Negating the THOTS of a Pimp


I’m not trying to #EchoTheSentiments of #JamalHBryant, but I AM admittedly trying to capitalize on them.  His mentioning “hoes” in the pulpit reminds me of the importance of context when addressing #ThePeopleOfGod.  #CaseInPoint – I readily used this word along with “pimps” and “thots” to speak to the pre-teen youths of my class this week.

I talk to them often about the importance and #PowerOfWords.  Far too often they (and adults, as well if we’re being honest!) wield the weaponry of their mouths with reckless abandon – damaging not only others but themselves in the process.  Proverbs 18:21 states that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.  Far too often, we as a culture are hungry (or #thirsty?!!) for devouring the fruit of death on the #TipOfOurTongues.

Before we got into the classroom session, I let the pre-teens go outside and enjoy the weather.  As I listened to them on the playground, I heard #TheABCs of insults as they incessantly berated one another as they talked about how weak one was or how the other’s head was misshapen.  It culminated when we began walking back to the church with a complaint from one young man.  He said something that caused all of the others to critique him to which he replied “You guys are ALWAYS telling me that I’m doing something wrong!”.  They laughed it off but it solidified in my mind what we’d talk about (AGAIN) in #BibleStudy.

We are #MadeInTheImageAndLikenessOfGod, right?  Most of us should recognize this from Genesis 1:26.  But what does that look like?  More importantly, what does that SOUND like?!!  With the power of #TheWord (Whom Jesus is as #TheWordMadeFlesh, #MindYou), God framed the heavens and the earth.  He brought things into existence that had not been before… with His words.  One of the quickest ways to see how we are like Him is to understand the power we wield with our own tongues.  We can set laws and wars into motion with words.  We can change someone’s entire mood with what we say to them – #ForBetterOrForWorse.  We seem to choose the latter #MoreOftenThanNot, though.  For a quick laugh or due to our own insecurities, we tear down more than we build up one another, #ItWouldSeem.

#ThisShouldNotBeSo.  The pre-teens and I read James 3 which talks about how the tongue, when it is untamed, is full of deadly poison and is an #UnrulyEvil.  This is true when we speak out of #TheEvilTreasureOfOurHeartinstead of the good treasure.  The question then becomes, where have we stored up our treasure?

We treasure what is #trendy (thus the #hashtags throughout this piece!).  The young man who complained about being criticized by his peers further made it clear that I needed to talk to them all about the power of words when, during our session, he referenced himself by saying #ItsHardOutHereForAPimp!  When I asked him to repeat what he said, he said it again with assured boldness.  When I asked him what a #pimp was, the response was deafening:

“I thought it meant a ‘short person’…”

This was his retort after I posed a series of statements/questions to him:

1)      “A pimp is a person who gets women to sell themselves for sex and takes their money – even beating them when they don’t get them their money.”

2)      “Do you beat women, call them hoes and/or sell them for sex?”

3)      “Now that you know, do you still want to call yourself a pimp?”

4)      “Don’t speak something over yourself – ESPECIALLY if you don’t know what it means.  Find out the meaning of a word FIRST before using it.”

It may seem innocent that he used it out of context.  It may seem #FarFetched to tell him that using such a word to describe himself can attach that type of destiny onto him.  Some people will choose not to believe me at this point just as my pre-teens apparently have not been believing me (judging by their actions or FRUIT).  They do not take their weapons.  They hear the lessons from #TheBible but have yet to fully #repent, #RenewTheirMinds and #BeNotConformedToThisWorld because they continue to wield this fiery #FlamingSword that is in their mouth without a care in the world.

Check out some of the responses they gave me when I asked them how they would carry themselves differently if they had a sharp, double-edged sword in their backpacks or a small, equally sharp blade in their pocket:

“I’d be careful – in case I cut myself.”

“I’d go home and put it away.”

“I wouldn’t go through an airport with it!” (#TheyGotJokes!)

“I’d put it away until I learned how to use it to heal.” (Somebody was starting to catch on!)

We then talked about how a sharp utensil can be used to HEAL as a surgical scalpel cuts away what can bring death to the body.  This is the type of #CuttingEdge #CuttingApparatus we have in our mouths.  A spiritual blade under the tongue, as it were, that we use to label ourselves and others incorrectly.

If you don’t believe me about the power of labels, look at your name.  This young man has a Biblical name which means “Jehovah is Lord”.  My names (Reginald Andrew Leon Kee) translate roughly into the following:

Reginald:  “mighty counselor”

Andrew:  “manly”

Leon:  “lion”

Kee:  “Manu Forti” meaning “with a strong hand”

I am becoming these things as an instrument of God but I need a system of accountability to wield myself correctly.

