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Los Cuentos Snapback – $30.00

85% acrylic & 15% wool. Structured, 6-panel, high-profile hat to wear like a crown or visor. Also accompanied by six eyelets. Plastic buttons for adjustment in the back.

Place your payment for your snapback via VENMO.

J.T.

A 7th Grade Student’s Poem for Black Lives in Los Angeles

Black Potential

by Te’Aunee Turner

We are BLACK, We are BROWN and we are even more than what they make us seem.

They make us seem weak, worthless, and they use us as scapegoats.
But the fact is
We are
Preachers,
Teachers,
Singers,
Fighters, and
Leaders.

Don’t you try to put US down because they already tried,

They insulted us like HARRIET TUBMAN
They abused us like EMMETT TILL
They disenfranchised us like MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
THEY EVEN TRIED TO MAKE US SLAVES,
BUT WE BROKE THEM DAMN CHAINS.

WE are BLACK
I am BLACK
I AM BLACK
I am BRAVE, COURAGEOUS, and DETERMINED
And let it be known,
I ain’t no BURDEN.

So do not UNDERESTIMATE our potential,
MY POTENTIAL
My BLACK POTENTIAL.

Because Harriet Tubman helped free her people from chains,
So Rosa could sit,
So Martin could march,
And finally, so Obama could lead.

I can be the next Michelle
I can be the next Harriet
I can be the next Maya Angelou,
This is because of African-American leaders who fought for our Rights.

Now, I fight for my Rights.

About the author: Te’Aunee Turner is a 7th grade student in Los Angeles. In Te’Aunee’s own words, she hopes her poem shows others “[that] being equal is not treating someone with an advantage because they’re in a higher class, or taking advantage of others because they don’t have money. This is how our great African American leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nipsey Hussle got killed. The whole point of this is for people to see others for who they really are so we can treat each other more equally.”

Te’Aunee’s sister, Dasia, and Language Arts teacher, Ms. Morales, also provided support for this poem.

J.T.

Reaching for the Stars

Did you hear?! It was another galvanizing night in The City! Wednesday night in downtown L.A. saw an amazing lineup of performances from Inner-City Arts, Homeboy Industries, and of course, the InsideOUT Writers and J.T!

The set also included a handful of local actors, poets and writers, and even hip hop dancers and comedians, each of whom delivered their own brand of the magic that makes L.A. one of the foremost creative hubs on the map.

To cap things off, it was one of IOW’s youngest writers — a sixteen year old ‘Ms. Jackson’ — who closed out the show when her performance was met with a standing ovation by a raucous crowd!

The night was the first of its kind for IOW at the venue, due in no small part to the gracious support of the legendary Richard Cabral. But rest assured, if you missed us, there will be more soon! Hanging and gliding through The City together, the road has never been brighter.

J.T.

…Thursday Night, The Faculty Public Reading. June 25, Congregational Church, July 2, Books and Books. All the faculty from the week will be reading and it’s the best reading around. All participants are urged to come and to invite their friends. Please get there early. Faculty books will be available. It is being live-streamed on the web as well.

Friday, Your turn—the Workshop presentations.  4:30—we gather for a community meal and each workshop presents a reading or performance or anything they desire for 10 minutes to illustrate their VONA/Voices Experience.  This is a required event. You will also receive your VONA/Voices certificates. (An off-campus party follows. DANCE!)…

Whoah. It’s actually happening!!!