. They do not understand the day-to-day struggles of the people in the communities they speak about. They are so quick to say the primary solution is repairing the broken home or the relationship between police and community,...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/ptsd-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/

    Hood PTSD is Real

    I know a secret that most men and women in prison and in urban America suffer from. Our secret is is Hood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Hood PTSD). Hood PTSD is an understanding and recognition that men, women and children raised in war-torn ghettos across the United States of America face the same harms, anxieties and mental disorders as our soldiers who serve in the military and go to war. I believe my mental disorder (Hood PTSD) was caused by numerous factors such as abusive parents,...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/al-hatley/

    Al Hatley

    I am Alan Hatley aka AlCapWes. I am 61-years-young. I am a prisoner being held at the old Illinois state penitentiary (Stateville) in Joliet, Illinois. I’m serving a LIFE sentence for Murder and Home Invasion. I’ve been locked up since November 6, 1989. I’m from the city of Chicago, a neighborhood called K-Town, located in the city’s 24th Ward known as North Lawndale, 60623, where I have no street affiliations. Now, looking back over my life, I can see with clear...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/4-keys-enrich-life/

    4 Keys to Enrich Your Life

    From an Illinois state prison, Mark Dixon suggests four keys to enrich your life. 1- Ask yourself often: How is my relationship with God? Does it motivate me in useful ways? Is it leading me in a path that aligns with true spiritual teaching? 2- Ask yourself often: Does my presence in life serve a purpose for anyone other than me? 3- Ask yourself often: Are the relationships in my life healthy? Are the people in my circle really for me? 4- Ask honestly: Do I have a healthy relationship with...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/wake-up-raise-up/

    Time to Wake Up

    It’s time to wake up! Along time ago I had to learn to accept that just as not all characters are the same, not all minds are alike. Therefore because a lesson is capable of being taught by one does not dictate that it can easily be learned by another. Certain things can be understood by certain people, but most things are likely to be misunderstood by most people. Look, I’m no athlete, actor, politician, or any other type public figure, so I don’t have to be politically...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/prisoners-discuss-n-word/

    The Real: Prisoners discuss use of the N-word

    I attend a class here at Stateville Correctional Center (Joliet, IL) called Further Learning/Creative Writing. The class consists of reading various great authors and writing what got out of and think about the literature. We read Black Boy by Richard Wright and discussed it in class. In particular, the use of the word nigger and question of who can and cannot use the word. Out of this discussion was born a conversation with a young brother by the name of Toney Cole R-47028. Tony is 31-years...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/death-prison/

    Dealing With Death in Prison: When it All Hits You at Once

    The worst news anyone can wake up to in prison is the death of his mother. My mother died on June 30, 2016. And to top it off, I did not learn of her death through the prison administration. Nope, it didn’t happen that way! Something told me to call a woman who has been in my life twenty years and I consider my wife. Unbeknownst to me, she was on her way to the prison, a route she has driven many, many times over the years. She almost lost her life in several near-miss accidents and now...READ MORE

  • http://www.livefromlockdown.com/love-eternal/

    Love Eternal

    May God bless you to the depths of your heart’s desire and give you joy, peace and contentment throughout your day. I greet you in peace and love eternal. I want you to understand me and my position as I understand you and yours. It’s important that you know that I will never take you for granted or mistreat you. Your trust is not misplaced in me. I’m not that kind of guy. I believe deeply in a relationship where the journey leads to the establishment of an honest, sincere...READ MORE


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