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Platinum Dreams Lead Reality
by Carolyn Baxter poet   

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Publisher:  Harlem Life Books ISBN-10:  1419658743 Type: 
Pages: 

130

Copyright:  8/1/06
Non-Fiction

Tupoc Shakur was one of the World's Greatest Rappers, Urban Youth's Street Philosopher,Revolutionary.When I hear Young black and Hispanic men, are safer in the War in The Middle of Afganistan,Than on a Corner in The South Bronx. It’s Like a Stab in the Belly, of a Proud Culture, Forever Pregnant with Creativity, and Intellectual
Innovation, Killing it's Young. If The Culture is contributing to ,or Creating the Violence. That Brings about their, Demise. Then we Must be aware, and Responsible to Make a Positive Change.’ Platinum Dreams Lead Reality’ Is a non Fiction account of such Sacrifices.Vignetts,Prose,Poetry.That The street Forcibly held my Face to. Cold blood and Concreate,Forcing me to Watch, and Live Trapped, in its Violence. As it Devoured innocent Fresh minds, Bloody Flesh of Our Young. The Streets Dangerous Lifestyle Picked their bones clean, of any Future Dreams. The Streets Voodoo, swung and Flung me, In every corner of Distruction,and abuse. Running for my Life, just to be captured again ,and again, a Marionette, of Circumstance. Robbed of cordination,and ambition. Yet,Time Spared my Life. Leaving me, with nightmares, shaking Hands, a Few Humble words, and a Pen. You may enter this book ,Naďve however, that is not how you will Leave. To Drive the point home, I have included a Chapter from ‘’Assata Shakur an The Baby Gansta’’ a Prison Memoir, From a 6 year Sentence ,in which I befriended Sister Assata Shakur.

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Tupoc Shakur was one of the Worlds Greatest Rappers,Urban Youth's Street Philosopher, and Revolutionary. He was ahead of his Time, as were most of his family members. Only a few family’s did more for Urban Culture Than the Shakur Family. His mother Afeni Shakur, Mutulu Shakur his father,Assata Shakur,his Aunt in exile in Cuba. His whole family not only talked but were willing to put their Life on the Line for the betterment of past Kings in their own land, and Slaves in'Americkas' Land. The Afro-American Culture. He like so many other strong black men represented a 'Culture'.Like Big Pun for Hispanic people Huey p. Newton,'Tookie'Malcome X,Medger Evers,George Jackson, and the List goes on. It seems the saying the Good Die young, can be coupled with 'most of the people willing to communicate’ and 'Give’ for the art of change and Growth, seem to die young. Rap music started out 'In poverty’ and Rapidly went Global, after many a tough fight with the people who now control it. It seems that as the Big Record excs.Got into the picture the image of the black male was Galvanized into being a 'Thug for life' Instead of the Philosopher that rap stepped into the game as. 'From Curtis blow' 'from these are the breaks' to Grandmaster flash to 'A Child is born with no state of mind blind to the ways of mankind.’ Rap closed it's eyes and didn't ;look back. It got the Gold and the Platinum, with and image of 'everybody’ wants to be a 'Thug. Once Rap lost its Philosophical and cultural focus. Violence was pitted against 'Materialism'.Rap started' Believing the HYPE'.With Fantasy’s of 'Scar face' 'the Teflon don's 'The Good fellow Philosophy, with Real, 'Snitchin' at an all time high. Things got Grimy, sheisty,and Bloody. This book is how Fantasy, Reality, greed., and the street life clash and the almighty dollar being the root of all Evil. Plays Russian Roulette with Young Human Lives. So sit in the Passengers seat of my Mind. If you got the Heart. and lets take a trip from ‘’Cali,’’ starting with Easy E.To Spanish Harlem, To The Notorious B.IG.‘s Brooklin to ’’Big PUN’s Bronx, a few Gambling Joints, Harlem, a few shooting Gallery's and the Devils Den, Buckle your Seatbelt, Strap on Your Bullet Proof Vest… an lets Ride.

‘’ This is For the Street From The Street ,To the People From The People.’’.

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The Big Record excs.Got into the picture the image of the black male was Galvanized into being a 'Thug for life' Instead of the Philosopher that rap stepped into the game as. 'From Curtis blow' 'from these are the breaks' to Grandmaster flash to 'A Child is born with no state of mind blind to the ways of mankind.’ Rap closed it's eyes and didn't ;look back. It got the Gold and the Platinum, with and image of 'everybody’ wants to be a 'Thug. Once Rap lost its Philosophical and cultural focus. Violence was pitted against 'Materialism'.Rap started' Believing the HYPE'.



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