Having seen this with my own eyes living in this big ‘ole rotten apple of a city and working at an institute of higher learning, witnessing first hand what students leave in dorm rooms and on the street after the school year ends, I can also confirm that sadly, this does happen. Tons of
shit new or gently used items get tossed every year by these kids. I did not know that certain schools set up donation areas for this stuff, which is a good start but it makes it even more unfortunate that these kids would rather toss items in the trash than donate them to someone who would appreciate this stuff. Happy hunting…
Just, wow. BE INSPIRED!
Image via Baltimore Orioles.
I love this piece. Black and brown youth are often forced to grow up fast due to many circumstances but this summer in particular, I felt there were a lot of children forced to witness a ton of injustice, bigotry and hate. I also saw a lot of children being children. Actually playing…OUTSIDE! They were being kids. Carefree, joyful and full of life. What a beautiful sight! I love that this piece came to me while I was at the beach. I also love that the children filmed are silhouetted by the sun so that you can’t see their faces. I’m always cautious about photographing or videotaping kids so the sun worked in my favor on that hot August day. I wrote this piece with the youth of today in mind but also for the young at heart. As we wrap up another summer season, I hope you were able to at least for a moment capture the essence of the season, be youthful in spirit and #findyoursunmer. Here’s to a great end of the summer and a prosperous Fall season!
August (For the youth…)
I hope the sun’s rays were good to you and allowed you to be a kid again.
Abundant in play and without worry.
I hope the ocean’s waves crashed at your feet and washed away any doubt that you could be anything.
if you so choose.
I hope the August heat melted uncertainty and birthed promise.
Find joy in the light.
Let the sweat trickle down your brow and illuminate your aura.
Taste the sweet bitterness of the ocean and become drunk off of its life.
I hope you found freedom in the ocean’s waves and will never let it go.
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! After getting $60,000 in investment funds on the ABC show Shark Tank, 11 year old Mikaila Ulmer just got herself a contract with Whole Foods supermarkets to distribute her lemonade to 55 stores throughout the southern part of the U.S. Read about her story on The Root.
This little black girl reconfirms my FAITH. Faith in myself, my people and our future. Rock on and drink lemonade.