Speaking of Voices,

Though it’s been quieter on the site this month, there’s as much as ever to share with L.A!

I’m backlogged. But for now, below is another story from more time with the Inside Out Writers.

Daivion “Dee” Davis is a longtime member of IOW whose voice soars with life off the page as it does when he speaks to the camera! But don’t take my word for it. You can meet and hear from Dee here.

With more soon,

J.T.

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Hey L.A.,

It was another magical day, alongside the beautiful and powerful students and mamá today.

There is so much more to say, but tonight I just want to recognize and thank the youth at “Camp Dorothy Kirby” for making the city of L.A. even bigger for JIMBO TIMES. Over the last couple of months we’ve spent together, the young folks at DKC have inspired me to continue with work in the arts as liberation, and to be even more hopeful that The City is indeed coming up, because the youth are the proof.

To every friend, fan and ally that’s supported this opportunity and J.T. since day one, thank you just as well! Alongside the youth at DKC we’re an even greater community grazing through the winds now, separated by time and space that’s only as real as we make it when we put our minds on pen and paper together.

Wishing each of us a restful night, and a great new week ahead,

J.T.

To Lincoln Heights,

Tomorrow I’ll be returning to Central Juvenile Hall for the first time in nearly ten years for a special program with the InsideOUT Writers. I spent my sixteenth and my brother’s fifteenth birthday at Central, and also sat through the holiday season of 2006 and the New Year’s eve of 2007 there. Through the other eighty-six non-holidays that my body was detained inside of the facility’s walls, I met the wrath of the state, alongside a generation of other black and brown youth from Los Angeles in custody.

We weren’t alone, as our families lost just as much time in our separations from one another. But in the end, none of it was time lost; it was time learning. Tomorrow I return as a freedom fighter, there to stand before another generation as proof that light is in fact at the end of the tunnel when we choose to see it.

I’ll stand not only for my family, but also for the families of others caught in the grips of the system, as well as for the freedom fighters at I.O.W. who have helped guide yours truly to this point. Until we’re all free, we are all locked down. But we will be free. We are free, and we are not alone.

With so much love,

J.T.