A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 13

Chapter 13 ________ Today is January 1, 1999. I made a resolution last night to be the man that I’ve only dreamed to be. I brought JuJu to Atlanta to celebrate our new beginning. She graduates in the spring from nursing school, and with so much that’s happened this past year, I figured it was … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 13

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A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 12

The Young Man attends Church...  Chapter 12 It was a Sunday in December, and the air was crispy cold. I wear a beard most days in the winter, but on this Sunday I shaved. As Auntie would say on Sundays, “today is the day of the Lord.” Out of respect for her, I wanted to … Continue reading A Boss, a Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 12

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 11

Chapter 11 Carlos loves… She kissed me softly. I grabbed her thigh and brought her closer to my body. We laid on the couch and we spoke sweet nothings to each other. I would whisper in her ear, and we giggled and smiled like teenagers that had found love for the first time. Her grandmother … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 11

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 10

Chapter 10 _________ “Sheena, I’m sorry, I didn’t know she was coming to town like this,” he said. “Juan, I love you, but I just don’t know if we can make this work,” she said. I sat in my booth at Gino’s restaurant. I devoured my baked chicken, cabbage, black eye peas, and corn bread. … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 10

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 9

Chapter 9 Even our supposed leaders have drama... circa September 1998 ___________ A short dark chocolate woman in here early 40’s walked behind Boss Man and screamed, “Juan, where you going I ain’t done talking to you?” “Look here Cheryl, I ain’t got time to play these games today, if you want to talk we … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 9

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 8

Chapter 8 Mr. Bill speaks…Youngster listens...  _________ When I was deep in the LIFE I started cutting out on my first wife with Brandi. Brandi was five years younger than my wife Stacey. Youngster, back in the day Brandi had shape for days. She was the exact opposite of Stacey. Stacey went to work, came … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 8

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 7

Chapter 7 The Young Man feels… _____ “Mommmmmmmmmma, where the hell are you!” Carlos screamed. “Wake yo butt up boi! Get up boi” “Momma is that you,” Carlos said softly. “Boi, is you high on dope today?! It’s ya Auntie boi, wake up,” Auntie shouted. “Oh no Auntie, I’m late for work, why you let … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 7

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 6

Chapter 6 The Young Man sleeps… _______ I laid in bed. My eyes saw the back of my eyelids for 10 hours. I woke up, ate a snack, briefly watched television, used the bathroom, and found my way back into the bed. The bed felt good. Sleep felt good. Rest felt good. I yearned for … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 6

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 5

Chapter 5 The Young Man drives… _____________ In the background rap plays in Carlos earbuds. “I’m facing these black on black crimes  Doing time to protect myself from these black on black crimes Selling to u boi’s to make this black on black dimes Vicious cycles make me realize my mind is in a bind … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 5

A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 4

Chapter 4 The Young Man contemplates __________ Carlos awakens, and sits at the edge of his bed. He thinks about the things he will do for the day. He then takes off his clothes to shower before waking up his Aunt. May 1998 “Hey yo Auntie,” Carlos said. “Boi, I dun told ya, I aint … Continue reading A Boss, A Mentor, and the Young Man/chapter 4