Prentice Powell Explains the System Controlling You

By Natasha Foreman Bryant

Below you will find a beyond amazing performance by spoken word artist Prentice Powell. It speaks to my Call to Action posts that I have shared for men and women asking that they stand up and help our youth, families, communities, and world be better, stronger, and more dignified (note: a Call to Action part two is coming ladies).

Prentice Powell is speaking the truth and we need more Powell’s sharing the reality that we all have helped create, want to ignore, point fingers at, or are still playing a role within. If you take offense to what Powell says, then you are quite possibly one of the offenders he speaks of throughout his performance.

Yes, his message is very much directed to and about Black people, but honestly, you can insert any group of people into this configuration and see some or most of what he is addressing. What is most visible, embarrassing, and heart wrenching for him (and for me) is the breakdown within the Black community, and the accepted role within “the system” that Black men and women alike play. So this is what he speaks of, but I have friends of other nationalities, races, and cultures who could easily plug and play their “people” in this example, and say, “that’s us too”.

So I ask that you come from a place that is familiar to you, or try to see through Prentice’s lens, and then ask yourself, what you can do to help bring about a positive change to this epidemic that affects all of us—because believe it or not, we’re truly in this boat together.

Please view the video below and then share it with others. We must change our thinking and habits, and be the change that we want to see in the world. We must disengage our role within “the system” and engage in a more healthy environment for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world. Please share this with your circle of influence and re-post for the world to see, hear, and to begin a healthy (and productive) dialogue.

Thank you.


Video Source:

Video posted on YouTube by: Arsenio Hall Show

Prentice Powell:

Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved.


>Change in the World

>Monday evening I had the honor of attending the premiere of the documentary, Change in the World, part of the Andrew Young Presents series. The film is narrated and produced by the great Ambassador Young, Directed by CB Hackworth, and features the voices of Martin Luther King, III, Jasmine Guy, Jennifer Holliday, David Oyelowo, Ted Turner, and Joanne Woodward.

Change in the World highlights former President of Morehouse College, Dr. Benjamin Mays and his relationship and influences on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Mitchell (acclaimed author of Gone with the Wind), Maynard Jackson, Hank and Billye Aaron, and other American greats. Some of us know of the many contributions Dr. Mays made during and after his Presidency at Morehouse College, what the majority of us did not know was of his affiliation with Mrs. Margaret Mitchell during a time when whites and blacks associated publicly in clearly defined roles…never as peers, colleagues, associates or friends.

To hear how Dr. Mays and Margaret Mitchell were able to collaborate to help elevate Morehouse College through private scholarships provided by Mitchell was amazing. This secret arrangement impacted the lives of many young African-American men then and even now, 60 years later. Mays and Mitchell’s desire to provide an equal opportunity for all people also afforded the eventual development of the Morehouse College School of Medicine. I won’t share more as you will have to hear and see the story for yourself in the next few months.

Beginning in September the Andrew Young Foundation in partnership with the Morehouse Leadership Center will be offering a leadership seminar- Social & Political Change in the 20th Century which will host four sessions from September to November to the public in the Executive Conference Center Auditorium on the Morehouse campus.

Be sure to check the Andrew Young Foundation and Morehouse College websites for more details.

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman.