Silence is Not an Option

History has always been convulsive. It goes forward—backwards—forward—backwards.  Its door constantly remains shut to populations for decades, even centuries, then is finally opened, only for another one to close, then that door opens, and on and on the pattern goes. In the case of racism in the United States, the issue is much larger than rights written on a bill. It begins with ideologies passed down from generations that enjoyed the exclusivity of a closed door, and it continues when there is no agreement even from your next-door neighbors on whether or not the door remains closed—in spite of how visibly it is. It will take a long time for the mechanics of this system to open the same doors for people of color that are open for whites. There is, however, a door that must be opened immediately for all races in light of the nauseating stream of police brutality sweeping the United States, and that is the open door that leads to a national discourse on police brutality between absolutely every American citizen that has a modicum of humanity.

A friendship, whether casual or deep, means listening. It means having deep, uncomfortable talks even if it begins and ends on opposite sides. It’s one thing to bandy with an anonymous face on a public post where the chances of hostility are heightened, and compassion and consideration become absent; and another altogether to converse with a familiar face. When people take to the comments on a news article to seek insight on a social issue, it is like going to a well-known restaurant down the street with an extensive menu, even though the majority of the dishes leaves a pungent aftertaste washed down with piss-poor customer service; instead of going to the friendly mom-and-pop restaurant right next door that is known for warm, genuine service and a culinary staff of greater knowledge and expertise. Most people may not realize this, but friends could be much smarter than you think. Imagine that! You could have wise friends and not even know it! And if you ARE aware of the intelligence of your friends, that is all the more reason to get your mental nutrition from this source instead of the venomous, poisonous heap tossed at and senselessly gorged by the masses. It is long overdue for all races to come together and converse with familiar faces on this urgent issue at a national level. This post is being written to provide an outlet for this to happen without leaving the comforts of your home.

The Colin Kaepernick controversy is just the most recent reminder of how divided the response to police-brutality protests are. There are far too many people who are either ignorant of or dead silent about the spirit of Kaepernick’s protests. Instead of informing themselves, many blindly attack Kaepernick or anyone who dares utter a word that could be received as unpatriotic—whether it’s against rogue police officers or the systematic racism that lies beneath the flag—regardless of how many victims go without justice. This protest is bigger than any one tragic victim. It is affecting the lives of friends, families, and loved ones of millions of Americans and it is time to activate the power of social media to do something about it…even if it’s just speaking up. Everyone who is committed to seeing and creating a change must privately contact every single friend they have on social media whose position on police brutality in America is either vague or completely unknown. Not confront. Not attack. CONTACT for an open dialogue. There are three objectives to be met here:

1) For those who are deeply affected by this issue to know where their friends stand on police brutality in America. They are entitled to this knowledge. Simple as that. What they do with the knowledge they attain through these discussions is up to each individual person.

2) To facilitate a healthy dialogue among FRIENDS, not strangers, which theoretically should have a much greater probability of gaining insight, perspective and even knowledge from another point of view. This could also lead to a gradual paradigm shift that begins to erode racial tension in a palpable way.