‘Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.’ – Proverbs 27:17

#TheQuestionBecomes… what are we sharpening ourselves for?  To enhance life or bring about death.  Are we playing #TheDozens or playing to #TheDozen as #disciples of #JesusChrist?

What we destine ourselves to be begins with what we call ourselves and answer to.  This young man has a GREAT future based in his name alone which the world seeks to #StealKillAndDestroy through the music we expose ourselves to and the foolishness bound in our hearts.

Incidentally, our youths DO understand #ThePowerOfWords.  They are the ones who made up “THOT” as a euphemism for “hoe”.  In a previous session, I had a conversation with the pre-teens about this word, as well.  None of the guys really knew where it came from but the girls did.  It has permeated urban classrooms around the country as a way to call someone out of their name without getting in trouble for saying a more recognizable word.

I know you may say “So you’re just talking to pre-teens in Bible Study about #PimpsAndHoes, huh?!!”  Yes.  I am.  If we continue not speaking #truth and #life to counteract this; if we continue to remain silent with deaf ears to what our children are speaking and hearing on a #DayToDay basis; we will continue to #MissTheMark of what it means to #RaiseUp our children in the #FearAndAdmonitionOfTheLord.  You’d #BestBelieve, if we don’t speak on it, the world will continue to rear its ugly head as it whispers death into the collective ears of the next generation.

Let him who has ears, hear.  SELAH

Here’s a few #PenniesForYourTHOUGHTS:

“A Collective THOT Process”

The youth’s wisdom for
Euphemisms has become
A collective THOT.


“Rearing Ugly Heads”

Death rears an ugly
Head start by speaking itself
Into our kids’ hearts.

‘And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear , and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.’
– Deuteronomy 31:13


‘And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.’
– Ephesians 6:4

‘For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…’
– 2 Corinthians 10:3-5


 “Stop Defending Deafening Silence”
It’s too easy to
Remain silent when you turn
Deaf ears to the world.


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A Hero Complex a.k.a. Conception of a Hero


written 8/23/07

More than Heroes plot twists
Spun from Hiro and bomb threats,
My hero is complex – he’s got his own unique code of genetic destiny.
His image formed is my anti-hero’s convex –
So while the latter’s image was forged in fearful context…
The former was forged with a fearless conscience of my second legacy.

Just as Adam needed Jesus to clear his nonsense,
Her second coming draws me nearer to Promise.
Composed of veered comets, her special vessel projects heavenly.
Indeed, her structure’s a hero complex.
In dreams, her luster musters my tearful subconscious…
It’s ironic – her unprotected conception protects my trajectory.

To develop his mental mainstay into a fortress of tiered solace,
I’ll gauge the developmental stages of his yearly progress.
He’s the Clark Kent to my rearing Jonathan –
I’ll shape what he’s predestined to be.
As the Man of Steel Waters,
having Unbreakable gear isn’t farfetched –
While the staff he’ll wield yields water,
on the battlefield, his armor adhered will be a Godsend
As long as he hears me acknowledge and bless Elohim.

Because of her hero status,
I’ll be leery and cautious.
She’ll be a weirdo magnet –
attractin’ peers with no content.
Hence her spiritual ambience will be under protective key.
So as her lore nears those of Loch Ness,
My Lady of the Lake will steer clear of an audience…
So as they jeer to unlock it, her potential remains especially deemed.

Such time invested is what I must clearly respond with
To preserve this lil’ miracle’s conquest.
Still cloaked in darkness, I’m delighted to enlighten their specialty.
While the gender’s still visibly swathed,
I’ll instill the soul with my mere honor’s best.
Invincible or not,
As a Pop, sparin’ rods is not a teary option…
As what my hero accomplishes starts with the plight of this pregnancy.

Footloose, Hands-Free



“Footloose, Hands-Free”

As God fancied the
Church body, each member is
Footloose and hands-free!


The toes of the foot are not as dexterous as the fingers of the hand.  They cannot readily grip a pen to write a masterpiece or unscrew a light bulb.  Yet the fingers do not have the strength to withstand the balance required to support the stride of every step taken within the course of a given day.

Do not envy what someone else’s function is within #TheBodyOfChrist.  Develop and hone YOUR functionality so that #TheBODY – #theCHURCH is geared up for #PeakPerformance to #FinishThRace that is set before it to #AdvanceTheKingdom #OnEarthAsItIsInHeaven. #YouAreNecessary #FootLooseAndFancyFree

‘For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say , Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary.  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness’ - 1 Corinthians 12:12-23


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As You Were…?!!


