Kevin Reese

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Why are Black boys/men demonized?

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By Kevin Reese
Guest Commentator

I was born in 1986 in the middle of the crack era. I was born into a world of uncertainty, a world of confusion, poverty, missed education, and in this world I got lost. Lucky for me, and due to reasons yet to be determined, I’m now found. It has taking 27 years, an ocean of losses, few peaks and many valleys to find what I have found. I have found knowledge of self, meaningful relationships, meaningful friendships, and a meaning to life. Continue Reading →

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Empty seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kevin Reese

Contributing Writer

 

In the previous two columns: On February 7 and 8, 2014 there was a Black History month celebration here at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility where I am currently housed. It was an amazing two-day event filled with heavyweight speakers, soulful music, topped with deep and rich history lessons… Everything was in its place except for one thing. The elephant in the room: all of the empty seats.  

I see the empty seat as not simply just a chair, but as a behavior and an attitude of unaccountability and complacency. Continue Reading →

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Empty seats

Second of a three-part column

 
By Kevin Reese

Contributing Writer

Last week the columnist wrote: On February 7 and 8, 2014 there was a Black History month celebration here at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility where I am currently housed. It was an amazing two-day event filled with heavyweight speakers, soulful music, topped with deep and rich history lessons… Everything was in its place except for one thing. The elephant in the room: all of the empty seats.  

What I felt those two days I wish I could have shared with every brother in the world, but when I looked around to share it with the 250 seats that were in the building I was hit with a frightening picture of an overwhelmingly mixed crowd, but also a lot of empty seats. Continue Reading →

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Empty seats

 

By Kevin Reese

Contributing Writer

On February 7 and 8, 2014 there was a Black History Month celebration here at Lino Lakes Correctional Facility where I am currently housed. It was an amazing two-day event filled with heavyweight speakers, soulful music, topped with deep and rich history lessons. We had esteemed and accomplished freedom fighters who demonstrated what the modern-day activist looks like. They all brought different perspectives and showed that there are many different platforms to fight from in the struggle for liberation and justice. In attendance was the Spokesman Recorder’s very own Tracey Williams-Dillard who was so kind to offer the men this media outlet to let our voices be heard. Continue Reading →

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