Drugs, Power and Respect
A journey into a life of pain, regret and transformation.
Imagine a day in the life of a convicted felon who achieved notoriety, surviving the streets, withstanding bullets and chasing the game.
A teenager who lived by the street code, gaining respect from those who dared to oppose him, and feared by skeptics who heard of his name.
A chilling nightmare that was not a dream.
Are we speaking of Frank Lucas?
No, we are talking about a Brooklyn native, who daily escaped fear as a sheep amongst wolves in Brownsville, New York. He was blessed to dodge premature death, drug addiction and the paradox of unwed fatherhood.
After rising above the pain of self-destruction, an Angel approached him with an unprecedented offer, which opened doors that changed his life.
Soon thereafter, he started selling drugs for Panamanians bringing home over a $1,000.00 a week, in a rented salon. The drug lord groomed him to sell without being caught by the Feds.
After convincing the drug lords to open the salon on Sundays, when they normally were closed, independently he gained notoriety in the community and gained respect for the quality of drugs sold. His sales increased in one day to $5,000.00 daily.
Jealousy, hostility and rumors began to fuel his fellow comrades, concerning the weight and money he commanded. Retaliation into a gun battle, to gain his power on the streets landed him in jail, and surviving a near death experience.
While incarcerated, his perspective of life began to change as he witnessed death, betrayal and suffrage, and the untimely death of his parents at an early age and vowed to make a permanent change.
Trust your Instincts…
Being in a crowd, feeling alone, or misunderstood. Do you walk away? bury your pride and engage with a different crowd? or accept the reality that you don’t blend.
Social isolation becomes normal, muted nights are adapted.
Tik Tok, Facebook, and Instagram captivate our time,
yet remain empty, somewhat entertained, and
constantly searching. Television has almost become a
pastime unless there’s “Breaking News, or Program
Alerts” on local or national news stations i.e. CNN
Otherwise, we’re fondling with our remotes searching for flicks on our Amazon Fire Stick, Netflix, Hulu, or relaxing to Pandora music. These are the creative influences that replace family gatherings, conversations with friends, romantic dates, and outings with roommates. Social engagement has dwindled because of fear, rejection, inflation, racial divide and Covid 19, and now Monkey Pox. Friends become distant, family shy away and grocery clerks are shielded by a plastic barrier, that reminds you of a Lab Tech. The streets remind you of a war zone; (empty, hollow, boarded, road rage, random drive-by shootings, and insecurities.) Nodding of heads is the new normal
“Hello.” Maybe we are not looking inward, what have we forgotten amid crisis? How to
love, respect, acknowledge and be kind to each other. If you’re thinking about someone, odds are they need to hear your voice. Saying a kind word to a stranger may brighten their day. A warm smile may encourage another to feel happy. Without any reservations, try paying for someone else’s gas at the pump. (If you can afford to do so.) Or perhaps take an extra Starbucks coffee to your co-worker. Offer to pay for a stranger’s lunch/dinner.
Not only will they be surprised, but you will also feel better about your generosity.
If your instincts, and you have that feeling in your gut to do a kind gesture…..Do It!
Without any reservations!!!
Cover up or Denial
Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron reveals in-depth investigation results in Breonna Taylor’s bullet-riddled body.
Speculation continues to flurry the mystery of why Breonna Taylor’s body was riddled with bullets like Bonnie and Clyde. At what point do we know if this is a political coverup to protect the police officers involved or is there something the Attorney General doesn’t want the public to know. Why are there inconsistencies in her story? Will the public ever know the truth?
How would one conclude justification of reckless shooting an unarmed, sleeping, and startled victim in pursuit of someone that could have been apprehended in the wee hours of the morning? Whether there was a “no-knock warrant” or not, whatever happens to state is there anyone else in the apartment? If so please drop down and surrender? Maybe that was too civilized for badge carrying vigilantes!
At some point, these police officers should be held accountable for their reckless behavior. Globally, people are watching this case and the Attorney General has failed, the family of Breonna and the public.
What are they hiding? Why are they covering for the other police officers? There are bottom-line answers that have yet to be answered.
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