This month’s interview on PenPaperPad on Books was about poetry and activism. Len Lawson is a friend of mine, who lives in South Carolina. If you’re from the U.S., you’ve definitely heard about the different racial issues that have been cropping up from the AME church slaying of eight individuals to this week’s young lady being violently manhandled by a police officer in a classroom.
Len has been using his poetry as a way to reach out to people, engage in conversations that need to be started, and giving a voice to issues and concerns. He does this from a thoughtful place of being a student of life as well as a teacher in his day to day. Check out the video, we definitely have an interesting conversation.
You know, I don’t often ask y’all to take part in things. I’m not a big one on “joining” things myself. But sometimes, it’s just worth it. Over the last couple of months, if you were checking out my Facebook or even reading some of my poetry on here, you probably noticed that the world was bringing me down. A lot. I was feeling helpless and hopeless. I think a lot of people were feeling that way. With so many bad things happening, it’s hard to keep a positive outlook.
Well, my friend Yvonne came up with this marvelous idea. And I had to become involved. So, I helped make this collaboration video. The idea is simple. But some of the most simple ideas are the ones that can leave an indeligible mark. Get 1000 bloggers, vloggers, writers, singers, photographers–people— all over the world, to take a stand on February 20th and just try to “break” the internet with compassion. Flooding the waves with all the good vibes possible. I’m here for it. I have a feeling you might be too.
You folks who’ve stuck around (and the new ones who have been coming to the fold) I invite you all to join this movement. Check out the video that tells a little more and then tell me what you think in the comments.