Living should be a given. Indeed, life is a gift, but not everyone choses to live. I am actively chosing to get up from all that will chain me to death and life my life fully in the light.

  • Black people in America,  live,  Poetry

    Poem: Be Anything

    I had such bright hopes and dreams when I believed I could be anything I tried strived over-achieved if thoughts manifest reality the American Dream wouldn’t be unreachable and life would be different all I truly wanted was freedom to be me without threat, violence shame or compromise how tragic being me proved to be the hardest thing ~ LaShawnda Jones, 2020

  • America,  Black people in America,  equality,  Justice,  live,  minorities,  race,  state violence,  unity

    Poem: Death is passive. Killing is not.

    Poem: Death is passive, killing is not. by LaShawnda Jones Breathing is active. Breath is sacred. Air is life. We are all created beings with the same Right to Life and unhindered breathing. Access to air should not depend on Assumptions, opinions, political views, Occupation, wealth, social status, Skin color, mood, hatred of fellow humans or self-hatred. Access to air should not require legislation. Yet here we are.

  • Explore,  get up,  live,  show up

    Quote: When will I know?

    Miles Morales: When will I know I’m ready? Peter B. Parker: You won’t. It’s a leap of faith. Thats all it is, Miles. It’s a leap of faith. Later…. Peter B. Parker: How do I know I won’t screw up again? Myles Morales: You don’t. It’s… Peter B. Parker: I know… a leap of faith. from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  • get up,  live

    Reader Review by Kayla: Desert of Solitude

    Kayla Pompey of Milwaukee, WI reviews Desert of Solitude: Refreshed by Grace written by LaShawnda Jones. Kayla openly shares how the book has helped her in her life. “In this book, LaShawnda explains how she felt she was not enough. I think a lot of people feel like that and they don’t even realize how much they really are. They are enough. I realized I am enough. This [book] just came out a few months ago. Within that time I have been able to completely change my life around. A lot of choices I make now don’t revolve around what other people will think. I’m not trying to be so…

  • get up,  live

    Quote: One last role

    Delores: Do you know where you are? You’re in a dream. You’re in my dream. For years, I had no dreams of my own. I moved from hell to hell of your making. Never thinking to question the nature of my reality. Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? Do you ever stop to wonder about your actions? The price you’ have to pay if there were a reckoning? That reckoning is here. What are your drives? Yes, survival. It’s your cornerstone. That’s not the only drive, is it. There’s a part of you that wants to hurt, to kill. That’s why you created us, this place. To…

  • get up,  live

    The Fig Tree (excerpt)

    I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and…

  • live,  Think

    Book Review: BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates My rating: 2 of 5 stars I am not a fan of this book. I thought it was more contrived and pretentious than delivered from an authentic place. I read it over a year ago for a book club I host. For that reason I am sharing my discussion notes in lieu of an in depth review. LaCelia Book Club Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates January 11, 2016 Discussion Who is he speaking to? Addressed to his son, but that sense is lost almost immediately – yes/no? “Your body can be destroyed.” (p 9) “Other worlds where children do…