My Black Life, Lessons and Triumphs

‎Economic Dignity and employment and ...

‎Economic Dignity and employment and housing opportunities for the formerly incarcerated at the LiveFree Community Forum at South Sacramento Christian Center

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 […]

Why I HATE writing a first draft on m...

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There’s something special about writing my first draft with pen and paper. I feel as if I could think better with pen and paper as opposed to my laptop. I think ideas come to me more organically on paper. I don’t like writing my first draft on the computer. 1. I hate the error marks […]

The Aaliyah Movie: Just Some Cold Gar...

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So I just watched the Aaliyah movie, “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.” I thought it was great for maybe a websites or after school special. Oh, who am I kidding, it was bad for any medium. “Executive producers Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase, along with author Christopher Farley (whose book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman” […]

Self Discipline in 10 days

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  When I was in Herlong Prison Camp, an inmate handed a book called Self Discipline in 10 days books by Theodore Bryant.  I wanted to know how to not be as emotional and not allow things to bother me and be more productive. This book is one of the best things I took away from […]

My New Year

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Another year behind me and another start of MY new year. I would celebrate, but I rather start this year off doing my passions and everything I enjoy doing. This is going to be the year I focus more on my craft and what’s makes me me instead of keeping up some illusionary friendship or […]

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