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A Walk Through Brooklyn

A Walk Through Brooklyn
A Walk Through Brooklyn
A Walk Through Brooklyn by Rashaun J. Allen is a rare collection of poetry. I say that because rarely does an up and coming poet enlighten the senses of an individual the way that this author has done. The scope this poetic work examines issues of fatherlessness, death, love, sensuality, and pain. The audience that reads this book will get the opportunity to take a trip through the imagination and experience of a native Brooklynite by reading between the pages of this collection. It is not often that we (the readers) can divulge in reading the commentary on urban life from someone who has lived this experience, and can reflect on the joys, sorrows, and inconsistencies of life. Rashaun delivers the experiences of a young, educated, black man that overcame hurt and pain to discover the light the end of the tunnel. The misdirection, confusion, and ultimate success of this writer’s life are revealed after reading poem after, after poem, after poem. My personal favorites included in this collection of poetry are Tre Got a Problem, Ms. Africa, and My Crush. I look forward to reading more from this upcoming poet, but until then my appetite for delving into one black man’s psyche, and reading about a true urban experience has been satisfied after a taking A Walk Through Brooklyn.

By: Tiffany Flowers

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Changing The Music Starts At Home

1219020_notePeople keep saying the music today sucks; that it’s oversexed, arrogant and materialistic.  That may be somewhat true, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely shallow.  By compassion today’s music may not seem as poignant as the past, but it must not be dismissed.

Popular music, especially from black artists, is a window into who and where we are as a society. It isn’t the music that causes the problem, but rather the converse. It’s time we learn to read between the lines.

The music is materialistic because of our distorted sense of success. It's just like the times when black kids were inspired by the allure of neighborhood drug dealers, pimps and pickpockets.

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Sucess Step Ladder

955981_focus_blur_long_way_to_the_top_21.The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.

2. Gaining of fame or prosperity.

3.Extent of such gain.

4.One that is successful.

5.Obsolete. A result or an outcome.

Most of us would probably agree with definition 1. After all, how can you know you have achieved success if you have not worked toward a desire, followed a plan, or tried to reach a target, goal, or objective? But does that mean, then, that success is solely an end result of an action or series of actions?

See definition 4-the dictionary tells us that definition is obsolete. So if we have not achieved something desired, planned, or attempted, we can still be successful. 3 and 4 is success is the gaining of fame or prosperity and the extent of that gain. We all get can get fifteen minutes of fame, but let's focus on "prosperity" and "the extent of" that prosperity, which must be some kind of a favorable gain.

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