For The Parents Of Teenagers….

For parents of teenagers:

This may be what they need to hear from you:

Dear son/daughter,
You don’t have to sell yourself.
Seeking approval and validation
is a form of prostitution.
Compromising who you are
in exchange for acceptance
is a form of prostitution.
What gets sold is...

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I’ll Always Be…

To some degree, I will always be that kid that grew up on Martin Luther King Ave. in Verona and loved the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

To some degree, I will always be that depressed 16 year old skateboard kid that was being picked on, but who felt an odd sense of empowerment one day...

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Black And Blue

Black And Blue. Black And Blue.
I stand. Black and Blue.
I love. Black and Blue.
Humans. Black and Blue.
Family. Black and Blue.
Neighbors. Black and Blue.
Communities. Black and Blue.
Tired. Black and Blue.
Hurt. Black and Blue.
Angry. Black and Blue.

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My Dead Black Siblings

My brother Alton is dead.
I never got to meet him.
He was imperfect.
The media really wants me to be aware of this.
They say it’s his fault.
They say that he got what he deserved.
But I know better.
My brother was a child of God Read More

This World Is Traumatized.

This world is traumatized.
And our species is
reenacting trauma
Violence. Dukkha. Maya. The Fall.
This is the screaming blood of Abel.
This is the chaos washed by the great deluge.
This is Jesus murdered
by the collective psychosis,
the collective darkness,

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