The Ghetto Blues

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I was elated and honored to know that my niece’s friend, Lakeisha had chosen, “The Ghetto Blues” for their book club read. My niece received a lot of positive feedback from the group and they are very interested in more of my work.

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The Ghetto Blues took me approximately one year to write, and I poured my heart and soul into the book because I wrote it for my children and grandchildren. I wasn’t going to publish it until my children and niece recommended it because a lot of people needed to hear my story, and there’s a lot of women out there that can relate. I went back and forth because it’s my personal life and everyone knows how judgmental people can be. But since the release of the book in March 2018, it has helped me tremendously deal with things of my past that I had locked away. It has been therapy and I can say that I feel free. My skeletons are out of the closet and I’ve have helped other women in the process.

I would like to thank LaKeisha and the rest of the ladies/gentlemen that purchased and read my autobiography. A lot of the ladies said that they could relate to my story. It was beautifully written and their emotions was all over the place.

The Ghetto Blues makes you laugh, smile, cry, and be inspired. It’s not a woe me book. It’s a captivating story of perseverance, determination, and never giving up!

Stay encouraged and your light will shine bright.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes all day, everyday.

 

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Lakeisha chose the theme: (musical notes) I love it! So beautiful. (makes me proud)

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The Ghetto Blues synopsis:

My legacy is important to me. I want to leave a legacy that my children and grandchildren could be proud of. A legacy that would be a blueprint for future generations to tweak and make better.

I write this book for future generations to learn, grow, and inspire to be a better you. This book is the story of my life and based on true events. It’s about a young lady that struggled through her identity crisis and was raised in unstable environments and poverty.

A story about a life of tragedy, trepidation, but triumph. I never accepted the ideology of a victim. Instead, I embraced strength, resilience, and a warrior’s philosophy. I fit the perfect description of Tupac Shakur’s meaning of the saying, “a rose that grew from the concrete.” When the odds were stacked against me, I continued to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I believe that you are only a victim when you have no choice; otherwise, you are an enabler. I had no choice being born into poverty, but I had a choice on whether to rise above my circumstances.
My desire was to break the mental and physical chains plagued in our communities and instill new ones for me and my children.

My story goes out to all the people that suffered and survived, The Ghetto Blues. I hope to transform and inspire you to never give up on you.

 

When They See Us

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Left (Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana Jr, and Yusef Salaam)

I watched the documentary, “When They See Us” on Netflix on Friday night. I’d never heard of this case, and to my recollection, it wasn’t covered in Texas media outlets. Words can’t express how I felt watching five innocent young (ages 14, 15, and 16) boys being humiliated and sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. I try to be a positive person, but in a world filled with hate and structured racism, it’s like pulling teeth.

If you haven’t seen this documentary, I would advise you with caution. It’s so heartbreaking. It’s definitely a must see if you don’t know about the injustices done toward these young boys. This is a story that needs to be in our history books and never forgotten, like the 911 Attacks, Pearl Harbor, and the Jewish Holocaust. The Central Park 5 should be alongside these travesties. Our children and grandchildren and so forth need to know about the injustices of Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, and Raymond Santana Jr.

Imagine walking home from school at the age of 14 and being picked up by the police, interrogated, beaten up,  prosecuted, and sentenced to 14 years in prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. The only evidence against you is the color of your skin. Imagine how your life would change forever. Well, this is the reality of these five young men seen in the picture above. Each one of them spent from 6-14 years incarcerated. And what about the District Attorney that prosecuted the case and knew that all five of these young men were innocent? Prosecutor, Linda Fairstein lived her life like a queen, until the movie was released on Friday. Fortunately, she has resigned from the board of trustees at her Alma Mater Vassar college. The talks of her book deal is hanging in the balance via the outrage of social media after seeing the movie. Linda Fairstein’s life deserves to be changed forever just like these young men. Especially, how she knew they were innocent, but to her, it was about winning! What about humanity? linda-fairstein-when-they-see-us

Prosecutor, Linda Fairstein of “Central Park 5”

The sad part about this injustice is, that it’s still happening to this day. There are thousands of innocent people in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.

America is the home of the brave, and the land of the free is what I’ve heard all my life. I see the total opposite. It’s a nightmare in a cage for people with darker hue.

I’d ask anyone that’s reading this to stop what you are doing, understand, and put yourself in others’ shoes. It’s the only way we will have compassion and see the human in humanity.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes.

 

 

Tar Baby

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Tianna Thompson is an adolescence trying to find her way in a world where her skin complexion is the center of attention.
She’s ridiculed by classmates and even her own family because of her dark chocolate skin.
The name calling starts in elementary school and gets worse in high school.

Tasha is Tianna’s bestfriend and has had her back since elementary school fighting against the bullies. Tianna and Tasha have a lot in common such as, they both are known as Tar Babies.

Tasha has an older brother, Jackson that’s secretly in love with Tianna. But Jackson isn’t the only guy that wants Tianna. Her male friend, Jamal who is on his way to the NBA will stop at nothing to convince Tianna that he’s the man for her present and future.

