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Importance of Writing in Our Lives: Poetry as an Outlet. Last Friday I was personally invited to lecture and perform at NorthBrook High School for 2 10th grade English classes. As part of the lecture, the class viewed my BNV performance. I am reminded that this isn’t only about me and my journey, but being able to use my experiences to inspire and motivate others to grow, understand, and learn. #YOUTHMATTER #YOUMATTER

Importance of Writing in Our Lives: Poetry as an Outlet. Last Friday I was personally invited to lecture and perform at NorthBrook High School for 2 10th grade English classes. As part of the lecture, the class viewed my BNV performance. I am reminded that this isn’t only about me and my journey, but being able to use my experiences to inspire and motivate others to grow, understand, and learn. #YOUTHMATTER #YOUMATTER

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I am threat if informed 
Suicide If ignorant
I am threat if loud
Suicide if silent
I am threat if I change
Suicide if I am the same
I am threat if I succeed
Suicide if I fail
I am threat if murderer
Suicide if victim
I am threat if gun
Threat if wallet
Threat if misunderstood
Threat if understood
Threat if ground stood
Threat if running, resisting 
If breathing
Threat if  I am Oscar
Threat if I am Treyvon
Threat if I am Michael
Threat if I am Jordan
I am threat if I am black
But Suicide if I am not

I am threat if informed
Suicide If ignorant
I am threat if loud
Suicide if silent
I am threat if I change
Suicide if I am the same
I am threat if I succeed
Suicide if I fail
I am threat if murderer
Suicide if victim
I am threat if gun
Threat if wallet
Threat if misunderstood
Threat if understood
Threat if ground stood
Threat if running, resisting
If breathing
Threat if I am Oscar
Threat if I am Treyvon
Threat if I am Michael
Threat if I am Jordan
I am threat if I am black
But Suicide if I am not

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HBO’s Brave New Voices Quarter Finals - “Rounds”- Jordan Simpson

This is me… All of me. It heals to hurt this much sometimes. I thank God for all of those who have been through this experience with me. The hugs after this poem were UNBELIEVABLE. I thank you ALL. This is why Brave New Voices is family; the safe space we call a stage and the motivation to give all of your truth we call competition. I needed this space this year. Thank you #BNV14. 

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Giving all of myself at Brave New Voices 2014  in Philadelphia. Thank you all that made it possible to share my story… #BNV14

Giving all of myself at Brave New Voices 2014 in Philadelphia. Thank you all that made it possible to share my story… #BNV14

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Every birthday after I lost my eyesight has truly been a blessing. I’ve been through so many indescribable moments trying to survive and find myself after all of it. And I’m still going through a tremendous amount of trials, but it’s this moment, this one time of the year I allow a pat on the back to say “I don’t know how, but you’re making it”. My acquaintances, friends, and lessons learned up to this point are truly invaluable. Thank you. Thank you all so much.

Every birthday after I lost my eyesight has truly been a blessing. I’ve been through so many indescribable moments trying to survive and find myself after all of it. And I’m still going through a tremendous amount of trials, but it’s this moment, this one time of the year I allow a pat on the back to say “I don’t know how, but you’re making it”. My acquaintances, friends, and lessons learned up to this point are truly invaluable. Thank you. Thank you all so much.

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Creative Writing Summer Camp Internship day 3. My 4/5th graders drew me! #Peep the waves!! #@witshouston

Creative Writing Summer Camp Internship day 3. My 4/5th graders drew me! #Peep the waves!! #@witshouston

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I am a creative writing intern for A Creative Writing Camp collaboration between Writers in the Schools and Rice University’s School Literacy and Cultures. Sooo Excited to be apart of this experience! @witshouston

I am a creative writing intern for A Creative Writing Camp collaboration between Writers in the Schools and Rice University’s School Literacy and Cultures. Sooo Excited to be apart of this experience! @witshouston

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Houston Press has labeled me one of the 100 CREATIVES OF 2014!!!! Look at God!!!

Houston Press has labeled me one of the 100 CREATIVES OF 2014!!!! Look at God!!!

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#EarthDay2014 @GreenStreetHou “Holding your breath & living like trash hurt all the same if you do it for too long”

#EarthDay2014 @GreenStreetHou “Holding your breath & living like trash hurt all the same if you do it for too long”

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Part one of my morning… How do you share your truth to 2nd graders. A test of explaining the purpose of poetry to me. Thank you KIPP Peace Elementary @witshouston

Part one of my morning… How do you share your truth to 2nd graders. A test of explaining the purpose of poetry to me. Thank you KIPP Peace Elementary @witshouston