#1 - I am a real ghetto intellectual lol
I don't know what that term means but I have lived in the poorest areas in the inner city of Baltimore all my life. It was rough growing up poor because there are so many things you want growing up that you can't have. Instead of going to foot locker or some other big store I had to go to the goodwill (cue the violin music lol). My mother grew up in a middle class family with politicians, doctors, lawyers so she still tried to make sure I went to the best public schools possible. She took me to the library as a young kid and had books all around the house about african history and culture. The poor woman would work two shifts to see that we always got a place to stay and food to eat (i'm tearing up just thinking about it). She was mean as hell but I can see now why she was like that. Even though she's crazy as hell I still love her.
#2 - I used to stay outside till 2 am in the morning (in the summer)
If my mother saw this she would kill me lol. My cousins lived right down the street and we were real cool with the other kids on the block so we would stay out to the wee hours of night playing games like freeze tag, hide and go seek, or red light green light. I guess the parents didn't mind becasue we never left the street (even though I wasn't always innocent with the girl that lived down the street lol). But those times were sooooooooooo fun. I feel sorry for the kids now because many of them will never experience that kind of joy.
#3 - I've been in every club and in every off brand sport possible in high school
I was in Air Force ROTC (color guard, rocket club), debate team, wrote for the school newspaper, Boys II Men (mentoring group), student ambassador, captain of the track team, wrestling team, lacrosse and cross country team (just to name a few lol). I was so pre-determined to be a geek, and for some strange reason I actually thought I was so cool lol. I was a Jack of all trades and a master of none of them lol.
#4 - I was crazy in school until i got into the futures program
I would cuss out teachers, do nothing in class but try my best to piss the teacher off so that he would put me out of class and I could roam the halls. The regular kids couldn't stand me either. I always wore rags because I was so poor lol. I would come to school with holes in my shoes and the kids if they wern't picking on me probably felt sorry for me. Yeah, I was destined for jail and nothingness until someone convinced me to join this program called the futures program. It was a program designed to get low achieving kids to straighten up. It actually paid the kids to go to summer school. I was all over it. To make a long story short, I figured if they were going to pay me to go to school I would straighten up and treat it just like a job.
This program picked kids from all over the city in most of the middle schools. So at the end of the program at the awards ceremony, I won almost every award and when the time came for announcing who the highest achiever was they took down the border and there was my name in bold letters. I was ashamed because I had to walk up there with my squalid appearing clothes on lol. At that point in time I told myself If all I had to do is do my work to get a free pass to college that is what I would do and it happened.
#5 - I've moved probably over thirty times
When I was young we moved constantly because my mother couldn't handle us by herself, my father wasn't there (except to get some punanny of course) and the family members couldn't stand us because me and my 2 little sisters were always fighting each other and stealing lol. I went to a different elementary school every year and three in my 3rd grade year. It was a strggle to meet and maintain friends because whenever things were gong well we had to move (awwwwww). But things ended up OK because I met all yall guys (whooooo).
#6 - I've been writing rhymes, poetry and love songs since i was like 13
Pisces are very creative so this might not fool anybody. I don't like to share it with people (most of it is probably weak to others) but since you all are a part of my family now i'll let you read the only poem I remember that I wrote called
Night please come when the day is done
Heavenly images appear in your gifts
Demystifying your beauty is a myth
In your black skin I detest the sun
Lonely am I when the day has arrived
The sun can't be as soothing as you
Because you poseess all that is true
Day is decieving with its cynical lies
Society has made me a slave to the earth
But oh how I would long to be free
My goal is too complex to see
As I thrust myself in your magnificent works
The world is built on destroying itself
It's my fate to perrish like everything else
And only God knows what's destined to come
But in your black skin we'll share forever as one
Horrible (lol)! I'm glad that I quit that aspect of my repertoire of creative expression. I have written poetry for the ladies (playa playa), but nothing serious.
7 - My main goal in life is to use my intelligence and talents to serve Black people
If you want to be happy dedicate your life to serving others. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Join a community or grassroots organization for a good cause. Do something that gives your life meaning and purpose other than hedonistic, obsessive compulsive shoping (the preaching session is now over lol).
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