Live Your Truth

-By Jontae Grace As my ratchetness has grown and matured, my shame about it has all but disappeared. My personal dalliances might surprise some, but anyone who really knows me will tell you that I’m really with the shit, in several ways. Or was. Or might still be, depending on what that mouf do. Point…

Broken Shards: Protecting and Developing Your Energy

By Jontae Grace There comes a time when, after enduring stress and struggle for so long, I feel spiritually and emotionally numb, and I looking at life like, “Whatever, motherfucker.” These moments of FuckItAll can be both a gift and a curse. On the one hand, I get a little bit more reckless. I don’t…

Planned Mistakes

By Jontae Grace I’m beginning to think that even our mistakes are planned. It stands to reason that, just as God uses others to bless us, to enter our lives with relief, assistance and encouragement, he would also use them to bring warnings, discipline and all manner of lessons. It doesn’t make them a bad…

Live Your Apologies

When we find ourselves alone with our thoughts, we wrestle with moral dilemmas of past actions that’ve affected the present. Everything that we suppress by day comes bursting forth at night: remorse for relationships lost, frustration at loaded circumstances, the many good things you do eclipsed by the few bad. The heart ponders whatever it…

Match Me: The New Culture of Balance

Where I come from, we match. Whether that be a sack of indo or gas money, its a sign of camaraderie when you put what you have together with what I have, so we’ll have more. From grade school, boys and girls share everything from secrets to chocolate milk. We got older and wore matching…