The Poets
September 23, 2009, 9:48 pm
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They come to the stage

and let their hearts and their souls erupt from their mouths and

baptise the spirits of all who will listen

I sit in the front row

head cocked half smile

stupid look on my face like


What words do you

can you

use to explain what has just taken place?

Explain the experience of the transaction between

I and They

the poets

beautiful in

infinite variants of

one true expression

the peach toned chick whose vocie saturated the air

with the gritty cadence of an old soul weary

and the cinnamon skinned sista who blew notes

like lady sings the blues

homeboy with the puka shells and

midnight locks that grazed the middle of his back

and old girl with the shoulder length curls elegantly poised in her

 high heels and delicate dress

the enigmatic veteran shouting 

Go deep poet


and calm cool collected young blood

blessing the stage for his first time

spit holy fire

meanwhile I still try to process

what has just taken place

between I and They

the poets

room full of people but I barely notice

I sit caught up in the rapture

of thier words and their voices

and behold thier faces

reading their emotions like

I’m turning pages and

I think to myself


how I wish that I could

eternally dwell in that space

where the energy of the crowd

meets that which rushes forth from the stage

pure fusion

no reason

just feeling

the transfer of emotion between I and They

the poets

nothing but kindred thoughts and feelings

like we’re i chatting via esp

or like two organisms in symbiosis who

know and want nothing more than to just let it be

like lovers who hold on to one another and wish the night would never cease

in essence 

it is transcendent transformation I seek

that seeks me

when I am with the poets



straight outta oaktown: acktup
September 21, 2009, 7:40 pm
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Exposed Expressions

Exposed Expressions

From my boys over at ExposedExpressions Network; ugly niggas, pretty girls, good times and a hype performance by west coast phenom Acktup……

Acktup is a beast on the mic and has consistently dropped 4 albums each year for the past couple of years. Click here to read his interview with the San Francisco Bay View and find out a little more about the drive behind his grind and the secret of his success. His eighth album ‘Mobbin Like Me’ was released August 28th. The brother is well known and highly respected throughout the west coast, but there is no doubt that the hip hop community at large will soon give him the credit he deserves. At 23 years old he’s released as much material as a seasoned veteran and he’s still technically a youngster in the game. If you didn’t know about him, now you do………

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Brainwashed???? Give me a break…….

I will be the first to admit that I am not as politically informed as I should be. To be honest I don’t care too much for politics or government, too many grey areas. Being a writer, however, I must at least attempt to stay up to date on all things that affect the human condition and being a citizen of this country places me in a direct relationship with the minions on capital hill. I’ve written a few pieces before dealing with Barrack Obama being used as a political whipping boy, and today I find myself re-visiting this concept yet again. It seems several Republican’s are now claiming that Obama is attempting to brainwash our children. What??? According to an article on Yahoo News, the chairman of the Florida Republican Party stated Obama’s September 8th scheduled Back-to-School telecast is “…an attempt to indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist agenda…” Huh??? This is exactly what turns me off from politics. The term brainwashing is a little over-dramatic don’t you think?  Politics just isn’t politics without propaganda, of course. The president created a speech for America’s school age youth rooted in themes of quality education and scholastic commitment, and this is a bad idea? More than this being a bad idea, this is indoctrination of a socialist agenda and should be therefore banned? Really? One mother commented that she sends her children to school to be educated, not indoctrinated. I’m sorry, but I was under the impression that was exactly what the American school system was for.

Given the  statistics about the quality of education in the United States,and the gaping educational disparites affecting minority students, it doesn’t seem like much educating is going on at all. Indoctrination essentially means to instruct in ideology, principle, or a doctrine. This being said, our school system could be labled as one of the most  powerful facilitators of indoctrination in use. On average children spend more time in the school setting than they do with their parents. There’s a poster hanging on my grandmother’s wall with the title ” Everything I need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, and I would have to say for most that’s true. We learn the principles of fairness, gender roles and identification, submission to authority, hierarchy and chain of command, and the list goes on. I guess as long as children are being indoctrinated with principles that will keep them in thier predetermined socio-ecological niche, all is well.

Barrack Obama’s “historic’ presidency is higlighting an  alarming aversion to bipartisanship. Republican’s will not be satisfied untill one of their own is in the oval office. Social security, health-care, abortion, gay rights and education become nothing more but pawns in a dirty game. Every initiative Obama attempts, no matter how noble in intention, will ultimately be turned into something villainous and evil by the opposing party, just for the sake of playing the game. I say let the kid’s hear what the man has to say, let them be inspired and provoked to make positive changes. If they are in fact brainwashed into being high-achieving, A honor roll students who care about positively impacting their social enviroments, I’m sure it won’t turn out as bad as it did in Disturbing Behavior.