Thursday, December 17, 2009
It's been almost 2 years since I last spoke with myself. A lot has happened, changed, for the better and the worse. A very good friend and I were chatting a few months ago and she said, "Lannie, one thing about your blog is you told your story...you kept it real & honest. That is probably one of the main reasons I haven't been blogging, it is because I was hesitant to keep it real and honest. Even with myself. How do you find the words, that you don't won't to hear...and still feel comfortable expressing them to the world. Yes, I could make it private. But for me keeping it real is like a confessional. I can't keep it private. I have to remove the weight off my chest. I knew once I did find the courage to return it be a like a baptism of some sort. So here it is, the introduction to, from here on out...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Today I was able to meet up with some friends I haven't seen in eons. When I was incarcerated, I participated in a peer-organized program called keepin it real with brother Akil.
I grew to know Bro. Akil quite well, he became like a mentor/father that l never had. Today K.I.R, had a presentation for the fire dept. in West Oakland. It seems as if one of the local high schools was reaching out to the department for mentors. During the presentation the mentioned a few black men who were not so good academically at the time but still became influential individuals in American history, Malcolm X, Michael Jordan, W. E. B. DuBois and quite a few others. Talented individuals who truly made some positive changes in their lives. Hopefully I can do the same.