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Life is not a Math Problem

As you can see from reading the previous blog post; I used to be very inconsistent with my goals. I worked my butt off‘till I found the taste of something newer and sweeter. Every “goal” I would say – “Ok…
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Following Through, Movies, Books, and CD’s

My grandfather always encouraged me to make as many mistakes as I could. “Go ahead and make all your mistakes now Kahn, because the only thing worse than a fool is an old fool,” he constantly told me. He also…
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4 Boys, Statistics, Prison, Change, and Poetry

The four black boys sitting around the Dell weren’t different than any other boys. All around 10 or 11, the same height, outfitted in uniform blues, and each colored a different but beautiful shade of brown. Shirt-tales out, shoes untied…
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London, Dancing, Colored Hair and your Birthday

In 2005 I visited London for 10 days doing poetry performances/readings. My fourth day, I performed at an “Exhibition” with other visual artist, dancers, and actors. It was held at a factory turned art gallery full of about 90 people…
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Holding on, Holding you back, Pinehurst, and Tears

October 8, 2008 was emotional; it was the day we moved. I know for some– moving is a yearly thing-lol. Me; the only address I’d ever known since I was 15 months-old was Pinehurst. I was raised there and my…
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Struggling, Trying to Make it, Positivity, and Getting Sent Home

50 percent of my friends or acquaintances I see daily exchange these phrases: “Struggling,” “Another day, another dolla’,” “Same shit, different toilet,” “Trying to make it do what it do,” “Just taking it one day at a time,” “Trying to…
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Finding yourself, self-evaluation, and growing

One of the most commonly known phrases of self- evaluation is; “I have to find myself.” While all of us at different points in life began to seek deeper understandings of our souls – what we don't understand is that…

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Jimi Says...

"The reflection of the world is blues, that’s where that part of the music is at." 
-Jimi Hendrix
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Nursing Homes, Love, Family Portraits and Marriage

A week ago I was hired to photograph a family session. The shoot took place at an assisted living home where my client’s mother resided. My client was the youngest of 9, it had been years since a family photograph…
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Enterprise, Shoveling Shit, Identity, and the Military

I worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car from 2001 to 2003. We were encouraged to be friendly and make personal connections with the customers via small talk. I remember a customer who needed a vehicle due to car repair. Can’t remember his…
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Sambo, Jews, Detroit, My Grandfather and Stitches

Detroit. 1969. My grandfather: Robert Smith: 5, 8” - one hundred and sixty pounds of deep south, blue collars, coffee kernel skin, and good religion hit his head on his garage door while closing it. He knows right away it’s…
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Pass along a blessing...

While I'm sure a lot of us are up with our children opening gifts, putting together toys, and charging electronic gifts. Don't forget to reach out to a friend, coworker or neighbor who may be alone and without any family…