“As You Were”

Were before Christ is not how
You should be IN Christ!

‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become new.’
– 2 Corinthians 5:17


Yes, God took you as you were when you came to Jesus but that should not still be who you are now by His #GraceAndMercy. Stop taking advantage of God’s attributes to rationalize who you were as who you will always be. Your old man was put to death in Christ when you accepted Jesus. Rise as a new man in the resurrected body of #JesusTHEChrist#AsYouWere#ByNowYouShouldBeTeachers


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Un-Brace Yourself


When I wore braces, the inside of my mouth would get scratched by the brackets on my molars.  I got used to the feel of the #ScarTissue to the point where I find myself biting the side of my mouth to bring that old feeling back… 18 years later.  There’s something to be said regarding freedom from spiritual vices that parallels this.

While it is possible to experience freedom and deliverance from bondage, our flesh and soulish nature can become so conformed to the habits that once enslaved us that we can begin to unconsciously recreate what was a comfortable shackle and familiar condition to us.

So while our spirit cries out for and rejoices over #BreakingEveryChain, we have to be diligent about falling back into the old self that leans towards a #StockholmSyndrome – preferring the security of a captor over the unfamiliar confounds of the will of God.  Where walking in His Spirit versus the flesh IS liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:24-25).  Where this uncomfortable place of freedom  is well-suited for #TheHolySpirit Which was sent to comfort us.

Shed the braces and shackles, Israel – you are God’s chosen and elect people!  More importantly, though – don’t recreate your previous conditions and scars when you were already set free and healed (1 Peter 2:24) by the restorative work of Jesus at the Cross!


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Leveling the Leviathan


The leviathan
Hides in the defiant pride of men
To undermine Divine intent
With the slyness it invents
Which realigns reliance on Him
And redefines alliance within
To the point where all points aren’t shining for HIM –

But thank God humility provides a glimpse
Which kindly removes blinders entrenched
That bind skintight to men
‘Til the foresight of Christ rinses sins
To help mankind repent
And reignite reunited men
With the meekness of Christ within!


The Dungeon Dragon Scenario
‘Til we extract the
Abstract leviathan, we’re
Just busters draggin’.

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The College Sit-In


(originally submitted to and published at on 3/17/04)

Kanye West, sensational Roc rapper/producer, has taken charge of a sharp resurgence of creativity and hope within the young Hip-Hop culture that is marred with the sting of a double-edged sword.

 All around the city and as far-reaching as the northwestern suburbs, young aspirants are rabidly embracing the image of what this rapper/producer represents:  pulling oneself up by his bootstraps and walking the beat less taken.  Where doors are normally bolted shut, Kanye has shown that you can get into the establishment of success by many means necessary. For Kanye, this included dropping out of college for greener pastures in the rap game. Kanye is the proverbial exception to the rule.

So, at what point do we as a people allow the empowering image of getting an education to be smeared further in the already tainted minds of some of our youth?

At what risk do we promote a career that can overshadow raw talent with being in the ‘right place at the right time’ AND the right network of people with the same stats as professional sports?  The chances of being successful as a rapper are about the same as getting to the NBA – period. I’m not feeling Kanye’s view which suggests to our African American youth (and youth in general) that they should and can forget about education – a right that we fought, bled and lost lives to achieve.

The success of Kanye’s The College Dropout answers these questions in his own highly creative, entertaining and frank way.  Without the knowledge and drive honed through SOME form of education; this concept has its own A&R that promotes an already growing trend of instant gratification.  But how is an aspiring youth to deal with high expectations with minimal input without stressing the importance of some type of backup plan?  Obstacles arise in ANYTHING worth going after.

Aiight, Kanye – you had a few jokes billed to my expense.
You had some good laughs off college grads with pokes of ill-content.
But we rolled in the trenches, took our hits and gradually graduated.
I’m glad you made it, but don’t ruin the path that lies behind you
By attaching your wrath that blinds youths’ mind to
what you’ve so kindly supplied to the masses that attacks getting educated.

I made it past the obstacles that
blocked your view with a swift @ss kick.
But even so, I laughed hard at the dude in your last skits.
I have my own hang-ups with the system in place that I took advantage of.
When my walls fell down from false security,
All hell from tall tales hailed from a farce in obscurity…
So I understand – when it all falls down,
tall gall’s bound to look down from a vantage snubbed.

