Darrius Dennis poem
Imperial Lord's poem
Title: Pure Black Knowledge
It's time to raise up and clean our black communities. Let's educate our youth and teach them the right way even those brothers & sisters that are sleep, let's touch them so their mind can be free. Who am I? I am a black man in America that's locked down like a cage animal, most of all a true member of George Jackson University. Brothers & Sisters who are incarcerated they can lock us down but they can not take our mind its too many black kids dying for nothing that never got a chance to be all they can be. From prison to the streets its black on black crimes let's drop pure black knowledge on our young seeds in prison and on the streets and let them know to love their brothers & sisters. We as a black race have come a long way and we are still here. Too black to strong so this is pure black knowledge to the young & old lets keep moving. Power to the people. I am brother Darius Dennis a Mississippi prisoner plus a GJU member. True revolutionary. RIP to the true dragon George Lester Jackson
Free Corey Sutton
Moto Shakur: Fallen Star Rising
Un equal distribution of wealth and privilege by an unjust system of economy known as capitalism destroyed my family, the community and natural structure; and the genocidal violence withers my people away daily, mentally, physically and spiritually (many of us have lost our beloved mothers to it).
A government whose philosophical cornerstone is euro-supremacy creates and orchestrates the impoverished and diseased environment that many of us are birthed into; in my case, unceremoniously, in South Central.
Stereotypical chastisement met the entire New Afrikan Nation in this world via the enemy-controlled mass media, e.g., television, radio, bourgeois news, church, schools of Eurocentric education etc., I was no exception. These mentally genocidal systems of oppression would thrust themselves to the core, and hate anybody who looks the same way (Afrikan). Neo-colonialism produced the self-hatred of Afrikans who made attempts on my life. I’ve been ripped through and through with hot lead – the scars never go away. How does this affect my mentality? It’s dialectical. My brushes with death have been many. Neo-colonialism and genocide is no joke. It’s real, especially in my Afrikan assailant-turn-victim. In this case, he attacked me and I won. He called the U.S. Security Forces and went on to become states evidence. His testimony under the auspices of the U.S. (in) justice system condemned me to the kkkoncentration kkkamps. Aiming for life, they ended up giving me a 10-year sentence, due to righteous sistas by jury decision. But 10-years is too much for defending myself. Myself (and others), are but commodities of multimillion-dollar corporate investments and national oppression. The U.S. (in) justice system is about the continued exploitation of natural and human resources:
Prisons are not institutionalized on such a massive scale by the people. Most people realize that crime is simply the result of a grossly disproportionate distribution of wealth and privilege, a reflection of the present state of property relations.
Since my toddlerhood, I had to contend with euro-supremacist children and their parents. I had to contend with euro-centric education and “teachers,” while observing settler troops invade our home on an almost daily basis. I am as an adult, still seeing much of the same episodes. Now I contend with the arch euro-supremacy of Wallens Ridge and Red Onion kkkamps. Even at age five, I knew, but not consciously that amerikkka hates Afrikans. These kamps, across Amerika are but microcosms of the kkkountry they uphold, Amerika. “Pledge of allegiance” was rejected by me and others, since we were toddlers. Please factor into the equation that we had seen all this since 1619 (chattel slavery/individual ownership of Afrikans; industrial revolution/state collective ownership of Afrikans; black codes; Jim Crow; euro-supremacy; neo-colonialism, and institutional euro-supremacy. This is not counting, the western/Atlantic slave trade with its gruesome ‘middle passage’ or the mzungu raid, rape and pillage initially on the continent (Afrika). There are no reparations and the continent remains continuously robbed of its natural resources. Super-exploited. And the euros imposed and manufactured diseases threaten to kill us all. They still deny reparations and deny that Afrika’s destruction is a crime against humanity, only adding fuel to the fire.
