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RACE FOR EQUALITY: DARK PAST

Today I invite you to view my two part video commentary on the issue of Racial Equality in our country. Part One (link attached below) of these videos, reviews America's dark and divided past.  Many of us will be reminded of and will well remember those days.  Younger readers may find the video enlightening. Part… Continue reading RACE FOR EQUALITY: DARK PAST

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RACE FOR EQUALITY: CHALLENGE OF TODAY

Part II of my video commentary on the issue of Racial Equality (or the lack thereof) in our country.  Part One  reviewed America's dark and angry past. Part Two looks at our tragically still divided and ever more angry country today and what we as individuals can do to hopefully help our country heal. I… Continue reading RACE FOR EQUALITY: CHALLENGE OF TODAY

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MY FATHER

MY FATHER © PJ Hayward, New York 2018 R.I.P.  Dr. Herbert L. Hayward 8/26/16 to 7/6/88 I have never before really written anything positive or even acknowledged anything positive about my father, who passed away at this time twenty years ago. My father was blessed with many gifts.  He was a gifted pianist and a… Continue reading MY FATHER

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THE FUNERAL PROCESSION OF CELIA CRUZ

THE FUNERAL PROCESSION OF CELIA CRUZ © PJ Hayward, New York, 2003; Revised 2012 Recently I was reminded of the irreplaceable loss, in July 2003, of one of the most beloved and extraordinary performers of our time, the legendary Cuban Queen of Song, Celia Cruz. Celia would strut, run, dance or sashay onto the stage,… Continue reading THE FUNERAL PROCESSION OF CELIA CRUZ

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UNCLE EMY

UNCLE EMY © PJ Hayward New York, 2018 I think every family has at least one member that is "a character"... or maybe even the black sheep of the family. In my family it was my Uncle Emy. His name was actually Emanuel but I only ever knew him as Uncle Emy. He was the… Continue reading UNCLE EMY

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LOST

LOST © PJ Hayward New York, 2018 You have invited our old enemy Full-on, back into your world. I saw it creeping slowly.. Slithering like some acrid poison Into your world through a crack in your cocoon. You said you could control it. But we are connected... Your essence flows like radar To fill my… Continue reading LOST

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SUGAR

SUGAR © PJ Hayward New York 1996 Your kiss is sweet. Everything about you is sweet. Your taste is sweet,              and your juice is honey… But your touch             almost crushes me                 with its power And your sweet desire             surges through to me Till I tremble in your embrace and I must… Continue reading SUGAR

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UPTOWN MAN

UPTOWN MAN © PJ Hayward New York, 2017 For all those reasons you know well...           I keep you at arms length now By my choice, never closer now than just a voice on the phone ..... It's where I keep you now. But you never stray - or at least… Continue reading UPTOWN MAN

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THERE IS BLOOD ON THE LAND

THERE IS BLOOD ON THE LAND © Bernard W. Saunders March 10, 2017 Iture/Elmina Ghana Bernard W. Saunders, Editor-in-Chief, LawdyMissClawdy - Life Speaks The days have grown into months, the months into years since two African American women, sisters, Mama Lena Diop and Nzinga Janna were brutally murdered in their homes at Fihankra, sacrificed on… Continue reading THERE IS BLOOD ON THE LAND