My Black Life, Lessons and Triumphs

Being Negative at Work Will Drain My ...

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As I get older, I realize the importance of working at jobs I at least like, and enjoy. I’ve learned that being negative at work will drain my energy. I’ve noticed that working jobs where I feel overworked and underpaid, or where I just didn’t like the people prevented me from getting mental clarity. At […]

The Natural Ergonomic 4000 by Microso...

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The Natural Ergonomic 4000 has been a God-spent. I don’t feel the pain I usually feel when typing. This has increased the quantity of writing. For a while, I was having wrist and shoulder problems while typing. It felt as if I was squeezing my shoulders and my chest just to type on a traditional […]

The Minimum Wage In Sacramento Needs ...

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As many people know, I’ve been working minimum wage jobs for most of my life. I’ve been working with Sacramento ACT, along with other organizations, in the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  The reason I think minimum wage needs to be at $15 is because of the workers need to […]

Two Monitor Productivity Myth

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Does having two monitors improve productivity for writer? Or is this a myth? When I came home from the halfway house, I figured I didn’t need a television because I could just use two monitors: the monitor on my laptop for my work and a second external monitor for a substitute for my television.  Three years […]

‎Economic Dignity and employment and ...

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On May 19, 2015, I had the honor to speak at the Live Free Public Forum which was put on by Sacramento ACT at the South Sacramento Christian Center. This community forum was created to get state and local officials to commit to helping our communities and to reduce mass incarceration and gang violence. The forum also […]

Poem: Don’t Tell Me Nothing, I&...

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written with Christian A Maki I am your man don’t lie to me nine glasses for a three glass rummy; at least so is your limit. don’t tell me nothing not right now watching your sadness, makes me think I’ve failed you at some point maybe my help in the past caused all this? well […]

Stranger in the Mirror

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The reflection looks kinda like me It as the same dingy teeth Nappy short hair Dry, ashy skin teary brown eyes unshaven face Chapped lips And broad nose But the reflection’s a stranger to me. Because the reflection talked romantically. He brought gifts for his girlfriend laid her down and massages her told her what […]

I Just Want To See You Smile, Sara

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Pictures, torn and shredded, scattered the broken derby covered floor as Sara, favoring her bloodied, broken hand, sat near a hole in the wall. He walked in, her best friend since childhood. She loved him because, as a friend, his there, so she’ll let him stay. But she hates him, because he’s a man, so […]

Am I Really Black??

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One day at school, I was talking to a Black friend of mine.  I thought it was just as normal conversation.  However, my friend looked at me and said, “Are you sure you’re Black?  The reason I asked is because look at you, you’re all proper, like you have a White dad or something.  I […]

Cold: A Short Story

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After starting work at six in the morning, I came home after a sixteen hours shift.  My arms felt like I’m holding crates, while my legs felt as if I was walking in thick swap mud.  There’s a chest pain that feels like something poking from the inside, but after having that pain for God […]

Why I Enjoy Writing

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After reading an article about Why you should be a writer, I thought to myself, “If you know why you love doing what you do, you’ll never allow anything negative to come between you and your passions.” I try to remember this when I’m making myself write. I admit it’s hard to get up in […]

After 22 Years, River City Brewing Co...

After 22 Years, River City Brewing Company Pushed Out For Sacramento Kings Arena

River City Brewing Company has been a staple in Downtown Sacramento for 22 years. Suddenly, it’ll be moving out of Downtown and into Citrus Heights. I wish wasn’t moving. I really liked the idea of the Sacramento Downtown area having long lasting Sacramento favor and history. My dream Downtown Sacramento is to see a mix […]

How I broke out of my current writing...

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I was stressing out because I was going through a slump. I just didn’t have any motivation to write at all, even though I was on my computer daily. However, I stopped and finally realized how to get out of my slump. First I changed my workstation. I made sure that my work station was […]

He Pleads Guilty To Taking The Life O...

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I just got done watching this video below from a site I found online. It’s about an inmate, Steven Sandison, who plead guilty to killing his cellmate after he trying to justify molesting children. Sandison repeatedly gave his cellmate the chance to be quiet. He even allowed the cellmate to stay the night if he looked […]

Inmates Try To Make Quick Money To Ov...

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I remembered being in prison camp and looking at the inmates with Entrepreneur magazines and other books about how to start a business.  There were other inmates there who studied for high paying jobs such as truck driving, fitness training, being a counselor. These same inmates would also study stocks to increase they ability to have […]

My Work Ethic Made Someone Quit While...

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When I worked at the Power House, there was an inmate named Donny. Donny taught me what he knew about working in the sewers and working around the Power House, along with another inmate who got me the job. However, the COs at the Power House didn’t like him because they knew he was lazy. […]

Why I Dont Want To Be A Victim Of The...

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  I tried to avoid victimization while in prison camp. Every time I started feeling like a victim of the system or of some grand conspiracy theory, I would start asking myself questions as to why I was there. I would ask questions like, “So was I there because of money? Political reasons? Was I […]

What is Prince Hall Masonry To Me?

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I was reading an article today by Benjamin Chavis who saluted one of my Black history heroes, Prince Hall. I’ve been a Prince Hall Mason since 2007. Though I’ve had my ups and down within the order, I’ve found that my experience as a mason has been rewarding in many aspects of my life. I’ve learned, and continue to […]

Does Being Single Really Suck?

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I was reading an article today from the Standard Media titled “How Being Single Painfully Sucks.”  I agree that being single sucks, but it’s not as bad as people make it out to be.  I see it as a situation with disadvantages and advantages, much like any situation. I got a lot out of being single […]

Fasting in Prison Camp

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One day at camp, I decided to fast. I did so accidentally at about 3:30  p.m. because I missed the short line (the food line for food service workers). As longs as I didn’t think abut food, I did not hungry. Things in my head have got stronger. I had been doing a lot of vibrational […]

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