As Ava has shown, we get this a little too much ! ” When They See Us ” …

So folks, as previously stated, I’ve been feasting my eyes on some incredible pieces of visual art, that have reflected some very disturbing truths, about the issues that black people face in the United States, care of Ava Duvernay, Jay Z and, of all people, Harvey Weinstein !

However, in the case of the story told, that of Kalief Browder, RIP.

This is visual art, that takes you into a life & death story, that is done tastefully, and respectfully, but in a brutally honest way, so, say & think what you like about Jay & Harvey, in this instance, one has to credit them with taking people into a world, too often dismissed as non-existent, by those whose privilege, allows them to be, so quick to question the injustices that the system they embrace and benefit from, dishes out to the not so privileged.

Much like the critics of these films, apparent ….

“ Anti-White Agenda “ …..

Like SERIOUSLY … !?!

DENIAL is also …

One HELLUVA’ Drug,
For … CERTAIN FOLKS … SMH !!!

However, the movies, “ 13th “, about the US Prison & Judicial System, and the much talked about, “ When They See Us “, are outstanding pieces of real life stories, put to film.

Accurate, for the most part, from what is shown, and, wonderfully shot and acted, by the main cast.

It’s engaging, disturbing and, for many, a very hard watch, but, one that EVERYBODY, regardless of race, gender or status….

NEEDS TO WATCH, in my opinion, because as said, we darker folks and marginalised communities, have had this stuff twisted and misrepresented, for long enough !!!

It’s NOT Some ….

Chip on our shoulders,
Figment of our imagination, Bullpish’ … !!!!!

We ARE Demonised !
We ARE Vilified !
We ARE Hated !
We ARE Mistreated !
We Are WRONGLY Imprisoned !

And Then ….
After All This,

If we manage to survive,
We ARE then … Left to DIE !!!!

Yet, Even With All This …..

We’re still able to somehow find, the strength, resolve & determination, to find ways, and individuals, who are willing to face the harsh realities of our existence, and then, present them to the world, regardless of all the obstacles placed in front of them …..

I’ll leave it at that, because this all leads to the piece i’m sharing, as a result of watching these films …

Written long before seeing these movies, this piece is a very serious reflection on what, dark skin undoubtedly, does to a lot of people, upon first sight, before they even take the time to delve into what may lie beneath …..

So, as apt a title as …

“When They See Us “ … is …

The title of my piece, is as obscure as it is appropriate, for the, never ending trials that go ….

WAY BEYOND ….

The name calling, and Truly IGNORANT levels of hatred !!!

These are the issues that are not so easily confronted, and overcome !

Systemic, Institutional Racism, via policies, laws, and those enforcing those laws, that, as the movies and this piece, will explain …..

SADLY ….

STILL involve people of colour, YES BLACK PEOPLE, from prison guards, to judges, to district attorneys, and, dare I say it, those in hierarchies, way above these puppets, who are truly, poor excuses for people !!!!

Be you white or black, or somewhere in between, I make NO APOLOGIES, for any offence caused by what you have read or hear, if you choose to ….

Because …..

Regardless of our …

“ Apparent Progress “ …..

The TRUTH is CLEAR …..

….. When you choose to wipe the sleep from your eyes, and state of mind …..

We darker skinned folks are STILL..

The VICTIMS of …… SUBSTANCE ABUSE …….

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” I’m Used To Them Now ” …. Prod by Strat Carter

Yes Yes Folks …… !!!!!

Well, the apparent beginning of another year is upon us, in fact, in certain parts of the world, it’s already 2018 …. !!!

Well, here in Bim’, it’s a cool one on the East Coast.

Breezy but lovely, so, it’s time for my last musical post for 2017 from Virges’ World ….. Vol 1

Soon to be followed by Virges World ….. Vol 2

….. and a further project, that has already drawn a lil’ interest, in industry ears, so, keep em’ peeled in 2018 for some more cool grooves from Big Virge folks, via Strat Carter, whom I must congratulate on the arrival of his first child !!!!

…..having giving birth to a number of cool tunes for the two Virges’ World albums ….. !!!!!

Bless You and Yours Bro, and Thanks for all your creative output on my words !

However, as life moves on, changes abound, and like the title of this piece …..

I’m Used To them Now ……

Take a listen …..

and I hope the next 12 months in your world, Glisten, and like me, you see your dreams, hopes and aspirations come to Fruition ….. !!!!!!

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“Fight For What’s Right” … written by Big Virge 7/4/2005

A small homage to Prince, comes at the end of this piece, written many years ago, but the fight continues …..