We are vamped on by Europe; were being vamped right now. Now the enemy-culture (imperialism) pushes the neo-colonial maneuver of assimilation and integrationist with this U.S. president in black face. The “Black” bourgeois accommodate acculturation into the Amerikan of European culture of capitalist-imperialism. They maintain the neo-colonial chains on New Afrikan for their massas. Here you must think of Jesse, Obama, Farrakhan, Al, Jordan, Magic, Motown all those who have been given formal “freedom” as a token of exchange for their collaboration with the enemy (imperialism). Whenever you hear a “Black” in the media talking that “non-violent” jazz…yup, that’s them! It’s a sure method of identification of knowing who’s who. Just the mere thought of them and I need to take seven showers. Their treachery and treason is filthy, sickening and disgusting. The “non-violent” accommodators, traitors of the community have consciously manipulated much of New Afrika acculturating them into a form of amerikanism known as “Black capitalism” – which thrives on imperialism expansion. Making these assimilated into little oppressors, advocating and fighting for their own genocide. The “Black” bourgeoisie accommodators have opted to use the term “African-American, as our identity. I dare say, this identification contrives a neurosis (colonial war mental disorder) of a schizophrenic colonial mentality, in which one’s Amerikan side totally overwhelms and dominates the Afrikan producing, colonial actions and relationships that are not in Afrika’s best interest. I declare that we are not “Afrikan-Amerikans,” but New Afrikans and that the neurosis will persist until we claim our New Afrikaness, for we can never identify with a people who never had our best interest at heart. In 2015, amerikkka is the plantation.
Some of Amerika’s greatest colonial maneuvers are the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. We were “given” formal “freedom” (13th amendment), unilaterally (one sided) given paper-citizenship without our consent, nor our approval (14th amendment), and given an illusory “right” to vote (15th amendment). All with intentions of keeping New Afrika in chains for continued exploitation; the chains that band us are now psychological. We are not Amerikan:
I’m a New Afrikan first. My sympathies are Afrikan, my whole objectives are Afrikan…I am not interested in being an Amerikkkan, because amerikkka has never been interested in me. No, I’m not Amerikkkan, I’m one of the 22 million New Afrikan people who are victims of amerikkkanism; one of the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy.
El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X)
I TRUST, BELIEVE IN, AND PRAY TO OUR CREATOR WHOM I HOPE WILL PERMIT THIS PRESENTATION TO FIND YOU, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND LOVE ONES THE RECEIVER OF MANY BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS, GOOD HEALTH AND A STABLE STATE OF MIND. AS FOR ME, I AM AS FINE AS THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF MY LIFE STANDARDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WILL PROVIDE AND DEFINITELY SEEKING THE GREATER GOALS OF LIFE’S ASPIRATION AND ELEVATION FOR OUR PEOPLES’ NATION. I AM DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE CONCEPT OF BLACK EMPOWERMENT & DEFINITELY CAMPAIGNING FOR A BETTER DEVELOPMENT AMONGST BLACK ESTABLISHMENTS FOR A SUFFICIENT UPCOMING GENERATION. IN 1994, I WAS ARRESTED, CONVICTED, AND SENTENCED IN CLARKSDALE, MS. AS A 16 YEARS OLD CHILD FOR HOMICIDE, TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND I HAVE SERVED ALMOST 22 YEARS INSIDE THE INSTITUTION OF M.D.O.C. WITH NO MERCY FROM THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM , NOR WORTHINESS, REHABILITATION, AND CORRECTION OF THE PRISON SYSTEM. YET, I REMAIN IN GREAT STANDARDS; MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND SPIRITUALLY. I HAVE RISEN BEYOND MANY STRUGGLES OF IMMATURITY AND ILLITERACY. AS OF NOW, I AM AN INTELLECTUALLY INCLINED INDIVIDUAL, UPHOLDING MORALITY AND PRINCIPALITY FOR LONGEVITY! I AM ALWAYS SEEKING HARMONY AND UNITY IN EVERY BLACK COMMUNITY TO RESTORE OUR ROYALTY AND FAMILY VALUES BEYOND SELF DESTRUCTION AND ENDANGERMENT! I ENJOY ALL POSITIVE, PRODUCTIVE, AND PEACEFUL PEOPLES WHO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE BEST INTEREST AND INTEGRITY OF OUR GREATER GROWING REALITY. SO AS A FRESH START IN MY FREEDOM, I INTEND TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD WITH FREEING THE ENSLAVED MINDS OF MY PEOPLE AND FINDING BETTER SOLUTIONS TO THE NETWORKS OF OUR WORLDLY GOVERNMENT. I AM CURRENTLY AWAITING RELEASE AND I AM A MAN OF HONOR AND RESPECT. I SHALL FULFILL EVERY BEST WISH OF PROSPERITY AND SOLIDARITY IN THE HIGHEST SENSE OF DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION, AND DETERMINATION AS A RESULTS OF MORE VALUABLE DEVELOPMENTS. I LIKE TO READ AND WRITE. I AM READY TO FIND THE ADJUSTMENT TO A NEW ATMOSPHERE OF A STRUCTURED QUALITY OF LIVING. I HOPE TO BECOME MORE BENEFICIAL AND HELP MAKE EVERYDAY MEANINGFUL ACCORDING TO THE GUIDELINES OF LIFE DIVINE REALITY.
