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Remember Our Troops

25 May

Movie titles and song titles are hyper-linked to their respective pages on YouTube.com, IMDb.com, and Amazon.com.

I hope that you like this triple rhyme poem in observance of Memorial Day.

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While you’re out there enjoying BBQ food from the grill and chugging down cold sodas and beers,
Please take a moment to reflect on our troops and give them applause and cheers.
Pride, love, joy and pain should be in all of our tears.

Never forget our fallen soldiers who put it all on the line.
From recent military campaigns back to George Washington’s time.
This is an ode to fallen warriors via a triple rhyme.

The politics of the battles do not matter in most situations anyhow.
Thanks to G.I. JOE and G.I. JANE, we can exhale and wipe the sweat from our brow.
Thanks to sacrifices made by Black Hawk Down when We Were Soldiers, there will be no Apocalypse Now.

“From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…”
Through the jungles of Vietnam to splashing waves on the South China Sea.
The mountains of Afghanistan to the streets of Mogadishu and NYC.

On a personal note, I remember and honor those that loved a country that didn’t love them back.
Long before the Call of Duty to Iraq.
They may have had some fears but courage they did not lack.

I remember all that you did.
You stepped forward when you could have ran and hid.
You helped the Confederate war machine take a skid.

The Fighting 54th out of Massachusetts was your name.
you fought out of honor and duty but Glory came.
Morgan, Denzel and Andre portrayed you on screen and brought you fame.

Booker T. had a goal of earning the world’s respect and admiration.
No one had to love or like you, but give you credit for ingenuity and determination.
Up from Slavery through true grit and innovation.

The Tuskegee Institute; home of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Their planes with Red Tails did bomber escort and they were among the best back then.
Those who were blinded by racism learned to appreciate those great men.

They were our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, and members of our religious groups.
Many volunteered and agreed to lace-up their combat boots.
Freedom is not free so remember our troops.

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An Inconvenient Truth About Working While Black

9 May

First off, this is not crying, pulling the race card or anything like that. This is just being 100% honest based on my personal e,periences. Funny thing is that oftentimes your antagonists in the workplace tend to look like you — from the same race or culture. Strange but true.

In my latest book, The 52 Corporate Caveats: How to Cover Your Ass in Corporate America, I offer up the following advice to Black men in leadership positions:

You’re a Black man in a leadership position in Corporate America. The media portrays you as a wild beast. Employees won’t give you the same respect that they GIVE to White men in your same position. You’ll have to EARN it. Mind your P’s and Q’s. Be fair, be honest and persevere.

As a Black (African-American) man who has worked in Corporate America for 25+ years and who is also a father, I must say that fictional character, Eli Pope, from the hit ABC television show, Scandal, really “keeps it real” with his daughter, Olivia. In my opinion, truer words have not been spoken. Pay attention specifically (for the purposes of this blog post) to what fictional character Eli Pope says to his daughter starting at 1:16 through 1:36. He really vocalizes how when your are Black, you have to work so much harder and still get less for their efforts. Yep, the game is kind of rigged.

Well, that is my two cents. As a Black man I would be irresponsible if I didn’t tell people what really goes on and to address the proverbial elephant in the room.

The bigotry and racism need to stop and be replaced by a system of justice that is truly fair to all. Regardless of race, creed, color, se,ual orientation, religion, gender, nationality, etc.

You know what, I will start a series of on social media called Inconvenient Truths using the hash tag #inconvenienttruths.

I leave you with the words of the great American (who happens to have been Black), Frederick Douglas:

“Men talk of the ‘negro problem’. There is no negro problem. The problem is whether they American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their own constitution. We intend that the American people shall learn the great lesson of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God from our presence among them.”

Thanks for your time.

No Justice! No Peace! Please…Give It a Rest!

18 Apr

There have been some very disappointing events for African-American people here in the USA as of late. They Zimmerman Trial and the Dunn Trial are two such events. Also, what about the disappointing delay for the Central Park 5 getting compensation for their wrongful imprisonment?