3) To spread awareness and hopefully get more people to support the fight against police brutality. Whether it’s just sharing an occasional post that speaks on the police brutality crisis or actively contacting state congressmen to attempt to enact legislation to combat this problem. There are too many people who remain silent during this time of urgency, and if they are unwilling or unable to speak up in defense of human rights, then those who do speak up must attempt to give them a nudge to do so. Instead of saying how some groups of people must be more vocal about police brutality, these discussions will actively and personally give them a much-needed push to do so. Not unlike the power structure of any government, a population cannot sit back and wait for change to happen on its own. If you believe that there needs to be a change in who speaks up about police brutality, then you must help catalyze the change. It is asinine to sit idly by and hope that someday a light switch comes on that enables those who have been silent for years to suddenly speak up. If it comes to light that these friends do not agree that there is a problem with police brutality or even consider protest groups like BLM a terrorist organization, these opinions must be addressed with evidence and logic. If this is truly to be a productive dialogue, all parties must be willing to be uncomfortable. And yes, it will take the courage to open this discussion even with the knowledge that you may lose some fair-weather friends as a result. This concept is meant to be extremely doable, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. Change doesn’t come easy. It takes bravery, sacrifice, and voices. Enter these conversations bravely, knowing how uncomfortable and heated they may become. Sacrifice a small portion of your time to carry these conversations through private messages. And KNOW that your voice, even in a private discussion, is never small…especially when the same discussions are happening simultaneously on a national scale. At the end of each conversation, reason should prevail. As human beings, we should never be closed off to having a philosophical or intellectual breakthrough. Truth is a virtue that must be sought, obtained, and defended. To shirk this and to stubbornly cling to beliefs before, during, and after a discussion is to deprive the human brain of its infinite capacities. Never limit your intellectual capacity for the expense of old baggage passed down from others. Listen and embrace reason from all sides and even more graciously from friendly faces, and the end result will always be knowledge – either about others, yourself, the entire world around you, and finally: solutions.

Shaun King, a prominent journalist for the New York Daily News, has a growing social media following that is approaching one million supporters. On King’s Facebook page, he has listed 25 actual solutions to police brutality. Equally as important, he works tirelessly to inform the public daily of racism and police brutality occurring in America. King is an important tool for these discussions because anyone who is oblivious to what is going on in this country should be advised by the initiator of these discussions to visit and LIKE Mr. King’s page, because if they truly have an open mind, the plethora of credible news stories that are reported daily should open and enlighten even the blindest of eyes. Share the page with them. Then, talk about the facts presented. Talk about your personal experiences and observations. Talk about how it doesn’t matter what color you are, if you are a human being with a soul, THIS MATTERS. THIS IS A HUMAN ISSUE. Talk about ANYTHING that even grazes this topic. JUST TALK. And please, please, do not forget to listen. Speaking for myself, any and all friends who take me up on this invitation will be treated to a fully open mind as well as an extensive list of solutions which I believe will help mend this divide, while slowly opening another door in history.  Please join me in this project via hashtag—and more importantly: participation, for a crucial national discourse for the sake of humanity:

#Silenceisnotanoption

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The Most Lucid Explanation of the Greatest MMA Fighter of All Time Part 1

Sports is like politics. People can twist the facts to fit whatever narrative they wish to be true. It is a branch of confirmation bias and general biases toward our favorite fighters and against those we dislike. Yes, the greatest of all time in any sport will always be debatable since it is a matter of opinion. But this seven part series presents as lucid an argument for the best MMA fighter of all time that you will find anywhere on the Internet. And if you disagree, jump right in and let’s have an open debate. But just remember one thing: sports, like politics, may boil down to what one wants to believe….but it also does contain cold hard facts. This list is not about favorites or media darlings or the most popular fighters, it’s about objective facts. And by the end of this series, the evidence will show who is as factually close to being the greatest fighter of all time as possible. The seven parts of this series are as follows:

Part 1: The Honorable Mentions
Part 2: The Notorious Mention
Part 3: Explanation of the Fifth Greatest Fighter of All Time.
Part 4: Explanation of the Fourth Greatest Fighter of All Time.
Part 5: Explanation of the Third Greatest Fighter of All Time.
Part 6: Explanation of the Second Greatest Fighter of All Time.
Part 7: Explanation of the Greatest MMA Fighter of All Time.

Let’s begin part 1.

