Slater Hayes Podcast

Slater Hayes Podcast

The Slater Hayes Podcast is designed to highlight the everyday occurrences of life via poetry and social commentary. They are poignant, insightful pieces that address all facets of the black experience with the desired outcome of evoking thought and conversation. Each piece directly or indirectly addresses various topics as experienced through the unique perspective of blacks. Each piece directly or indirectly addresses various topics as experienced through the unique perspective of blacks. Episodes are to be published each Sunday.


March 31, 2024 2 mins

If only we all would come to the understanding that our lives are so much better when we are of one accord with those within our individual circles and those who are members of the huge group that influence or impact our lives daily.

Sure, one can operate from the perspective of a soloist and journey through this life with an "I" and "my " mentality. One can achieve tremendous success by doing so.  One ...

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God has blessed Marjorie and I to be able to travel to a number of countries throughout the world (moreso  she than I). In various countries we have witnessed the day-to-day living of the inhabitants of the countries visited.

During our most recent travels we had the opportunity to witness the hustle and bustle of Hanoi in North Vietnam.  the laid-back city of Hue, located along the Huong River, in central Vietnam-just 5 m...

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March 17, 2024 2 mins

...and may I  also add the changing of definitions in order to create false equivalence. For example, look into how the definition of racist has so dramatically changed, and to whom it now applies.

However, I remember.

That is why  it is incumbent upon US to teach our youth the  stories of  their ancestors; Those whose shoulders on which we stand.

If we do not then we allow our history to be ERASED by the...

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March 9, 2024 2 mins

"That Special Place"

My desire is that all married couples seek to attain and maintain that place reserved for their special someone. 

It takes work.  But, doesn't everything in this life worth having require work?



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March 2, 2024 1 min

"Flutter", the initial episode of the fourth season, that's right the fourth season of The Spoken Word with Slater Hayes.

I was inspired to write this piece when I encountered a leaf that was caught up in a crosswind that would not allow it to descend to the ground. As I watched it seemingly for an eternity, I took note of the presence of the beauty and the serenity that surrounded me.  It was abundantly cle...

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February 25, 2024 1 min

This piece...take note of the history that is  being  recounted through this tribute to Congressman John King.

is also a memorial tribute to Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr..

As you listen, please understand that the impact of those on whose shoulders we stand are being continuously evidenced through the ascension of Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, and now, Kentanji Brown Jackson.

Yes,  th...

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February 11, 2024 1 min

All I can say is that there is NO BETTER piece with which to end my third season.  This piece, my initial venture into podcasting, spoke, and continues to speak, to the political events that are occurring, RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.

In some ways I have become disillusioned.

Disillusioned that so many of US have decided to become quiet, OR ACCEPTING, of what is transpiring. Our zeal seems to have waned as it relates to...

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February 4, 2024 1 min

This piece...
I went DEEEEP into the vault to find this piece after I became knowledgeable that my current path mirrors that of the grandfather I never knew. I remember it pouring from me and at the moment of writing it finding myself thinking-"where did this come from"?

I invite you to listen to it.

I invite you to ruminate on it.

I give you my permission, as if you really need it, to pond...

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January 28, 2024 1 min


The following is one of the reasons why.

They are gathering once again. This time however their numbers include MORE THAN A FEW of those whose skin contains quite a bit of melanin. It appears that a number of my brown skinned brethren and those that closely resemble me have fallen for the entreaties of the ORANGE-SKINNED snake oil sal...

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January 21, 2024 2 mins

This piece was originally published on 03-06-2022.

Frederick Douglas in his historic "What the Black Man Wants" speech delivered before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, just days before the end of the civil war recognized that the Black man is faced with many obstacles.

Chief among those obstacles is the prevalence of a " malignancy of hatred' that is being perpetuated from generat...

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January 14, 2024 1 min


This piece...ohhh, this piece!!!

This piece was written to pay tribute to those that comprised my village.

Even though I am the author,  listening to it causes  emotions to  well up inside that are  really too hard to describe with mere words. 

As I reminisce about the respective impact of each person, a specific story oftentimes comes to mind. From the Sunday school teachings of...

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January 3, 2024 2 mins

"Look Away...This Ain't Your Dixieland"

Black men-for so long having to look away for fear of the repercussions.


That GAZE intent on inflicting fear!!!


That GAZE delivering that intimidating message-You are being watched!!!



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December 17, 2023 1 min

"It's in Me"
The identifiable, the unidentifiable, and yes, that part that no one, sometimes even I, am able to pinpoint.

I have listened to the stories regarding my personality. "You acting just like Snow"(my father). Sometimes conveyed with an animus that has been harbored for FAR TOO LONG by family.

Sometimes conveyed with a sense of unfamiliarity. As if there is a part of me that ...

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December 10, 2023 1 min

The abstract nature of this piece was written JUST AS I WAS INSPIRED to write it.

 Have a listen ans allow your mind to revisit past periods of time during your childhood, your teenage years and presently.

If it fills with circumstances that shaped each specific period, then consider us of a like mind.


"takes me there".

Wherever your "there" is, a...

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December 3, 2023 2 mins

There are NO WORDS to describe the emotions of those involved in the events that lead to and is leading to the horrific loss of loved ones in the Middle East.

I invite everyone involved to take a pause and think of the futures that are being pre-determined for those for whom you express love.

is my attempt at inspiring a spirit of change that is necessary so that the little one's MAY ...

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November 26, 2023 1 min

What great profession did you envision yourself holding when you were a child-even as a young adult? I can almost guarantee that the predominant number of us did not become fixated on one profession during the earlier stages of our lives.

What I can guarantee is that there were many.

"Between the Ears"
is a piece that was inspired as I reminisced on my past and the numerous experiences I have had wit...

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November 21, 2023 1 min

On yesterday we celebrated family-the Dulaney family. Specifically, the children of Louise/Whitey. It was a marvelous time as we had an opportunity to share...

"The Noises of Love"
with family from near and far.  This wasn't an event that was orchestrated and conducted at a fancy restaurant or resort-this weekend we showered love upon each other in the backyard of the home of my niece, B...

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November 12, 2023 1 min

There is a simple but sincere question at the end of this piece.

NO, it is not rhetorical.

I know that situations change and the environment in which they opoerate has become exponentially more complex.

However, it still leads me to pose a question, even in the title...

"Where, Oh Where"
It seems that, attitudinally, those donning the shields of law enforcement, have become more bel...

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November 5, 2023 2 mins

If one can remove SELF from situations, then it will allow for "a real understanding" of the needs of others and become sensitive to the fact that we ALL desire similar things.

We have all heard the stories!!
Whether they emanate from within your inner circle, or from that person to whom circumstance provide...

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October 29, 2023 1 min

STOP minimizing the importance of what you are capable of bringing to the table!
STOP recognizing the importance of your singular voice-EVEN within your sphere of influence!
STOP waiting for someone else to verbalize, or do, that which only you can say or accomplish!



Innumerable opinions ...

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