Book Snippet – The Best of Simple

The Best of SimpleI am currently reading The Best of Simple by Langston Hughes. The first handful of pages in I immediately realized how exceptional this work of literature is. Langston Hughes, one of the greatest to ever put pen to paper did a marvelous job with this one. The stories included in this collection are so relevant, yet comical. Each story probing you to read the next. While I get back to my reading, I’ll just leave this little snippet here for y’all from The Best of Simple.

I would pray a don’t-want-to-have-no-more-wars prayer, and it would go like this: ‘Lord,’ I would say, I would ask Him, ‘Lord, kindly please take the blood off of my hands and off of my brothers’ hands, and make us shake hands clean and not be afraid. Neither let me nor them have no knives behind our backs, Lord, nor up our sleeves, nor no bombs piled out yonder in a desert. Let’s forget about bygones. Too many mens and womens are dead. The fault is mine and theirs, too. So teach us all to do right, Lord, please, and to get along together with that atom bomb on this earth–because I do not want it to fall on me–nor Thee — nor anybody living. Amen!”
–Jesse B. Semple,

Langston Hughes. The Best of Simple. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 1961. (reprinted 1989)

Why I’m Sick of Y’all Bashing Dr. Dre

Straight Outta Compton….The Story of N.W.A.

Over the past month or so I have read a never-ending stream of blog posts, Facebook statuses and articles written as part of a movement to bash Dr. Dre and stop people from patronizing the Straight Outta Compton movie.

Old bones have been dug up and skeletons have been gathered from the closet as if they were brand new.

Women from Dre’s past are being offered new opportunities to discuss Dr. Dre’s violent past. They are now back in the spotlight, once again being allowed the chance to tell the world how horrible a person Dr. Dre was and how the movie Straight Outta Compton was only a partial view of the villan known as Dr. Dre. Of course these were paid interviews…. And of course these women were only upset that their portion of Dr. Dre’s life was left out of the movie because this keeps him from looking like a bad guy. Or maybe they are a tad bit bitter that they were not written into the movie therefore no movie profits would land their way…

But this movie is not the story of Dr. Dre’s life, this is not his biography. Why not let this movie tell the story it was meant to tell; the story of N.W.A.

Continue reading Why I’m Sick of Y’all Bashing Dr. Dre


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