They let a few of us inside the house to dine, but the majority is expendable. I lost a best friend, David “Smiddy” Elcock, to gun violence and police brutality. He and I would make beats, write songs, and dream about a different world where we had equal rights and equal representation. We both had our kids young, and having that responsibility was always top of mind for us. It was the reason he and I focused on our goals more than our other friends. David was fatally shot over a dozen times by police in Paterson, New Jersey, 10 years ago. He was 25 years old. I could turn this post into an hour-long Ted Talk on race relations and the history of being an African in the United States of America. But, I’d like to keep today’s message brief, because the fundamentals are simple. Equality.
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