Book of the Month – Prisoner to the Streets by Robyn Travis

Book of the Month - Prisoner to the Streets by Robyn Travis

Self explanatory title gives you an insight into the content but please don’t judge it by the cover. The reality of life these days means at some point we all encounter what happens on the streets.
This biography is about a young man’s plight to change in a way that throws filters out the window.

Not for the faint hearted but if you have a heart you can read it.

Enjoy!

xoxo

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What are WE waiting for???

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What are WE waiting for???

In a world where are have been brainwashed into instant gratification, WHAT ARE WE STILL WAITING FOR TO MAKE A CHANGE THAT LASTS????

Growing up in London, as a young woman (I’m not bringing race into this) I was exposed to a lot of things that I didn’t know how to interpret yet didn’t have the time to make an educated decision because I was already present.

You can’t revise life like you do for an exam, more than likely you are going to be thrown into life situations that no-one can prepare you for at a times when you are most vulnerable.

Teenage years are one of the most compelling times in anyone’s life yet completing this era is becoming as endangered as rhinos in the wild.

We are told to grow up yet we are expected to know what to without being taught. Most people make an educated decision based on another person’s experience before finding unbiased information which has resulted in a us SURVIVING in a world gravitating to TAKE TAKE TAKE.

I am a woman so I will never understand the plights of boys or young men growing up but I will say that at some point in time we have to come together and create families which is scary because the values we have are all experience based without knowledge.

I’m sick of being scared for the sun to shine because there is a chance that young people will die due to street violence.

I love the sun so much yet the problems it causes breaks my heart.

I’m sick of being told not to have parties because the fear of the unknown visitor outweighs my want for happiness.

Not because I’m naive but because I don’t want to see any more bloodshed with my naked eye.

I’m sick of the media and statistics blaming young people for their failures as a social power.

How do you expect us to be inspired if our futures are plagued with debts? The amount of dirty money pumping through the system is disgusting. With rising property prices and over population, it’s sad to say the streets are holding too much value and people are dying for every single paving stone.

I was blessed enough to hear a short presentation by 2 young men using their lives to try and create a better future, they were not there to sugar coat life yet they were not being overly clouded.

They touched on the turbulent fight to have places where they could help elevate young people in basic life skills and the fact the our older generations have let us down by allowing problems to worsen by turning a blind eye. I was personally compelled to what they had to say, not because i had been through the same but I respect the reality that they put forward.

They weren’t trying to gain fans or rounds of applause, they fact they were still alive was applause enough to them.

We are told to respect our elders but respect is mutual and I was shocked to see the attitudes of some grown ups, if roles were reversed I know the discipline would have rolled right out. Sad because are they people who are supposed to set us an example…..

I managed to speak to both men afterwards and congratulate them on their successes, they are so humble and down to earth. I’m positive there plenty of other mentors and examples out there, who want a better present and past and with people like them trying to make a difference however small the change, it WILL come…..

SO

WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR????????????

Personal Thank you to Bilal and Robyn, Keep up the good work dudes. Inspiration to say the least.

I love this town too, Dizzee!

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I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was my leaving party for i left for my Mexican adventure in August 2011, the garden and house where filled to the brim as my heart desired. There was food, drink, music and general good times everywhere.

In conversation with my cousins and friends, i checked my Blackberry (As you do… ALWAYS!!) and i saw a few ppl had changed their DP (display picture, come on keep up!) to a burning police car in the middle of the road.

My 1st thoughts were ‘is that real?’ and ‘where is it? because i recognized it as a London police car.

As the world know today it was the start of the infamous London/UK Riots.

The endless images of delinquency even shocked my global eyes, i mean how are people CARRYING PLASMA TV’S down the street in dozens and other’s treated ‘reputable sports outlets’ like some kinda of flea market.

A question that quickly arose was ‘Where were the authorities?’

By the time the authorities made a stand, the riots had spread citywide and starting to ignite across the country. For that whole week it was almost like the UK was entering a social meltdown.

The news reporters were all over the place trying to catch the latest looters or vandals in action. For me, it was a haze as at times i felt like it was movie.

It was only until for some reason i decided to go out on one of the nights with enforced curfew (Don’t ask lol), was on a bus and saw an entire riot squad walk past me, it dawned on me ‘This is capitalist insanity’.

I have many theories on the cause of the riots but i will not divulge as i feel i don’t want to stray off blog.

Fast forward to present day, Nov 2013

Was flicking though the music channels and i came across Dizzee Rascal’s new video ‘Love this Town’ ft Teddy Sky, it’s very rare i catch a video from the start so i planted my bootay and feasted my eyes.

For those who don;t know him, Dizzee Rascal is an award winning, UK urban artist who managed to break into mainstream in UK grime which over the years has brought him global recognition. Coming from a controversial background, many critics questioned his direction however over 10 years later, no-one can deny he is one of the UK music’s National Treasures. Youtube him, you won’t regret it!

The video is a cinematic masterpiece with such a controversial yet honest message i rewound it a few times and just watched the story unfold.

During the 2011 London/UK riots, one of the most documented cases was that of an young man who was clearly injured being surrounded by a group of young men who while seemed helping him, began robbing him of his belongings. The video, which was shot in broad daylight on a CCTV camera, shows the man was dazed and believed they were helping him which made it harder to watch. The criminals were caught and convicted however as many other events, it did not help the image of young people or ‘hoodies’ as some ‘stereotype sheep’ call them.

I personally was disgusted by the case as it was obviously done for thrills because they saw the chance and were running of the adrenaline that filled the streets of London at the time.

Dizzee magically managed to incorporate this heart wrenching scenario in his music video and change the dynamics by changing the plot. While watching i couldn’t guess what the video was going to commence with however i was not disappointed.

Re-enacting the scenes from the infamous crime footage, instead of robbing the young man, the surrounding ‘hoodies’ are filmed packing his bag with snacks before sending him off into the day. It was a subtle change but spoke volumes as did many other juxtapositions in the video.

The message behind the video is working towards rebuilding the connection between society and youth as mainstream media are making young people out to be a terrorist organisation of some kind…..

This post and moi are in full 1000% support of Dizzee Rascal’s recent outburst against UK radio as many stations who originally praised and welcome the London born artist have now turned their backs on him and refusing to play his new song.

I was personally shocked that Radio 1 had an issue with the track as it does not in any way incite violence however they have many other artist’s content played daily that many would consider to be ‘risqué’ and have not considered action.

It is very shallow to treat Dizzee with such disregard as he has brought so many good things to the UK music industry not to mention uniting music fans and genres in general.

It goes to show that when shit gets tough, you see who is real and who is not. Companies who play peek – a – boo with content red tape should know that we need to change society and music is one of the most powerful speakers.

By not playing ‘Love this Town’, it’s almost like you are condemning youth and not giving them a chance to show that everybody is different even if they follow the same popular culture.

So Dizzee, if you ever read this, keep up the good work, we got your back!

Here is the video that is a window into a chance to change youth stereotypes that some of UK radio is trying to stifle…