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Friday, November 11, 2016

Dear Hannah: The Equalizer (REMIX)

Dear Hannah,

Equality depends on opportunity AND circumstances.

Work to create both for people ...

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"The Equalizer"
By Derrick Brown

i'm no mad dude
in a bad mood
with this attitude
that's kinda rude

on some wacky trip
that's chopped & screwed
au contraire mon frere
i'm sharing aptitude

i ask of you
with gratitude
to extend me some
fair latitude

to go in on this
one beatitude
and ride the beat
after this prelude

the meek shall
inherit the earth
don't get it twisted

that day will come
when all of our worth
simply persisted

nobody's bout 2 square
up the game
that has consisted

of rules that fools
invented to maim
the unassisted

so what to do?
who can i blame?
i'm blacklisted!

... no rescue
no help for the lame
- never existed

but here's a clue
- we all are the same
essence insisted

our function's where
we gotta take aim
and get enlisted

bounce with me
open ya mind
c'mon wise up

system design
then rise up

power ain't
never conceded
by the conceited

concessions ain't
never meted
'cause u tweeted

work ...
can generate

hope ...
can correlate


run your race
pass the baton
so we get "there"

start ...
right where ya "be"
then know that

"they can't c me"
then show that

can overtake

begins and ends

it's time to share
my identity

say that i am
a different entity

earned my nickname
i go by "swizzy"

shoe fits
and it's my aim
to keep 'em busy

for so long
I've prayed to see
a vision

of my
people set free

with the
powers that be

take my best shot
and don't miss

see the scale
unequally yoked
i'll tip it

drop a beat
that gets me stoked
I'll rip it

in it to win
it all
day and night

grace and
peace to y'all and
a good fight



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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dear Hannah: The Times - They Are A Changin' (ChangED)

Dear Hannah,

The times, they are a changin' - but the challenges are still the same ...

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By Derrick Brown
November 2, 2016

history is weighted
tales articulated
collected and curated
then exaggerated

monuments created
"funny" funds donated
taxes abated
legacy inflated

monuments created
laws that dictated
no workers compensated
- rather complicated

issues are debated
vision dilated
focus kinda faded
trap has now been baited

equality's mis-stated
falsely equated
to chances allocated
culture change belated

prophets are berated
profits celebrated
attention is fixated
sports illustrated

we swear that we made it
past has been negated
once we have migrated
and the subdivision's gated

don't be aggravated
ticked or agitated
suckered twice and jaded
oppressed and degraded

for this time we've waited
table's set and plated
'cause we have been slated
to cash a check post-dated

destiny's not fated
- just slowly freighted
work ain't overrated
but kinda understated

is more than race-related
gifts must be located
voices elevated

documents collated
solutions animated
histories narrated
produced and circulated

dialogue serrated
makes everybody hated
common ground evaded
cut off and truncated

get that tongue sedated
fortress invaded
mindset rotated
thoughts navigated

work - it won't be graded
but evaluated
perhaps I should say "rated"
on how we advocated

and how we dedicated
and how we demonstrated
and how we meditated
and how we mediated

and how we tolerated
and how we captivated
and how we educated
and how we motivated

and how we estimated
and how we calculated
and how we infiltrated
and how we legislated

and who we activated
and who we conjugated
and who we irritated
and who cooperated

and who we syncopated
and who we fascinated
and who we insulated
who we appreciated.



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