Brandon’s Poetry Corner, 5/25/20.

This was written 5/23-24/20. It’s so rough, but I don’t care. I was inspired by a recent Little Brother song.

God is talking to me. He wants me to write. I’m afraid, Dennis Quaid acting in the night.

I had too many years of rude awakenings. It makes the time of my life less savouring.

I’m craving my yoke to be lighter. On overcoming discouragement I’m a fighter

But not much with my hands. I may have to put up the dukes on these lands in case devils want to put me in metal bands.

God wants me to use my brain, keep it fresh like uncut sugar cane, taking risks in my lane.

I will take God’s love for me and clean up my mess. I pray that He’ll have me in Heaven with an address.

BLM

Things That Will Place me in The Hot Seat, 5/21/20.

Women, please don’t date men like me after your father pass away. I’ve had at least 3 women attempt to get to know me and their father was no longer living. Them reaching out to me through online dating is another story. I don’t know what it is for some of us to be magnets for that kind of relationship. I would wonder if they would date men like me if their father was around. My sympathy towards them because their father isn’t on this Earth anymore, though I would like to be with a woman who, at the right time, would introduce me to her parents. And I must become the man that a woman would like to introduce her parents to.

 

 

And I’m just getting started.

BLM

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Before I Forget, 5/14/20.

Before I forget to do this, or out of nowhere the world ends, I want to say thank you to My Way Entertainment. I first heard of them in 2006 through a message board by the Justus League. The title read “The Juggernaut B**** (I censored the word),” and I clicked on the title that brought me to the video which was a parody of a X-Men cartoon. It made me laugh, and I couldn’t bust out laughing in front of the computer for I was in a moderately quiet college building and I’m an introvert. What made it more funny was the comments folks were making, like referencing Banshee’s costume colors to that of Jamaica’s flag.

I checked out the video a while later to see who was behind the parody, and I also saw a few more videos of theirs. I finally saw who they looked like when they did “Jello Jello.” There were a few Hispanics and one Black male as the cast/ members. After that, I watched several more of their videos, and they were entertaining. I was watching them when people were asking them questions, when one of them was absent for a while as people were asking about them, when they were getting hounded by YouTube, and when the aforementioned person, who was absent for a while, took a hiatus another time and returned discussing their victory over cancer. Right now at this pandemic standstill, I want to thank them for bringing people like me entertainment through the internet. They inspired others to create content, whether or not they got the credit. I hope they’re doing well and can continue to give out more content as they did before on their own availability.

Thank you, My Way Entertainment.

 

 

And I’m just getting started.

BLM

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Something Small, 5/7/20.

I had termites return to my room this week. I threw me off for the rest of the week. I’ll explain what happened: A few years ago, there was a swarm of termites at an intersection near where I live, and they flew all around people’s vehicles. They rested on the vehicles, mine included. I don’t know where they came from to swarm around like that. One day, I was looking on the internet, and I saw a bug flying around, and I was going to swat it. I saw another, turn around, and saw I bunch of them. They hit our home twice since then. I want to get a hold of an exterminator, but I may have to wait until my room’s floor is fixed and the roof repaired. I hope these things come sooner.

 

BLM

Something Small, 4/28/20.

Last week, I wrote a post about what went on in China a while back (https://bmcneal728.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/things-that-will-place-me-in-the-hot-seat-4-20-20/). At the time, I felt disappointed at what I heard about the banning of Africans from a famous fast food restaurant in a part of China. I love China and the Chinese church, and I hope there’s s huge racial reconciliation between the Africans and the Chinese. I pray this world learns from the horrors of racism so that it’s not repeated like it was recently. It’s not okay to treat Black people (or any people group) that way just because of how they were treated in the past. If a splinter got stuck in my finger I wouldn’t want it to stay there. If someone pushes me on Monday, recognizes they did me wrong and apologizes, would it give them the right to push me again? Would other people think about pushing me, too? Would I develop Stockholm syndrome and defend getting pushed around? Did I deserve being pushed around for no reason? May it never be.

 

And I’m just getting started.

BLM

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Things That Will Place me in The Hot Seat, 4/21/20.

The current week, I heard about Africans in China not receiving services at a fast food place (they were banned). This broke my heart that they’re treating Black people that way. I did just catch a post (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-52274326)

It broke my heart when I heard of this because of what’s going on during the time. COVID-19 kind of paused racism for a while because of its global impact. Refusing Black people into establishments is old school racism. That’s pre Civil Rights racism. I don’t know why they did it besides racism, but it’s not the first time Black people were treated bad by Asians. Years ago, there was a laundry detergent commercial in an Asian country that was disturbing (https://youtu.be/Few8kJ0zfnY). How Black people are treated in other countries is like they’re copying from White people back in the day. But yes, this was hurtful. Some people are going backwards in their thinking while time is going forward. There’s so much to think about than thinking a person is dangerous/ bad/ stupid/ evil because of the color of their skin. If the Lord blesses me to learn various forms of Chinese, the entire world will be in trouble. They’ll start WWIII a month later. For real, to all who is reading this including the person who’s typing this, please be mindful of how you treat people that doesn’t share your dominant ethnic background. I already don’t speak to a few ladies at my job because of how a few have treated me, and they don’t share my ethnic background. I’m like birds of a feather flock together, and if they treat me like I’m less than they can stay the flock away from me. We need to lose this evil mindset, y’all.

 

 

And I’m just getting started.

BLM

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Music Infectious, 1/24/20, “Pick Up Your Heart” by Lil Wayne.

I wasn’t a Lil Wayne fan, and I’m still not a fan. I admire his progression as an artist, yet there are characteristics that keeps me from investing into his music. In 2015, he was set to release Tha Carter V, but it was refused. It spawned a legal battle with Cash Money Records and a request to depart from the label. Tha Carter V was eventually released in 2018, but in before that was the Free Weezy Album, released in 2015.

I’ll be honest. I only listened to 2 songs from that album. One of them was “Glory,” and it was fire. The other was “Pick Up Your Heart.” It would be amazing if folks can find this song on YouTube because it keeps on being taken down. What drew me to listen to this song over and over was the vulnerability in the song. Yes, it’s about how the performer gets their money, but there’s something deeper in the song. Maybe the song is about the music industry and how he felt about it at that time. The person he looked up to allegedly didn’t give him his proper due. And the feeling was oozing out in the song to me. I have heard rappers talk about what Lil Wayne talked about before, but there was something melancholy about this. The music is revealing, confessional. I can see someone crying on the track. I found it to be a good closer.

One thing I would change about the song is not much, only to be more available online, but it may be a good thing to keep it out of sites such as YouTube because it encourages a listener to purchase the album or song in order that it financially supports the artist. I would welcome Lil Wayne to pour out his soul on a song like this again, but on better, different terms.

 

 

And I’m just getting started.

BLM

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