A. J. Briscoe

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The community should hold musicians accountable for glorifying negativity

 

 

By A.J. Briscoe

Guest Commentator

 

I have taught myself to always begin with myself in every assessment I make. I shall start with this method in referencing to how the power of music effects me. Music is a mood altering element in my world. I can listen to it and be inspired, uplifted, nostalgic, infuriated, romantic, or violent. I believe this is how the term of using music to set the mood came about. Continue Reading →

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Criminal incubation: the perpetuating factors of criminal behavior

 

 

By A.J. Briscoe

Guest Commentator

 

“Incubation: to keep under conditions favorable for development.”

 

There is a glorification of destructive behavior and habits formed around bad monetary management. These decisions are plaguing our culture. This abomination is encouraged through the material we read, entertainment (music), role models (athletes, artists, male presence), and the belief we are conditioned to place our belief into the media. The acknowledgment of our achievements is obscure. I don’t see articles on our youth who maintain an A grade average, but you can pick up the paper and see how many points a high school student scored in sports. Continue Reading →

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One man’s battle against illiteracy

A. J. Briscoe shares his life-changing lesson on the value of reading
 
By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer 

The MSR has, of late, had the opportunity to report on education as empowerment with profiles on Carolyn Smallwood and educator-motivational-speaker Daphne Brown. Continuing this coverage, consider A. J. Briscoe, author, entrepreneur, orator, and prison literacy advocate. Briscoe applies energized commitment to an age-old tenet that reliably has seen African America through, over the eons, prevailing against slavery, segregationist subjugation, and today’s covert discrimination. After all, no one can enslave a free mind. It’s an elemental concept well proven. Putting forth the principle, he states that, in order to succeed, one must read, starting at but by no means limited to youth. Accordingly he established an initiative accessible at his website — www.tosucceedyoumustread.com — at which viewers can peruse a veritable panorama of options for those who are literacy challenged. Continue Reading →

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