I wanted him to suffer is some way, shape, or form that would make him feel what his victim felt. I remember telling myself “people like him deserve hell”, and almost immediately after that thought formed in my mind, a still, small voice responded...
I choose to immerse myself in the suffering. I want to bathe in the pain and drama and let it burn away the clouds surrounding my numb eyes. If I choose ignorance, if I, in fear, deny what I know to be true, I might as well be holding the guns. I might as well be burning the crosses. I might as well be holding the whip.
They didn’t just sing “Freedom,” they stomped and snarled and danced freedom across the stage and into the living rooms of millions of people while they were at it. I didn’t just hear freedom, I saw it played out in a moment of sound and fury signifying everything.
Finding new ways to invent and share stories became one of the driving forces of my life. Drawing, writing, music, acting. The more I gave myself to story, the more it gave right back. Lyrics taught me emotion, movies taught me voice inflection, plays taught me to think . . .stories were my teachers, my lifeline and my dearest friends.
I realized that I hadn't completely given the full 'origin story' of The Listening. There was my story, and there was the spark that got things moving, but I don't know that the tale was told. The purpose was there, and the history was there, but had I communicated the passion wholly? And where the heck did the name come from?
Love is a beautiful thing, and should be celebrated as such. Except when it's hard to celebrate. Then you kinda have to.
Join us this weekend at the Anne Spencer House Garden and Museum and share your psalms!
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Something great is coming. #welcometothelistening #twenty23 #spencersvanguard
We are way too excited about this weekend's open mic session, especially since @uprootedva is gonna be bringing their fantastic food truck! Make sure you come early and come hungry to grab some eats!
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Oh snap! Today is #worldphotographyday ? We wanna give a special shoutout to our favorite, most talented photographer who has provided countless images to match the experience of The Listening. Go show Susan (@smclarenphoto) some love!
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There are some amazing things afoot.
📷: @melgies85 #nofilter #nickgeorgethepoet #poethands #spokenword #ourlynchburg #welcometothelistening @welcometothelistening
New blog post up, written by the talented @sebrellsociety! Check it out at welcometothelistening.com!
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Rest in Peace to a legend in hip-hop.
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After battling sickness for many years, Nelson Chu aka DJ Official (@djofficialdj) passed away today. This man was a pioneer for urban Christian DJs & producers, and a prime example of faithfulness as a man, a husband, and father. Please keep the Chu family in your prayers. #rip #djofficial #ripdjofficial #goodmusic #god #jesus #btgum #instapic #instalike #instagood #sunset #christian #music #musicislife #chh #mourning #producer #djlife #entertainment #hiphop