“Poets Corner” … An Interesting show folks ….

Some discussion and verse, and quite a bit more …….

Worth a listen people …..

and, if you manage to get to the end, there’s a little something from me, that for some reason, ends the show ….. but, as they say, I guess, the only, Bad Exposure is ….

NO EXPOSURE …. !!!

ENJOY ……..

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“Troubled Times” … A poem written and performed by Big Virge

Well, this is not a new piece, by any means, but, it would seem to be a piece that, sadly, transcends time, and is as poignant and relevant, now, as it could be, for each of the last 5 decades, as it probably could, further back through modern history, with regards to the policing of black people, that, seems to consistently lead to black deaths in their custody …. that we are made aware of ….

AGAIN …. I REPEAT … !!!
Those that, ” We are made aware of ” … !!!!

because it’s all good and well, talking about the people you hear about, but, it would be wise to acknowledge that there have been individuals, who are victims of cover ups, and lies, that the judiciary seems to find, quite acceptable, as excuses for, these POOR EXCUSES, for police officers !!!!!!

Sandra Bland & Sam Dubose are the latest names to hit the headlines, but, let’s not forget Eric Garner, Michael Brown & Freddie Gray, whose murder, seems to have fuelled more violence on Baltimores’ streets !!!!!

The final name i’ll add here is … Walter Scott, who suffered, what was essentially, a horrific execution, for a faulty tail light !!?!!

and….

…. let me just say this to all the, smart-mouthed, English people, who seem to think that the police in England, are divorced from their American cousins … ???

Well, the two countries don’t have a … ” Special Relationship “, for no reason !

Remember, the heritage of most, White Americans, as I keep finding out on my travels ….

If you ask them, upon meeting them, where their families originate from, you may just be surprised by, just how many have ….

YES, that’s right, European / BRITISH Connections … and that’s FACT !

So, i’ll just make mention of Mark Duggan, Smiley Culture and Christopher Alder … RIP …. to remind them of the same, ridiculous stories, that attempt to cover the racism, and brutality, that also leads to black deaths at the hands of UK Police……

It’s a disgrace … !!!!!

….. and they, as peacekeepers’, have as much to do with the decay of basic, civil rights, for people of colour, as well as, the rise in violent, street crime, that again, is not some figment of peoples’ imagination, it’s a very REAL PROBLEM, that needs to be addressed….. !!!

So, i’ll let the poem say the rest.

The list of names below, and those above, are VERY REAL INDICATIONS of …

Troubled Times ….. !!!!!

Trayvon Martin
Raymond Allen – 34
Dante Prince – 25
Nehemiah Dillard – 29
Wendall Allen – 20
Shereese Francis – 30
Rekia Boyd – 22
Kendrec McDade – 19
Ervin Jefferson – 18

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Recorded at Triple E Studios, Barbados

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Systemic Racism explained, from a white perspective …..

Maybe hearing it from a white person, might make the naysayers and dismissers of the issue …..

THINK ….. at least for a second …..

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” STOP ! ” … by Rapper Big Pooh, produced by Apollo Brown ….

Rapper Big Pooh ….

Putting down some TRUTH, over an Apollo Brown Groove ….

SALUTE those, who’ve been murdered, killed & abused by uniformed BRUTES … !!!!!

Yes, this ones’ for the guys, but, let’s NOT FORGET, the black women, who seem to get less attention, but, are also having to face abuses of their basic civil rights that result in the loss of their lives …..

Cool visuals to go with the potent lyrical content of this track …..

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Po Po better know …. We cataloging and speaking on how you be doing us !!!

Gensu Dean & 7evenThirty

Hard ish …. !!!!!

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“Brutal” … A Poem written by Big Virge 22/11/2006

Some people choose
to take the view
that words I use
are … Too …

…. ” BRUTAL ” …. !!!!

because of things
I say through scripts
that clearly hit
what’s … ” Sensitive ” … !!!

Respect for … Each Other …
Regardless of … ” Colour ” … !!!

Single Mothers ….
Suckers who choose …
to drive in … ” Hummers ” … ?!?

