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The novel is finished! Seeds in the Concrete will soon grace bookshelves all over the country. This masterpiece is a lyric-like tale, covered with beautiful original art to represent its rejuvenating story. This Brooklyn based story has elements of romance, redemption, crime, and most importantly there are ideas that can change one’s life.
The 12 song album Seeds in the Concrete was written by L. Joevon to compliment the novel. It features a ton of various new artists and producers like Inkz da Artist, Yemi Marie, Rick Hertz & Evolution Camp and more. Each song on the album is in relation to the chapters of the book and the feel of each art piece. Read more about the album on our site!
The Seeds in the Concrete ensemble will also have a 12 episode series based on the novel. It will air on the SITC app and website. Not only will there be a series, there will be documentaries, motivational videos, and 12 music videos to support the theme and content of SITC. Most of the visual work will be filmed with 360 degree cameras to give the readers and fans the ultimate virtual reality experience.
Nov 12 2016
My cougar girlfriend Jennie sent me a text message: I want to play with my cub. Thinking of the things she did, things women my age haven't learned yet, made me ditch all thoughts of taking the train; I caught a cab from Manhattan to Brooklyn. I was 24. Jenny was 41. Of course I didn't get that number from her, but went behind her back and found out from her 13 year old son, Jerrod.
"Hey, cousin L. What's up?" Michael, Jenny's 8-year-old son said while opening the door to let me in.
"Nothing much. Where's ya moms?"
"She said to tell you to meet her in her room as soon as you get in. She said it's important so hurry up."
"Aight, good looking," I said, handling him a Snicker bar from my laptop bag before power walking past him.
As I approached my destination, Biggie Smalls, the legendary deceased rapper, blared from Jerrod's room. Once my body stopped in front of his doorway on my left, I gave a quick, "What's good, Jerrod?" And kept pushing. With my eyes on the prize and a couple of steps away from a "Happy Ending," I began to extend my hand to the doorknob of the Land of Milk and Honey until I heard a roadblock.
I stopped in my tracks, then turned around to confront my traffic stop.
"What's up Jerrod?" I said with a thin layer of sweat on my face as he peeked his head out into the hallway at me.
"Since you in college and all that, I need your opinion on this essay I need to write for my English class. Come here real quick?" He said and stepped back into his room, taking away my chance to protest, which I probably wouldn't have anyway because I never deny giving him help.
"So what's up? Whats the essay about?"
"Role models. I got to write about who I look up to, but I ain't trying to say a rapper or athletes or you know..."
"Yeah I know...um..."
I knew he meant the neighborhood gangsters at the end of his sentence, but that wouldn't look to kosher in class. When I was his age, I wanted to be a respected gangster myself. The difference between me and him was that he had a mother that was more gangster than the ones on the corner and he wasn't going to go against her rules and regulations... or else!
"What is it you like to do," I asked, "and who do you know that does it best!"
It was a revised question to give me time to think of a better way to help. I began thinking of my role models who influenced my ways and actions. After I've gained two felonies for having gangsters as role models at Jerrod's age, that admiration changed quickly. I began thinking of Steve Jobs, who was the master of will power and had personal enlightenment that changed the world. I admired Thomas Edison who, before Steve Job's time, had the great ability to see the potential future of things that other people couldn't see. I thought of Will Smith, who learned how to master his mind and reinvent himself from a rapper to an influential Class A actor. I admired Shawn Carter, better known as Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who came from Marcy Projects to become an aristocrat of New York City, taking his dark past and made a bright future. Faith certainly tells us exactly what our senses didn't, which separated these men from the average. What they have gained through curiosity and belief is what many have lost through pride and doubt. Then the perfect example of what those four men were made of clicked in my mind.
"What about Nkosi Johnson?" I asked
"Nkosi Johnson. To be honest, you remind me of him. He influenced the world on such a way many would think was impossible."
"What he do? What is he about?"
"Check this out. He was born with AIDS in South Africa. He literally was born to die, but he never let that stop him working tirelessly to help other children with AIDS in his poverty stricken country. He became an activist speaker that attracted important people around the world, to help disadvantaged and largely ignored group of people. He was a revolutionary in his country, like Martin Luther King was to America. He made the entire world take a look at the South African health crisis by speaking out against injustice. One of his famous quotes during his speeches was, 'Do what you can, with what you have, in the place you are ,with the time you have left.’ He became an icon who even Nelson Mandela admires and couldn't accomplish what Nkosi accomplished within such a short time frame. He died at the age of twelve. If he influenced millions of people worldwide in such a little bit of time, I can imagine what you can do in your entire life." Jerrod gave me a blank look before finally speaking.
"You are right," he said, getting up and reaching into his book-bag. "And I'ma start now by starting with you 'cause you have some business to handle."
Then he handed me a condom.