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    12 Years a Slave

    12 years ago, I stood inside Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center’s (FDC Philadelphia) Receiving and Discharge unit, my mind blurred to the reality in front of me. “What’s your number?!” “6-0-1-2-8-0-6-6!” I reluctantly replied to the correctional overseer as I began to kneel down on the cold concrete slab that served as a bench to get shackled and handcuffed. 6-0-1-2-8-0-6-6 is what I had become, federal property complete with an eight digit bar...READ MORE


    Make America Safe Again?

    In his push for the White House, Donald Trump is promising to “make America safe again.” What exactly does he mean by making America safe “again?” Does he mean safe as in the day before the Europeans arrived and began killing off the natives? That seems like the only time America was safe– at least for non-whites. From the time Africans were captured and boarded onto slave ships, America has never been safe for Blacks. I’m not sure if Donald Trump knows this,...READ MORE


    Marginalized: The Criminalization of a Race

    As the cycle of mass incarceration continues, prison will be an expected rite of passage into manhood for an even greater number of African American men. Sadly, most will consider their prison experience to be a badge of honor. Truth be told, more than any other ethnic group in this nation, people of African descent, particularly males, have endured the somber and debilitating impacts of prison. In 2010, African Americans comprised nearly 50% of the incarcerated population in America while...READ MORE


    Why I support Colin Kaepernick

    Photo Credit: Chris Carlson/Associated Press Why do I support Colin Kaepernick? I know how hard hard it is for a black man in America today. From the drug usage to the disunity and violence, I see of the effects of the psychological warfare waged on us. I see how we are turned against each other and how we encourage disunity among ourselves based on what we were taught by the very same people we believe can help us. The minute a person agrees to work with the government they destroy lives and...READ MORE


    The Mind of My True Enemy

    #RaiseUP – Peace to the inmate nation and the REAL family members and loved ones who never left my corner. Today I’m approaching the session from a totally different angle . . . I call this angle “The Mind of My True Enemy”. Before I drop FREE JEWELS, let me say G-lookin’ to KB and the Big Homie Mass for even making a social platform like Live from Lockdown even possible. I believe in the power of dedicated minds. I greet you from the confines of USP...READ MORE


    After all the protesting, will something finally change?

    I see the world is starting to see through the eyes of an African-American thanks to social media. But after all the protesting, will something finally change? Do more blacks or police have to die just so we can receive justice? Do this shine light on the criminal justice system? Everyone is trying to understand why blacks are targeted, why blacks are hated so much we hate each other. I can tell why. Maybe it’s the simple fact that we consider ourselves American. Sound crazy? Think about...READ MORE


    Mr. White Privilege and the Black Masquerade

    As we begin our long walk to freedom we must expose those who could obstruct our journey by operating as agent provocateurs for our nemesis Mr. White Privilege. As all blacks will attest, being black is not just a skin complexion that warrants unquestioned love and loyalty. An example of this is Michelle Obama. No matter what we think of her husband’s inaction on certain issues, we all in our community admire her as a REAL black woman. We know she loves her people and is still of her...READ MORE


    #DearMrPresident Investigate Corrupt Law Enforcement

    Dear President Obama, It is understandable that all crime must be brought to justice, but when law enforcement becomes the criminal element justice can never be served, no matter the outcome of a criminal matter/case. It is a known fact that many in all branches of law enforcement, including that United States Judiciary have been engaged in a conspiracy to deprive African Americans of their Civil Liberties, their constitutional rights and their human rights. Recently, the Federal Bureau of...READ MORE


    Stateville Correctional Center: On the Yard

    On the yard at Stateville Correctional Center a group of old-timers play cards and listen to a few younger brothers talk. G has just returned to prison after five years out. Now he has a life sentence. Hoppi: G, where you been? Aint seen you in a month, been asking about you. You okay? G: Yeah, man. I just been going through it. My babymama had to move back in with her moms. They just took the rest of my money in forfeiture court. And all my girl is getting from old G is I told you so. Hoppi:...READ MORE


    When They Kill Me!

    One plea: when the P.I.G.S kill me, when I am gunned down like Laquan McDonald, Please don’t plead for peace When I am the latest victim of mistaken identity and a rookie police kills me, Please don’t plead for peace When I wear my all black everything, hoodie, jeans and skin complexion and P.I.G.S. kill me for fitting the profile and description One plea: when the P.I.G.S kill me Please don’t plead for peace Please don’t accept money in exchange for my dead body in a...READ MORE

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