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Life long friends


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The Evolution of Friendship
by Kendall F. Person

Born wide eyed with a screaming cry
emitting from your soul.
Womb’s comfort left behind
a new world
frightening, cold, but alive.
A mother’s touch, calming.
A father’s strength, secure.
Brothers and sisters, friends they are to you.

Years  go by, off to school,
scared at first, a smile reassures,
friends live here too.
They come and go, laugh and cry.
Most we leave behind,
only a few, move and grow with you.
A click, a gang, a backbone, all the same.
Friendships are formed, bonds created,
a necessity to dodge minefield of teenage years,
but bullies grow older too.

Adulthood – friendships are tested.
Some snap, most break.
Stress, freedom, ability to live life by rules we create.
Best friends forever, go separate ways.

Families of our own.
Dreamer inside, still alive,
but life does not belong to you.
Friendships separate.
Some go away, never to be seen again.
But a few survive, throughout our lives
a love so great, never defined
but existing all the time.

Some are forever. past to present
Some drop in, just when we need them;
and because they need you too,
no one knows, how long a friendship will grow
or when it will disappear.
So we cherish each moment now here.

Middle aged, often alone, pondering the meaning of life.
Time so precious, friendships maintained,
but sincerity becomes valued trait.
Hearts were broken, when friends fell apart
but we learn through wisdom of age,

Friendship does not fade,
but evolves in a different way.
Perhaps, the changeling flies
it to another place.
Sometimes, we note a return,
although, through someone knew.
In the end or close, we fully comprehend,
that neither time nor absence plays a role
…in the evolution of friendship.

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A: July 1, 2013 – Q: When imagination came to blogging?


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Young Voices, We Are Listening

Doubt exist at both ends of the pole: from no effect, to altering the course of our lives. Often confused with indecision or lack of ambition, doubt actually works in our favor, forcing us to rethink, remap, to scan through the details, to imagine perfection. But it also holds a sinister side, forcing a cower in the corner, making us disbelieve we are capable of great things.


Day 4, Act V – Music: All The Way Through the Generations

“It was Motown’s shift from popular music and love songs to music with a message, that helped the city heal.” – Allen Rawls, Motown Museum Trustee, Baby Boomer

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Inner City Blues
by Marvin Gaye

Through The Generations
Detroit, 1967

They had not cowered, after all, they were the future generations of a lineage that survived the Middle Passage and outlasted slavery’s brutality. During the height of the Jim Crow Era, they were not running in fear, but the Great Migration, that led to  hundreds of thousands of Black Americans to move from south to north, was a genuine pursuit of the idea of the American dream. But there must have come a moment, when doubt entered their minds, not as an internal struggle, but one with their home nation, that had not yet come to terms. So without real leadership existing to heal a divided city, and address the needs of the Black constituents before poverty and crime and dependency became entrenched, the pot no longer simmered but became combustible, until it finally boiled over².

On July 23, 1967 America’s 4th largest city exploded, into one of the most destructive riots the nation had ever seen. When the smoke cleared, days later, the damage was not simply massive, but everlasting. Forty-three dead, 342 injured, 1400 buildings burned to the ground and a distrust so strong, that thousands of White Detroiters fled, leaving Detroit Michigan for dead.

But through the strength of generations and the erasure of doubt, the sounds of Motown would become the Motor City’s saving grace, and music its new found clout.

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Motown through the generations


At the center of Motown’s push to help humanity heal, in a post-riot climate, they would shift from popular music and love songs to music with a message, like Marvin Gaye’s.  ‘What’s going on?’ His 1971 album ran the gamut of conflicting emotions, starting with the title song that encouraged hope and finishing with “Inner City Blues,” that rhythmically captured Black America’s frustrations


Sacramento, 2018

“In my music, I don’t rap about anything I don’t live or I’ve never done.” – Lady Kyd


Sacramento Music Scene



introducing Lady Kyd (generation Z)
feat. H-y Loco (generation Y)

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All the way up is the way I go. You better keep up because you’re moving too slow.

