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Stand Up


Hearing the sounds
Of crying mothers
As you smother our sons
With your hand of injustice
Its just “us”
In these streets
It then repeats
Rapid gun shots
Of glocks and automatics
Its systematic
How problematic
These times are
Raise the bar of
Education and responsibility
Have the ability to
Want better and do better
The letter of the law wasn’t addressed to us
In GOD we trust
We must no longer slain
Our fellow man
Then demand “the MAN” to respect us
And accept us
When no one kills their own
Except US
Of course that’s an exaggeration
But you get my point
This joint effort of unity
Is what we need
Plant the seed
Of acting and taking a stand
Rise out the sinking sad
Begin the resurrection of LIFE


Written by Jane


Just A Conversation


Can we talk?

This is just a conversation. It won’t be long winded and drawn out. It will be me having a conversation with my readers. I hope you’ll join in. In recent events I have heard and seen some of the most nastiest things ever. Now first let me say this, this isn’t about religion, beliefs or your “right/wrong”. This is about a day and time where NO LIVES MATTER. Black,white,yellow, blue or green. There has been so much death surrounding our neighborhoods, it’s actually causing fear in people. They are scared to leave their homes. There are 2 points I want to make and then I’m done. First of all,no one will ever respect or care about our lives as African Americans until we do. Yelling black lives matters in the streets mean NOTHING if we’re killing each other in the same streets. Period. Secondly the horrifying events that have transpired this week have me in the saddest mood. We as humanity have just made something so precious as life seem so meaningless. ALL LIFE MATTERS. The negativity that has been spewed all over social media has made me despise mankind. Agreeing with one another does not make this world work. Understanding differences and working together to make this world we all share just a little more peaceful day by day does. Love is powerful and it takes a strong person to live life in love. Hate and judgment is for the weak. All I ask is that we pray and work just a little harder towards better days. Some may agree or some may not. That’s OK because its just a conversation.


The Best Of The Worst



Choices to be made
Paid politician
Promising a life
Equality and love
Shove that crap up
Someone else’s pipe
Pipe down with all
The lies and gimmicks you tell
To hell with your descriptive infomercials
To sell your soul for a dollar
They holler “choose the lesser of 2 evils”
Inconspicuous at the polls
Trying to hide
The embarrassment of
Choosing a leader
With a brain meter that reads
Rich and Richer
I can picture then now explaining
Why nothing they promised had truth anymore
Just sore asses from sitting
And doing nothing
But rustle up papers
With bills and decisions
Incisions deeper and deeper
Just leave her alone
This great country of ours
Hours and hours
Of rehabilitation is about to go
Down the drain
And some of you
Just can’t get that through your brain



There is so much wrong with America today I have no idea where to begin..

As a young, African American woman, I haven’t lived long enough to see past history happen but it seems like my textbooks are coming to life. The year is 2015 and of all the things people manage to accomplish they still can’t register in their mind that #BlackLivesMatter. Everyday there’s a new hash tag of multiple black men & women slain in cold blood and are unarmed. Police have taken no regards to media or cameras and allow it to be known that they can kill and get away with it. It truly saddens me to write on this subject because there is an ample amount of examples I can choose from.


Recently, Tyshawn Michael Lee, 9 years old, was murdered execution style while on his way home from school. The media had played a big roll in this case, focusing on every other aspect instead of one, finding the murderer. I don’t care what the parents have done, his mother and the money or father in a gang HE WAS NINE! Wake up and see that the media will twist a story to push a certain view on the avid listeners. “His father was in a gang,” okay? Now what does that solve? People are more focused on the superfluous information given then the fact that a nine year old baby has been taken away from his mother. Where is the sympathy? Another recent case involving a young black female student and school officer over a cell phone; I hear so many negative things about this case. As a parent, you should be outraged; as a person, you should be appalled. I DO NOT care what happened before the incident, we all saw what needed to be seen and that was the brutal force of a grown man handling a child. No man should ever handle a female in such a manner as if she were a rag doll. Why weren’t steps taken to call an administrator or social worker to see what the problemwas? The media will report the opinion of others saying students are unruly and unmanageable because they have given up on the youth.

