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… Inspired by 2 quotes …

(She taps my shoulder):  “Uncle Dru- aren’t you a writer?”…

… ( I silently nod in affirmation) …

( she turns back to her friend): “see I told ya so!”

– Talyah, age 9.

International stories:

Interviewing students at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal

5/ 18/ 05 – “The Turf, The village”: http://www.youthradio.org/oldsite/international/npr050518_ghana.shtml

8/ 4/ 05 -” The Truth About Iron Gates” (Poem): http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=b523d75491629c82559abe8946ecf2ed

8/ 8/ 08 -” Dakar and New Orleans: beaucoup en common”:

http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=d826ffed78d3f6ab8193259f4cdf2d75

1/ 14/ 09- “Irish Slang 101”: http://www.youthradio.org/news/irish-slang-101

1/ 15/ 09- ” A Grotesque Protest”: http://www.youthradio.org/news/a-grotesque-protest

1/ 15/ 09- “We Are The World”: http://www.youthradio.org/news/we-are-world

1/ 16/ 09 -“A Tight Knit Community”:http://www.youthradio.org/news/yr-europe-a-tight-knit-community-where-the-troubles-began

3/ 6/ 09 -“A Decade After Belfast”: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101561675

3/ 17/ 09 -“Whimpering Celtic Tiger”: http://www.youthradio.org/news/whimpering-celtic-tiger

Political/ Societal Stories:

Interviewing one-time Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums

7/24/08- “Sex Without Condoms is the new engagement ring”: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92871273

8/ 27/ 08- ” Math Problem: Democratic National Convention. “: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94011873

12/ 18/ 08 -” How Does Obama Feel About COINTELPRO?” :

http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=1b08f79eb3e59a5f6203d54efc4eb836

2/ 12/ 09 – “Political Consequence” ( about Oscar Grant and Huey P. Newton):

http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=42635024467beb2d7b48b9409e81296a

7/ 1/ 09- “Michael Jackson and How Society Works”:http://2025bmb.org/theblog/?id=138

7/ 27/ 10- “Who Asked U?: For Young Blacks, Vocational Training or Liberal Arts?”:

http://oaklandlocal.com/article/who-asked-us-young-blacks-vocational-training-or-liberal-arts-community-voices

Oakland Stories:

Interviewing Oakland Native Mark Curry

1/1/06 “State of the Town”:  http://www.youthradio.org/oldsite/society/kcbs060101_stateoftown.shtml )

7/ 18/ 06 -“Babies and Bullets”: http://www.youthradio.org/oldsite/society/npr060718_babies.shtml

7/ 30/ 09 – “Black Oakland Writers’ photo shoot” (photo essay) : http://www.youthradio.org/news/black-oakland-writers-photoshoot

8/ 3/ 09 -” RIP Brownie: Hatchet wielding man shot to death by Oakland police”:

http://www.youthradio.org/news/hatchett-wielding-man-shot-death-oakland-police-officer

6/ 30/10- “Oakland Awaits Verdict in Subway Trial”: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128220858

7/ 6/ 10- “Sometimes, Your Job Comes Home With You.” ( A reflection on the reaction to the Oscar Grant Verdict):

http://2025bmb.org/theblog/?id=14739

7/ 13/ 10- “Oakland’s Next Move: A Chess Move”: http://www.youthradio.org/news/oaklands-next-move-a-chess-move

Explanation of  “The Grant Station Project”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky2BdqadSoc

Interview with Mayor Dellums about Oscar Grant: http://youtu.be/Q2VaMtVdlLo

“The Grant Station Project”- http://ogpenn.podomatic.com/player/web/2010-08-24T10_59_24-07_00

( a lyrical hip-hop response to the Oscar Grant shooting/ verdict; original songs by Young Gully, production by Jamon Dru, and narration by myself.) :

8/ 7/ 10 – “Riding Shotgun in The Chevy” (photo essay):

http://youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=fe744b64866823944805b083339ea1ec

Manhood stories:

Interviewing Hill Harper

11/30/06 – ” The N-Bomb” (Consigning the N-word to personal history) : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6559208

3/ 3/ 10- ” Ringed Leaders” (Malcolm X, Kevin Powell, and marriage/ manhood.) : http://2025bmb.org/theblog/?id=14706

6/ 4/ 10 -“Linen Suits and Soul at the KBLX Concert” :

http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=83e779dce016cc8f8de3f253c935d438

6/ 22/ 10 – ” White House on Dads: Children need presence, not perfection.” (Interview with Michael Strautmanis) :

http://www.youthradio.org/news/the-presidents-fatherhood-and-mentoring-initiative

College stories:

wearing the Resident Assistant hat in Drew Hall, Howard University. Washington, D.C.

7/ 31/ 07- “School’s a Stage: my first year at Howard.” : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6559208

10/ 26/ 09- ” Hold the Space, Burn your Fear.”: http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=b57152c4570e0664635566898b0930fd

11/ 2/ 09- “The Diary of a Howard University RA”: http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=aef7c501b4427c8b893234c59c67145f

6/ 1/ 10- ” The Very Same Corner”: http://2025bmb.org/theblog/?id=14727

Hip-Hop/ Spoken Word stories:

chopping it up with Sway

2/ 8/ 06 – “Beeda Weeda: Bomb Beats of the Bay”: http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=eff23a90d2d75aa9361a4e6aa9b98813

5/ 19/ 10- “From One Drum”: http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=f23e16e606b6226251b0c53f16edb591

7/ 28/ 10- ” The London Movement”: http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=032b4bb3dbcfcc3c917250d368a27733

2/ 3/ 11 – “Time with Charles C. Blackwell” (poet): http://2025bmb.org/theblog/?id=14790

3/5/11 -Big K.R.I.T. quotes ( re-post from Penn’s Station) : http://lyricistlounge.com/2011/03/05/quotes-from-big-k-r-i-t/

Sports stories:

Interviewing Mascots at the MLB All-Star game in New York, 2008.

5/ 26/ 06 “Jesus El: Super Hero on the Hoop Court and the Dance Floor.”:

http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=a096d6d61ccd9d86e15c1b302b27247a

6/8/10 – “Michael Jordan on the Cover of NBA 2K11?..Huh!?!:

http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=1c7d1701da90b69c5c95a5c60634b2b8

1/ 11/ 10- “An Open Letter to Mark Ingram”: http://2025bmb.org/theblog/?id=14692

5/ 21/ 10 -” NBA’s Free Agent Season Kicks into Gear”:

http://www.youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=cdb7a2f24a2a8e3b71f608e0fd3cb8f0

3/ 29/ 11 -“The voice of the MLB champions: play ball Giants!!!” ( Interview with Renel Brooks-Moon):

http://youthoutlook.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=ce045f69c9812df5073483466d874d57

…Last but not least…

…The production that put me on the map…

…Back when everyone called me by my middle name, Andrew (Dru), and not just my close friends and family…

Video of Oakland A’s mascot Stomper going dumb :

http://youtu.be/zdst63FWSCs

… Special salute to: Youth Radio, Youth Outlook, NPR, The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys, Lyricist Lounge,  The Oakland Post, and Oakland Local.

… a bigger salute to the readers …

Peace.

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