A young man holds a protest sign at a Black Lives Matter march..
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To those who have an ear let them hear:

A VOICE of defiance from the next generation of society’s victim of recidivism;

a VOICE on the other side of the spectrum where color bears no significance but Black Lives Matter more than criticism;

a VOICE longing for reciprocation from anyone schooled by the amazingly miseducated Lauryn Hill;

an incendiary but instrumental VOICE fueled by Malcolm and tuned by Tupac, you feel me?

a VOICE meant to be spoken in unison with a chorus of a chosen few warriors and revolutionaries;

a VOICE that knows no boundaries even from within the confines of a spiritual cemetery;

a VOICE so cool that is resonates through the crevices of Chicago’s icy veins;

an angry but respectful VOICE filled with an insatiable passion for change;

a VOICE of independence — unchecked, unchained and unrelenting.

To those who have an ear let them hear:

a VOICE. Of. TOTAL. EMPOWERMENT!

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Lorenzo Michael Hall

Lorenzo Michael Hall is a writer incarcerated in Illinois.