Part 1: The Honorable Mentions (In no particular order)

Honorable Mention #1 of 2: Dominick Cruz042dominickcruz_gallery_post-0_standard_783-0-0

Dominick Cruz has fought the same number of fights as Jon Jones and technically, they share the same exact record (and I do mean technically). If you look at Cruz’s record and the competition he has faced, it is perplexing why his name is absent from discussions on the GOAT list. Cruz only has one defeat, and being that it was via first-round submission, it can be argued that he has never been outfought by any of his opponents through an extended period of time. He has, however, had some split-decision victories, most recently in a peculiar scorecard rendered in his title-unification bout with T.J. Dillashaw (48-47, 49-46, 46-49). Cruz also has split decision wins over Joseph Benavidez (certainly no shame in that), and Ian McCall. Cruz’s trademark fighting style reliant on fugitive footwork and spotless technique is what makes him one of the best P4P fighters in the world, but it also is perhaps the biggest reason why he is not the GOAT: he does not have as many decisive victories as the other contenders for the GOAT title. The lack of finishes mixed with the four split-decision wins are two major factors to Cruz not being the GOAT maybe even more so than his loss to Faber. After all, as stated, Faber did not necessarily outfight Cruz, he just got the better of a decisive scramble. Also, based on many, if not most MMA fans giving the GOAT nod to Anderson Silva, one loss is definitely not an instant disqualifier for GOAT status. But the lack of finishes on the other hand is. With only three finishes at the WEC/UFC level (one by doctor stoppage), the only way Cruz would have a strong argument to GOAT glory would be to have an impeccable decision-victory record. The split decisions prevent that.

BUT, Cruz still very much has the potential to be the GOAT, which reflects how underrated he is in this discussion. At the end of the day, he only has one loss and has had the same number of fights as Jon Jones, someone who without question is in discussion of being the GOAT. That shows a level of consistency you would want from the greatest ever. Most importantly, he has a victory which may very well be the biggest victory of ANYONE in the GOAT discussion, that being a victory over Demetrious Johnson. Most MMA pundits would agree that Johnson was not at the level then as he is now, but he was already an elite fighter and was still Mighty Mouse however you want to spin it; therefore, this is without question the hallmark victory of Cruz’s career, and anyone who wants to make an argument for him as the GOAT must start with this win.

From there, you can consider wins over Joseph Benavidez (two), avenging his lone loss to Uriah Faber with two decisive victories, and another monumental win over TJ Dillashaw after a one-and-a-half-year layoff—which succeeded a mammoth three-year layoff. December 30th will be very important for Cruz’s argument for both the P4P rankings of today and any future arguments for him being the GOAT. Cody Garbrandt is still so young and new to the game that some fans may not give this win the respect it deserves should Cruz be victorious; but anyone who subscribes to the eye test could argue that Cody Garbrandt is easily one of the biggest challenges of Cruz’s career. We are still learning about Cody, who is only 10-0, but should Cruz make Garbrandt 10-1, and then Garbrandt goes on to have the post-Cruz-loss career that shows his elite status (i.e. Demetrious Johnson), that would make two monumental victories that are difficult for anyone else to match. Garbrandt has all the tools to be that important of a victory for Cruz. Garbrandt contains devastating KO power, accuracy, fight IQ, timing, athleticism, and something many fans are unaware of: proven wrestling ability. Do not be surprised if Garbrandt ends up with an incredible MMA record, which would strengthen Cruz’s GOAT argument with a W on the 30th. But even for the time being, both the oddsmakers and the eye-test-ready MMA fan see that Garbrandt would instantly be one of the biggest wins of Cruz’s career and would majorly boost his legacy.

With a victory over Garbrandt, and even 2-3 title defenses after that, which is not many at all, there is no reason why Cruz should not be right in the middle of the GOAT debate. Interestingly enough, with a victory over Cruz, Garbrandt could then be entering stage one of someday getting into that conversation himself.

 

Honorable Mention #2 of 2: Khabib Nurmagomedov

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OK. Cool your jets. I am in no way saying that Khabib Nurmagomedov is in the discussion right now of being the GOAT. But here is something that may shock you: He is only FOUR wins away from being completely out of the conversation to arguably being at the very top of the list.

