Category Archives: Real World
The difference between minority and white American youth is their educational value. Minority youth glorify and value what pop culture says, it’s viewed as the “cool” thing to do. White youth glorifies it also, but not as much, it’s seems as if they’re more educated on the difference between what’s real and what’s ENTERTAINMENT. They’re taught how to capitalize off of what minority youth glorify. Way too many black/Latin American youth are too caught up on what’s (hot, cool, fly, dope etc.…) and not enough of our interest is focused on what’s really “cool” such as acquiring knowledge and attaining skills that’ll help us excel in life.
I love Hip-Hop and the opportunity it has created for so many people of our ethnic group to raise their families for decades, but as of late I feel that our youth are being poisoned by lyrics and trying to live vicariously through them or go above and beyond to live the lives these ENTERTAINERS portray in these music videos and magazines. Too many of our youth strive to walk in the footsteps of their favorite artist for the wrong reasons. These are the same youth that feels it’s “corny” to strive to be like the men/women that have stood up and laid down their lives to help reshape this country (i.e.: Martin Luther King, El Haj Malik Shabazz, Clarence Edward Smith, Marcus Garvey, etc.…)
But is it our youth’s fault? Or is it the powers that be that continually brainwash them? Is it our school systems? Or our “rehabilitation systems” that actually don’t rehabilitate anyone but instead criminalize a young male/female even more? A young minority goes to prison for felony charge, gets released and now has way less options of employment to seek because of this felony, which makes prison a “revolving door.”
Young brothers and sisters wake up, educate yourself, culture yourself and be proud of it! THE WORLD IS YOURS.
If I make a mistake and accuse you of something I’ll apologize out of courtesy. If my instinct is wrong, as a man, I have to apologize, being human and a person of good conscience I will admit my mistake. The problem with the legal system is all words and synonyms of courtesy no longer exist. If a officer says your wrong, you prove your right, admit the misconception and how she/he could think your in the wrong, your still wrong.
Only on television does the idea of having a logical conversation with a law official exist. Most times officers stop us for valid reasons, but there are few times we’re right, only to be told to “take it up with the courts.” Rather than admit his/her wrong, officers send us to a law system that’s designed for us to fail. The law can only judge on what is told and if the officer is present the judge “perceives” their word to be true because they took a oath as a officer of the law, automatically making them right, but at the end of the day police officers are human as well and as humans we sometime lie to get out of a jam.
The quota system in New York City has put a lot of unnecessary pressure on officers causing them to wrongly accuse people just to meet their numbers.
Be careful out there, it’s a cold game.
To Be Continued.
The most prominent word in any hood is “real.” Some people entire existence is defined by the word or what they perceive as the definition of what “real” is. Aside from what’s “real” the word we often miss is “respect.” For “real” to work we must have respect. Without respect nothing you do will ever be real. People who live to portray what’s “real” usually really live horrible lives because they lack respect. Jails are filled with “real” individuals who really live that life and love to keep it “real.”
Most problems in the hood are a direct result from dudes wanting to show love and display how real they are. If a friend is killed, a dude will kill another out of “love” even If the family of the victim ask for “respect” to not take any vengeance. Love Is killing the hood, being real is fueling it and respect is neglected from it.
Many events in the hood are ruined because of “love” when we actually need to spread respect. Love Is what brings problems to our events respect should keep It away.
Keeping it real will always be a problem in our hoods, what most dudes don’t get is the real test of what’s real is longevity and what you can offer your community to help it beyond representing it.
Don’t overdose on the “REAL.”
Why are you scared? What’s the point of having a voice if you don’t use it? 40 years ago being a leader and/or having a voice willing to speak up against B.S and ignorance meant something. Today we dismiss it and anyone who is outspoken. Many people can’t stand another who speaks what they feel; the idea of someone speaking their mind is too overwhelming for them to comprehend. We substitute real for the fake and we’re entertained by what we presume as real.
We live in a time of instant gratification and listening to the words of an ordinary person seems outrageous to some. “Come on wit’ that rev run shit” and/or positive thinking is what most say/hear everyday, then we turn around and praise Dr. King or Malcolm X? There are everyday people in each of our lives that need/deserve/have earned that respect of an ear to listen to him/her but reality of world is dismissive. We often choose contradictions to how we think. Most of the time we want positive thinkers but the idea of someone constantly being positive doesn’t seen genuine so we dismiss it.
Many people in our everyday circles are way more influential and forward thinking than you may know. Embrace It.
Stress will make you lose sleep, feel unease and make you very anxious; the pressure of life and to do right is an added weight to your shoulders. What really matters in life? Is it money? Is it family? Whatever you want to get out of life you can get it. We can all easily go out into the world and make tons of money, but at what price? Your freedom? Your morals?
It’s easy for any of us to get up, get out and get something but what the fuck do we want? Life is scary, we have total control to do anything and regardless of the outcome we control our life. That’s a dangerous & scary notion because life has so many temptations the pressure is intense.
The road to the wrong path is always tempting, easy money and a fast profit is a very hard thing to turn down. To do right is to live right but at what point does living right become so overwhelming that doing wrong seems easier?
It’s a battle within you. Should I work hard now and benefit from it later? Or work hard later and not worry about it now? The statistics of life are real numbers and even with all the numbers, facts and examples we still make proven mistakes? People who are rich choose to work hard at some point in their life to achieve that wealth. We all got to grind at some point the question is when will you?
“Be careful! Watch ya step. Move with caution. Watch those around you!”
Is life short? Whoever came up with that saying obviously didn’t have much going for themselves because life is long, it can easily become long and drawn out with the wrong decisions. The pressure to do right is not a part time thing is a full time job. Adding to that pressure is the task of being black man and/or minority. We have to work ten times as hard, most often, to get the same outcome of our racial counterparts.
A black man needs to support of his lady. We often play strong but the pressure to do right is intense and the support and encouragement is needed always. Most times were so preoccupied trying hard to not to do wrong that nothing seems right. We often see and hear many saying ‘products of my environment’ and the pressure to do right is hard when it seems no matter how much you try to change you will always remain the same.
Our community lacks positive influences and many times we forget that. We forget the lack of good role models & that need of an extra voice for granted. Your whole life can change in one second and as a man that is a hard pill to swallow. Rather than chop men down build us up. A man won’t tell you but he needs a woman that’s not only there for him but willing to understand what he’s going through.
Females charge everything to the individual rather than the pressure that man has. The spotlight is always on us to do right. Think logically about your man rather than figuratively. Most men are deeply in love with their mate but the bigger picture is our future and/or success. Coretta Scott King once said “the hardest part about being with a man of passion is understanding that passion.” Women don’t understand men want to provide but the pressure to do right is so overwhelming for some.
If our women backed us up, and vice versa, imagine the feats we can accomplish if we gave each other had that perfect push