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Category Archives: Black Men Mentors
Up before the crack of day
the light has not yet fallen on the ground outside.
That does not mean—
the light inside the house
Here, up early—earlier
men, women, & children…
Two Men–one old–one young
make the final preparations.
Today they will provide for the family
Today they will fish for the family meals
Today they take their destiny in their own hands.
Many days, months, and years
The young boy has seen his father
at the table going over bills,
and at the same time
frustrated…knowing all the time
is already spent
Credit limits full
at the local grocery stores
loan sharks coming around
even before the designated payback date
1/4 on the dollar…You know how it goes
Car note, Car insurance,
You know how it goes.
The story is the same everywhere.
Here in this early morning hour
While most people sleep
The Old Man stops in the mist of all these preparations,
and grabs his son’s shoulder as he tightens the fishing line firmly onto the hooks—
Looks straight into his son’s eyes,
and says, “Today son,
we go to provide
for the family like
The Men of Old Africa.
The days when men were men
The days when men would go over the earth
as God would have them do
Not asking for anybody’s permission
Not paying interest on loans
Not going to the store to get food,
But going to the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams,
and land like God expects us to do.”
The Old Man tells his son,
“pass on what you are seeing, hearing, and doing
Now as men, women, and children sleep.”
He tells his son,
“Always have a trade
Always stand up for Yourself, Your Family, & Our People.
Fish in God’s Rivers are free
when you catch them yourself…
no tax, no credit,
forget all that my son
Take this example, and reproduce this…
this independence in every way possible
Make yourself independent my son…
Use your brains and talents to make your own destiny.
Be a Man.”
Me and my Pops
Chess is a thinking man’s game. Not to be taking lightly at all. There are accounts on record of a single game being played over a 24 hour period. One player took 16 hours to make one move.
My pops always taught me to be a thinker. We’ve played this very game since I was at least 3 years old. Not quite understanding all of it at the time, as I grew older, the whippings began after I learned the rules.
The cross-training this game offers, if applied in life, is the mastery of the “rules of engagement.”
“Always have backup in place before you make a move.”
Many of you may have heard people say that in chess you have to think about three or four moves ahead of your opposition, and many of the greats will say it has to be even more moves, in order to counter the attack from your opponent.
Now in the real world we will encounter pit falls if we are not expecting them. This is what it means to be truly prepared, to expect the attack and have backup in place to replace quickly what was lost.
Lessons passed down through years and years, countless hours and hours, around kitchen tables mastering this game. The Game of Life, chess is only the vehicle.
They say a picture is worth 1000 words, I just shared a few.
W. B. Ward
We got to move toward bringing reality into play. TV, Reality Shows, Trapp Music, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Pro Sports Player Stories of Riches & Fame…Keep Minds Distracted from Reality. How many people do we really know got real big paper $$$$ like that?
Just the very thought of coming up on some paper like that distract us. Movie Star reaching, fashion fame reaching, comedy, reality shows, entertainment–all that fine. But, we got to unify on real issues. Issues we can really bring into reality together. All of us got something to bring to the overall work.
I only hope some people read the 7 posts dropped in the Link Below. If not, at least let the Youth Read them. Have them give you Book Reports. Oral & Written.
These posts and others going inspire them to look below mere surface level school reading & tv unreality.
The Youth…they are our future. They ain’t caught up yet in the daily grind of providing for themselves & their own families full swing yet.
Let them break down the 7 posts below.
They reading a lot of Yankee Doodle Dandy, Middle Age Europe History, History of Rock & Roll.
As the Youth Read through the material and break it down in book reports…oral and written, you all going to have talking points to chop up it up on real productive conversations.
Try It and see.
—->>> Got that Goodie Mobb Pumping in my earphones. Yep, up before the birds start to sing, on this knowledge thing. Forget bling bling, lifting minds out mental slings.
The Youth need us now, we got to deal in reality somehow.
* A Relevant Practical Education–Means Production–In 7 Parts.
CLICK LINK TO READ 7 POSTS
* Watch “Muhammad Ali – ABC Classic Wide World of Sports
Pops, Me & My Sis bout to go catch some fishes out dem dare ponds in da country.
When we comes back, we cleans em real good. Cut da fish headz off & guts em. You know. Throws da fish headz to da catz. Once we gets em cleaned up, we takes da fishes in da house. By den, daddy be done had dat grease real hot. And he gots dem grits cooking with cheese in it. Mustard & ketchup ready. You talkin bout some good eating. Man, you got to take ya shoes off & wiggle ya toes while you eat dat kinda Deep South Cooking.
Peep this…at night when it was hard seeing the fishing rod duck down when fish bit the bait–my father had a master plan for that. You know baby shoe bells. He used them. Tied them to the tip of the fishing rods, where the hole is, where the line go through. He tied the bell on the rod tip wt bread wrappers. We might be down a railroad track, checking lines tied to the tracks, trees, etc. Just lines & hooks wt bait. But we had other rods out too. When a fish hit them, the bells went off.
Sometimes, the fish bit the bait one after another or at the same time. It sounded like Christmas bells going off. DADDY WOULD SAY…”that’s what I’m talking bout….get ready lil fish, y’all getting fried up tonight….yes Sir Son, that’s what I’m talking bout.”