A Brother of the Struggle, member of Growth and Development under the leadership of Larry Hoover. Charged with crime of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance in 2001 which led to incarceration. During incarceration Dhati Khalid became inspired by the autobiography of El Hajj Malik Shabazz known as Malcolm X, which led him to the quest for liberation and freedom. This inspiration also led him to study various leaders developing his organizational skills and his desire to educate, empower, and mobilize others incarcerated behind enemy lines for their fight for freedom.
Continuing his quest for freedom and liberation, he could connect with the founders of the Free Alabama Movement at Holman Correctional Facility. At this time, he became the third organizer, this subsequently led to him and the founders of the Free Alabama Movement to be known as the FAM 3, aiding in the shutdown of two major prisons in the state of Alabama which led to him being placed in solitary confinement until his release. In September of 2014 the FAM organized a nationwide shutdown calling for a work stoppage in the prison system bringing worldwide attention to Mass Incarceration and Prison Slavery in the U.S. In addition, he also helps to organize a united front of various organizations creating the Universal Peace and Unity Movement to work with the struggling youth. His work with the FAM eventually crossed the borders of Alabama to work with other political prisoners in various states such as Mississippi, Texas, California, South Carolina and Texas to name a few.
While in solitary, he studied, the revolutionary works of Black Panther member, Soledad Brother George Jackson and the Black Panther Party. Resonating with spirit of George Jackson he begins to work on developing an educational curriculum to build the spirits of the freedom fighters behind enemy lines challenging them to fight for prisoner rights and liberation. Eventually this led him to become affiliated with George Jackson University.
Prior to his release in August 2017 he began to work on his vision to transform the community into a university by developing a community network that is designed to uplift and encourage our youth toward getting proper education, before they are caught in a vicious cycle of recidivism. While working to build his vision, Dhati Khalid continues to aide and assist his fellow comrades of the Free Alabama Movement by mobilizing organizing, educating, and training political prisoners and prisoners of war for the fight freedom and liberation in the state of Alabama and nationwide.
Throughout the six years of the Dallas 6 case, Carrington has been retaliated against at SCI Retreat during transport to Luzerne County Prison for court. Currently, instead of being sent back to his home prison he is inside of a psychiatric unit in a suicide watch cell. No one will tell him why and he has received no paperwork in explanation. He is being restricted from calls but used his court order for legal calls to call and notify me of what's happening. He has been told that he must see a Program Review Committee before he is released from the psyche unit. This should not be the case as this is not his home jail and he is merely being transported. Carrington has a long history with SCI Retreat Superintendent Vincent Mooney who tortured him during the 10 years he was in solitary at SCI Mahanoy and SCI Dallas. This is clearly retaliation as Carrington has an active legal judgement against SCI Retreat staff; Superintendent Vincent Mooney and Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services, Kathy Brittain. They may also be using this time to remove or copy legal documents that may be harmful to them in court. There are grievances and complaints to confirm the history of this relationship. Other incidents that occurred while at Retreat:
being thrown into solitary when he is in general population
legal property “lost” or “missing”, damaged, torn, stomped on
attacked within minutes of getting off bus and thrown into solitary
denied clean clothing and access to shower, shaving for entire week of court
personal property “lost” every time
The Secretary of Prisons office and the judge on the case has been alerted numerous times on this issue and have done nothing to remedy it.
The Dallas 6 case began in April 2010. Long before 2010, there is a history of abuse within the walls of Pennsylvania prisons that has been documented by Human Rights Coalition. Prisoners decided to do something about that and began sharing information with HRC about ongoing abuse and inhumane conditions at SCI Dallas. That information was compiled into a report which a copy of was intercepted by prison staff at SCI Dallas who immediately began a brutal beating rampage against prisoners at SCI Dallas. Prisoners held a peaceful protest by covering their cell windows. They were cell extracted and brutally beaten. After the brutal beating, charges were filed against the DOC and the District Attorney of Luzerne County. To cover up their crimes and in retaliation, four months later, the DOC charged 6 of the protesters with riot and one of the six, Carrington Keys, with assault. The case took 6 years to prosecute and the riot charges have been dropped after a hung jury. The jury could not unanimously find the men guilty of riot or Carrington Keys guilty of assault. The court has now re-filed assault charges against Carrington Keys and pre-trial hearing will be held on December 5, 2016. Carrington Keys was, and still is a target due to compiling a long history of grievances, complaints and lawsuits against DOC staff who are complicit in human rights violations and brutal assaults against prisoner. It is believed Mr. Keys is being retried on the assault charges because of the active lawsuits against several of the officers involved in Dallas 6 as well as the District Attorney. For more information and to learn how you can help - http://scidallas6.blogspot.com/
By: Kwame Shakur, Cofounder/Chairman of the New Afrikan Liberation Collective (N.A.L.C)
Revolutionary Greetings! As always, I come in the vision – the vision for Land, Independence, Socialism, and Total Liberation for all Oppressed Peoples; for the release of all political Prisoners/Prisoners of war, and the Abolishment of legal slavery in amerikkka.
