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15 Years Later, We Still Remember Amadou Diallo

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In preparation for my new job, I was asked to write a Six Word Story about something that pertains to social and economic justice. Being that I can’t get enough of hip-hop, I tried to think of a song that satisfied the prompt. Many of my activists friends would probably suggests I choose a Blue Scholars or Dead Prez song, but there is something about Mos Def’s track that hits home in a powerful way.

While I am not entirely onboard with Mos Def’s name change, I can 100% cosign “A Tree Never Grown”. The melody of the track really captures the sadness of the song and accurately portrays how people felt around the time of Amadou Diallo’s murder. (Which coincidentally occurred 15 years ago this month)

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Now see, Miz RetroStank is so many different things (aren't we all?), but namely, she IS a Chistian, wife, mother, light, poetess, songwriter, actress, fashion show coordinator, scriptwriter, freethinker, artist, ATLien, and a weirdo with a love for culture and healing. She wants you to know that you can BE, DO, and HAVE anything and everything through Christ! She is native to the third coast, specifically the Southern kingdoms of Arkansas and Georgia. Sweet as pie, good as gold, and free as a bird, she is the only girl of three chill'un, and lawd, did that make for some imagination and shopaholic tendencies. Her father was an Army man and her mama is an infinitely enthusiastic and loving lady. In any case, exposure to different places, expectation of excellence, and a homeopathic childhood environment, majorly tilted her towards uniqueness; she was THAT girl who wore a dragon-print dress with a mandarin collar one day and a funky TLC-inspired look complete with ponytails and barrettes the next. So, by now, you're understanding that she is all about the spice of life. So sit back, buckle your seat-belt, and enjoy "the Funky ride all around the world" (in the words of Outkast).

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