To write the real, you have to show all the rawness, which has its harsh beauty and this is my platform to do just that. Not shying away from any subject matter or theme. Blog entries, Poetry (Free verse, Haiku, Narrative poetry), Black History,Photography, and a full course of wisdom quotes. Peace, TheRhymeRula
I’m happy to announce that I launched my first ever podcast which is an extension to my blog series on here Black History 365. The title of podcast is Black History 365 : The Throw Down and you can check it out on Spotify, Overcast, and Anchor. I’ll see if can include a link to the episodes in my Black History 365 blog posts because I think people might feel more inclined to listen than read about the topics I write about. Below are two URL links that will send you to the podcast page so you can give it a listen. As always peace and keep it real.
I meant to post this on Friday but decided to instead post these comics today (Sunday) in tradition of comics being in weekend newspapers. Anyways leave a like if you enjoy this and comment if you’d like to chime in. As always peace and keep it real.
I’m going to keep this post as brief as possible. So, actor Orlando Jones who stars in more like maybe starred in at this point American Gods has been reportedly fired for a scene that depicts a powerful monologue that explained the treachery black people had to and have endured under white supremacy. I advise you to copy and paste the URL that will immediately take you the video for a better context. Furthermore, the scene depicts him speaking to black men on a slave ship and I believe this what’s missing on cable television and that’s the uncensored representation of black men and women addressing the turmoil and injustice they have to endure and have endured in Amerikkka even on a fictitious show. And this includes all melanated people around the world from the Americas, Africa and all over the world. The classification of being black wasn’t something we called ourselves. Africans had a cultural identity first and traditions, but many black Americans have nothing of that remaining because Africa was terrorized by white colonizers. So this title of being black was given to us by people who believed they had “power” over us, and today still think do. In the scene, Orlando Jones character Mr. Nancy makes a statement saying to the soon to be slaves “Y’all still think you’re people” because soon enough they and their ancestors will meet their demise repeatedly in a multitude of savagery ways. From protests, riots, strikes, and more the anger has been shown many times, and at the end of the day for Black America being angry is all you can be because angry gets shit done. Leave a like and comment if you feel the need to,and follow my page so you can stay updated with my future posts. As always, peace and keep it real.
Racism will never die, and apparently some individuals still want slavery to exist.
Readers discretion is advised – Strong language is used in my commentary
So, this news story begins in South Carolina and what I’m going to present to you will make you irate. Even though the perpetrator in this crime was punished, the damage to the psyche of the victim will live on forever. A white South Carolina restaurant manager by the name of Bobby Paul Edwards got sentenced to the enslavement and torture of a black employee who happened to have intellectual disabilities. The abuse began in 2009 at J & J cafeteria in Conway South Carolina. John Christopher Jones the victim in this story was forced by Edwards to work 100 hours without pay, was physically and verbally abused to the point where Jones was afraid to inform the police because Edwards threatened he would stomp on Jone’s neck and beat him so bad that he would be unrecognizable. With that said, Smith was denied lunch breaks, had to work extensive hours, belittled by racial slurs, and faced daily attacks by Edwards which resulted in Smith having to be carried home and taken care of from his tormentor on multiple occasions. In one instance Edwards beat Smith with a belt, threw pots and pans, and to top this sickening ordeal off he went medieval and dipped metal tongs into hot grease and burned Smith’s neck. Fast forward from when the abuse began to October 2014. A “concerned” resident and I put the word in quotes because I’m not too sure how concerned they were because the abuse was going on for years, and no one said anything. Anyways, he or she reported the abuse to the authorities. Subsequently, Smith was removed from the restaurant and he was relinquished from working at J & J. Furthermore, Smith was put under the care of the state’s adult protective services. In regards to that, Smith has a condition in which his intellectual abilities are significantly below average, but that didn’t stop him from expressing his nightmarish memories working there. Smith began working at J & J cafeteria at 12, cleaning tables and cooking after school. Enjoyment at the job was what Smith was accustomed to until he came across his walking nightmare that lasted half a decade. From then on he wondered when his clocked in enslavement would end.
What happened to this brother is sickening and wicked. There are probably similar stories throughout the country where white bitch ass colonizers abuse their employees daily and it goes unnoticed due to the fear of retaliation, but these victims need to find the courage to stand up for their freedom. In this case, Smith coworkers who I think were a part of Edwards family knew about it and probably perpetuated it even further. I likened them to the slave overseers who would inform the master about the slaves’ mishaps and remind them brutal punishment was awaiting them. They should of been charged for being included maybe not physically but turning a blind eye when Smith had been beaten, verbally abused, and forced to live in a dilapidated apartment behind the restaurant which was infested with cockroaches and this was owned by Bobby Edwards. Having said that, Smith was an easy target for this prick colonizer Edwards to torment because of his mental disabilities, but best believe me if he did that to someone else and I’ll allow myself a fellow black man to takes Smith role, I would have taken matters into my own hands immediately once this bitch ass colonizer had the idea to try his luck with me. I don’t give a fuck if he had connections to the Klan or knew some Rednecks that could find and beat my ass because I would go out swinging to free myself from the type of torture Smith had to endure. Now Edwards pleaded guilty to forced labor charges and was sentenced this past Wednesday to the magic number of 10 years that seems to be thrown around like in the case with hoe ass colonizer Amber Guyger who murdered a man. I believed he should have received life for all the pain he caused Smith and more for not abiding by the 13 amendment which clearly states that neither slavery nor involuntary servitude is permitted and will be severely punished. So for him to disobey the constitution, that should also add up to a life sentence for this asshole. That’s all I have to say about this story because it’s infuriating, but it needs to be told because like I said situations like this or something similar occurs throughout the country and goes unnoticed until the damage has already been done and a damaged psyche can be irreversible. Lastly, I’m going to leave a link to the article so you can see the smug grin this idiot has on his face during his mugshot. Leave a comment if you feel the need to, and follow so you can stay up to date with my future posts. As always, peace and keep it real.