Tianna loves both Jackson and Jamal, but she loves one as a friend and the other as a lover.
Will Tasha end her twelve-year friendship with Tianna if she finds that her best friend is in love with her brother?
Will Tianna chose between her heart or friendship?

This is the first book of a two-part series.

 

Grateful

There’s a time to be humble but today is not the day. I want to shout to the world of how grateful I am to wake up and see that Tar Baby 2 has reached the #1 ranking on Amazon for New Releases!

Now, that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me settle down and be humble and grateful.

I want to give a shout-out to my co-author, my daughter, Tahirah! We did it!

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Tar Baby 2 ~Tianna’s Story

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Tianna Thompson story continues as her life takes an unexpected change.
She is keeping a secret learned after her ex-boyfriend, Mark brutally attacked her.
Jamal is the only one that knows her secret and he will do anything for her. But will the consequences of what she’s hiding destroy their friendship or bring them closer together?

Tasha has uncovered Tianna’s secret and revealed it to her brother Jackson. Jackson is in town to find the truth as he and Jamal continue vying for Tianna’s love.

Tasha, Jamal, and Jackson, the characters in Tar Baby are back in Tar Baby 2 to continue Tianna’s story.

Tar Baby 2 takes you on a ride. Hold on tight until the end. It will shock you.

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Tar Baby 2 (Tianna’s Story)

As an indie author, it’s always rewarding to finally finish and publish your work. The blood, sweat, and tears are temporary over. You could breathe a sigh of relief until you begin again. Rinse and repeat.

Writing is something that I’ve always enjoyed every since I was a little girl. I used to write skits for my baby sister and I to rehearse. I was the director and producer, and I can still see my ten year old self getting upset at my seven year old sister for not acting or reciting the skits like I planned. My poor sister. I don’t see how she put up with me with always wanting things perfect. SMH.

I look at things so much different than before, but the drive of perfection is still buried inside of me. I settle for what’s good enough for me because I know everything isn’t perfect. So, to all the people that are critical of yourself and work, let’s take a moment and appreciate the effort that it takes to write a book or be successful at anything you do in life.

It isn’t easy to write a book. If it was then everyone would be a published author. I say to you, take a moment to breathe, enjoy, and celebrate! You did it!

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American History is Black History

Podcast to discuss in depth “Black” History.

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The First Americans were the Black people!

Luzia skull was found in Brazil 12, 500- 13,000 years ago.

Hosts: Unity Love & Smuv E

 

https://unapologeticpoeticshow.podbean.com/e/unapologetic-poetic-show-american-history-is-black-history/

The First portrait of the painting of “Indians”..Who do these Indians look like?

Picture of the Indian Slaves that Christopher Columbus took to Spain to see the King and Queen.

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Who Am I?

Many faces but only one reveals yours truly.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself, who am I?

When you are at work, you are diligently trying to impress your boss and co-workers. You put up a facade for eight hours a day, five days a week. You are this nice, respectable, patient, and giving person. You buy co-workers lunch or brown nose the boss for special treatment in order to acquire a promotion. You give extra handouts to anyone that needs it. You do all of these things with a smile on your face. You are known as the quintessential person that could do no wrong. This is your 40 hours, 5 days per week persona.

When you are home with your wife(husband) and family, you change instantly the minute you walk over that threshold. You are the true vision of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Your tolerance level for any type of noise or communication is zero to none. You are barely engaged or involved with what’s going on in your family’s life. They are invisible. You treat your boss and co-workers better than your own family. These are the people that you take for granted, knowing how much they love you.  But you couldn’t care less. This is your home life persona.

When you are on social media, you comment and like pictures. You instant message women(men) you are interested in. You pretend as though you have no family and social media is the only family that matters. You spend hours on social media. You are whatever and whomever you want to be,  because many of your social media friends will never find out. You have clout and you love the attention that you receive. You escape your REAL life. This is your social media persona.

The next morning you wake up and look at yourself in the mirror and it’s the same you and routine. Rinse and Repeat.

Do you ever ask yourself, who am I? Who is the real me? Is it the me at work? Is it the me at home? Is it the me on social media?

You’re getting frustrated and tired of ‘pretending’ to be someone or something that you are not and the truth of the matter is, you really don’t know which one is the real you. You are trying to figure it out.

If you are in this situation, then take time away from all three personas to find the real you. There’s nothing more tiring than living a life not knowing who you are or pretending to be something that you are not. This is not living life to the fullest. You are  selling yourself short.

Don’t be afraid to ask yourself, who am I? Am I living the most productive and real life that I’m meant to live? Am I true to myself? If your answer is “no,” then

Start living instead of pretending! Stop disappointing yourself to appease people that really don’t matter.

Life is way too short! So I say today, start living your life as the REAL you, but most importantly, live it with peace in your heart for the sake of you.

Love, peace, and positive vibes, everyday and all day.