Let me tell you what I've learned about our people...and I may get banned for this but I don't know any way other than to keep this as real as possible. You know, there was a time when I was sort of critical of certain segments of our people in terms of what they did or said....but I done reached a point where as I ain't critical of jack s---! I know why we're the way we are on every level. Why? Because I done been there myself. In other words, I done completed the circle. I have friends who are under 30 and all of them are worth a million plus. I remember when I was floating with Blue Magic and Gladys Knight and Nipsey Russel and the Manhattens...when droppin $500 on a jacket that I really didn't need wasn't nothing. I remember my illusionary mindset cause that's what got me knocked for the next 12 years of my life. I remember hearing grown men cry at night like a child, of being locked down with our people from every segment of life there is and of holding conversations with them. I remember living in Cali and down south and up north very well. I remember the gang bang days and days when I was nothing but another pawn in white peoples bull----! I remember every psychological and emotional illusion I was caught up in...and I'm unique because internally there was something that I just wasn't content with, even when I was making over 100,000 a year. Something inside of me kept saying that there has to be more to life than this. I know that many of our people would have been content with my life but I wasn't. I remember when I was in the Marines Corp during the Vietnam era because I got drafted. Yeah, it was then, at the age of 17 that I peeked some things that I was not meant to see that caused my life-long journey and quest to find answers to questions that I didn't even know existed yet. I was raised as a cold Christian...how cold? So cold that I would jump out my window to go to church, knowing that when I got home that I was going to be punished and get my @ss whipped! In prison I converted to a Muslim but subconsciously I was still on the search for truth and was not content with that, nor would I be conditioned by it. For a short period in my life I actually hated my own mother for what she didn't give me...only time and learning would revel that she did the best she could and that she was just as much a victim as I was....and so I learned to forgive and understand and to love her even more for what she had to work with. You see, the bottom line is that ALL OF OUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PLAYED! not only here in America but in Africa as well. Over here we see images of the cannibals, while in Africa they see images and movies of us here in America as being drugged out and as cold steppin fetchit negroes. There was even a point in my life when I HATED WHITE PEOPLE WITH A PASSION!! The system would have loved it if they could have kept that internalized in me, but I learned that if you are filled with negativity that you'll never have room for the positive things that you need to do in your own life...because two energies can not occupy the same place and time. I remember days when the police was hiding me from the police... days when the guards in prison got me any and everything I needed because I was their only source of growth. I wrote my first book while in the system and to do that meant that I had to have a whole lot of the Administration seeing things the way I saw them...as such, I am now banned out of the prison system in the state of new jersey in terms of speaking...cause the system knew I didn't pull that off on my own. Now I cruise by brothers every day doing the wrong thing as it relates to our people and there's little I can say...simply because I understand. I would love to tell the gang bangers which direction to turn their guns or who and what to rob...but I got to even leave that alone. I've been fortunate to be able to sit at the feet of Dr.Clark and Ben and Charshee McIntyre and Kwami Ture and Frances Welsing and Gil Noble and Dell Jones and Ramona Africa and a host of others to learn. You see, in other words, I am not on any level caught up in the matrix and there is very little that people can tell me because I am always in a state of growth. We are the most beautiful people even when we are messed up in our head. I have even discovered that drug addicts have principles that they will not violate...now ain't that a b****!...just goes to show you how spiritually deep we are even we are messed up! I guess I'm writing all of this to simply say that I LOVE WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE...EVEN WHEN WE AREN'T ALL ON THE SAME PAGE!!...CAUSE IN THE END, EVERYTHING WILL INDEED BE ALRIGHT !!! YEAH, I'm tired...but warriors can't afford to get tired !!! ONE LOVE ALWAYS!!!