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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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“Denial” … A poem written & performed by Big Virge

Oh and…. before anyone starts running the ….

“Oh, he’s obviously got a problem with gays !”, type rhetoric….

Well, this piece was actually written on the 29/06/2005

A whole 10 Years ago !

My position was clear then, as it is now, and much like all the other groups who are spoken about, within this piece, if they want to be accepted and treated EQUALLY, like everyone else ….

Well, accept that everybody ISN’T, necessarily down with the Gay Movement ….

and that some of us are not just gonna fall in line with the ….

“Oh, You’ve Gotta show support for the gays”, vibes, that are currently riding …

VERY HIGH …..

Anyway, let’s get to the bigger issue of denial in peoples’ attitudes ….

As the poem states, it is a BIG F’ing Problem …. and if you are one who takes offence to things you hear in this, well, you would seem to have a cap to wear that has on it’s peak, in …

BIG BOLD LETTERS

D E N I A L …..

Get over yourselves, and face what you know to be true, not only about yourself, but, more importantly, the world around you …..

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” Class ” … A Poem written & performed by Big Virge

Having asked last month, what it takes/means, to be …. ” Hardcore ” ….

This month, my question is about the idea of having, ” Class ” ……

So, here are some of my questions about this thing we call …..

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Don’t think i’m the only one !!! … “Enough” … A poem written by Big Virge 17/12/2013

MAN … !!!
I’ve had … ” ENOUGH ” … !!!
of … Lies that … Run …
from … ” Fork-Tongued ” … mouths …
Who … Act like … ” Clowns ” … ?!!!? …

” Enough ” …
of their … ” smiles ” …
and … CLEAR … ” Denial ” …
of … TRUTH … They REFUSE …. !!!!! .…
to … Accept … as … ” TRUE ” … ??!?? …

What’s with … THESE FOOLS … ?!?
who … ” think ” … They’re Cool …
when … ALL THEY DO …
is act like …. ” Tools ” …. !!!!! …

NOT … The ones … !!!
that are … put to …
… GOOD USE … !!!

More like … ” The Guns ” …
That … Policemen Shoot … !!!!!

I’ve had …
ENOUGH … of … ” Them ” … !!!!!
and … ” Criminals ” … TOO … !!!!!!

who cause … PROBLEMS …
when they … LOSE … Their Heads … !!!
and then … Cause … ” Bloodshed ” … !!!

BLOOD … that runs …
like … ” My Pen ” … Now does …
” When My Thoughts “… Transcend …
Into …. ” Written Poems ” ….

Have I written … ” Enough ” … ???
of this …. ” Poetic Stuff ” …. ?!?

for me to … Get Respect …
and those … Fat Cheques … !!!!!
from … ” Corporate Heads ” …
Who … SET … ” The Trends ” …

I’ve had … ENOUGH … of them !!!
and … Who They … ” Select ” …
to ….. ” Represent ” …..
THIS … Art Forms … BEST …

When … Who They Select …
…… CLEARLY ……
Seem to … Care Less … !!!
about … ” What ” … They Present …

I’ve NOW …
Had … ENOUGH … !!!
of … So Called … ” Friends ” … !!!

….. Who …..
” Run Their Gums ” … !!!

“V, you haven’t made it,
because your words,
aren’t good enough !”

… and they’re …
MY FRIENDS … !!!!!

I’ve had … ENOUGH … of them … !!!!!
and Their … Disrespect …
for … My Poems …

… when they …
DO NOT … take the time …

… to … Ingest …
These words … I Rhyme …

because …
The Stars … THEY LIKE …
Don’t Shine … Up In … ” The Sky ” … ?!?

They’re ones … whose art …
comes out …. ” Their Arse ” …. !!!!!
and thus … are on … PRIMETIME … !!!!!

and of course … !!!
Their views … online …
are … Enough to … ” Ensure ” …
that they’ll be … ” Liked ” …
Long After They Have … ” DIED ” … !!!!!!!!!!

But …..
ENOUGH … About Death … !!!!!
and …. ” Killing Trends ” ….

How About … ??!??
More Lines …
of … ” This Here Type ” … !!!

“Oh, you’ve had, enough !
Here’s the deal man, TOUGH !”

Man ….
ENOUGH with … dismissing …
Wordplay … that breeds …
………. THINKING ……… !!!!!!!!!

Humanity’s … “SINking” … !!!!!
Just …… “Check” ……
How We’re Living … !!!!!!! …

ENOUGH … !!!
with … ” The Net ” … !!!
and … FAKE … ” Online Friends ” …

It’s … ALL …
A … “Pretence” …
That … Doesn’t make …
…… ” Sense ” …… ?!? ……

Haven’t you … had …
……. ” Enough ” …….
of … messages from …

People … who … SEE YOU
but … Don’t … ” REALLY ” …
…… ” See You ” …….. ??!?? …….

