Why your worst deeds don’t define you
anybody can have a transformation if we create the space for that to happen…
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feb 2015 release – writing my wrongs:
In 1991, at the age of nineteen, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was a young drug dealer with a quick temper who had been hardened by what he experienced selling drugs on the unforgiving streets of Detroit. For years as he served out his sentence for second degree murder, he blamed everybody else but himself for the decision he made to shoot on that fateful night. It wasn’t until Shaka started writing about the pain from his childhood and his life on the streets that he was able to get at the root of the anger that led him to prison. Through the transformative power of journaling, he accepted responsibility for his violent behavior and now uses his experience to help others avoid the same path.
feb 2015 – we need more shakas:
i know you ness
letter to Kalief
I am now questioning how and why I survived 19 years in prison. #RethinkingPrisonsIntl #Cut50 http://t.co/pYt4CFCKn7
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ShakaSenghor/status/611527660594814976
jan 2016 – trailer for his book – writing my wrongs
a story of redemption
i want us to take the time out to listen … and to question our broken prison system
we’re living in a time where systemic change can take place..
hurt people hurt people.. a lot of people are hurting.. we keep turning a deaf ear to their pain..
Joi Ito (@Joi) tweeted at 5:52 AM – 24 Sep 2017 :
Go @ShakaSenghor! Oprah on How Ex-Prisoner Series ‘Released’ Tells Stories of Redemption https://t.co/NCGQDszU3v via @thr (http://twitter.com/Joi/status/911921274674454528?s=17)
While speaking on a panel for Released at the Tribeca TV Festival, Winfrey said she asked Senghor, as she does with all of her interview subjects, what his intentions were for that interview. His response was that he “wanted people to know that you weren’t your biggest mistake.” Winfrey and Senghor are both firm believers that “everybody has the ability retell their story and to be redeemed.” And so the concept behind Released was born.
Winfrey found it incredibly important that Senghor act as a consulting producer on the series since he experienced the stories told onscreen firsthand. Senghor said watching the release process of the series’ subjects “validated a lot of feelings that I had coming home.”
“I believe redemption’s possible for almost everybody,” Winfrey said while discussing the importance of the series. Released intends to go beyond the stereotype of what it means to be a reformed convict and instead show that many people deserve to be forgiven. Senghor added, “I’m a firm believer that most of us have some type of faith, and a cornerstone of faith, to me, is redemption is possible.”
i’m thinking it has to be everyone.. everyday..
equity as everyone getting a go (a re go) everyday..