Well, I am not one to protest and such. I’d rather boycott those who disrespect and dehumanize black people.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott is a great example of how to conduct yourselves when someone disrespect you.

A lot of us have gone soft with the advent of social media.

Special shout-out to Tariq Nasheed and Tommy Sotomayor for spitting the truth to power and the people on these matters.

To be clear, it is all about replacing the current system of White Supremacy with a system of justice for ALL. Not replacing it with “Black Supremacy” or any other supremacy for that matter.

Check out the sonnet below I wrote expressing my feeling on this.

no justice no peaceBlack people marching will NOT get it done.

Neither will long Facebook or Twitter rants.

These tactics are very easy for folks to shun.

Let’s rethink strategy and make a stance.

Boycotts work better; no respect, no loot.

Stop the public statements of forgiveness.

It is not intelligent; gets the boot!

We should expect more, not settle for less.

Neely Fuller, Frances Cress-Welsing; GIANTS!

They teach us how to understand our plight.

Marimba Ani explains their mindset.

White Supremacy needs OUR compliance.

We have plans that work. Get ready, get set…

Claud Anderson, Amos Wilson; our best.

“No Justice! No peace!” Please…give it a rest!

Mission Accomplie!

4 Jan

This 8-part Triple Rhyme Poem was inspired by George Lucas’s blockbuster film, Star Wars.

Read between the lines and perhaps you can relate this to a situation your life or one that you may be aware of.

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As is my custom, song titles are hyper-linked to their audio files on GrooveShark.com.

Enjoy the poem!

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“Mission Accomplie!”

© 2014 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Gold Leader, this is Dragon Slayer, do you copy? Over.

Victory is sweet like a box of candies from Russell Stover,

And more cherished than my loyal Labrador Retriever named Rover.

I ran my sortie as commanded and I hit the bullseye.

When I saw my missiles hit the target I let out a deep sigh.

I was overtaken with joy and I began to cry.

So long has this evil empire oppressed us and killed our heroes.

We sat and watched in terror while our allies fell one by one like dominoes.

Now it is time for The Big Payback because that how Karma goes.

Burn Baby Burn like a Disco Inferno for your blood lust.

No one is going to miss your tyrannical reign so ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Your villainy broke the covenant you had with your subjects which is a sacred trust.

Working together while feeling the fear and doing it anyway we toppled this savage beast.

They deserve the worst of everything but they will have to Ante Up now at least.

They were looking westward but our squadron swooped in on them from the east.

You let me have the honor of taking the kill shot and I am grateful.

The things this despotic regime did to me and my family was so hateful.

Revenge is a dish best served cold so I served up a plateful.

Gold Leader, we lost a lot of pilots and ships on this run but it was not for naught.

I’m proud of my brothers and sisters-in-arms because to the very last they fought.

They understood that freedom isn’t free and blood, sweat and tears is the currency in which in must be bought.

Our determination made it happen because there is no “I” in the word “We.”

Pardon my French but I blew them to f*cking bits! Use your long range scanners to see.

Oh damn. Going back to my French I’ll just say, “Mission accomplie!”

The Keeper’s Prayer

4 Dec

I pray that I do not shame my ancestors or those who have sacrificed so that I may prosper.

I hope I never let good people get hurt while I stand by in silence.

May I never feign ignorance or have apathy toward the plight of others.

Help me to avoid the guilty feelings and shame that causes some to cry in private for being a coward.

On this day, I declare that all is well with my soul.

I am cloaked in the garment of truth and justice.

As real as the fear of danger may be, I forge ahead for the sake of righteousness.

I clearly understand that it could be them today, and me tomorrow.

May I be listed among those who is living a purposeful life, and that my family, friends, and co-workers respect me as such.

I am a sincere sayer of this, the Keeper’s Prayer.helping hand

Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!

27 Nov

The below pieces are limericks. According to Dictionary.com, a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

Poetry.org says that limericks are a popular form in children’s verse, and is often comical, nonsensical, and sometimes even lewd.