Political moves
that are … “kept” …

… “well covered” … !!!!!

Well ….
Simple … Truth …
FRIGHTENS … a pool … !!!!!
of …. Multitudes ….
who … choose to infuse …

” DistoRTed ” … news … !!!

That … tries to … Confuse … ?!?
and … Divert … our views
from …. ” REAL ISSUES ” …. !!! ….

My Poetry … moves …
like … Dancers’ Shoes …

So … Yes … It’s True …
It … “Entertains” … A few …

So ….
Why do some choose … ?
to say … “It’s Brutal ” … ?!?

When ….
Searching for … TRUTH …
is … Nothing New … !?! …

Yes ….
It can upset … ” Clans ” …
of … Ignorant Mans …
Who … ” understand ” …
instead of … OVERSTAND … !!!
The ways we’re … “Trapped” …
by … ” Divisive Plans ” …

It’s time for a … ” Change ” … !!!
to the … Rules of the Game …
which is why I say … !!! …
The things … I say … !!! …

Isn’t it …. okay …. ???
to sometimes … FACE …
the things that …
make you … ” Feel Afraid ” … ?

From … ” THE TRUTH “…
You Can’t … RUN … !!!!!

So why choose … ” Abuse ” … ?
That … Strikes you … Dumb …
and … Leaves you … Numb … !!!

I’m NO … ” Tom Thumb ” … !!!
and … Don’t Believe …
In …. ” Shooting Guns ” …. !!!!!!!

But …
My Poetry clearly ….
leaves some … STUNNED …
and makes them feel like …

…. ” Life’s NO FUN ” …. !!!!!!!

Well ….
Life is … LIFE … !!!
Good Times … Bad Times …
… ” Unbelievable Crimes ” … !!!!!

Designed by minds ….
of …. EVIL TYPES …. !!!!!

So
Why … Try to Deny … ???
Life’s lows and … HIGHS … !?!

So Brutal … NO … !!!!!
My use of … prose …
is built … to show …
Life’s … HIGHS and … lows … !!!

Ofcourse … Sometimes …
I like to …. JOKE ….
through things I quote …
in rhymes I write …

But …..
Come On Now … !!!
… ” Current Times ” …
are … NOT … so nice … !!!

All you have to do …
is just … Look Around …

” Brutal Crews ”
are in … Most Towns … !!!

The … ” Ultimate Prize ” …
is Far from …………….. Sight …. !!!!!

Love and … Peace …
within … our streets …

Prosperity and … Harmony …
for you and … me …
and YES … for …

… ALL HUMANITY … !!!!!!!!!!

But ….
such a … Goal …
seems … Hard to reach … !?!
when we … Impede …
…. ” MORE UNITY ” …. ?!? ….

” Divisions ” … Lead to …
… ” Big Collisions ” …

while … My Poetry …
INSPIRES … ” Visions ” …

So … BRUTAL … NO …
Take a minute … and …

…… LISTEN …… !!!!!

My Written … Inscriptions …
Provide … Prescriptions …
for things now seen as …
” Impossible Missions ” … !!!

See …
It’s … Down to … YOU … !!!
and … Down to … ME … !!!
to face … TRUTH …
and …. ” REALITY ” …. !!!!!!!!!!!

Improprieties …
and … Impossibilities …
Fuel … ” Poetic Speech ” …
in people … like me …
who … want to see …
More People … FREE …
from … Poverty …
and Policies … of …

…… ” Fallacy ” …….

Belief and … FAITH … !!!
Can help us … change …
and … ” Relegate ” …

“Those” …. Heads of State …
who choose to … DICTATE … !!!!!

to a place where … No-one …
Sees … ” Their Face ” … !!!!!

or … Listens to things …
They have to … ” say ” … !!!

” They ” … deal in …
MUCH … ” Brutality ” … !!!
whilst … ” Controlling ” …
….. ” Society ” …..

What’s …
Good for … THEM
causes …. PROBLEMS …. !!!!!!