We are seeing a phenomenon with the number of formations and individuals coming together in solidarity from the U.S. empire, to The Netherlands, in order to organize for the “Millions 4 Prisoners March” in Washington, DC, on August 17th, 2017. This shows the power and potential of what happens when we use and create platforms that are owned and controlled by the New Afrikan/black community (SFBV). If brothers and sisters that are being held captive in these kkkoncentration kkkamps, locked in cages 23-24 hours a day, can have articles published in papers that create international connections and National unity amongst the prison class…then we know the power of an entire Revolutionary class coming together for the common good of the People. What happens after the march?? Anybody can get people to protest or rally, the fact that we can organize an event is not what’s important – Minister Farrakhan has mobilized over a million New Afrikans twice! However, it means nothing when the People leave that demonstration and go right back to being a subordinate sub-culture of negroes, blacks, coloreds, & African-Amerikkkan who depend on the colonizers for our every need. After the march, if there are no concrete solutions or programs that will change our current conditions; that would allow the masses of our People tangible means of decolonization; then New Afrikans will still be marching & protesting against these same issues for another 50 years, to no avail. The fact that so many people answered on the calling for a “Prison Lives Matter” campaign as a front for the Prison Movement is proof that we have the potential to network and answer the higher calling from comrade Jalil Muntaqim to establish a united Front for the Liberation of New Afrika, (FROLINA).
I am speaking directly to those of us who identify ourselves as New Afrikan Revolutionary Nationalists, our cadre, and conscious citizens of the RNA. Our forerunners who founded the Provisional Government in 1968 and established our New Afrikan Creed, Declaration of Independence, and Constitution, overstood the importance of an organized body – We are not Moors, Five Percenters, or the NOI; we proclaimed our Nationality as New Afrikans and chose to follow these teachings because our ideo-theological philosophy is grounded in concrete dialectical materialism. We are “Revolutionary Scientists” but we fail to fully adhere to this scientific method and our New Afrikan Creed by existing in our current fragmentary state; Number 4 of that Creed we pledge that: “I believe in constant struggle for freedom, to end oppression and build a better world. I believe in collective struggle; in fashioning victory in concert with my brothers and sisters.” Like the BPP and countless others of their time, the PG-RNA and our elected officials suffered the genocidal blows of COINTELPRO; we will no longer allow the violent state repression from 40 years ago to keep us stagnant in our struggle for Independence – we have bounced back as a new movement. Now it’s time to “Re-build”.
When we talk about rebuilding, it’s more than rebuilding the internal structure or establishing a united front of all NARN formations; a “new” movement means it’s a new day and age, a new generation of people who have no concept of Revolutionary Socialism or what the “black” movement is really about. And as the new movement is sweeping across the U.S. empire, as we turn more and more of these kkkamps into Revolutionary Universities/Schools of Liberation – the unconscious masses and activists think that #BlackLivesMatter is “THE” movement; the new generation thinks the struggle is simply the pigs killing unarmed people. This is where we see the establishment, i.e. Hollywood & mainstream media, use the subtle and dangerous neo-colonial agents to whitewash and commercialize the movement by putting “Black Lives Matter” on every “black” show on TV right now. (Empire, STAR, Shots Fired, etc, etc.) So, to rebuild is to start at a grassroots level and restore our connection to our communities; to win the support of the People by raising consciousness – thru breaking the curse of willie lynch; and political education. The average poor, oppressed, lower-class person doesn’t overstand the “Politics” of our socio-economical exploitation, so we must put a face and a name on capitalism, imperialism, fascism, and neo-colonialism; destroy its prestige, and build a Revolutionary mentality throughout the masses.
