Friday, July 10, 2015

The Charleston 9 Did Not Die In Vain

Well, the confederate battle flag has finally been removed from the SC State Capital. That's great news! One small step for man, one huge step forward for mankind. What was a part of a painful past to many is now put to rest, figuratively. We can't erase the past or the unfortunate incident that led us here- the Charleston 9 did not die in vain; sometimes it takes a tragedy to move us forward and to bring us together.

However, let us be aware that flags don't kill people, guns don't kill people, religions don't kill people, PEOPLE filled with hate, that are misinformed or have been raised/bred with hate, people with a lack of respect for human life kill people!

Use this unfortunate incident to be a LIGHT and redirect the lost, enlighten the misinformed, and be an example of love to ALL. You don't know the thoughts or upbringing of the people that you encounter day to day. Be KIND. Learn to appreciate the differences in others. Research what you don't understand. No, this world is not a perfect one, and I doubt it will be in our lifetime, but we can be an example of the change we want to see. 

Stop separating yourselves from the Whole. We are ALL connected. Spread LOVE, and Pray for PEACE. 

God Bless Us ALL. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Love Jones Charlotte

For those of you that want to hear me recite my poetry in person::: JOIN ME July 13th 9pm-12am 
ivory lounge @ label charlotte

#LoveJonesCLT is back!! 
Chat • Drink • Listen

Love Jones is an event that explores various relationship perspectives of those who are single, in a relationship  or even confused. It serves as a hybrid open forum and lesson of sorts... Spoken word, soothing music interactive games and brief discussions will add for an atmosphere we are sure you will enjoy. 
I hope to see you there... 

Peace, Love & Light, 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Shades of Beauty

I'm not going to call out a country for its hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a worldwide issue. I don't care if you claim to be a so called Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist or whatever! We all pray to and seek the same Infinite Energy Source. Yet, we judge people by the color of their skin. How do you consider yourself a religious/spiritual  person, yet condemn, judge or think you're better than another person with a different color. God, the Infinite Energy Source, created everything. So you think you're heaven bound because you pray, fast, go to the Mosque, Church, Synagogue or Meditate in the Himalayan Mountains? If you can look at someone, and say something negative in reference to their color or judge them based on their skin color, you're a racist. Period. By judging and looking down at God's work, YOU are not acting God-Like. What you're saying with your racist heart is that God made a mistake. So you might as well stop thinking you're special, perfect or preferred. Beauty of color is in everything. God is a master artist. Look at the butterflies, birds, flowers, animals, sky, oceans, trees...all have various shades. Learn to appreciate all beauty and God's creations. Learn to see people's souls, spirit, and character, that's what defines a person, not their skin color. 
LOVE all. Be KIND to all. Judge NO ONE for any reason, as that is NOT your job. 
And then you just may be considered to enter The Pearly Gates!!  

Peace, Love & Light.

~Amani Abdul aka A2

Friday, May 1, 2015

Chasing Peace: Freeing Your Spirit and Releasing Your Soul

Coming soon my first full book, 
"Chasing Peace: Freeing Your Spirit and Releasing Your Soul"

Earthly life is about Tests & Lessons. This book is about finding your way through those moments by releasing societal changes, long-term conditioned strongholds, and breaking through your multilayered self. 
It breaks down life in a simple format, and shares tools to assist you in looking into your inner self in order to Free Your Spirit and Release Your Soul and uncover the inner Peace lying dormant within you.

Cover design by Mark Dorsey and The Lunchboxx @thelunchboxxapp 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

One Less Brotha To Deal With


when you drop 
from a smokin' guns pop 
'cause you can't stop 
not scared of no cop 
One Less Brotha To Deal With! 

when you feel as if you're about to fail 
end up in the county jail 
can't make bail 
no one sending you any mail
One Less Brotha To Deal With! 

when you're high as the sky
life's just passin' you by 
while you're livin' a lie 
'cause you think you're that guy
One Less Brotha To Deal With! 

when you find yourself walking around with a frown 
'cause everyone let you down
been stripped of your only crown 
'cause your skin is brown 
One Less Brotha To Deal With! 

*Don't let anyone rob you of your potential for greatness!*

Ⓒ Amani Abdul 2014
Lion's Lair 
Angel Heart Publishing 

Let me start by stating that I don't condone violence. Actions such as what's been transpiring in Baltimore, MD only perpetuate "the stereotype" of hoodlums, thugs and criminals- leading to more misunderstandings, violence, hatered, anger and division. 
But how do we as a society deal with these injustices? One after another? Time and again, you are told YOUR LIFE doesn't matter. YOU ARE OF NO VALUE. Where does it start? How can we end it? Understanding that these actions are not new by any means, but are now being brought to light because they're caught on camera and highlighted through social media. There's a lot of work ahead. We didn't get here overnight, and we can't  solve these issues overnight, let alone by causing havoc in our own communities and neighborhoods. 

There was no plan here. No method to the madness...just destruction.  

Please think before you act/react...
As the poem says, please... don't feed the stereotype and be that statistic and yet, One Less Brotha To Deal With! 


Friday, September 19, 2014

Domestic Violence; Rice, Hardy, and the NFL

There's been constant talk lately about Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice, Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy, and the NFL's inconsistencies with regards to their knowledge about both situations, and their handling of other similar situations are coming up in posts and comments.

Domestic Abuse is a very serious issue and comes in various ways; be it verbal, emotional, mental, sexual, and physical. All have and leave severe effects on the abused.

