Category Archives: raising black boys

Review of my book, Streets of Rage, by Isa Rock

Easy Waters’ Streets of Rage is a must read, especially for anyone who enjoys reading a good and well written coming-of-age tale. The majority of the story takes place in 1970’s Brooklyn, in the projects and surrounding area. It’s a … Continue reading

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About my novel, “Streets of Rage,” soon to be released….

Streets of Rage is a coming of age story, but it is much more. It is a book about urban legends, about the mythology of the inner cities, right in the underbelly of New York City during a time when … Continue reading

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VERY STRANGE FRUIT

Have you ever really listened to the haunting lyrics of “Strange Fruit,” sung by Billie Holliday, who “had the kind of voice you never forget,” as Bret Primack wrote in Jazz Times?: Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the … Continue reading

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Charles Barkley Should Shut Up!

Charles Barkley the NBA “great,” in response to the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, stated in a CNN interview that “this notion, that cops are out there just killing black men, is ridiculous.” Remember the “I am not a … Continue reading

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From my book, “Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats”: “Stolen Lives”

“Stolen Lives” They march on City Hall, Trailing a long banner, A fragile memorial, Dedicated to mostly young minorities, The fatal victims of police brutality, Of New York’s Finest. As they march they chant: “Police brutality by the hour!” “What … Continue reading

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“Blue Knight Riders,” from my book, Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats

In light of the Governor of Missouri activating the National Guard, in anticipation of the Grand Jury not indicting the police officer who killed Michael Brown, I decided to post this poem from my book, “Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black … Continue reading

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The Alchemy of Transforming Teens?

A week ago in the early morning rush hour I bumped into a young lady on a Brooklyn street in Brownsville. “Mr. Waters!” she said, giving me a hug. Fourteen years ago this young lady was 14 years old, a … Continue reading

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