Newcomer Lady Kyd and veteran underground recording artist H-y Loco, in All The Way, they have created and delivered a performance, with conviction of sound and words.  It is not just the hypnotizing beat, that surrounds us at jump, or the way their voices blend so fluidly, as Loco flawlessly – about half through – joins the melody, sliding into the beat of Lady Kyd’s song, The less confident would have faltered, for Kyd’s dazzling rapid fire flow, makes it a challenge to keep up. But confidence Loco does not lack, allowing him to be himself, without the need or desire to attempt a takeover.

Both hail from Sacramento, whose recent uprising over the death of an unarmed young Black man, has simmering tensions of its own, represent a generation that understands, that they must be dedicated to pursuing their dreams, while being responsible in their civic duties and honoring their commitment to family, community and friends. In a recent interview, when asked if she believed in an entertainer’s responsibility to make a contribution, while on life’s stage, Kyd responds, “Yes, whether it’s in your calling or just how you are on a daily; There are  people we just randomly pass by and can turn your whole day around.” Lady Kyd understands she is still a work in process, but through her music we can feel the ambition rise through her young voice, offering inspiration for the mind and music for the soul.

Lady Kyd is a relative newcomer, but H-y has long term roots and any day now, he and his wife will welcome their 4th child into a family, that he is so proud of. When asked if he was granted more hours in a day, raising a growing family and working a full time job, yet still finding time to hone his craft, “That request was denied, but for me, raising my family and making music is all part of the same dream.” Loco replied.

All the way is where we predict that both Lady Kyd and H-y Loco are destined go.

In Closing: Words of Wisdom to the Ys & Zs.
Opportunity – sometimes – is delivered on a silver spoon, but even then, we find ways to sabotage our own success and free ourselves of guilt, by blaming it on someone else. But most people who move ahead or achieve their goals or live their dreams out-loud, have their eyes locked in on the prize and they will run, then dive to catch it, before the window of opportunity closes, allowing doubt to settle in as the permanent imposture for hope.

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this is… The Neighborhood. Thank you for attending Young Voices, We Are Listening We hope you enjoyed the show.  It has always been, the imaginative genius of music, that closes the generational divide.

created by Kendall F. Person

¹Detroit Free Press, July ’67 altered the sounds, sensibilities of Detroit musicians — and those yet to be born, Brian McCollum 
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What's on your mind

Day 3, Act IV: What’s on our mind.

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Kayla Hall
Kayla Nicole Hall,
Pepperdine University
Generation Z

I selected ATM by J. Cole because it hits the nail on the head. Songs that speak on how the only thing people care about these days is their self image, fueled by the amount of money we have, and what we spend it on to show it.

Unfortunately, some of us will do anything to get money, to gain a sense of gratification of self,  but based on the interpretations of what others think. I see myself as wanting to live my life differently. Where the sense of purpose is what we do to make the world a better place. I believe that we should try to fight the pressure that the world puts on us to make money our god and to let it rule our lives.

Hope you enjoy the song.


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w/ ATM

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Charles Okpere

by Charles Okpere of Celona’s Blog
Lagos, Nigeria
Generation Y

It seems to me that we spend most of our lives searching for beauty. I pursue happiness. I am looking for that one person to cure us of the need for constant support from man. To cure us of loneliness, self-doubt, or negative thoughts. I act as if we are broken and someone or something is going to cure that.

But isn’t it true that we are the ones who make life beautiful? Isn’t it true that only our thoughts can distinguish between happiness and suffering? and that it’s mostly all about us, about what I think and what I feel and what I see and how I used all the odds to create results?

Am I trying to create a beautiful life for myself?

Often times when I am alone, I ask myself all sorts of questions. Am I building something really important for me and humanity at large? Am I the person that I have always wanted to be? If not, am I becoming that person or did I get lost somewhere along the way. Are my dreams really turning into real life occurrences?

Am I doing my best to create the future that I have been dreaming about for so long?Dreams don’t just come true. Man have got to make them come true.

diasporaIt’s as simple as that. It’s as simple as deciding that what you have is enough. It’s as simple as looking yourself in the mirror and accepting what you see. With all the good and the bad always in the foray of things.

It’s all about the way my demons dance with my angels and creates less frictions. It’s all about the way I manage life, the way I manage adversity and opportunity alike.