The Pretense … is … SO …
….. SEE THROUGH ….. !!! …..

ENOUGH … !!!
with these … ” People ” …
Who … “click” … to be … ” Friends ”
But … QUICKLY … Get Upset … !!!?!!!

when things that … you post …
start … ” Rocking ” … Their Boat … !!!

ENOUGH … !!!
About … ” Boats ” …
with … ” Coc ” … Up Their Nose … !!!!!

It seems that … ” Nigella ” … ?!?
Does deals with … ” Coc’ Sellers ” … !?!?!

I’m meaning … Cocaine … !!!
ENOUGH … for … Her Brain …
for … Charles Saatchi .. to say … !!!

” Some ads’,
can bring pain !
from which I refrain !”

ENOUGH with …
” Campaigns ” … !!!

Do you get … ?
what i’m … Saying … ?!?

ENOUGH … advertisers … !!!!!
should now be … ” Retired ” … !!!
just like …. ” Marketeers ” …. !!! ….

Whose plans are to … ” Steer ” …
what’s … ” Between Your Ears ” …

to …
” Material Planes ” …
where you … DON’T …
Use … ” Your Brain ” … !!!

ENOUGH … of … ” The Games ”
These Ho’s … Like to play … !!! …

ENOUGH of … ” Racism ” … !!!
” Sexism ” ….. ALL Ism’s ..… !!!!!

ENOUGH … of the vision … !!!
of Blacks … “FILLING PRISONS” … !!!!!

ENOUGH … with … ” Conditions ” …
That … Poor People … LIVE IN … !!!!!
That … ARE NOT … Forgiving … !!!!!!!!

While … Rich Folk … COMPLAIN … ?!?
about stuff that’s …. ” INSANE ” … !!!!!
because things have changed …
to the point where … they’re saying …

that ….

“Pressure’s engaged in
touching their gauge !”

and … ANGER …
They … ” CLAIM ” … !!!

cos’ their ……
” Golf Time’s ” … RESTRAINED … ??!??

Enough of … This … POKING … !?!
and Racist Folks … ” Joking ” … ?!?

About … EVERYTHING … !!!
from our … Lips …
to our … Skin … !!!!!

As if that’s … The Way …
for them to … ” Maintain ” …
PROOF … that their … ” Status ” …
Isn’t That … of … ” Race Haters ” … !?!

Man … ENOUGH … !!!
cos’ it’s … BLATANT … !!!

that their … brain space …
is … Vacant …
cos’ it’s on a … ” Hiatus ” … !!!!!

Enough with these … ” Fakers ” … !!!
I Won’t … ” Waste The Paper ” … !!!!!!!

So …..
What about …. ” Work ” …. ?!?

Haven’t you had … ENOUGH … !?! …
of … working with … ” JERKS ” … !!! …
whose gums always … ” Run ” … !!! …
” Until ” … The Boss … comes … !!! …

Up In … Their … ” MOUTHS ” … !!!!!

What’s wrong with … ?
These … CLOWNS … !!!

I’m talking bout’ … ” Colleagues ”
who run round like … ” Collies ” … !?!

But … ENOUGH …
about … ” Them ” … !!!

because … This Poem …
has now reached … It’s End …

So …..
If you’re like … ME … ?
and see … what i’m seeing …
in …. how most are being …
and …. ” Society ” ….

If you see … How Tough …
Life’s … CLEARLY … become …

Do you ever … ” Sit back ” …
and say to … yourself …

Enough is …..

……. ” Enough ” ……. !!!

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“Be Careful What You Say” … A Poem written & performed by Big Virge

After my, Hardcore Verse, for march

For April, here’s some verse that’s a bit more …. Advanced ….

Enjoy folks, some stuff worth thinking about, especially bearing in mind that I wrote this way back in 2K6 !!!

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“Be Careful What You say … !!!!!” … A poem written by Big Virge 1/3/06

These days it’s pretty clear that, you really should ….

Be … Careful what you say !!!
Be … Careful what you say !!!

Don’t talk about … gays …
in homophobic ways !!!!!

Don’t talk of … Terrorism … !!!
unless you seek a vision …
…….. “Where” ………
Your form of Religion …
is locked … inside a prison … !!!

Don’t talk in ways
that state a case
for … Shutting Down …

” Guantanamo Bay !!! ”

” I say I say ! ”

“Yes, you say what !!!!?!!!!”

