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 Almost ten years ago, I rested in south Philly. I had a good partner whom I knew for sometime, who’s lady was   studying for the bar exam at the time.  I remember shorty was cool, sharp, would ask me question’s about N.Y, what I planned to do about my music career etc. She had plans to settle in New jersey with my partner, and operate at a top paying law firm within the tri state.  I told my mans take care of her, she hold you down, and she’s very intelligent.  I respected her for her career pursuit. As the years passed, I worked for my scratch,  builded, and got to checkout some of the city’s law schools on my rounds; a good friend of mine who was a mentor who gave me jewels in my youth is a leading black Attorney.  Years finishing undergrad, working, and developing a multi faceted production label wouldn’t allow me to even consider law. But its a practice, I respect.  Years later in now my  grassroots occupation,  it’s a practice I have a newfound respect for. In the case of Urban America? She a troubled adolescent.  She misunderstood cause she violent, she seen profits in drug distribution, and she’s an abuser.  Her public schools is corrupt, violent from rivalry,  and hold metal detectors at the door.  Her youth flag on the corner move coke, heron and murder. And her young men and women create big business for prisons.  Myself, and others stand in the power of attorney.  The power of attorney says: Urban America is not evil by nature.  Number one, most within federal and state means, want her to stay in foul condition. The greatest of opportunity aint always given to her, and most of her dysfunctions – equal the biggest profits for the state.  The power of attorney says: re set the standard. Re educate, re create opportunity, talk to the people reaching for a better life, and for a better life for the coming generation. This case is not plead before the supreme court. But its shared in the urban habitat, and brought to community leaders. I think I gave enough to rally for her justice…stay alive..sa lute.-

zion  founder/chairman The Urban Cry LLC/The sekou generation/Think Tank







The deepest pockets of west Baltimore have experieced years being impovershed. Streets possesed by the seaport drugtrade: black tops, bluetops, processed opium with high street value. Out of town wars, hot blocks with residents, customers dying slow, the drug trade of Urban America; A synopsis of death, poverty, incareceration and profits that descend into percentages.As a grassroots advocate and co labourer, and in the wake of black history month post 20th century, I wanted to bring the life and times, and contribution of De andre McCollough; the youth who contributed the realities of  his daily in the early nineties to Baltimore writers to depict a war, a race between humanity, drugs, politics,  and inner city culture.  The result was a masterpiece entitled The Corner. It grew into a HBO series, and a landmark in pop culture: The stain, the ever re occurring realities we face coast in urban America.  A novel thick with an account of two dedicated writers, a Baltimore youth infected with the perpetual reign of his environment, and his peers.  I  re present  this testament, knowing all those that know the struggle, and know the tragedy can swear by the truth of  this modern day scripture.  De andre recently passed last year, 2012, toward the latter of the summer. I in my occupation, and my administration wont let the testament sit in vain, but rather let it burn through propaganda, and perpetual inner city destruction.  Baltimore, “charm city” this is your Unsung hero. Honor his life by honoring the future of Baltimore At-risk inner city youth.-


Consciously yours,



A word of Black History Month.

2013, and the state of Black America.”Nia”. A swahili word, and one principle of Kwanzaa, that means purpose, or building and development, this word was introduced to me via kwanzaa, under grad  study, and among teachers, and scholars. Building on knowledge, coming up under urban struggle, the grind, and transitions of black inner city adolescence, black inner city violence,  among movin’ a hussle to success, or a meeting with fate: “Nia”, purpose, or ” to build” took on a new meaning for me.  Years ago, In the sake of success and survival, i walked with a mind to  ” re build” the hood i lived in, though murder and coke took its toll.  To the present i “build” with my fam back in N.Y for a better Economic and domestic future.   In my occupation  i “Build” with grassroots affiliates to educate, and create social change, for sufferage of Urban America, and coming babies. Bet.  Build is the word, for black history month? true indeed, Because this is one people, one culture, among other races that has taken its losses, here on American soil.   History explains itself, theres so much to say, in matters of the present, theres so much more to do.  Black history month is a time of reflecting; to honor a people and culture, and their plight in the  Americas.  To me, even a  better  time for those peoples, and other ethinicities to build and move ahead in urban America.  From the early 20th century till now, statistics is hard. A percentage locked up , the other gone, the other in conflict. . Recent incidents in America, and heavy propaganda by media, changed issues of gun control.  Those aware, and rallying continue, Re build, because years before these tragedies, black and latino babies, and other were dying, and are dying in middle and lower class urban America. In the words of the late kwame ture,  Consider. –

Zion     Founder The urban Cry LLC/ Sekou Generation