“Every Great Dream Begins With A Dreamer.”

My final message on my site before 2016 comes to an end was a post titled, ‘Never Surrender Your Dreams.’ I stated that I want 2017 to be a year of possibilities, opportunities, and growth. It seems like the brutal nature of 2016 is going to rear its ugly head until the very end. Tonight, I asked where the fuck did humanity go? I had to rewind and catch myself and my feelings. I had to remind myself of my purpose in life. Tonight, I had to remind myself that I can’t let hope and dreams slip away, and that I shall press forward. I have to press forward. The following quote by Harriet Tubman served as a reminder for me tonight.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

– Harriet Tubman

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‘Bitches Brew’ By Miles Davis

Enjoy.

Video Posted To You Tube By ‘Driving A Stolen Car’ On February 14, 2016

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Never Surrender Your Dreams

The time has come for me to write my last post of 2016. As always, I want to say, “Thank you” to everyone who has visited my site, liked a post, or left a comment. As with any approaching new year, and now, a new presidency, life is full of uncertainty. On the flip side of this, life can also be full of possibilities. I want 2017 to be a year of possibilities, opportunities, and growth. May all of you make the very best of your 2017 and beyond. Sincerely, Samara Marie Douglas
‘Never Surrender Your Dreams’
There’s uncertain travels on the long road to somewhere.
Twists and turns on a questionable road.
Unpaved paths to new unknowns,
That make you put guarded faith on the line.
Uncertainty and doubt are heavy loads to bear,
And these elements eat away at one’s core.
Too far forward, so there’s no turning back now,
But for a moment in time, one’s feet are frozen still.
More road to travel, but the frightened heart wants to say it’s the end.
What if?
What happens at the end of the road?
When the hope dies out,
And positive vibes become non existent?
A stagnant existence is born that kills each breath taken,
And causes one to fade.
One will never know the possibilities.
What if?
What happens on the road still taken?
When you muster the strength to drop the load of uncertainty and doubt.
The body is now light.
Fluid movements allow you to just be.
Free.
And one can now see with clear eyes.
There’s something about being free,
That causes the body to press on.
Keep moving. Keep striving. Keep searching.
There’s a chance you’ll see what your heart is searching for.
Take that chance.
Never surrender your dreams.
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What Do You Do?

What do you do when your heart dries out?

When there’s no blood left to shed?

When the beauty of bodies float away like dust?

When all you can feel is despair?

So many days and nights have my heart cried out,

To hollow ears who hear me not.

Hollow ears don’t hear my screams in the night.

Hollow ears know not my soul’s twists and turns.

And blind eyes don’t see my bloodshed,

When murderous hands perform the devil’s deeds.

So, what do you do when your heart cries out?

When there’s no one who seems to care?

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The Crusaders: A Message From The Inner City

One of my favorites! The Crusaders: A Message From The Inner City

Album: The 2nd Crusade

Released: 1973

Musicians: Joe Sample (Piano), Stix Hooper (Drums), Wilton Felder (Saxophone), Wayne Henderson (Trombone)

 

 

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The Barbershop: A Cultural Mainstay

richmondmagazine.com

More Than A Shave And A Haircut

First-time filmmaker is getting “The Perfect Blend” at African American barbershops

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July 22, 2016

4:00 PM

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The link provided above is from a published article by Harry Kollatz, Jr. for Richmond Magazine. This feature story is about a documentary that is in its beginning stages regarding the culture of African American barbershops, by Raymond Patton and Derek Wright. As of now, the title for the documentary is “The Perfect Blend.” Best wishes to them both, as they embark upon a cross-country journey to explore the barbershop culture, and it’s impact on the communities that it services. All information from the Richmond Magazine article and its photos belong to Harry Kollatz, Jr. and Jay Paul.

 

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Filmmaker Ray Patton (left, gray shirt) is making a film about the culture and community of African-American barbershops. Here, Patton and the film’s cameraman Derek Wright interview barber Dot Reid.

(Photo by Jay Paul)

RayPatton_JayPaul.jpgFilmmaker Raymond Patton (on the left with the gray shirt), a seated customer, and barber Dot Reid.

(Photo by Jay Paul)

 

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My Heaven Is My Happiness

“My Heaven Is My Happiness”

My heaven is my happiness.
A sacred place I’ve searched for all of my life.
A freedom I can’t really describe,
But a freedom I’m grateful to have.
My heart and shoulders feel light at times,
As if I’ve been reborn.
I can see the world with new eyes,
And experience what life has to offer with open arms.
And then heaven’s eyes stop watching over me.
Just as my heart feels light sometimes,
At times my heart feels heavy.
It weeps as it’s full of sorrow.
Just as my shoulders feel light at times,
Sometimes I feel that the load is too much to bear.
Sometimes I feel trapped.
I feel stuck.
Feels like my time could be up.
Feeling faint as more beautiful bodies lie cold in the dust.
My heaven is my happiness.
But when will I ever leave hell?
You tell me.
And tell me the truth.
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