*One in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. 
*Women are more likely to be killed by their intimate partner than men. 
*Every year, one in three women who is a victim of homiced is killed by a significant other.  
*Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners or someone they know.

The Ray Rice issue put Greg Hardy's issue in the spot light, and now Arizona Cardinal's Jonathon Dwyer is in the hot seat. The NFL's inconsistencies, lack of public disclosure and seemingly inadequate investigations, processes and procedures have the public questioning not just the NFL's processes but their level of integrity. Who is the NFL protecting?

Once I actually viewed the Rice video, which for a long time, I couldn't bear to a woman, I was appalled and disgusted. I was even more disturbed when I saw Mrs. Rice's comment the next day. Some people felt I was passing judgement when I posted my intial opinion after viewing the video on my Facebook page... 
"So Ray Rice lost his job...good! But his then fiancée, now wife needs some self-esteem, self-respect, and needs to learn self-love. It baffles me how society is quick to jump on a man but not hold the woman accountable for her part.
Fellas: There's never an excuse to hit a woman, if she pushes you to that level, she's a liability, NOT an asset.
Ladies: If a man abuses you, mentally, physically o
r emotionally, he has no respect for you; so do yourself a favor and bounce. There's no amount of money in the world for you to ALLOW a man to disrespect you... have some self-respect and dignity. A destructive, toxic relationship IS NOT LOVE. There's no way I'd have married him. The love of money is a shadow for fools."
The list of excuses I read in the comments on my post as well as other posts, were sad. We live in a society that makes excuses for everything and everyone, and medicates everyone for everything. The issue here is that there are women looking at this situation and thinking this is acceptable. 

If Janay Rice is okay with being belittled and treated like crap, that's her prerogative, but we need to stop making excuses for people's behaviors. 
Honestly, if she's okay with it, I'm okay with it. She's right, it's her life, and however she decides to process the lack of respect and value her significant other has for her and she has for herself, is her right. 

If the NFL and the Ravens saw the Rice video and allowed Rice to play, then the NFL has continuously shown us that they will stand by their athletes for the love of the almighty dollar. Now a 911 call has surfaced about Hardy. Pittsburg Steelers Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of rape several times and all the NFL has done was suspend him... It makes you wonder if women are worth anything more in the NFL macho male club other than being sideline watch pieces during timeouts?!

Now I will be honest here...I know a lot of women. Some of you, are cool, it takes a lot to bring a level of emotion or bring you to a point where you may check a man with regards to his behavior, and some men will push the envelope, I get it. But, some of you are flat out crazy! No excuses. I have seen women that I know personally, slap men that they weren't even in a relationship with, curse them out, and disrespect them in public.
That being said, I can see how some chicks can cause someone to lose control...not every man was raised right, not every woman was either, and some folks will not hold themselves accountable for their own actions and practice self control. That being said, this is not domestic violence, this behavior is of a dysfunctional person/relationship, and therefore I'm terming this.."dysfunctional violence." No my dears, that's NOT love. Stop the dysfunctional excuses for your dysfunctional behavior. 

Please understand, I am completely against a man putting his hands on a woman UNLESS she's coming at him with a weapon, then you have every right to protect yourself. The same is applied to women, there's no reason to get violent or hit a man, period, unless he is hitting you. Respect goes both ways. But seeing some of these crazy chicks in action, I think they get off pushing a guy's buttons, thinking he won't touch them... this is not domestic violence to's just needy chicks asking for attention. 

The sad part of this, is though some women are crazy and will provoke a man and even make stories up when they're not getting the attention they want, there are a lot of women out there that are NOT provoking a man, not even touching the man, but are verbally, emotionally, mentally and physically beat down on a daily basis- that is Domestic Violence. Those are the women I'm afraid for, care about, and that we need to pray for and be concerned about.
They will see and hear Mrs. Rice's stance on her situation and feel that they too should stand by these monsters. They would see nothing wrong with staying in these disturbing, painful relationships and raising their kids in destructive environments. 

Ladies, keep your hands to yourself. If a man is being disrespectful or acting crazy in the beginning, he's only going to get worse as time passes and he starts to feel more comfortable with you. Fellas, same goes for you. If she's pushing to that point, leave her alone. 
We feel vibes, get signs and see red flags all the time, but we tend to ignore them, make excuses for them, or think the person will change, or better yet, that we can change that person. If you see the flags understand what you're dealing with, talk to the person about how the flags are affecting you. If the person continues, that's called a pattern, and patterns don't change, unless the person makes the effort, most times they don't change. Quit keeping hope alive and let them go. 
Women, justifying putting your hands on a man that is not physically hurting you, doesn't make you a woman, and most definitely not a lady, that's little girl behavior. 
Men, justifying your actions and putting your hands on a woman who is not trying to hurt you physically doesn't make you a man, it makes you a boy. Definitely not gentleman behavior. Pay attention to patterns and behaviors- people will tell you who they are, stop making excuses for them.
To quote the late Dr. Maya Angelo, "If a person shows you who they are, believe them, the first time."

Real love is not dysfunctional, it doesn't belittle, disrespect, or hurt...period. 

October is Cancer Awareness Month (Pink), as well as Domestic Violence Month (Purple). Please support these great causes.

For statistics and information on Domestic Violence please visit the following sites: 

Or you can call The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 
and remember...Silence Hides Violence.

Peace, Love & Light,