One of the comrades who responded to the “Prison Lives Matter” article in the April 2017 issue of the SFBV asked me in his letter if it was intentional or simply oversight that I left comrade Rashid and the NABPP-PC out of the list of names/orgs I called on to help us spearhead PLM – it was simply oversight. There are countless comrades and formations within the movement as a whole, every individual/org has other formations that they work with, we called on a handful of people just to jumpstart the campaign and create a snowball effect; I give a Revolutionary salute to Comrade Rashid, Shaka Zulu, and the Brother Malik – I honor their work. I said that to say this: yes, we are New Afrikan Nationalists, Republic of New Afrika is a Nation, and our Nationality is New Afrikan. We overstand that the world is made up of Nations and peoples with Nationalities. Without decolonization or disenfranchisement from the oppressor-nation, we remain as property and capital goods, stuck in binding contracts with the U.S. empire through birth certificates, social security numbers, etc, etc. Our National territory is Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, & Louisiana, but none of us are under the delusion that ALL New Afrikans are going to take up arms and seize that land. We must be realistic and give the People a vision of what a New Afrikan Nation looks like in 2017, what National Liberation means for us as a People and explain that as a “Nation” within this colonial empire/prison-house of oppressed Nations, we are not talking about a separate “black” colony on a piece of land away from euro-Amerikkkan; we are talking about “…groups of peoples, united and distinguished by common history (social development), habits, interest, etc.” – Comrade Owusu Yaki Yakubu
We are all on the same page in the end – Total Liberation: to separate ourselves from the capitalist class structure/kkkulture, so that we are free to determine our own educational, economical, political, and socio-cultural affairs. This can only happen if we all come together and create a social revolution by removing our money from their banks; having our New Afrikan/black economist in the movement link up with our political and military formations to take on property relations in our communities and start creating our own institutions, considering all the vacant property – entire wards/neighborhoods in cities like Detroit and New Orleans. Again, the time is RIGHT NOW; what we’re seeing is the Revolutionary/socialists/communism textbook definition of when the masses turn on fascist leadership and become one as a People. This march in D.C. on August 17th, 2017 must be the first of many on a large scale! Every week since trump was elected president there has been mass demonstrations in nearly every major city in amerikkka, we need to have boots on the ground at these “breeding grounds”. We must wake the People, and we must network and build with one another. The calling from the elder comrade to REBUILD has been answered, as we come together as a whole to build this Prison Movement – our NARN formations are starting the conversation and planting the seeds needed to raise National consciousness and rebuild/strengthen the PG-RNA thru a united front.
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!
Chairman Kwame “Beans” Shakur
My name is Osayimwese Cipher Allah. I was born with the name Brian Svenslee Gilliard, May 1, 1980 in a small city named Georgetown, South Carolina. My mother Sandra Gilliard and my 2 brothers, my sister and I grew up in poverty within the inner-city project development housing. My mother worked as a house maid cleaning hotels to provide for the family. My father split when I was about 5 years old. I made it all the way to the 10th grade in public school before dropping out to sell drugs. After dropping out of school I started selling drugs to help my mother with the bills and rearing of my brothers and sister. In the pursuit of selling drugs I was introduced to all kinds of Black realities and new underworld activities. By living a life in the streets, I gave way to three children, 1 girl and 2 boys. I wanted to give my children a better life than I had so I left selling drugs alone and picked up a 9-5 doing pipe work for a large construction company. Where later I became certified and worked for over 10 years, but still living a night life in the ghetto tragedy. Stuck, I was convicted of manslaughter and received a 25-year sentence. While incarcerated I wanted to become a better person for myself and for the sake of my children and family. So, I thought to myself that it would be great to get back in school. I achieved my G.E.D., I learned more plumbing skills, and I even went as far as acquiring an associate’s degree in theology. But it still seemed as though something was missing from my education because I have, and have always had since a little boy, questions about the world that my so-called education wasn’t teaching me. I finally ran into a Brotha that I met in the same dorm I was housed in. He had all types of wisdom dealing with Afrikan history and culture. He explained to me the great concept of knowledge of self and the Love of self. The things we discussed rebirthed that old passion I’ve always had for learning since elementary school. Since then I’ve became conscious and been striving to transform the criminal mentality to a New Afrikan mentality and for the liberation of Afrikans home and abroad
My beginning came on a rainy night in November at Ball State Memorial Hospital in Muncie Indiana. Some would call Muncie the birth place of what we know to be the KKK so how my mother made it out is a wonder to me. I was born the last of four children. My donor was nowhere around so I was raised by Jeffrey, my stepfather. We moved out to Oceanside, California in 1984 and that is where I call home. My Uncle James is where I get my strong sense of my African roots. He use to fellowship with this cat named Patrick from South Africa. My uncle James knew everything about Africa from Egypt to the first men of this world that was found around Kenya and Ethiopia. I looked up to him just because he knew all of that.
