Writing My Wrongs

Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison

Writing My Wrongs

New York Times Bestseller A memoir of redemption, reform, and second chances amidst America's mass incarceration epidemic. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel, and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug dealing to survive, and end up in prison for murder at the age of 19, fuming with anger and despair. Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next. During his nineteen-year incarceration, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement, Senghor discovered literature, meditation, self-examination, and the kindness of others—tools he used to confront the demons of his past, forgive the people who hurt him, and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed. Upon his release at age thirty-eight, Senghor became an activist and mentor to young men and women facing circumstances like his. His work in the community and the courage to share his story led him to fellowships at the MIT Media Lab and the Kellogg Foundation and invitations to speak at events like TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival. In equal turns, Writing My Wrongs is a page-turning portrait of life in the shadow of poverty, violence, and fear; an unforgettable story of redemption, reminding us that our worst deeds don’t define us; and a compelling witness to our country’s need for rethinking its approach to crime, prison, and the men and women sent there. — Oprah's Super Soul 100 Member

The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture

The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture

The Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture will be an essential reference point, providing international coverage and thematic richness. The chapters examine the real and imagined spaces of the prison and, perhaps more importantly, dwell in the uncertain space between them. The modern fixation with ‘seeing inside’ prison from the outside has prompted a proliferation of media visions of incarceration, from high-minded and worthy to voyeuristic and unrealistic. In this handbook, the editors bring together a huge breadth of disparate issues including women in prison, the view from ‘inside’, prisons as a source of entertainment, the real worlds of prison, and issues of race and gender. The handbook will inform students and lecturers of media, film, popular culture, gender, and cultural studies, as well as scholars of criminology and justice.

Young Men's Perspective Magazine vol 6

Young Men's Perspective Magazine vol 6

In an effort to continue with our tradition here at YMPM, we take a in depth look into the life and times of THE YOUNG BLACK MALE, while providing A PREVENTATIVE AND CAUTIONARY TALE PERSPECTIVE. Unlike your typical publication, we cater our focus on young brothers mindset, addressing the carbon copy mentality from all the inner workings the street life imposes upon them. Young black males at an alarming rate are dying by the countless numbers based on the misleading visuals from movies and lyrics of artist who perpetrate a fraud glamorizing a deathstyle versus a lifestyle. Overstanding and recognizing the urgency of this matter, we took a stand and met the need by providing content that is Empowering individuals To Tap Into Their Best Potential. While cultivating a healthy mindset in order for our communities around the country to heal and allowing the men to take on their roles as leaders in their perspective places.

Doing Time, Writing Lives

Refiguring Literacy and Higher Education in Prison

Doing Time, Writing Lives

Doing Time, Writing Lives offers a much-needed analysis of the teaching of college writing in U.S. prisons. Through the examination of a college-in-prison program, Berry exposes not only incarcerated students' hopes and dreams for their futures but also their anxieties about whether education will help them.

A Marginalized Voice

Devalued, Dismissed, Disenfranchised & Demonized

A Marginalized Voice

The downpour of death and destruction flooding that life path of Black boys makes them prime candidates to be placed on the Endangered People's List. To be young, Black, a male, and muted, is a recipe for living with an emotional and potentially, a mental disorder. Black boys, too often, blinded by frustration, are angry, confused, and disconnected. Like pain, calling attention to illness in the body, A Marginalized Voice draws attention to the harmful practices, and social ills that systemically Many practitioners (parents, educators, program personnel, and health professionals) believe they are providing well-meaning solutions for those struggles faced by Black boys. More often than not, most fail to comprehensively understand the vicious cycle Black boys struggle to escape. A Marginalized Voice uncovers those deleterious practices authored by well-meaning supporters whose actions contribute to the pathology dependence that many Black boys find themselves locked in. The book illuminates the invisible chains of marginalization used to trap Black boys. Reginald Williams' use real-life chronicles to deliver the sobering truth about practices and principles paralyzing Black boys. The narrated stories represent the only empirical data needed to educate those who are miseducated. A Marginalized Voice challenges claimed leaders to step forward and educate themselves on the depth of the complex issues. It pushes leaders to be brazen enough to collaboratively forge forth to facilitate the change needed to impact the lives of Black boys. The abolitionist Frederick Douglass said: "It's easier to build strong children than repair broken men." A Marginalized Voice begins the process of building strong Black boys. It is the start of a conversation that will push for a movement so that the world will see and hear Black Boys Speak.

Love Behind Bars

The True Story of an American Prisoner's Wife

Love Behind Bars

The Powerful, Poignant Story of Love, Courage, and Redemption from Death Row, Where an Indomitable Woman Challenged Corruption in Order to Free her Husband When TV reporter Jodie Sinclair went to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as the Death House at Angola, in 1981, she expected to report about the death penalty and leave. She never expected to fall in love. Billy Sinclair was an inmate at Angola, sent there for an accidental murder during a robbery gone wrong. After facing a trial which was skewed against him and being sentenced to death, he saw first-hand the corruption and abuse rife in the criminal justice system, and he began an unrelenting crusade for reform. When the pair married by proxy a year after meeting, Jodie took up Billy’s fight. From then on, she lived with one foot in the outside world and one in the complex and dehumanizing bureaucracy of the prison world. This incredible memoir tracks her heroic twenty-five-year fight to save her husband from dying in prison, the professional setbacks she suffered for marrying a prisoner, and a pardons scandal in which she wore a wire for the FBI to help her husband expose corruption in the criminal justice system leading all the way to the governor's office, which put a target on Billy's back. It is the uplifting true story of a woman who stood by her man, and in doing so, exposed the horrors of our criminal justice system and became a voice for all those who have loved ones behind bars.

The New York Times Theatre Reviews 1999-2000

The New York Times Theatre Reviews 1999-2000

This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.