"We inherit the power to turn nightmares into dreams."
Pops (“Pops Belief” from Common’s The Dreamer, The Believer)
"Now I see fire, inside the mountain / I see fire, burning the trees /
And I see fire, hollowing souls / I see fire, blood in the breeze /
And I hope that you remember me"
Ed Sheeran (“I See Fire”)
"We are all here for a reason on a particular path /
You don’t need a curriculum to know that you are part of the math /
Cats think I’m delirious, but I’m so serious /
That’s why I expose my soul to the globe, the world /
I’m trying to make it better for these little boys and girls /
I’m not just another individual, my spirit is a part of this /
That’s why I get spiritual, but I get my hymns from Him /
So it’s not me, it’s He that’s lyrical /
I’m not a miracle, I’m a heaven-sent instrument /
My rhythmatic regimen navigates melodic notes for your soul and your mental /
That’s why I’m instrumental /
Vibrations is what I’m into /
Yeah, I need my loot by rent day /
But that is not what gives me the heart of Kunte Kinte /
I’m tryina give us “us free” like Cinque /
I can’t stop, that’s why I’m hot /
Determination, dedication, motivation /
I’m talking to you, my many inspirations /
When I say I can’t, let you or self down /
If I were of the highest cliff, on the highest riff /
And you slipped off the side and clinched on to your life in my grip /
I would never, ever let you down /
And when these words are found /
Let it been known that God’s penmanship has been signed with a language called love /
That’s why my breath is felt by the deaf /
And why my words are heard and confined to the ears of the blind /
I, too, dream in color and in rhyme /
So I guess I’m one of a kind in a full house /
Cuz whenever I open my heart, my soul, or my mouth /
A touch of God reigns out /"
J. Ivy

Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free - Cole