Slater Hayes Podcast

Slater Hayes Podcast

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.


October 24, 2021 1 min

Yes, INDEED you know.

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...

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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...

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October 10, 2021 1 min

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...

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October 3, 2021 2 min

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...

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September 26, 2021 1 min

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...

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September 19, 2021 2 min

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

"Messaging II"
and the inherent deleterious nature of an instrument that was used to attem...

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September 12, 2021 2 min

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...

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September 5, 2021 2 min

"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...

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August 29, 2021 2 min

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...

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August 22, 2021 2 min

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...

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August 15, 2021 1 min

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...

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August 8, 2021 1 min

"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 ...

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August 1, 2021 2 min

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...

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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...

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July 18, 2021 1 min

Glory !!!

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...

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July 11, 2021 1 min

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 ...

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July 4, 2021 1 min

July 4th!!!

How apropos!!!

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 ...

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June 27, 2021 1 min

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).


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June 20, 2021 2 min

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...

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June 18, 2021 1 min

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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