For the purposes of the below limericks, I’m linking them together so going forward I’ll call this style a Limerick Chain. These five limericks are linked together around to advocating community activism.

The images below is the late, great muckraking journalist, Upton Sinclair. He was also a Pulitzer Prize winning author of nearly 100 books. His writing helped usher in the progressive era in the United States. He is one of my heroes. The first book of his that I read is entitled The Jungle.

I hope that you enjoy this poem.

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“Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

You think that you’re smarter than the average man so please help me understand
How that can be possible when your head is buried in the sand?
You don’t do any research.
You don’t practice what is preached in church.
An ignorant person is out of place like a fish on dry land.

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Since when is being apathetic cool?
Like Mr. T used to say, “I pity the fool!”
Take note of the sign of the times.
They can be as bitter as limes.
Fulfilling your civic duty is a rule.

Internet petitions will NOT get it done.
In order to get a tan you have to get in the sun.
Don’t be scared to get involved.
If we work together problems will get solved.
So let’s team-up and make a championship run.

Complacency is a cowardly act.
Change is brought via action and that’s a fact.
Without struggle there is no progress.
There is an element of fear I will confess.
When fingers are clinched into a fist there is more impact.

Increase knowledge today so that you can become empowered.
If you are a “know-nothing,” you’ll miss the boat and your spirit may become soured.
Actions speak louder than words.
Faking the funk is for the birds.
Ignorance is not bliss and complacency is for the coward!

Who Watches the Watchmen?

12 Nov

Folks, the world is moving fast and a lot of us are not moving at all.

Lace-up, gear-up and let’s go or you’re going to get left behind.

Get involved with the economics and politics of your community, city, state, and our country; the United States of America.

I hope that you like this 11-part Triple Rhyme Poem and that it encourages you to make sure that we don’t allow our government of the people fall (further) into the hands of oligarchs.

Song titles, book titles, and film titles are hyper-linked to their audio or summary pages on GrooveShark.com, Amazon.com and IMDB.com.

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“Who Watches the Watchmen?”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved
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Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? That is the question being posed.

Do you believe what they are telling you or are you being hosed?

The stories that they are telling us are some of the best lies ever composed.

I asked you how to came to your conclusion and you said, I Heard it Through the Grapevine.

Well then, beware of the sensationalized media as depicted in the film Bowling for Columbine.

The major news networks feed you all type of malarkey to keep your in line.

“Why do other countries hate us so? I just don’t understand.”

Well then, pick up John Perkins’s book entitled Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

You’ll then have your eyes opened and you will better understand

It is a crazy world we live in while trying to raise our sons and daughters.

So much dirt is done in the dark we don’t know which crimes are Haliburton’s or which are Blackwater’s.

Ring the Alarm because this is general quarters!

Vote in local elections and hold officials accountable.

Unchecked they will put us in a fix that is insurmountable.

It will take some effort but the yield will be bountiful.

Join your local civic organization and do your own research.

In order to be in the know, one must be like a hawk on its perch.

Sometimes one has to preach like a pastor in church.

Stop spending so much time on Facebook posting ‘selfies’ or gossiping about Mylie, Kanye, some other celebrity.

Get involved and do something as it is your civic duty.

Remember and live the words sung in My Country ‘Tis of Thee.

Our leaders are supposed to be watching out for us and helping us make a better life.

Why do we keep ending up in foreign wars, and suffer from sequestration and ridiculous political strife?

Average folks struggle while our leaders get Over Like a Fat Rat and their cupboards are rife.

Time is of the essence so we need to act now because the hour is ripe.

Some may say that if you think that you can make a difference you must be smoking a crack pipe.

If someone tells you that we can’t do it, Don’t Believe the Hype.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”…a famous quote by Margaret Meade.

Time to get up and go so go ahead and mount your steed.

Fight the Power and down with corporate greed!

If you let the status quo continue where would we be then?

We all would have been hoodwinked and that would lead to our despair and chagrin.

We have to wake up because if all of us are asleep, who watches the watchmen?