As LL Cool J once said, “Dont call it a comeback”. It’s been a year since I last posted an interview on my series “Voices behind the words”. Well it’s no longer dormant because I’m looking to revitalize this series and with the help of my guest for this post River Dixon I hope it can springboard more content creators on WordPress to not only see people’s post and do the generic like, comment or follow, but to go beyond that and see their thought process into creating the content that comes across your timelines, and that’s the reason why I created this series. I hope that after reading, you the reader can give feedback on this post which in turn can lead to people discovering said guests page. Having said that, you can start a conversation with the guests afterwards, and you never know possibly collaborate. Believe me I’ve done it before and it’s been worth the experience. I look forward to having another guest in the near future so if anyone would want be a part of this series let me know in the comments. I’ve been doing this for some time now so the way I go about it is conversational, and not like one of those mundane job interview types one liner questions where it seems like the interviewer has no personality at all. I digress, check out my interview with River Dixon from The Stories in Between. Peace
Q:You’ve recently released a short story collection titled “The Stories in Between,” and from my quick research, it was well received with a lot of positive reviews. So, my question is, can you explain your process in writing the book or anything you write in general. Also, how long did it take to complete the book?
River: I don’t have any formal process, I just write. I never outline a story or work out character development; nothing like that. I don’t like to “think” about the story, I prefer to just write it. Typically, I will get a line of dialogue, or a small plot point stuck in my head, and I start there. I let the story develop organically. My poetry comes out the same way. I’m not sure how long The Stories in Between took me to write, probably three months or so. Then I sat on it for a couple months and went back and completed editing and re-writes. So maybe six months from start to finish.
Q:I came into writing poetry in high school but all-around writing, including narrative fiction in college when I took a creative writing class. Did you also find a similar pathway and if so, was it something you wanted to pursue as a profession?
River: I have written poetry, short stories, and songs since I was a kid. It’s never been something I have pursued as a profession; I suppose it’s been more of a hobby for me.
Q: Writing is a process, and it can be a long one. I recently completed; well I still have to make a few edits to a novella I wrote that’s been two years in the works. I’ve scraped a whole story idea and broke it into chapters, making it a semi-autobiographical story. Anyway, do you feel ready after writing this short story collection to tackle a novel? And if so, do you have any ideas in the works?
River: Honestly, I don’t have any aspirations to write a novel, it’s not something that I am working up to. If I find a story in my head that requires a novel-length to tell, then I will write it. The short story is my first love and my preferred format.
Q:What genres of fiction is your favorite to read? Do you have any authors that you find yourself always looking to read more of even if he or she has a series of those books. For myself, I have the Easy Rawlins mystery series by Walter Mosley that isn’t just a normal detective fiction novel. With the backbone of the stories involving race especially a black man in Los Angeles the 50’s and 60’s it really puts into perspective that he (Walter Mosley) uses social commentary that make it more than a plain mystery novel but a novel that has many layers.
Rivers: I don’t know that I can really say what genre is my favorite. I enjoy good stories, and every genre is filled with them. I will say two of my favorite writers are Truman Capote and Shirley Jackson. Both were masters of the short story. Capote’s A Christmas Memory is, in my opinion, perfection. And I constantly re-read Shirley Jackson’s short stories. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read her novella We Have Always Lived In The Castle.
Q:I’m currently wrapping up my second poetry book and look to promote it heavily. In addition, I’d like to price it within a reasonable range, but one I feel best represents the effort I put into not creating it. With that said, how much activity is involved with your promotion of the book? Are you covering all bases with social media and Amazon promotion? I found out that recently and will try it out for myself.
River: For pricing, I just look at some of the best-selling books in the categories I am targeting and price accordingly. Marketing is the one area where it seems, universally, most indie authors struggle. Personally, I don’t put much effort into marketing, so I am not the best person to be giving any advice in that area. I use my blog, word of mouth and Amazon advertising. I know social media works for a lot of people but it’s not something I am interested in investing my time and energy into. I tried having a Twitter account, but it only lasted a couple of months; I hated it. Social media is a game I’m not willing to play. Not to mention, on a personal level, I cannot in good faith support platforms like Twitter or Facebook/Instagram. Of course, that is my own opinion/bias. If someone enjoys the social media world, then go for it. It certainly can help get your work more exposure.
Q: Personally, I hand write at least a page of what I want to write then I go off (freestyle) the rest, but I already have a mental map of how I want it to all turn out. So do you have a routine i.e. handwrite, write for a few hours a day etc…
River: I try to write something every day. I hand write a first draft of everything and then when it’s time to edit/re-write, I type it up on the computer.
Q: The two sample stories that I’ve looked through in your collection, the first in first person and the second in third person begs me to ask the question which narrative do prefer writing and reading?
River: I don’t have a preference. It’s whichever I feel is the best perspective to tell the story.
Q: Is there a way that you get yourself back to writing when the times you feel experiencing writer’s block, if you believe in that at all? I sometimes struggle to come up with new content, but I eventually one way or another come up with something.
River:I find it’s best to just write. It doesn’t matter if it’s crap or something you will never use; just write. Look around, you can find a story in anything. I think it also helps that I go back and forth from poetry to fiction.
I came across this pin on a coat at my job. It’s some positive reinforcement to do better even when there are self haters in the black community and detractors that bring the message down. There’s plenty of love and hope to go around, even if they don’t want you to show it. “The man” has yet to feel the final force of this united stand, so until then keep at my brothers and sisters. PEACE