Problems … we now …
NEED TO … ” Stem ” … !!!!!

” Violence ” …..
in … women and men …
and now … ofcourse …
in … ” Many ” … children … !!!

But these issues …
are … ” Nothing New ” … !!!

We’ve … simply found …
Some … ” Fancy Tools ” … !!!
To Prove … the things …
some humans … do …

But …
It’s … NEVER TOO LATE … !!!
to make a … ” Change ” …
if we learn to make … ” GOOD ” …
The mistakes … we make …

” Forward Thinking ” …. Brains ….
would say ….. ” The Same ” ….. !!!!!

But yes … sometimes …
We Express … through … PAIN … !!!

Nonetheless … our minds …
are … ” Mostly Primed ” …
to … ” Set things Straight ” … !!!!!

Through the things that …
…. ” We’re Saying ” …. !!!! ….

” Society’s ” …. DRAIN ….
is … Humanity’s GAIN … !!!!

If we choose to learn from …
Mistakes … we’ve made …
and … Choose to … REFRAIN …
from repeating them … AGAIN …

We may then … see a world
of …. ” Brighter Days ” …. !!!!!

As a poet whose views …
” Reflect ” … what’s … TRUE …

It would clearly be ……. ?!?

….. ” Unusual ” ……

to write about … Life …
without sometimes …

being … somewhat …..

…….. ” BRUTAL ” ……. !!!!!

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Talking of … Unbelievable things … The good ol’ cops once again !!!

Policing is clearly in a state, needing …. CHANGE !!!!!

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Well, at least Mr. Zimmerman has been Good for Sumthin’ !!! … written by Big Virge 14/7/2012

The title to this post is because he’s inspired me to write some more, about, my recent visit to the US, and reminded me of much that I heard in the U.S.

…. Not Florida, but, Philadelphia, which according to various stories that I was told, in my interactions, is a state filled with, Police Brutality & Corruption !!!!!

One evening, whilst in company, a woman came into the group and immediately changed the vibe of the gathering, as she spoke about feeling pressured into going to court the next day, regarding an incident, which she proceeded to tell us, from ofcourse, “Her side of the story”, involved her and a young boy, who, she didn’t know, being arrested & searched for drugs, which were not found, as she & the youth had none, only to be dragged out of the squad car, to be then beaten by 7 out of 8 officers, whilst the female officer, officer number 8, stood and watched !!!!!

The BIG problem with this, is that ….

Oh, stupid Mutha fuckers didn’t know that she was pregnant !!!!!

She lost the child !

As the judge initially told them, “This young lady better not be troubled before this gets to court as you are on charges of murder, remember that !!!!!”

The captain of the station where these fukkers were from, personally came to apologise to the woman, who, sadly, in my opinion, was not taking this matter seriously enough, until I and a few other men started to explain to her the gravity of her position, and that, she should be doing everything possible, to not only get financially compensated, but, to use this as an opportunity to expose these officers for their behaviour, so that others would have a level of awareness, if not protection, from such …..

“Po Po’, practices.

Unbelievable, but true, however, it seemed that she was highly fearful of reprisals, beyond the law, by said officers, or their fraternity …. which …. links suitably to, guess who, Mr. Zimmerman !!!

Is it something about the name George that America likes, that means that they can get away with all kinds of wickedness, and pay no price for it ?!?

Zimmerman and Georgie Bush, seem to have got away with murderous acts in the name of ….

“Defence of their territory !”

So, realistically, this … ” Stand Your Ground “, Florida Law, should avail freedom for people, fearing the police, as most people of colour do, to, shoot them without fear of punitive measures from the states judicial system, under the grounds of self-defence … ???

…. or is that, just for, … Fairer-Skinned Folks, as plenty of white folks will be running the, “Ahhh but Zimmerman’s Mexican !!!!”, rhetoric.

It is interesting to me though, having found myself in a neighbourhood, that is predominantly white, in Barbados, how my neighbours, in over a year, have yet to introduce themselves, other than from a very …. ” Safe Distance !!!”

