Taking back the community

This has been long overdue in the small town of Gaffney, SC. Over the past couple of years, this tight knit Upstate city has been hit hard with shooting tragedies and deaths.

I reflect very hard on this as I come upon the toughest day of the year for me, 1/28. I watched the pain in two ladies’s eyes as they had to do the same as I did with my brother: say goodbye. Their brother was one of many lost to senseless gun violence recently. It has gotten so bad that when I’m in Gaffney late, I’m very careful about where I go and who I’m with.

Now I have had my own criticisms of Gaffney, SC. But the fact is there is a very strong spirit of love, togetherness, and family. You may get asked questions about who you’re related to and who your people are. But they typically treat you well overall as long as you treat them the same. They are actually some of the most kind and good hearted people you will find. It simply seems there are evil forces that exists in and out of the city.

The sheriff election last year caused a lot of uproar since many wanted a change due to all of the violence and they didn’t feel like the Gaffney PD was doing enough to end it. Taking away guns, arresting perps or even closing certain nightspots have proved to only be temporary fixes. Now there needs to be solutions, stronger community watch programs, definite gun control, and more checkpoints in these rougher areas to start with.

I have always regularly seen children playing in Gaffney even past dark. Over the past two years, this has ceased. I don’t see many people spending as much time in Gaffney outside of their own home. That hurts the local economy of course. I realize the police force is understaffed, but there needs to be a greater concentration on ending these violent threats and folks.

The community will have to stand together as they always have. This can end!

#imjustdrew #fromdarktosunshine

10 Year Challenge

The viral 10 year challenge has given not only the CIA a chance to update its databases, it has given many lots of nostalgia and a chance to look back.

For me, I’m proud of my last ten years. Plenty of highs and lows and a lot of highs:

1. Seeing the age of 40

2. Being in better physical shape and having better skin and a regimen to keep me healthy

3 Changing jobs with a chance to advance

4. Becoming an author

5. Being able to travel and provide myself and my mom with necessities and material possessions.

6. Having two blogs.

7. Building strong networks on social media and in real life.

8. Steady Improvement in every area of my life

9. Valuing family and friendship now more than ever.

10. Gaining wisdom and experience necessary for the next 10 years.

With the longest government shutdown in history, hamberders, R. Kelly, continuous rain, the Patriots going to the Super Bowl again, the challenge is something positive for everyone. At least no one is eating Tide Pods or trying to jump out of a moving car.

So continue to be positive and try for the great comeback that Soulja Boy was talking about!

#imjustdrew #fromdarktosunshine

There is a difference, don’t be mad

I am the type to give advice and often my opinions on things. I simply like to help people that want to be helped.

Often people think I’m being forceful but really I am a passionate Cancer man. If I know something works or is good, I will speak my mind on it.

Believe it or not, I do subscribe to the notion that people will do what they want, and often need more help than I can provide. I work daily to know the difference.

I charge all of us to do the same. We seem to be counter judgmental if others aren’t up on the same issues with you, disagree with you in t slightest, or call you out on facts. If they’re your friends, it shouldn’t matter. Otherwise, you can be adults and talk in person or by phone. That is my usual go to.

Therefore, let’s be aware, opinionated but respectful. We can still get alone. We just cannot let emotion and meaningless things get the best of us. We can do better as humans.

#imjustdrew #fromdarktosunshine

R. Kelly needs to be addressed all the way around.

Ok unless you weren’t born or have been under a rock, you are well aware of the lack of the moral and mental capacity of R&B singer R. Kelly.

The two main narratives is that certain people in society can get away with darned near anything, and that black girls get molested and sexually abused far too often.

This isn’t to say it doesn’t happen to other little girls or to boys. R. Kelly is the main focus because he has been doing this for so long and has somehow gotten away with this. The victims and others are now speaking out.

I would really like to see more than his music boycotted or his music being played now more than ever. I think I speak for many others when I say it’s time that R. Kelly gets his just desserts and serves time. Many men have been exposed due to the #MeToo movement. Let’s get R. Kelly also please.

More than this, we have to care for the victims and the PTSD that they are suffering from reliving this. This also applies to other victims of this sick crime that were molested or touched inappropriately as a child by a family member, uncle, aunt, etc. It is a problem far bigger than the border wall that has the government shut down.

Putting away Robert Kelly isn’t as hard as everyone is making it appear. Getting these victims the proper help is the bigger battle. This is a serious matter and needs to be addressed. We cannot have our little girls getting touched and urinated upon. Victims also do not need to feel ashamed. This is 2019 and we need to put aside any idolation towards a musical superstar or a force and get down to the real issues.

#imjustdrew is covering many issues this year. Community and such will still be stressed as this applies here also. It’s difficult for abuse to exist in a healthy, clean, protective environment. You will see me finding sources and topics relevant to my upcoming books and talks. We must feel comfortable talking about this subject and others and ending it.

I’m tired of it but in reality we need more R. Kelly type documentaries, if the agenda is proper.

#imjustdrew #fromdarktosunshine