I've seen a lot. Too much.
How we treat each other as human beings seems to have fallen by the wayside as we gaze into our individual screens as we walk down the street.
It seems more important to film somebody bleeding on the ground, than to help somebody bleeding on the ground.
We are a society that puts locks on trash cans filled with food, and fines the unemployed and homeless for being unemployed and homeless.
We attack and legislate against people who don't love, eat, dress or even sleep the same as we do.
These are the types of stories I like to tell. These are the stories I think need to be told.
I was gainfully employed until March 2009. I was the hardest working Temp in Portland, Or. from 2005 to 2009.
Then I got "the call". Don't come back. No longer needed. Not going permanent.
I spent all of the rest of the year and most of the next sending out resumes and going to the three interviews I got from them. No job.
Then I go "the call" from the Unemployment Office. We can' renew you, you've been unemployed more than 99 weeks.
After loosing my apartment, 95 % of everything I owned, 100% of my savings and my cat of 13 years (the only thing that mattered) I entered into a miasma of couch surfing and demeaning welfare appointments in Los Angeles.
I asked myself; "Is this it? Is this what I worked all this time for?" I came in early, stayed late, wore a shirt and tie and my pants were pulled up! Why don't I have a job?
I decided I wasn't taking this lying down. I'd written three ebooks, I could write more. I started an Internet Radio Show for the Unemployed; The New 99er on Blog Talk Radio.
I will have a home again. I will have what I've always wanted. And what I've always wanted can't be outsourced. I don't do lazy.
Where to find Aswad * online
Where to buy in print
P.A.B. - Anatomy of a Gay Teen Suicide
By Aswad *
Published: March 2, 2012.
Gay Teen Suicide is an epidemic in America.
But we really care? Is the loss of a Gay Teen really a loss? Do Parents morn the loss of their child or loss of the image of their child they held so dear? Any life cut short by suicide is a loss, even when that life is Black and Gay. And indeed; this book is only 25% Fiction.
Who is Celinda Grey?
By Aswad *
Published: February 6, 2012.
Black. Business and Beauty!
Welcome to the wild world of Celinda Grey! From World Famous Super Model to High Powered Business Woman!
From the Projects to the Paris Runways!
Coming from the rough Projects of Washington DC to the Paris Runway is no easy journey.
Becoming a world famous Super Model, Celinda is thrown into the world of glamour and beauty that she always drea
Juju - The Nine Lives of a Mystical Cat
By Aswad *
Published: January 27, 2012.
She's a little Black Cat with really big problems. Juju constantly finds herself with a new human in trouble that she has to save!
Frisky, sassy and fun, Juju loves adventure. And Fish!
Told totally from her perspective; Juju is a merry romp through several peoples lives and the little Black Kitten who saves them from themselves.
Romeo & Julian - A Story of Love & Hate
By Aswad *
Published: January 20, 2012.
What would happen if you were a Black boy, bussed to a white school because of Brown V. Board of Ed, and you fell in love with a white boy? This is that story. Romeo & Julian - A Story of Love & Hate. Will their love triumph of all the hate around them? Or will it all go up in flames? Romeo & Juliet like you've never seen it!
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