Before you write that statement off as X-click-worthy, let’s start off with his record of 24-0. That is, on paper, the best record in the UFC. Better than Demetrious Johnson’s, better than Dominick Cruz’s, and yes, even better than Jon Jones’s, even discounting Jones’s DQ loss. Jones would be 22-0 if not for that loss (23-0 if not ruled a DQ), while Khabib is 24-0. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But who has he faced!? They don’t even compare to who the Joneses and Cruzes of the world have faced!” And you would be right. But with Khabib’s injury problem and his lack of consistent visibility that comes with it, it seems many forget that he has beaten tough opponents: Gleison Tibau, Thiago Tavares, Michael Johnson, and others. None of these names do much damage when arguing for future GOAT status, but it does when you depend on a concept that will continue to show up in this series: the eye test. You see, it’s not just that Khabib is 24-0 and 8-0 in the UFC, it’s the WAY he is 24-0 and 8-0 in the UFC. The level of ease, dominance, and consistency in which Khabib has performed is easily reminiscent of what a GOAT would look like. With four victories, those dominant victories will become all the more laudable. Khabib already has one hallmark victory over Rafael Dos Anjos in an insanely dominant performance which in comparison to Dos Anjos’ other opponents, including those who have defeated Dos Anjos, shows how head and shoulders above his peers Khabib appears to be. So what are the four victories he would need to go along with this hallmark victory?

First, a victory over Tony Ferguson who right now is competing at a very elite level and riding a 9 fight win streak. ANY win over Ferguson would be a huge boost to Khabib’s legacy, but if he wins in dominant fashion that would continue to show the “man amon boys” quality that seems to ooze from his performances. Next, a win over the biggest UFC star of all time, Conor McGregor, even if one disagrees that it would be his biggest victory in merit, would without a doubt be his biggest victory in notoriety (no pun intended). And whether you like McGregor or not, he has proven to be an elite fighter, even if a bit one-dimensional. With those two wins, Khabib would be halfway there to the GOAT marker. At this point, Khabib would be 26-0 with three hallmark victories. Any two title defenses, especially in dominant fashion, would have him at 28-0, a record in MMA that we have never seen before and with 12 of these wins coming in the UFC. If this scenario were to play out, not only would Khabib be in the conversation, but depending on his performances, and on the level of the last two opponents, he may very well have my vote for being at the top.

So Khabib is not the greatest….but he IS the greatest example of the “stay-tuned” class. I happen to believe that this scenario will happen, and that Khabib as it is right now, is ability-wise arguably the best P4P fighter in the world, and that it’s just yet to be proven. After he proves it with these four victories, the meteoric rise from not even being a consideration for GOAT to being at or near the top of the list would be unprecedented.

Tomorrow is part two of The Most Lucid Explanation of the Greatest MMA Fighter of All Time series, and given the title: The Notorious Mention, it will come as no surprise whom it will be about.

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Adelphi University Poem

From Alma Mater Vol. 2: The Northeast
Available Now for only 99 cents!

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*Adelphi University*

The truth is,
These Panthers were born to live in this Garden.
Where they claw not to survive, but to live.
Living four stories high with barrels of fire tossed down
from the top of its escape onto the streets—
Blazing a line for Olympic athletes like Mel Pender to run,
and trailing behind was a nation of global learners in a LGS program
on a campus represented by over 60 countries.
Adelphi has Panthers co-habiting inside warm residence halls,
and in dynamic dwellings such as Manhattan lofts and apartments.
♫Five-Hundred-Twenty-Five-Thousand-
Six-Hundred
Mi-nutes♫
Is the commitment on the lease,
but New York artists demand a big release.
The sky is opening before us,
and these balloons
released by Ruth St. Denis are going wherever the wind takes them,
as long as it’s upward.
Dancers who tap into Broadway, even if they never make its doors.
Panthers, this Garden will allow you to develop;
&
In they shall pour to watch you produce.

Stage light,
May you beam down,
revealing these souls.

As the viewers sit in rigid chairs motorized,
with the human capacity for expanse mobilized.

Evicted!
These quarters can hold you no more:
Artist. Be Free.

