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"In need of some new reading to spur your mind? Here is a great list of FREE BOOKS in PDF form to educate oneself on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture!

"Please feel free to share this with anyone who you feel might benefit. Special thanks you to Tracie of Emory University."

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In need of some new reading to spur your mind? Here is a great list of FREE BOOKS in PDF form to educate oneself on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture! Please feel free to share this with …
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IN LINE – Co-host and Revolutionary Love Leader William S. Peters, Sr., ‘just bill,’ uses his angry voice to read the poem he wrote this week, which captures the spirit of “Black Male-D,” “In Line.”

“In Line” protests against blindly following rules in a political system that treats certain people as if they do not matter, and invokes a spirit of self-determination.

Love's word this evening focused on the Epilogue, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press, and the Series 2 Closing.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leaders Venita Goines Walker and Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.  Feeling our creative selves tonight, Shareef read his poem "Five Spot"; and our co-host and resident poet, 'just bill' closed out Series 2 with a powerful reading of his poem, "In Line."

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UNDERSTANDING KEITH - In this segment, Black Feminist Women note and ask:  Keith grew up in a lawless time, even if it was just beyond the wall.  Do you see him as emotionally ill, someone who was in need of help, or do you see him as a product of his ever changing environment?  “And they knew the cops liked to solve cases by ‘discovering’ evidence against whoever THEY decided must be guilty.  Best to give them nothing.  They never helped when people called for help.  They came late, and more often than not, made a bad situation worse.”  Do you relate to this view of law enforcement?  What are your thoughts of police protection?

Michelle said, “police protection” sounds like an oxymoron to me, and she doesn’t know anyone for whom the police offer protection.  Randie said she sees Keith as a sociopath who failed to learn how to adjust his behavior to his environment.  Venita said, “I know some Keiths.  They dead too.”  This last comment led Randie to suggest “a book club quote board,” and Michelle said she would look for an app, like Sticky Notes, that may work with Google Hangout.

We discussed Chapters 8 to 11 of “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia E. Butler.  Kim Brandon was the evening’s moderator.  She was joined by L. Michelle Odom, Venita Walker, Georgette Moses and Randie Henderson.

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RAW VIDEO:  If we missed you at tonight’s LoveFest – the close of Series 2 and conclusion to our reading of “Black Male-D,” and you would like to catch up on Love’s Word, please do so here:  https://youtu.be/tZDO58GhWss
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PRISON ANALOGIES - Revolutionary Love Leader William S. Peters, Sr., ‘just bill,’ reads his poem, “Prison Analogies,” where he explores ways in which we are imprisoned by doubts and fears created in our own minds and how to take responsibility for our experience of life and escape these traps.

Love's word this evening is inspired by “The Legacy of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin,” aka H. Rap Brown, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leader Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.  Tonight, Shareef read his poem "Blow"; and 'just bill' read his poem, "Prison Analogies."

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LOVE NOTE - In this segment, Love Leaders ask:  Where did you see love in today’s reading selection?

Michelle saw love of self in the way Coates allowed himself to embrace his experience in Paris.  Din saw love in the way he wants his son to enjoy life.  Venita saw love in the way he tries to teach his son to not allow fear to paralyze you and stop you from growing.

Love's word included discussion on Chapter 2, pages 108 to 132 (or 481 to 591) of “Between the World and Me,” the love letter Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote to his son, Samori.    Venita Walker was the event's moderator.  She was joined by Love Leaders L. Michelle Odom and Din Goldson.

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LOVE NOTE ON “BLACK MALE-D” - In this segment, Revolutionary Love Leaders ask:  What is your overall reaction to or key take away from Black Male-D?  Was there anything in the book, Black Male-D, that speaks to you (or strikes you as an example) of revolutionary love?  If so, what was it?  Do you see a way that revolutionary love might help to resolve some of the problems identified in Black Male-D?  If so, what might that look like?  

In this final Love Note for Series 2, Love Leaders noted the inextricable link between Black men and women; expressed appreciation for inclusion of women’s voices in “Black Male-D” and this labor of love covering a broad spectrum of topics; pointed to how this work seeks to share our historical perspectives and consciousness and offers an opportunity to be in community as a way of putting down some of our emotional baggage, healing the anger and pain of the Black experience and passing on to our children what we know to be true.  Like the Black Lives Matter movement, “Black Male-D” helps to bring about a consciousness that we are worthy – worthy of respect, worthy of health, worthy of life and of love.

Love's word this evening focused on the Epilogue, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press, and the Series 2 Closing.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leaders Venita Goines Walker and Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.  Feeling our creative selves tonight, Shareef read his poem "Five Spot"; and our co-host and resident poet, 'just bill' closed out Series 2 with a powerful reading of his poem, "In Line."

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FIVE SPOT - In this tribute to bebop, Revolutionary Love Leader Shareef Abdur-Rasheed reads his poem, “Five Spot.”

Shareef shares his memories of New York’s East Village bebop club, “Five Spot,” which he frequented in 1963.  Here the live sounds of Charlie Parker, Mile Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Bud Powell, among others, were heard performing jazz classics like “’Round Midnight,” “Stella By Starlight,” “Monk’s Dream,” and “Green Dolphin Street,” (which plays softly in the background of this video).  Shareef also offers his farewell to The Artist, Prince, and we note the importance of creative souls leaving their work to be shared and loved by generations to come.

Love's word this evening focused on the Epilogue, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press, and the Series 2 Closing.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leaders Venita Goines Walker and Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.  Feeling our creative selves tonight, Shareef read his poem "Five Spot"; and our co-host and resident poet, 'just bill' closed out Series 2 with a powerful reading of his poem, "In Line."