I was told that a job was promised
If I worked hard and made it through college.
That knowledge was short-lived once Bush stole
erroneous votes with systematic fraudulence.
I wasn’t told that Congress also had a say
in the progress of how I got paid…
After I was laid off I gave some thought to the true lies
behind ceremonious stoles and diplomatic documents.

What one gains with a degree
from a school of hard thoughts
Is the same as the streets that
breed a school of hard knocks.
Hard locks are hard to pop if you don’t possess key lessons learned.
Keeping your eyes on the prize with a backup plan
Keeps drive alive as long as you stack up plans…
It’s guise is determined in wise discernment when
potential is lessened or returned.

Being told “No” or that “You can’t make it”
Are situations that each of us must be faced with.
That alone won’t make you prone to make it – many options
need to be taken to overcome such adversity.
But you can’t turn the key away from a child
Before they’ve latched on to what they
freely see in agreement or denial…
You’re tainting thousands by basting in talcum outcomes
tasted in bitter uncertainties.

You can’t turn kids’ key ridges away
from school with your lyrics.
You can’t burn uncrossed bridges that
sway with such school spirit.
My gift of writing was well prepared in Delaware –
where my alleged legend was placed in.
Your humor was as hilarious as In Living Color –
you kept it hood, ‘Ye.
But when you tarry us, you’re a n*gga, not our brother –
“And I don’t mean that in a good way…”
There are ways out of any circumstance –
one being the pleasant methods of education.

I’ve got two bitter tastes left in my mouth.
One from higher learning, the other from what you
let leak into our culture’s house.
Speakers can speak worse than hearing Big Momma curse –
kids regard them just as high.
It doesn’t matter what stereos they typically own,
What you amplified stereotypically phoned home…
As the tones blown extend a warranty
many children are looking to justify.

You mentioned your grandfather’s sit-ins –
Those types of rallies granted us college admissions!
You can’t just diss it with conscientious condescendence and get away with it.
You made some pretty rude skits
That can hurt worse than a virgin immersed in a “Pretty Huge D*ck”…
How you gonna have a PHD with a little Jimmy? –
every style isn’t made to fit.

Play with it – reread that last statement.
I’m not talking about sex, I’m talking about methods of education.
My man’s in Atlanta getting his Doctorate’s –
little Jimmy belittles Femi.
This cat is a Longshot from his native land,
But he came hear with a stated plan…
His PhD will make his keys to unlock doors with
the stocked force of a Nigerian HEMI.

It’s obvious you’re so self-conscious –
you seemed awfully curt in those skits.
Your production IS monstrous – but you came off like
an offbeat jerk with those riffs.
I’m exposin’ it no matter how phenomenal the skills are you demonstrate.
I’m glad you revealed your hard aches
before becoming so astronomical.
But my heart aches for kids whose faith in their beats
gets blasted when told they’re nominal…
In Chi-town, they honor you,
but you’ve got a wider account  beyond your view –
so watch what you illustrate.

Infinite Loop: A Wealth of Words Worth Repeating


“Words Worth Repeating”

God’s wealth of words is
Well-worth repeating from the
Well He’s releasing.


My two-year old daughter prefers to put her clothes on backwards and sideways.  Anyway but forward it seems, sometimes!  Though she has been instructed how to put her clothes on correctly, the “right way” has to be enforced on a daily basis until it becomes her regular way of seeing and doing things.

If I am honest with myself, I only want to instruct her how to do things once – preferring that she uses her God-given intelligence to retain the instructions and execute them right without reminders.

If I continue to be honest with myself, I prefer to be the same way.  As I walk out this righteousness (God’s right way of doing things) that Christ has given me, I want to read His word and hear His instruction once and be able to execute it flawlessly.  But that is an immature approach.  God’s Word has to be sought out repeatedly just to execute it in an efficient manner.

I used to just let my daughter struggle with her clothes and go to bed with her underwear on backwards but now, out of my desire to see her do things right, I just repeat the instruction or remind her of them. Now, I am a better recipient and transmitter of instruction. Now, I am a better father – attempting everyday to show her what God extends to me.

Have your ever noticed how often the Bible repeats itself – same Word, different authors?  Whether they are deliberately repeating important instruction written in their hearts or being inspired by the Spirit to reinforce some other instance of #GodBreathed Word, #GodTheFather knows that we need to hear Him daily to drown out the foolishness of this world.  He cares enough to repeat Himself and keep His Word available to us to keep us from being so #ButtBehindBackwards as He directs us in righteousness.