” Can I use my brain ? ”

“Ofcourse you may
Just use it in,
A … Certain Way !!!”

” A … Certain Way ?
I’ll go insane !!! ”

“Well either way
you’ll end up caged !!!”

” What, just for thoughts
I put to page
excuse me saying,
but are you deranged !?! ”

” Don’t I have a voice
to express joy !?! ”

“Ofcourse you do
but we’re watching you !!!”

” What, like Big Brother !!! ”

“A little like that
but we call it undercover”

” Like Mr. Macintrye ? ”

“Don’t you ever get tired !!!”

” Well excuse me sir
I just don’t concur
with the thought
that my brain
should just refrain
from talking of things
that bring me pain !!!!! ”

“Sir, your form of complaint
now requires restraint
and if you don’t, STOP,
you’ll be detained !!!!!”

Now ……
I’ve just watched …
Yes …. ” I Robot ” …
and am … A little disturbed …
by … Modern Plots … !!!

Now actors are seen
on stage … as machines
I … Never Ever ….
would of … dreamed … ?!?

But … that’s the way …
Things are … these days …

Robots …
Now taking …
Roles in … Plays … !!?!!

It … worries me …
that … we may see …
A … Whole New Breed …
on our …. TV’s …. ?!?

X Factor … Robots … !!!!!!

PLEASE … Surely Not … !!!!!

IN FACT … that’s wrong …
THAT TV Show’s …..

Already On … !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s … A Joke …
I’m sorry folks …
Had to get that in …
In Truth … i’d really …

” LOVE TO WIN !!!!!! ”

Did I just say that … !! ? !!
I Need a … SLAP … !!!!!!!!!!!

” Be careful what you say … !!!
Okay … Okay … !!!!!! ”

I … ” NEED ” … to write …
……. ” Nice Poetry ” ……..
before I meet …
The … ” Censorship ” … Police …

Those … who claim
I should … REFRAIN …
from being a … PAIN … !!!!!

and should talk about

…….. ” LOVE ” ……..

and … ” Sunny Days !!! ” …

…… ” WHAT ” ……
World are … THEY IN … !! ? !! ? !!

They’re … NOT … in the one
of my … ” Black Skin ” …

Problems … I face …
Don’t … Lie Within … !!!

Can’t I talk about … Sins …
of … New … Racists … ? …

“Virgil son,
you must resist
you know your place
so just, accept it !!!”

What do you mean ?
I see …. I see ….
Hidden Away … from ITV …
and … CLEARLY … Yes …
…… ” The BBC ” …….

” Indeed ” … ” Indeed ” …
That’s the place … for me …

A place where … I …
write poetry …
and do not feed …
” Deluded ” … Dreams … ???

” They’ll ” … have an end
to suit … their means …

But …. Will it protect …
“Freedom” …. of speech … ?

…… or ……

Fill a slot …
Just … because ………

I do hope not … !!!!!

Is poetry dead … ?

Is freedom locked … ?

Is the answer in …
My head of … Knots … ???

I’ll do my thing …
until i’m stopped …

NOT … by Those …
who … sit and plot …

But …. Father Time ….
and … all our Gods ….
who feed me … words …
to …. ” Sit and Jot ” ….

I hope … that they …
with … ” NO DELAY ” … !!!!!

Decide that …. ” We ” ….
have right of …. way ….
to say … The Things …
We … WANT … to say … !!!!!

Those who choose …
to … ” Entertain ” …

and those like me …
of a … ” Different Strain ” … !!!!!!

Just like … Blood …
runs through … My Veins

“So Do” … My Thoughts …
inside … my brain …

To … Relinquish … that …
would … Drive Me Mad … !!!

Isn’t that … ” Essential ” … !!!
to being ….. ” Human ” … ?!?

Sharing views
with … Woman and Man …

I’m trying my best …
to … ” Over-Stand ” …

Why we’d want to …
change that … plan … ???

It’s hard these days
to live in … ” Peace ” … !!!

But … it’ll be much worse … !!!!!
with … NO … Expression …
or use … for … Words …

These plans … disturb …
and seem … ” Absurd ” …
and may just … Hurt …

This place called ……

….. ” Earth ” ……

We need to express …
to … Ease our … ” Stress ” …

and ……

” Communicate ” … MORE …

NOT … do this less … !!!!!!!!!!!

That’s just my view …
But … What about … YOU … ???

But remember …

” These Days ” …

“Be Careful What You Say” … !!!!!

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Delivery … Fresh for 2K15 … (Redux)

A quick old delivery for the new year ….

Recorded by The Dark Doktahz, London

Mixed at Shoestring Studios, Barbados

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