Slater Hayes episodes are 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 a desired outcome of evoking thought and thoughtful commentary. Each piece directly or indirectly addresses various topics as experienced through the unique perspective of blacks. Episodes are to be published each Sunday.
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As the introduction points out, a number of us have come to know the feelings that coincide with the absence of a loved one. Oftentimes, we are left to feel that prolonged separation is unbearable.
It goes without saying that none is more emotionally wrenching than permanent loss.
...was written from the perspective of each. It seems that when we are separated from our loved ones indescribable ev...
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 Mrs. Tony, at Greater Fairview Baptist Church, who rec...
There are a number of thoughts that dwell within the recesses of my mind. Many have found their way to paper.
The prevalent issue that this piece addresses is the fear that our youth, and those that continue to exhibit youthful tendencies, are inflicting upon our communities.
The Spoken Word is about truth!
And we cannot continue to pretend that the level of palpable fear that is present due to the made for motion picture purge tha...
We all have been, or will be viewed, at one point in life as the person who can "get it done"-regardless of the respective field.
This is especially true for the athlete that arrives on campus as the designated savior. The anointed one in whom all the alumni and the irrepressible hangers-on stake the entire future of their beloved programs.
Unfortunately, for the athlete the tenure at their respective institutions comes...
The full majesty of this experiment called democracy may, in my humble opinion, never be fully illuminated due to the resistance of those exerting control to forthrightly address their systemic and personal affinity(ies) for racism.
Their has been, in the last two weeks, an attempt by this platform to silence my individual and personal thoughts/beliefs.
Why, I ask?
Nothing I have posted is derogatory, inflammatory, nor casts aspe...
This is an edited version of a piece that was previously published on THE SPOKEN WORD with Slater Hayes podcast.
Although it has been edited, it does not diminish the content contained within.
The various manner(s) by which the effects of the whip are affecting US, my people, are multitudinous.
It is incumbent upon us to recognize the
and the inherent deleterious nature of an instrument that was used to attem...
In our zeal to adhere to the WORD of GOD, we, I believe, sometimes fall short by not delving into the true meaning of its' content. One such instance where this occurs is our belief that relationships, especially those viewed as negative, are to be treated as simple accoutrements of that specific season, and nothing further.
I contend that those relationships are to be viewed as part of the cornucopia of relationships that are...
"I Wish"-(Originally published June 6, 2021)
I am re-publishing this piece because we now find that those things that I was once thought to only be pontificating about-the move to dismantle VOTING RIGHTS and the reversal of ROE V. WADE- have now, regrettably, come to fruition.
Why, one asks?
I would venture to say it is because TOO MANY have chosen to bury their heads and remain on the sidelines. Assuming, incorrectly, th...
Too often those things that are unfamiliar and pose some form of obstacle are brought to life in the form of a monster that seems impossible to overcome. It is beyond time that we address the reality that the fear of the proverbial monster in the closet is not solely exclusive to the fantastical imaginations of youth.
Throughout this journey-where every ache turns into the "Big C", all weird engine sounds warrant a new c...
This picture that I captured depicts an example of nature's pure beauty. The complexities of this web are eerily similar to the perplexities encountered within the lives of the addicted.
The affliction of addiction leaves one believing that the beautiful distorted canvas of life that is being created is "all good"- leaving one unable to discern that each mind-altered decision, each flailing movement, is engenderi...
this and the previous episodes are those that hit close to home for those who have been mired in the abyss of addiction- in my case -drug addiction.
I oftentimes found myself trapped within the walls of my own mind-restrained there by what I thought was a temporary infatuation-something, because of my self-proclaimed intelligence, that I could out maneuver.
However, I found myself behaving in a manner that I had oftentime...
"I Ain't Made to be Contained
...the fifth in a series of episodes that are my attempt to identify the various constrictions that the affliction of addiction is capable of manifesting within one's life. Oftentimes that constriction is that of diminishing confidence with one's personal skill, or, the inability to "see" the potential contained within those things that appear before us-potential that was once ...
We each are gifted, or burdened, with memories that want to maintain a certain level of relevance within that space between our ears.
Sometimes we allow those memories of a certain person or activity, within a specific period of our lives, to negatively affect our potential or achievement in our present or future lives.
is my way of identifying that the propensity for allowing past scars or successes to impact my...
Oftentimes as we go about the life of living out our addiction, irrespective of our affliction of choice, we refuse to take note of the effect that it has on our temperament, our ability to socialize- our physical appearance.
In my case, I even spent an inordinate amount of time in the mirror, hell-bent on ensuring that what was before me met the standards of those with whom I interacted daily. Little did I know that the majority...
That is our exultation when we shed ourselves of those things that are designed to inhibit us by making us FEEL GOOD while indulging in what we know is wrong.
is that piece... that piece that addresses the struggle WE face when WE have conquered, be it by the delivering power of GOD, or through one's personal stength, a specific affliction. It's at that point, it seems, that numerous other tempt...
The things from which we seek solace are oftentimes those things that are a known detriment to our overall health-both mentally and physically.
This episode, and a number of my subsequent episodes, is the beginning of a series that I feel compelled to share as part of my personal testimony. The episodes will not be shared in any specific order as it relates to certain periods of my life. I have experienced struggles with a variety ...
The words contained here were written for a specific audience. I pray they fall on sensitive ears.
The piece I share today is designed to address the true and raw emotions that have been, in some instances, bottled-up and inadequately addressed for so long after the death of our boooyyy- Len Bias.
No, this is not some attempt, 35 years later, to rekindle the feelings of those that were intimately involved ...
The continuous killing of my people and the barrage of those events being televised continuously has eliminated the need for indoctrination once incorporated at the "special pic-a-nic".
White youth are now being plopped down in front of televisions and are being taught the intricacies of hatred, wittingly and unwittingly, without leaving their homes. This was especially true during March 2020 until very recently(June 2021).
We all have memories and stories that we can tell about our father's. The stories I have are not based on long eloquent conversations that we had- that was not Snow!
My life lessons were derived from observing- the good and bad -of this man of action.
...encapsulates the essence of the man that had "many" mouths to feed and went about those things to ensure we had "somt'eat". As I look back i...
It's hard to believe that on this day 35 years ago you were relegated to being a memory. We love you just as much now as we did then. Not because of your super human feats on the court, and believe me they were super human, but because of who you were. Your out-going personality, desire to satisfy and accommodate all, regardless of the request.
Maybe that contributed to your tragic demise. Hey, that's for another day and tim...
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