Seek His Word while it can be found… then repeat.  #InfiniteLoop


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The Psalms of a Chiliad


*commemorating my 1000th poem written on 10/19/04

chiliad – n. a group of 1000

As a doctor who writes doses of prescriptions,
I’ve been honored to scribe some soulful inscriptions.
In each composed sentence, notes are intended to be therapeutic.
Each is a spiritual antidote – a virtual Balm of Gilead.
Each lyrical anecdote has become the versatile psalm of a chiliad…
So though flesh encircles and revolves in my sickly hands –
each poem repairs and improves them.

While every poem written isn’t vivid,
Together, every poem’s kindred sentence extends its limits.
That’s why this gift is splendid – it lends resilience the more I write.
If each poem were assumed under a single digit,
When brought together under knotted pressure, I’d have 200 fists enlisted…
That’s a big coalition – more than enough to assist in this war that I fight.

With strength in both numbers and substance,
Brilliance could exist in a dozen out of one-hundred –
This doesn’t amount to nothing with this piece as my 1,000th formed.
If a thousand words is worth a picture in a gallery,
Then I’m about to earn a depicted blur of the galaxy…
Each one can be searched and learned from a balcony –
from the depths of the sky’s limits, they’ve all been countlessly forged.

Just as God made stars from pressurized gas,
A thousand pounds of pressure galvanizes my rhyme pad.
His subtle measure intensifies the craft, yet it never consumes me.
Over the course of seven molding years
His force has been ever slowly endeared…
This course just ever so slowly appeared as I choose where to go as He moved me.

Through obstructions and over ravines in the affairs of life,
Each poem has guided me to this thousandth degree of Fahrenheit.
Without this heat in my life, I couldn’t bear it right –
I’ve been tempered with star-like intensity.
Within every grid of the spectrum’s full measure,
I’ve got quips from exceptional ledgers…
Through every questionable gesture, I’ve let this starlight intently beam.

With each grand stance of stanzas accrued,
God, I reach my supplanted hands to You –
Though my earthly mind’s like a dirty mine, You dirtied your Hands and granted this art.
You’ve taken coals of worthless solute
And condensed them into molds of pertinent volumes…
As I’ve got priceless diamonds righteously shining behind such a Grand landmark.


‘Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered ?’
- Jeremiah 8:22

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I Am My Father’s Daughter


I have learned much about the dynamic of God’s position as  Heavenly Father from my son.  I have learned how He should look to us by how my son looks at me. From the instruction and wealth He bestows to the patience He has towards us; my relationship to my first-born son has allowed me to see the benevolence of God and has corrected many of my flawed outlooks and execution as a father.

My daughter however, has granted me the advantage of seeing how we as children look to Him.  I have seen my own face in the defiance, foolishness, stubbornness and sheer childishness she has shown me.  She has “shone” me well in how much she reflects how MY face and actions look to the Lord.  Yet, she has a much better reason to act childish as a child herself than I do as a soon-to-be 36-year old adult.

I am my Heavenly Father’s little daughter.  I fidget and twitch; unable yet requiring to be stilled in the discipline of discipleship.  I show great potential but an inability to focus it and hone in on the right way of doing things (righteousness) though told over and over again.

I take off running headlong and headfirst towards my faith targets.  I ignore His voice sometimes.  As He shows me how to put in His armor, I immediately become prideful and attempt to sever my dependence on Him by showing that I can put it on myself… only to end up with pieces on backwards.

I hesitate when I hear the instruction of my big brother who has been receiving and executing our Father’s righteousness longer and better than I have.  Since I can’t see what He has planned for and is preparing to give me, I pout and whine as I show Him MY wants which I assume to be His top priority for me; unable to see past the nose on my face.

I take on as my own the characteristics and sicknesses of my peers with other worldly parents – sometimes foregoing my own advanced ability to speak His language for the gibberish I overhear when I THINK I’m away from Him.  I presume to know what His desires are then act on said presumption often without His expressed approval.  All in all, I am in dire need of my Father’s love – both in receiving and expressing it back to Him and others.

Yet, He is patient.   He chastens when needed (for whom He does not chasten, He does not love and is as a bastard, see Hebrews 12:6- 8).  He is merciful.

Though I am correcting these traits both in her AND myself, the one area that I could learn to be as childlike rather than childish as my precious, precocious daughter is in recognizing when God comes in the room.  I’m still working on running towards Him with joy, happiness and an exuberant shout of “DADDY!” no matter what “early mourning” discipline He may have rendered.

Pay attention… for a child will surely lead you to improve your relationship to God, THE Father.


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