Opening night, Adelphi students can live an experience,
and share
Rent free.
Adelphi is 525,600 minutes stacked four stories high,
&
Every time Panthers move,
they pack
the room with energy.

With the first university-based clinical psychology school,
Adelphi has shown those who currently disbelieve,
that they, too, can dance. And that the rhythm
of a Panther’s potential carries no coda.
This truth is found in the performance space of
Adelphi University,
where as a Panther you are already set,
now let
The truth
be you free.

Follow ClydeAidoo.com for more poems from the Art of Mind and Alma Mater series shared daily. You can purchase Clyde Aidoo’s latest release, Alma Mater Vol. 3: The West, a poetic celebration of the top universities of the West by clicking the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Alma-Mater-Vol-3-West-ebook/dp/B01CJYOA5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467580044&sr=8-1&keywords=Clyde+Aidoo

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Binghamton University Poem

From Alma Mater Vol. 2: The Northeast
Available Now for only 99 cents!

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*Binghamton University*

Hunting season begins in the fall.

Bearcats retreat from the den of the commonplace
into a public
university that stands amongst the premiere of
the Northeast.
They reach Binghamton’s rolling hills then
step out and enter the natural woodland where
the silver maples soak in a yellow glow
and the bucks repose by the sunlit pond.
The foliage mirrors the verdure of the campus,
and in the migrations through the woods,
the serenity of autumn
is captured.

When winter passes with the tracks of snow,
and the salamander braces to cross the road,
Bearcats reemerge to stomp out winter’s coat,
and Fling right into the Spring.
Accompanied by live bands and provided with nutrition,
The Bearcats are well sustained to begin their crawl.
As snapshots are taken in the preserve of the
Black-capped chickadee and Northern Crescent,
The Bearcats are
Crawling all through State,
when
the night
is captured.

At spring’s end as the green frogs
are heard calling from the bridge,
and there is nothing but Peace
on the Quad,
The Bearcats return to their den—
often located miles away.
Many Bearcats will return the
next fall, to carry on and hunt again,
while other Bearcats retire into the summer.

These Bearcats go on to make
their own industrial space,
decorating their walls
with the glory days.
When visitors and associates enter the den,
They observe a piece of the Green life
hanging up as the remnants
of the hunt, with its words telling
the viewer
What has been conquered,
but
cannot
be captured.

Follow ClydeAidoo.com for more poems from the Art of Mind and Alma Mater series shared daily. You can purchase Clyde Aidoo’s latest release, Alma Mater Vol. 3: The West, a poetic celebration of the top universities of the West by clicking the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Alma-Mater-Vol-3-West-ebook/dp/B01CJYOA5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467580044&sr=8-1&keywords=Clyde+Aidoo

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How to Respond to Trump-Era Racism and Harassment

Earlier I saw a post from comedian Jon Laster who encountered a racist at the comedy club he performed in, and after finding the strength to reform from rearranging the racist’s dental work, he took to social media to ask for suggestions on what to do when met with racism while avoiding catching a case. Here is a rephrase of what I just messaged him:

Racist terms like “nigger” developed their power because of the legal and social history of a believed inferiority of Blacks. This inferiority belief was empowered by the lack of civil rights and basic freedoms of Blacks in America dating back to slavery. I’m pointing out the obvious because racist words like that CANNOT be used in the same context now as it was then because Blacks DO now have basic civil rights and freedoms and are legally recognized as full equals. Blacks are still the victims of injustice on a daily basis, but not nearly to the extent of when racist terms developed their power. The same way blacks will never know what it was like to live back then, whites of today will never know what it means to be a racist in its purest, truest, oppressive form. The closest thing to this power is racist police officers, which, you can be sure, is a major driving force for such individuals to join the force. But in regards to the everyday racists who harass Blacks, or for that matter, Muslims, Hispanics, or any other racial or religious minority have no real power, unlike their ancestors. Therefore, when it comes to being a true racist, as I’ve said before: They are posers. And like all posers, instead of being feared, they should be mocked