My mother was a Pro-African woman that was Pro-African everything. She used to dance the tribal way when she was young and came up following the teachings of Dick Gregory, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Huey P. Newton and the Panthers. She made sure all her kids knew everything about where we came from as a family and as Africans here in this country.
My father Jeffrey went into the Marines so we moved around a lot. I had a chance to learn about other cultures of the world and what it really meant to have any kind of freedom in this country as a prisoner of colonialism and slavery. I recall going to Swansboro Middle School in Swansboro North Carolina. Me and my sister was the only two Africans that really went to the school. There was very few of us; I fought every day on the way to school and even at school.
Me, I was into sports and music back in the 80’s and really didn’t shy too far away from that because I knew it would one day be the only reason I would want to still challenge life. I came up fighting because I was smaller than everyone else so I got picked on a lot in the neighborhood’s we lived in. I was a California kid and really stayed that way coming up. Being in California was heaven to me I loved the west coast so much mainly because when I went through my trails in life it was the west coast that had my back as far as food, shelter, and protection went. So I rolled with the Crip’s.
Brutha’s never wanted me on the corner banging, they always wanted me in school or in the studio trying to produce a hit or just being a free spirit so when they needed me to pull them up I could be there. Funny cause as a kid I believe my mother shelter me from a lot because of that when it came time for me to “JUMP OFF THE PORCHE” I did so in a fast type of manor that made me miss a lot of street sign’s in the world.
Just as every strong minded African brutha in this country I was taken away to jail for my shorthanded dealings in the streets. I have done time and learned from it. I meet nothing but revolutionary brutha’s that always talked about the movement and when The Panthers walked from Los Angeles to San Diego. I even meet an African brutha that was a preacher that was jailed for reading a Bible scripture to the judge. He told me so much about how to help my people out and schooled me on the Bible and the Koran. So when I was in a situation in life with the police or with anyone for that matter I knew that I must learn the situation and teach also.
After I came home from the county Jail I got deep into myself and my life. My mother had suffered a heart attack while I was in so she was getting sicker and sicker because the attack and the fact that she lived a life with lupus. She was in and out of hospitals and I was always with her, either me or my sister Tawanda. I watched my mother be so strong at times I know I would have just died and went away. She is a strong woman and instilled that in me in so many ways.
When it comes to me I have no real shoot em up killer story as to what I was doing in the streets because whatever was in me while I was on that dark street at night is still on that dark street. I left it all behind me when I went to College. I graduated from Ivy Tech Community college with my Associate degree just a few weeks ago. That is very dear to me because all my life people and teachers mainly authority told me I would never be anything in life and would end up dead by the time I was 21. I had a I.E.P, my teachers told me I was too illiterate to work a job, or to enter college, or to finish high school so my mind state was constantly at war with confidence.
I started rhyming and writing the way I do because of my friend Dwight who was shot down by two cops in San Bernardino, California back in 1996. I learned a lot about how to write from him. He was instrumental the majority of my life as far as MC is involved so when he got killed by the police it hurt me so bad because I knew it was really nothing I could do as a broke kid running around the streets. So, I told him no matter how hard it gets I would never stop moving in life for him. He never got to see his 21st birthday. He took me to my first concert and introduced me to Redman that same year the police killed him. So for him I live and for my people I fight.
Round that time I was heavily involved in what 2Pac was talking about and he was my favorite Mc at the time and still is. I learned from 2Pac how to smile in any situation and how to be strong. Coming up 2Pac was the only Rapper my stepfather condoned me listening to. He used to say, “BOY YOU AIN’T GONE BE LISTEING TO THAT BULL SHIT. LEARN SOMETHING” So I got heavy into 2Pac. I learned how to respect women I learned how to really take in what it is to be an African in this country all from 2Pac. I took what strength I got from 2Pac and moved in life. As a man in this country I have come a long way and still as a young man I have plenty more miles to go and can’t stop. This is my life, this is my story only half because I’m still here and I am just getting started in life.
There you have it, just a glimpse of 20/20 M.I.C.