Wanted

  Photo by Julia Formisland Creation by Roxette words by Brorha Train
All he wanted was acceptance 
All she wanted was acceptance 
All they deserved was acceptance 
All they cared for was love 
All they wanted was love
All they got was bruises 
From the many that couldn’t understand 
All they got were bruises 
Submitted in ink saying words like abomination 
All they felt was pain 
Injected into everyday eye contact 

that had no reason to give a negative 
All they received was shunning 
Of those that swore they understood biblical scriptures but never took the time to actually read the script
All they cared for was acceptance 
In the form of an embrace embedded in a hug that in many ways managed to remove the bruises and pain
All she needs is your love
Her as a person 

Her as a woman 

Her as she is 

Not what you want her to be 

But as a person 

So remember this is all she needs..

Allen Brotha Train Clark 2015

Memorable night with an icon 

  

Yesterday was a good day as Temple University hosted a sit down with playwright/poet and author Ntzaka Shang and Oz Scott about the creation of For Colored Girls the stage play. It was very inspirational and warming as you hear the story and understood the joy in making it. Producer/ director Lee Richardson was the host and poet/playwright professor Tamikka Williams presented her with a plaque from the mayor to celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the play. 

A Drummers Hymn 

 

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A drummers hymn will always bring life to you 

a drummers hymn will always bring life to you 

Listen to the beat as it resides in you 

Listen to your ancestors as they talk to you

A drummers hymn will always bring life into you 

A drummers hymn will always bring life into you 

Listen to the cry of children coming through 

Listen as your people make a war cries

They are crying 

Little girls are crying 

As they scream in anger still wondering why someone wanted to burn them behind church walls 

Listen as little boys cry out to you 

He wonders why they hung him when he did nothing special all

Listen to the drum 

Their spiritual is dance rides callus tips

Listen to the percussion as it is the little voices asking why 

Listen as its tap are little voices wondering why 

A drummers hymn will always bring life to you 

A drummers hymn will always bring life to you 

Listen to the beat as it resides in you 

Listen to your ancestors as they talk through you

News Flash

Rehearsal moment and Donna Griggs is putting on a marvelous performance as a mother in despair in “Missing News”

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There is nothing worse then the fear and loss of a child. In many cases we never hear the stories of these children but we do see there faces on Facebook or on poles in the inner city but not on the news. The sad thing about media is it can hold a bias to what it shows and over the years those stories of missing minority children had fallen short. With that being said, it is up to us the everyday person to continue putting out Amber alerts in our own way till we see complete change in this missing news view…

Lost Soul Syndrome

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We live in a future that the average minority youth believes his life has a limitation. For many that means never seeing pass the ghetto, never imagining themselves as college graduates, never envisioning living, loving, breathing or just being. These thoughts are not limited to black or Latino children but many minority children within inner cities. The need for positive role models should not be limited to sports players or those in entertainment but even the Brother managing a bodega, the brother getting a masters in science to change the world, the brother working as a teacher in a system that wants to give up on children and the brother sitting in the park with his kids and lady teaching them how to ride a bike. Truth is these are the images that can change a life, these are images that resemble real life, these are the images many need to understand these men have a strive worth becoming why because it involves integrity, consciousness and wanting to build. These are images that speak choice and tell you what you can become and that you can climb out of the syndrome of lost souls…

Colors

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As minority men we are always seen as the murderer,the drug dealer, the thief, the abuser, the killer, but never the innocent, the victim, the punished, the abused.. These moments aren’t about banding together for one death but for the many wrongs that have been subjected to us as a people African American, Latino, and any other melanin that’s always fitting a profile, under a police officers stick, held at gun point, stopped and frisked, followed in a store or just plainly seen as a threat because of your skin. All we really want to know is when will it change?