People will constantly preach “Go to school and get an education,” but why when my life & respect as a person could be taken away from me at any moment. There is no faith in black youth or black people in America. Racial tension is at an all time high here in the states and the African American community is the clear target. At University of Missouri, recently a group of students named #ConcernedStudent1950 gained attention after protesting for months about black student’s health and safety among the campus. Previous university president, Tim Wolfe, stepped down this Monday as a demand of the students. For those of you who don’t know, this protest has been ongoing on since September and is now gaining national coverage why? Not because students have over 10,000 tweets concerning their safety, not because faculty have walked out on classes, not because students were commencing a hunger strike; it was because 30 young black men took a stand and hit them where it hurts, their pockets. Athletics are an essential part of funding to public universities, and if enough players won’t play, guess who won’t get a check. Media coverage flew from near and far to record the last speaking of Tin Wolfe, but where are they now?! There has been threats made towards every student on campus, the KKK has made it known that they are on a blood hunt. Where is the coverage now?   Only1

So again, ask me how do I feel being young and black in America? I feel used, mocked, unprotected, and blamed. Black people are not here for your entertainment. Black people are more then how we are portrayed on television. There is no sympathy for being black in America and we fight against it everyday. #BlackLivesMatter was created to show the world that we are not your punching bags or gun range targets. We are a people making a stand that we need to be valued; where is our safe haven? Our men are slain unprotected, our women are raped and murdered, and our children can’t even feel safe in schools. No, this isn’t the 1950’s this is 2015 and nothing has changed. My people, my beautiful black people are learning to love themselves more each day. We are embracing our heritage and still trying to evolve the ones that haven’t.  To Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Sandra Bland, Freddy Grey and so many more, we have not forgotten about you. We will fight against brutality and racism until Americans see that we are tired of being the targets.


If I die in police custody, I did not commit suicide,

Mani Hendrixx



                                                                       As if it wasn’t hard enough to be black already, day to day we face challenges; lynching, slavery, rape, murder, the list is definitely endless. Just recently a white male, Dylann Roof, opened fire in one of the most historic African-American churches in America. Times are depressing, but we must continue to strive for a better nation. From generation to generation the most important thing we must pass down is knowledge. We’re all fully aware of the media coverage on police brutality and how they’re getting away with murder. This isn’t an issue that’s just starting to happen; it’s BEEN happening. As a people, we have to be fully aware of laws and changes in the system in order to protect ourselves.
I started writing this thinking of all the people I, and others, have lost due to the corrupt system we call the government. I wanted to not only display my view, but others as well. After being given this topic, I knew it wouldn’t be hard to execute. People love to give their opinions and views, especially when it’s a hot topic. A conversation that started between two people flowed into a full blown discussion. We Bleed Ink’s artist definitely had a lot to say.
“I don’t have respect for police officers; I respect them more outside uniform. I’m not afraid of the badge,” artist PJ stated. “I’ve heard stories. I have family members who tell stories of how they mess over people and inmates.”
Police are known for pulling people over and harassing them, but are black people the targets? Some feel as though they’re just doing their job, and some are, but there’s an abuse of authority that hides behind a badge. “Why use your authority to f&@$ over people,” Vee stated, “I’ve been harassed by the police. I know my rights! I won’t escalate the situation if I know I’m wrong. When they are racially profiling is when the problem comes in.”
” A police officer thinks everybody is suspicious,” Joe said.
“It’s their job to randomly pull people over,” Tommy added.
Would you be surprised if I said people don’t know their basic rights when being detained? I’ve been in positions with the police, were it depends on the officer, and how you’re treated and detained. Not all police are bad; they just want to do their jobs without hassle. My step father has served on the police force for 15+ years, and like many, let people go. But what about those who abuse the law and use it to an advantage?
“The police abuse their authority, on the streets & jail. I don’t respect the badge because they don’t. They think they’re above the law.” YO exclaimed. “Police use the badge to protect them because their racist. You could’ve been a racist tattoo artist & not tattoo black people. You chose to be an officer.”                     bb1
Whether we want to ignore it or not race IS an issue! Not just white officers, black ones too. “It’s not always your fault, you were just being black at the wrong time,” Yo said. In cases like Treyvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, their lives were taken because of ignorance. As Black Americans we are not equal. We have the tools to further ourselves, “You have to educate yourself. Lack of knowledge is our own fault,” Tommy expressed. How can we obey a system that isn’t designed to protect us?  “They know who to pick & choose. It’s really them Vs us.” Joe agreed. People live in fear every day of the police and why should they? Police are placed on the street to “protect and serve” not “kill and destroy.” Families and communities have been torn by the actions of law enforcement, and it takes a toll on everyone.
How are we supposed to prosper as a community when we don’t feel protected? How are we to express ourselves when we are suspects because of our looks and attire? I have a father, brothers, cousins and friends that I fear for daily. “I tell my little brothers to be safe every time they leave the house,” a close friend, Joy Thomas, told me. “I try not to freak them out; I just try to give knowledge as much as possible.”  bb3
Peaceful protest, rallies, and marches seen on television today make America look like we’ve stepped back into the civil rights movement. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge and now is the time to WAKE UP. Not just black people, ALL people. All races, creeds, genders, and religions; Wake up and see that we are greater than they treat us. We are not thugs. We are not animals. We are people! A badge and uniform doesn’t put them higher than us in the grave. The true power that we have as a nation is prayer. By coming together we cannot be stopped.


Wake up people, please
Mani Hendrixx