The context of these words today is different from back then. The context today is simply an attempt at bullying. It’s tribalism that is emboldened by the election, and now they who think they are in the majority in regards to their ideals are simply bullying those who, with Trump’s election, appear to be the minority. So what is happening when someone makes racist or bigoted remarks is an engagement in a mental battle. As a victim of these words, it is perfectly understandable to want to pop somebody in the mouth or to blow your lid. Natural even. Especially with the historical context of words like “nigger.” But in doing that, they have won the mental battle. They (aside from if you pop them in the mouth), got what they wanted. They hurt you. They got that rise. That’s all they wanted to do. For all we know, they then go home, listen to rap music, talk politely to their black co-workers, and maybe even have black friends. Each of these things, true racists back in the “good ol’ days” when America was “great” would never do. They’d just go on being racists 24/7. But being that they are posers, this basic truth is lost on the new generation of racists. Because they will never know what it means to have this kind of power, they try to simulate history on real lives with real emotions, but the fact is: It’s just a mental battle. So how do you win this mental battle? Everyone is different. But my top two options are

1: Clap back. Roast their asses. Put them in their place. Be creative. They tried to hurt your feelings in a non-creative, generic fashion. Hurt theirs personally and directly. That is the true eye-for-an-eye approach, and is justice without needing to get violent. Not everyone has a way with words or the fortitude to be able to keep their composure to do this, which leaves option #2, which is the option I most recommend:

2. Calmly record them and post for the world to see who they are. I would even suggest to do so with a smile on your face. Not only will that confuse them, but it will frustrate them in this mental battle and leave them flustered, and most importantly, it will let the whole world see who they are and potentially ruin their lives in ways their words could never ruin yours. And, as has already been the case with many racists online who have lost their jobs or been expelled, the backlash will prove what I have stated: they do NOT have the same power as their ancestors. They are mere posers.

Take away their power. Both the words and their speakers’. History is too deep for the words not to hurt at all; but when you are in a battle, you don’t let the pain show: you just fight back.

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Elect Yourself to Power

1) Just as sure as the election of Barack Obama did not, to the surprise of some, erode hate, it is equally as certain that the Donald Trump presidency will not erode love. These forces will always be a part of the world. It’s a fact of life. Choose which vibes you let in, don’t let the outside world choose for you.

2) The surplus of outward racism that seems to be growing from random white folk is just another, more grand form of posery. The real racists were oppressors who held people in chains, figurative or literal, and prevented people from basic human rights with a mob mentality and bent justice system. Just as black people of today will never know how bad it was back then, these white people of today will never know what it means to be true racists as their ancestors were. And just like any other poser, be it a fake emo, gangster, biker, etc, instead of being feared, they should be mocked. And in doing so, these posers lose whatever imagined power they think they have.

3) Don’t lose sight of the real issues of racism. People who actually DO hold powers like those described above: such as the criminal justice system and many police forces throughout the country. Choose your battles. Instead of fighting with posers, focus on the bigger, much more pivotal battle where people are being killed, and even more people remain silent.

4) You don’t need to be ashamed to be American or even ashamed of America. That implies that every American made this decision. Nope. The majority of the states and over 59 million people did, who just happen to share this same man-conceived land called the United States. You have your own values apart from those people, and based on the popular vote, you are not alone. This is a time to unite, true, but it’s also a time to own your individuality and the values that come along with it, and then surround yourself with like-minded folks. You’ll live a much more peaceful life that way. There is a space bigger than any country within all of us. Group mentality and social constructs blinds us to this sometimes. Donald Trump, his supporters, and America itself pales in comparison to what we each have inside us. Now would be a good time to become the president of that space.

