Black Entertainment : Spoken word/jazz Hero, fallen.....

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  1. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Gil Scott Heron, a pioneer of spoken word, rap, and a great in the consciousness in music era. Now battling a drug problem and doing time behind bars. How did this happen? And why are we so quick to place derogatory labels on our fallen brothers and sisters?

    Because I have been blessed to not have to battle the demon of crack-cocaine or any other drug, I have no idea about the magnitude of the battle. It is very easy to write our people off as hopeless drug addicts who should have made better decisions, and yes they should have made better decisions, but once that road of drug abuse has been entered, is it really as simple as "saying no" to the drug?

    May the Creator guide Gil Scott Heron in successfully slaying his drug demons once and for all. Ashe.
     
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    Nia

    it's a shame how we cast our bruthas & sistahs out
    is it not that we know they do redeem there soul
    we fall into drugs of pain yet some do come back.

    u made a point of truth here............sis
     
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    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you very much, $$RICH$$. Glad to know ya feel me. :wink:
     
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    Interesting topic...

    Especially, since it hits so close to home..
    I don't think it is as easy as "just say no".
    once, you are addicted.
    I believe the underlining issues have to be
    addressed and the will to want to change.
    I have a brother, who have been addicted
    to crack/cocaine for over 20 years, but you
    wouldn't know it to look at him. He has been
    in and out of jail for petty thief, so many times I lost count,
    but he still continues to try and get his life
    together, at this point he is off the drugs.
    It is a constant struggle for him, the sad part
    is he is handsome, highly intelligent, talented..(he can sing
    extremely well) and he has aspirations to be
    a counselor. I would never give up on him, I
    believe he has a calling, or he wouldn't still be here..so
    many of our talented brothers and sisters have lost their
    lives to drugs. When they are on drugs like that,
    unfortunately, it has to be them to want to change,
    believe me, I know. I just do a lot of praying and
    God has and continues to bring him through.

    I am saddened by Gil Scott Herron, However, my question
    would be, how could someone so knowledgeable about
    life get caught up like that?


    Epiphany :heart:
     
  5. Nia Maishani

    Nia Maishani Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Sista 'piph

    That is precisely the question that continues to plague me. Gil Scott has spoken passionately against drug abuse in his lyrics, and has a heck of a pinpoint on the truths about life, society, race relations, oppression, white supremacy, etc. How in the world did drug addiction seize hold of him???

    You offered a very touching testimony, and for it, I give much thanks. Like your brother, Gil Scott is handsome (in his younger, sober days), intelligent, talented, educated both formally AND informally, HIGHLY conscious and knowledgeable. But you just never can tell what all is going on in any given person's life, especially in the life of a Nubian man in a white supremacist society bent on keeping him down. That is not to shift the blame, but to speak the Truth. As a Nubian wombman, I know I've fought and continue to fight battles with the oppressor, among the "regular" challenges life brings me. We simply do not know exactly what types of troubles have plagued the life of Gil Scott Heron that contributed to the battle he presently fights.

    Thank you for sharing your/my compassion for this phenomenal Brother.
     
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