You know something; there are the type of questions one does not like to ask. But it keep popping up, isn’t it important to live life? and in living; know our existence is mostly about building legacies tied around ‘answers’ we never knew existed, answers we aren’t going to be given as young folks. Answers we need to somehow find all by ourselves. You have to live your life exactly the way you want to. That’s what true courage is all about: acting without regard to consequences. Or something in that frame. And sticking only to the things you really love to do. The truth is; there isn’t time for anything else really.

We often take time for granted. We believe tomorrow is certain. But the truth is; its never going to be so. Sadly, we can never see what the future really holds but we could turn her uncertainties into “good days ahead”.

diasporaI have always wanted to be a freelancer. And in my definition of a freelancer, it doesn’t matter if you publish paperbacks or e-books, or if you just blog for fun. Being a writer/freelancer isn’t about genre or style or awards or laurels but a determination to make an positive impression with the vibes you put out on all your social media platforms.

Being a freelancer/writer is simply about complete focus. Finding an audience is also important, I give to you here that, I am truly grateful for being able to present my thoughts to such an amazing audience, but I don’t think this is the most important part of it all.

What you are is not what everybody is!!!

Even though sometimes it seems that nothing happens. At times it seems as man is really not making any advancement. But the truth is; you are! Day after day, as long as you keep on going, consistency and continuity your watch word, you are getting better. It’s all just a matter of perception, really.

Sometimes progress is all about holding on. Sometimes all you can do is hold on tight to your dreams and what you actually love doing.

But you alone know what those dreams are and what they mean to you. You alone can make them come true, and you alone can decide how much are you willing to fight for them till fruition.

2A few moments of perfection, that’s how great things are built. And then, everything that follows doesn’t really matter. Because you keep on going still. You keep going when you feel like it, and you keep going when you don’t. You keep going when you are happy, sad, confused, or tired. You keep going when you have to just move on, when you feel there are too many ideas crammed inside your skull, and you keep going when you don’t feel like it at all.

But then I remind myself that I choose to live most importantly over being happy. because feeling lucky even comes second on the list. And if I keep moving on regardless, beautiful things will happen for sure.

It’s all you. Just you.

And the beautiful life that you have imagined into existence.

Credendo vides! as the Romans would say. By believing one sees clearly!


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Up Next: Day 4, ACT V:
Music thru the Generations
…as Young Voices, We Are Listening continues



Keyur Panchal Ahmedabad

Day 2, Act III: the Story within the Story: ed. 75
the Deliverance of Loyalty

No. 6 in 2015

His stage fright, until recently, had relegated Keyur to the shadows. So much so, that big names like Ned Hickson and H-Y Loco, had no idea who he was. But behind the scenes, his influence is unrivaled. He designed the sets for the 2014 & 2015 Season-ending Shows, A Star is Born, and is the designer of The Neighborhood Logo. And more than any other artists – Panchal is the one,  Kendall F. Person cannot do without. – No. 6 from The Top 14 Artists of All Times in 2015… ranks No. 1, today.

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from Pakistan, Talal Qureshi
w/ Mooroo – Tasveer the Remix

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keep picturing





Travelers Spirit











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There are few words, when strangers, separated by a generation and three oceans, share a vision and a passion – not just for the arts – but of the collaboration of dreams and friendship and perfection and respect and loyalty. From nearly the beginning, he has been here and has only left once, to pursue his career as a filmmaker in India but always comes back.

The Artists

In nearly six years, over 250 artists, volunteers and loyalists have left their mark here, But Panchal becomes just the 10th Recipient, the first of 2018 and the only member of Generation Y to receive The Neighborhood Award – Our Highest Honor. 


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Filmmaker & Photographer
Keyur Panchal of Ahmedabad, India

Generations Y & Z, this is The Neighborhood and we have been listening all along (big smile).

created by Kendall F. Person & and a host of Neighbors (like Panchal)

Up Next: The Return
as Young Voices, We Are Listening continues




Medical Matters
Young Voices, We Are Listening
Day One, Act II: Generation Z Takes Ill
Flint Michigan: The Parents of school aged children, Generation Z to be exact, were told to have their kids tested for lead. When one family outside of Detroit tested their 5 year old child, the doctor called them in to discuss the results his levels revealed. The parents were frozen, but the diagnosis turned out to be more than they could digest. The normal level in a child’s system should be under 3. A level of 10 indicates lead poisoning which, causes permanent damage to a young body. Our Detroit family’s young son, tested a 21.

