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    10

    Booga Town - Rebecca Stinson

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    I'm Picka, Picka Blake. Yes it's an unusual name but so was everything else back in those days. Daddy thought it was a fitting name 'cause' as he would say, "I 'Picka' over every creature on this earth." He was talking about me of course. The name fit right in with the odd canopy of trees that nestled the town like furniture or the little, neatly p...
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    Jan
    26

    The Bad Rap of the Preacher

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    ​I would argue that some of the greatest civil rights work toward social justice has been lead by American Black preachers, with Dr. King at the forefront of it all. I would debate that our preachers were the first “grass roots” organizers with Nat Turner at the helm. I would dispute anyone that minimizes the impact of Blac...
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    Dec
    10

    Black Woman

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    Black Woman Being a Black Woman is certainly surreal. We want to be loved but most don't care how we feel. We fight to be heard, for respect, to be treated fair but some choose to degrade us or act like we're not there. Our mouths are condemned, our minds are disgraced and the hurt that we live can be seen on our face. We don't want your pity, we d...
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    Dec
    08

    I’m Calling It Me

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    Yahweh, Elohim, puts a smile on my face. Jehovah and Om, signs that can't be erased. Gayatri and Guru, all names of divine. Mohammad, Adonai, the Name sounds like mine. If God is a spirit, why do we call it "He", to give it more power and boost masculinity. To justify oppression, to keep building walls, to silence the female, as sperm travels down ...
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    Nov
    30

    You Won’t Read This

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      "You Won't Read This" You have people who are not conscious. You have people not "woke". They think this political climate is more like a joke. Always making post that don't matter. Yeah, you look bout the same. Then when you ask them whose the Speaker of the House, they can't quote his (soon to be her) name. They didn't vote in elections, t...
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    Nov
    30

    Queen

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    ​I took care of your kids, while you laid in her bed. I honored your name knowing our relationship was dead. You separated our families . . .  a coward needs someone on their side. You made me do the dirty work but for the kids I let it ride. You threw dirt on our castle because I demanded child support, but a real man...
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    Nov
    28

    My Boring Ass Life

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    ​When you left me, I remember you saying, “with your boring ass life . . .”, as if that was a jab. I chalked it up as being bad with men and returned to the lab. I was living this irony, the way you would abuse and poke fun at me. Trying to add you to all that was great about me, was sheer buffoonery, I now see.  In this boring ...
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    Oct
    23

    “Dearest Husband” - June - by Salute Da Philosopher and Dearest

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    June 2 Dearest Husband, I'm not sure why you are pissed about me asking a question. If it was nothing you wouldn't feel any kind of way. I'm going to table that until we speak in person though. I couldn't make it up there last week and I feel lost without you. I need new glasses Hun. It's like my vision keeps going in and out. I definitely can't co...
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    Oct
    23

    He Ain’t Yo Husband

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    While you crying over spoiled milk he's putting a smile on someone else's face. Why are you crying? It's obvious that he didn't care about you to begin with. Most people in prison tend to look for comfort from whoever is willing to give it to them at the moment. So, they do watever they have to do to get it. Lying and manipulation is two of th...
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    Oct
    23

    “Dearest Husband”, May - by Salute Da Philosopher & Dearest

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    May 1 Dearest Husband,  My heart is filled with love for you but the pain of leaving you there doesn't get better with time. You keep a smile on your face like it's not you with the bid and after all these years you stay positive. When you go back behind that steel door I feel like I'm the one in a cell and this is just some crazy dr...
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    Oct
    23

    Corruption vs. Correction - by Salute Da Philosopher

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    Spending the last seven years in here, prision, I can say, being incarcerated doesn't mean that you'll change for the better. It wasn’t created to rehabilitate. The Department of Corrections is suppose to be a form of helping people correct their ways but it actually corrupts instead of correcting behavior. Life on the...
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    Aug
    06

    Black Line

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    ​“With so much drama in the L-B-C, it’s kind of hard bein’ Snoop D-O double G but I some how some way keep comin’ up with funkin’ ass hits like every single day”. - Snoop Dog 93’ I went to a youth conference with my daughter this weekend and as I listened to the dynamic speakers that garnered the stage, one message was central. We must be coll...
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    Jul
    31

    Weed Control

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    ​Many have foolishly attempted gardening, as the realization that we are being poisoned by processed and fast food chains sink in. Yet one of the most common problems with this undertaking is most don’t know the difference between a plant and a weed. Just for the record, a plant wants to feed you, a weed wants to kill you.&...
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    Jul
    29

    Always Faithful to God

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    I gave my husband my everything. I even purchased my own prison wedding ring. I created an island from everyone that I loved and when he left in the most vile and hateful way, no one was there except He above. No one was there to say, stop this, I know Dearest, this ain’t true. I laid in the valley of the shadow of death an...
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    Jul
    28

    Facebook Slavery

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     I use to post my words on Facebook until I learned they owned those words without compensation. They enslaved those words with their regulations. They exploited those words with market trends. They capitalized on those word, Blacks never receiving the ends. They pimped those words to make us fight. They changed those words which wasn’t r...
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    Jul
    27

    Who Will Be Left to Protect the King?

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    ​“The queen (♕,♛) is the most powerful piece in the game of chess, able to move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Each player starts the game with one queen, placed in the middle of the first rank next to the king .” - Wikipedia Let’s repeat, the Queen is most powerful. The game starts with only one of her. She has a ple...
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    Jul
    22

    You deserve flowers

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    ​The bouquets of assorted flowers in the fruit section of Walmart never meant much. It never occurred to me that no one had ever given me flowers or that the floral arrangements were symbols of love and admiration. I mean I didn’t feel bad about the fact. I just never thought of it. But as I happened to walk through th...
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    Jul
    16

    Eve

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    ​Daughters, future mothers, sustainers of creation, have we let you down? Have we forgotten to nurture you into the tremendous role of woman? Have we left you for the predator to devour, not taking into consideration that the serpent has sexualized your image, molested your purity and raped your minds? Have we exploited the...
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    Jul
    09

    Go sit yo ass down somewhere . . .

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    ​Mother, when you don’t care . . . when even you are desensitized to the petty comments and retorts on Social Media by young people . . . when you don’t hear them calling each other bitches and hoes on Instagram or you don’t see them pimping tweets to each other and you just...
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    Jul
    08

    Forgiving My Father

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    Losing my Daddy was one of the most surreal experiences I have ever been through. We worked across the street from one another. I worked at a daycare center while he worked for a company called John Hancock, as an insurance agent. Daddy had been through so much. I mean constant turmoil with everyone, including me and when I moved out in 1...
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