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bygINCpresents, OIL (BLACK AND LIQUID IN MODERNITY) --PT. 5, LEADERS
17 TO LIFE: A BLACK BOY MEMOIR (On Accepting Love, Defining the Self & Living Free) I came to America at age 9. Among the first things I learned was that I was poor and I was "black". Never was those things in ST. VINCENT. America began to weigh on me. What happened to people in "those" two categories? I had to make sense of my life in them. Below are my reflections on that journey. I WANT TO SHARE MY STORY. I will publish my memoir this summer. Until then, watch, enjoy, reflect on your days growing up, find ways to share your journey with others. I once read a review of literature from the Caribbean. All the islands were mentioned except St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This is my attempt to change that view.
VIDEO #1 -- THE NEW IMMIGRANT A boy starts his journey to manhood. What does America look like to a 9-yr old black immigrant from the Caribbean?
VIDEO #2--THE NEW IMMIGRANT--DINING IN AMERICA The elementary lunchroom table presents the flavors of America. The decision becomes what is nourishment. Will you eat or will you dine?
VIDEO #3--THE NEW IMMIGRANT--A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN We move from an affluent white community in New Jersey to Brooklyn, NY. I flourish academically but the realities of city living begin to trouble my family. America is turning from Land of Opportunity to simply... Survival!
VIDEO #4--BLACK BOY MIDDLE SCHOOL, PT. 1-- Middle School is a turning point in young, black male life. You're a small fish having to swim in dangerous waters and start figuring things out on your own... A lot of things.
VIDEO #5--BLACK BOY MIDDLE SCHOOL, PT. 2-- My first year in middle school was survival. Once I figured out the rules I could make choices about survival. The more I acted on my choices, the more truth I saw in me. Black life was becoming clearer still. My life was becoming clearer still.
VIDEO #6--BLACK BOY MIDDLE SCHOOL, PT. 3-- More info, more answers, more questions. Long, dead voices ask to speak. I begin to clear the clutter, find my voice and sound truth.
VIDEO #7--BLACK BOY MIDDLE SCHOOL, PT. 4-- Valedictorian. The smartest kid in school. Time to apply that know-how to life. No need for intelligence if it's not an agent for change. Junior high is ending. Something else awaits that needs a new man.
VIDEO #8--BLACK BOY MIDDLE SCHOOL, PT. 5 --I begin to use the lessons from school to solve my family issues. I decide to do it on my own.
VIDEO #9--BLACK BOY MIDDLE SCHOOL, PT. 6 --1990 was a pivotal year in world history. The Berlin Wall, Mandela in South Africa, the demise of communism. I kept asking myself to change my life for the good, get over my issues with my mother and family.
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