Lead at these levels cannot be extracted, as it sinks into the bones and teeth and poisons them over a lifetime, for it drips into the blood. It has been 3 years since the Flint River catastrophe and now the damage is showing up in our young. But this time is was not the Boomers, but Generation X who must face blame. In a 2016 Federal election – with everything on the line – the apathetic voters turned control of our nation’s pollution levels back over to the Boomer Generation, where money rules all. In 2018, with the blessings of the US Department of Environmental Protection, Corporate America began dumping toxins into the public waters anew.

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by Beyonce

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by Rebecca Lemke, Lahoma Oklahoma
Generation Z

Medical Matters“What’s on your mind?”

Medical problems.

I have been sick for a long time. Maybe forever. And I didn’t even know until I started getting better.

“Why is your generation so sick?” They ask, “I didn’t know anyone with food allergies, autoimmune disorders, or genetic problems when I was young.”

I wish I knew.

All I know is that, at eleven or twelve, I came down with a virus. And it never really went away. I spent three or four months with a fever, and from then on, my temperature was always low. Even to this day. That’s to say nothing of the joint and nerve pain the illness gifted me with for close to a decade.

Then came the food allergies. I distinctly remember the day hives covered my entire body and I lost the ability to swallow. I remember the needle that was shoved into my skin in an effort to keep me breathing until we reached the hospital half an hour away. And the fear of not knowing what it was that I had eaten that tried to kill me.

After that, it was the ovarian cysts. They ruptured and filled my abdomen with blood almost every single month. I recall the vertigo they bestowed upon me and the stiff neck. Plus the antibiotics I was to take to make sure nothing got infected after the gruesome ordeal, which caused a fungal overgrowth in my intestines.

Constant fatigue began to set in. Were seventeen-year-olds supposed to be this tired? Were my nerves supposed to feel like fire ants were biting me at all times? Why did I hurt so much? Why could I not breathe?

More tests. More diagnoses. Asthma for sure. Maybe fibromyalgia. And what about lupus? Nope, at least that test was clear.

I got pregnant. The doctor’s had told me it was impossible. My little miracle baby and I faced more acronyms and blood draws than I thought humanly possible.

Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy. Wasn’t that rare? Just my luck.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Yeah, what Kate Middleton had that put her in the hospital.

Kidney stones. Because why the heck not?

Threatened Pre-term labor.


Finally, he was here. Things were okay.

Medical Matters

I still had high blood pressure despite having delivered. I started vomiting blood. I still felt like I was on death’s doorstep.

The last three years, including my time during A Star is Born, I have battled against my body.

Against the fatigue, the joint pain, the nerve pain, the bone pain, the vertigo, the nausea, the vomiting, the tinnitus, the loss of hair, the painful throat, the lack of ability to breathe, the hives, the kidney stones, the headaches, the insomnia, the anxiety, the depression, and a variety of other issues I don’t care to recall.

But what could the doctors do? I had seen so many. Given them so much of my blood. So much hope.

I tried one more doctor. She was different.

She saw my anxiety as a symptom, not the cause of all the other symptoms. She thought outside the box about what would help me rather than what would make her rich. No more unnecessary scripts.

She finally found what everyone else couldn’t.

Not only was my body trying to kill a part of itself, but it was being egged on by allergies and out of control inflammation.

So we went back to the start. To the DNA.

And now? Now I know. Now I know that my DNA is mutated. That all of these mysterious problems have a few basic, yet complex roots.

I’ll never be completely fixed, but I will get better. I’m working with my DNA instead of letting it be a tether.

My husband said the hardest part for my mind would be going from sickness to health. He was right. Now I know what I have been missing all this time. But I can’t dwell on that.

I won’t give anything else to medical madness.
Instead, I am looking to the rest of my story. And my Savior in His crowning glory.
Because even with the medicines, someday this body will die.
But that’s okay because His story didn’t end there, and neither does mine.
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