“I might as well provide this for something where people can see it rather than just keeping it to myself.”—Matt
“It was the love I have for the guys I served with that motivated me to create something that can bring them together.” —Donny
“You’re already sad. The reason you are drawn to the music is because that is validating how you feel… .”—Tim
“A lot of the first work that I made after my father passed was actually quite messy and angry and tormented… .”—Mick
“Every person is dealing with that kind of disease in a different way. I think that creating art and using that art as a medicine on you, this is the best medicine ever right? You are the good case scenario here.”
“First of all, God is love and Love is good… I still do believe in love. I also do believe that in order to experience love, you have to be open. You can’t be closed off. You can’t be afraid. Love takes courage.” -Antonique Smith
After his brother, Lamont, had been murdered in cold blood, kweisi gharreau had to grapple with the intense hatred towards black on black violence, the two killers he had to face during trial and himself for failing to protect his little brother. He was on a path towards self-destruction with alcohol, drugs and sex until he discovered poetry and the spoken word to express his anger towards what happened.
Excerpts From: Donny O’Malley. “Embarassing Confessions of a Marine Lieutenant.” iBooks. Preface Until I went to combat, making my buddies laugh excited me more than anything else in life. (Well, that’s not entirely true. Before combat, nothing has ever excited me more than a fully conscious woman who’s willing to sleep with me.) Once I…