It’s crazy funny to me, or, as Mos Def has said, ” It’s So SERIOUS, i’m Laughing “, because, as much as recent occurrences in this area, suggest a level of need for such neighbourhood watches as per the Zimmerman case, here in Bim. The manner of some of the white folks when first seeing me, even now, does have me now thinking, could I of ended up being shot, if I happened to be walking through here at the wrong time of night by some, “Trigger Happy” ….

” American History X “, wannabe ???

Well, fortunately, hooded garms, aren’t so much of a need here, due to the weather, but, bwoyyyyy, wit some of these, actually, not so secretive, racists, i’m beginning to wonder … ???

Sadly for me though, it has been those of a similar skin tone, who, actually make me glad that I am where I am, due to none of these white folks openly threatening to shoot or rob me, because I apparently, deserve to be !!!!!

Words like those, have though, come from, ” My People ??? “.

…. maybe …. not so much like me … ???

…. but, having been on the receiving end of such talk and attitudes, it isn’t so hard to see why a lot of white people view black people as a threat, and, in many ways, a strain of humanity, that, needs to be kept away from them !!!

However, back to Philly, and let me show you how it can be translated in their actions, which proves their stance to be as f’ckd up, as that of blacks, who feel that, due to another black persons progression, they need to be dragged back to where they seem, happy to be.

I walk in to one of the, Radisson Hotels’ toilets in Philly, on my recent visit, to see a white guy, visibly disturbed by my appearance, but, he relaxed, “A little”, upon seeing that I wasn’t about to rob him … ?!?

…. only to have, two rather merry … (inebriated) … older white guys walk in to see us at the urinals, which then was quickly followed by one of them loudly proclaiming to their white compadre, “Careful he don’t rob you !!!”.

The … “Truth Juice”, had clearly got the better of him, now, I could ofcourse, now be in prison for decapitating his ignorant ass, but, upon looking at the first white guys face, it was as if his eyes were saying,

“Damn it you redneck fuck, I was thinking it, but, you had to go there didn’t ya !?!”.

Who was the worst racist … ???

…. well, debatable, but, my non-reaction, is to retain my freedom, so that I can pass on the FACT, that, such attitudes have never been removed, perhaps because of judicial decisions like this, “Not Guilty”, Zimmerman bullpish !!!!!

I’m gonna cut this one here, as today, on a thread I started, a comment was placed on it by a young white guy, who seemed unabashed in stating that, “He doesn’t care whether Zimmerman is guilty or not, because racism has been placed above the law !”.

… which is a JOKE, in his view.

Well, when I see such attitudes being so brazenly shown, especially by white peeps, it reminds me of these things …..

How many of them … FEAR … Immigration checks, when travelling ?!?

… or, “Stop and Search”, from Po Po ???
… or Beatdowns, to the degree that the young woman I met in Philly, went through ???

…. but, more important than all of these things is this, how many of these, “PC Laws”, are written by … Black People, for the benefit of … Black People, in countries where, “These Laws”, do not relate, ONE IOTA, to the indigenous people of countries like, The …. let me stress ….

UNITED …. States of America …. huh …. ??? ! ???

Even in places like Barbados, as much as there are black figureheads now, their doctrine seems to follow those of the colonialists, who whipped their forefathers into shape.

As I was recently told, about the coastguard here, apparently, when someone calls for help due to difficulties in the waters,

Why would the first question be … ???

“Are they tourists … !???!”

People… People… People… SMH SMH SMH !!!!!

When will we learn to get past being open, and, more important than that,

“Impartial and Logical”, regarding things that, CLEARLY, are not right …. !!!!!

Like Mr. Zimmerman, not being found guilty of … ANYTHING … when he still has the blood of a young mans murder, on his hands ……

Think about it …….

Riots and protests now ….. for what ….. ???

To fuel more need for, Hard-Hitting Policing and law changes that impinge even further on, civil liberties ….

Good luck with that people ….. !!!!!

What a crazy place the U.S, has become, under the guise of … ” Change “, under the Obama administration ….

What a joke !!!!!!!!!

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