Lived Through This

I turned my prison cell into a space of enlightenment, creativity, and higher learning

A black and white photo of a light bulb in a cell.

PPeople around the world are swarming grocery stores, hustling to buy as much hand sanitizer, water, and toilet paper as they can. One by one, districts across the United States are shuttering school doors, leaving children and parents asking the question, “What are we going to do now?” …

Why The Denigration of Kanye West is Bad For Us!

The Denigration of Kanye West because he has an unpopular opinion is unsettling. In fact it’s a slap in the face of those who fight daily for the freedom of all people. To call him a coon or question his…

The scars from prison never quite go away. I have an amazing life on the surface. I know incredible people and have done some amazing things, but I also have some deep and very traumatic scars. I didn’t realize the depth of my trauma until a couple of years ago…

Open Letter to Gucci

Dear Gucci,

On June 22, 2010 I was released from prison after serving a 19 year sentence, with seven of those years being in solitary confinement. When I walked out of prison I didn’t have much to call my own other than my dream of making…

Here are my thoughts on 4:44 and its critics. The fact that so many are being critical of Jay-Z for creating content that addresses infidelity, homophobia, personal accountability, financial investment, ownership and support of other black investors is sickening and pathetic. It also speaks to the toxic mindset of too…

Shaka Senghor

New York Time Bestselling Author, Mentor and Dope ass Father

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