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ART AND CONSCIOUSNESS - This playlist of two videos – Art and Consciousness, parts I and II, brings together clips taken from the April 22, 2016, closing LoveFest of the Revolutionary Love Leadership Series.  Revolutionary Love Leaders William S. Peters, Sr. and L. Michelle Odom led a discussion on the role of art and the artist in raising community consciousness.  

In Part I, Bill recalls how certain terms he used (like “Bless Up” and “Inner Child”) have become more popular, and as artists, we can’t always see what impact we have.  Michelle relates this experience to how a friend once credited her with changing the vibe on Facebook among her circle of friends, with her Black History Notes.

We also discuss the spiritual path of creative souls, with Michelle relaying a story about how she met writer Robert Gibbons, and wandered into a block party hosted by Spike Lee, honoring the life of The Artist on the night Prince passed away.

Michelle also noted the connection among Black women and men, mothers and sons, and offered her appreciation for seeing that women’s voices were included in this anthology on Black men.  Bill talked about the importance of using our artistic voices to assert we “will not go quietly into the night.”

Finally, we focused attention on the importance of community as a location of transmitting the history and knowledge needed to expand consciousness and spark social change.

In Part II, our discussion on the role of the artist begins with the reading of two poems – “Five Spot” and “In Line” – by Shareef Abdur-Rasheed and ‘just bill,’ respectively.

Comments include the different ways in which people learn and the power of the arts to touch us in special ways.

We then shared our appreciation of each other and how we feel about our inclusion in Series 2 of the Revolutionary Love Leadership Series.  Venita Walker expressed her love for Bill’s work and how much she has learned from Shareef’s presence.  Shareef mentioned some of the artists who touched his life, like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane.  Michelle reminded our audience that Shareef Abdur-Rasheed recently published his first book, “Poetic Snacks for the Conscious Munchies,” and noted our co-host, William S. Peters, Sr., is the author of close to 40 books, and has published, via Inner Child Press, the works of many other artists.

Finally, bringing her to tears, Bill praised the work of this reading circle and encouraged Michelle (as usual) to write the books he knows are resting in her breast.

The April 22nd LoveFest focused on the Epilogue, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press, and the Series 2 Closing.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leaders Venita Goines Walker and Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.

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LOVE NOTE – “Is there anything I can do for you?”  In this segment, Revolutionary Love Leaders Shareef Abdur-Rasheed and William S. Peters, Sr., discuss their perspectives on Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (aka H. Rap Brown).

H. Rap Brown, writer, poet, former Chairman of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Minister of Justice for the Black Panther Party, was a prominent figure in the Black Power movements of the 1960s and 70s.  His 1969 autobiography, Die Nigger Die, “not only lays out his political vision, but also recounts the various word and rhyme games he played as a youngster…”  “His fiery oratorical skills often sparked fear in authorities,” and “a law was passed in Congress known as the H Rap Brown law which made it a federal offense to cross state lines with the intent to start a riot.”  (“Black Male-D,” 287)

Later in life, Brown changed his name and became a Muslim spiritual leader in Atlanta, GA.  Now known as Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, he would eventually be convicted of killing a police officer and is currently serving a life sentence.  Some believe he was framed and view him as a political prisoner.

In this Love Note, Shareef Abdur-Rasheed and William S. Peters, Sr. recall how the Imam always asks:  “Is there anything I can do for you?”  They discuss the government’s vendetta against him, and his capture, conviction, life sentence, and isolation in prison.  They consider the life and times of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, as well as the spirit and practices of the man.  Shareef draws a parallel between the spiritual life of the Imam and el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X).  They also discuss his cancer diagnosis and current health challenges.  (He was transferred on July 18, 2014, to Butner FMC Federal Medical Center in North Carolina, according to Wikipedia).

Finally, in a display of revolutionary love, Bill and Shareef share their views on this man who has held great influence in the Black community.

Love's word this evening is inspired by “The Legacy of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin,” aka H. Rap Brown, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leader Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.  Tonight, Shareef read his poem "Blow"; and 'just bill' read his poem, "Prison Analogies."

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BLOW - Revolutionary Love Leader Shareef Abdur-Rasheed reads his poem, “Blow,” looking at ways we are manipulated by politicians who promise change and deliver theft of our resources.

Love's word this evening is inspired by “The Legacy of Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin,” aka H. Rap Brown, included in the anthology “Black Male-D,” by Inner Child Press.  L. Michelle Odom and William S. Peters, Sr. co-hosted the event and were joined by Love Leader Shareef Abdur-Rasheed.  Tonight, Shareef read his poem "Blow"; and 'just bill' read his poem, "Prison Analogies."

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RISKY BUSINESS - In this segment, Black Feminist Women ask:   What did Keith have to prove and to whom?  How did he survive his first time outside of the wall?   Do you consider Keith’s actions as character, or in the year 2025, was it immaturity?   Keith had out grown the need for safety in his father’s shadow.  Were there any other options to address the situation and keep the family united against the world outside the wall?  Today young men and women still venture outside the protection of the family - a rite of passage of sorts.  Was Keith’s need to prove himself an issue that would splinter the strength of the family no matter what the future might bring to his loved ones?

Immaturity, selfishness, sibling rivalry, and parenting styles that harm our children are some of the topics touched on in this clip.

We discussed Chapters 8 to 11 of “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia E. Butler.  Kim Brandon was the evening’s moderator.  She was joined by L. Michelle Odom, Venita Walker, Georgette Moses and Randie Henderson.

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