5) I sincerely hope Donald Trump shocks the world and is an excellent president. Not for myself, but for those who are in fear. And I hope that all the peace-loving immigrants and Hispanic families (among many others) do not have their entire world upended the way we all know is possible. I can’t imagine what I would have said today to my mostly-Hispanic student base that I had the privilege of teaching for three years. But they, and millions of others, are truly in my thoughts. I guess what I would say is that I, and 58,814,018 others tried; and in spite of the results yesterday, unlike Hillary,

We Are Not Defeated.

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Adelphi University Poem

From Alma Mater Vol. 2: The Northeast
Available Now for only 99 cents!

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*Adelphi University*

The truth is,
These Panthers were born to live in this Garden.
Where they claw not to survive, but to live.
Living four stories high with barrels of fire tossed down
from the top of its escape onto the streets—
Blazing a line for Olympic athletes like Mel Pender to run,
and trailing behind was a nation of global learners in a LGS program
on a campus represented by over 60 countries.
Adelphi has Panthers co-habiting inside warm residence halls,
and in dynamic dwellings such as Manhattan lofts and apartments.
♫Five-Hundred-Twenty-Five-Thousand-
Six-Hundred
Mi-nutes♫
Is the commitment on the lease,
but New York artists demand a big release.
The sky is opening before us,
and these balloons
released by Ruth St. Denis are going wherever the wind takes them,
as long as it’s upward.
Dancers who tap into Broadway, even if they never make its doors.
Panthers, this Garden will allow you to develop;
&
In they shall pour to watch you produce.

Stage light,
May you beam down,
revealing these souls.

As the viewers sit in rigid chairs motorized,
with the human capacity for expanse mobilized.

Evicted!
These quarters can hold you no more:
Artist. Be Free.

Opening night, Adelphi students can live an experience,
and share
Rent free.
Adelphi is 525,600 minutes stacked four stories high,
&
Every time Panthers move,
they pack
the room with energy.

With the first university-based clinical psychology school,
Adelphi has shown those who currently disbelieve,
that they, too, can dance. And that the rhythm
of a Panther’s potential carries no coda.
This truth is found in the performance space of
Adelphi University,
where as a Panther you are already set,
now let
The truth
be you free.

Follow ClydeAidoo.com for more poems from the Art of Mind and Alma Mater series shared daily. You can purchase Clyde Aidoo’s latest release, Alma Mater Vol. 3: The West, a poetic celebration of the top universities of the West by clicking the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Alma-Mater-Vol-3-West-ebook/dp/B01CJYOA5A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467580044&sr=8-1&keywords=Clyde+Aidoo

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Binghamton University Poem

From Alma Mater Vol. 2: The Northeast
Available Now for only 99 cents!

AlmaMater_Northeast-Final

*Binghamton University*

Hunting season begins in the fall.

Bearcats retreat from the den of the commonplace
into a public
university that stands amongst the premiere of
the Northeast.
They reach Binghamton’s rolling hills then
step out and enter the natural woodland where
the silver maples soak in a yellow glow
and the bucks repose by the sunlit pond.
The foliage mirrors the verdure of the campus,
and in the migrations through the woods,
the serenity of autumn
is captured.

When winter passes with the tracks of snow,
and the salamander braces to cross the road,
Bearcats reemerge to stomp out winter’s coat,
and Fling right into the Spring.
Accompanied by live bands and provided with nutrition,
The Bearcats are well sustained to begin their crawl.
As snapshots are taken in the preserve of the
Black-capped chickadee and Northern Crescent,
The Bearcats are
Crawling all through State,
when
the night
is captured.

At spring’s end as the green frogs
are heard calling from the bridge,
and there is nothing but Peace
on the Quad,
The Bearcats return to their den—
often located miles away.
Many Bearcats will return the
next fall, to carry on and hunt again,
while other Bearcats retire into the summer.

These Bearcats go on to make
their own industrial space,
decorating their walls
with the glory days.
When visitors and associates enter the den,
They observe a piece of the Green life
hanging up as the remnants
of the hunt, with its words telling
the viewer
What has been conquered,
but
cannot
be captured.

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