"Each publication that is released and bought will go toward the education and personal well being of my son Nathaniel Tacuma Akil Trotter and the rest of our families.
"This book was written out of Love for my Mom (Sydney), Dad (Walter), (Sisters) Lisa, Shemica, LaShell, Anitra, (Brother) Al, (Nephew) Lil Rodney, (Nieces) Earnisty, and Haven, (Sister-in-law) Aina London, The Trotter Family, Dickson Family, Hanks Family, Leslie O. Howard (My Father) & our Howard family, Imani Margerum-London Family, Reed Family, Pass Family, J. Amber Ellis Family, Nunnally Family, Robbins Family, Diggs Family, R. Jones Family (13), Bragg Family, Loupe Family, Robinson Family, Williams Family, Bell Family, Castile Family, Toombs Family & The Loomis Street Family, Pompei Nayru (Poetically means Peace Maker) Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks (My Spiritual Grandmother), I'll always love you.
"Linda (L.ady E.bony S.wan), Trumell, Sparkle, Destiny, Shantel, DeShaun, and the Robinson Family - thank you for embracing me. I love you all.
"To all my doctors at Northwestern Medical Hospital (Dr. B. Bendok), (Dr. A. Amine) with St, Francis Hospital - thank you very much for allowing God to use you to save my life during my surgeries. (May God bless you and the lives of your staff). To all the teachers, staff and administrators that work in the Calumet Park School District #132, and Principal J. Burnditt - Burr Oak Academy). All those that I missed, may God bless you and your families also..
"To all the women I've ever known, I appreciate your patience with me and my inconsistencies. Thanks for teaching me how to love, how to be loved, and why it's important to know when I'm in love. For all of you and those you love now, I pray that God continues to shine in your lives and bless you. You have inspired me in so many ways, I can't just put them into words. Know this: that you'll always be a significant & lovely part of my life. May God bless all of you.
"This book will satisfy the thirst of millions because I'm thirsty, too. Just by writing, I'm curing myself. I'm no longer afraid to fail, which makes me very successful at jotting down these thoughts and sharing them with you. It is an illness that I embrace, because my early experiences will bring us a lifetime of health and intimate success.
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"What's up son, this is your dad.
I just want you to know that you are my heart,
no matter what you've heard, you are my little man
I can't wait for us to be together again, so we can play ball,
go to the park, sit and talk about whatever is on your mind and
you can learn the piano and trumpet all the while
studying to be a Rhodes Scholar or whatever you choose,
I'll be right here for you.
I love you, son.
Nathaniel, allow me to awaken the sleeping giant within you
by reassuring you of the intellect that you possess,
that suave & gritty finesse.
Son, easily approach any situation by knowing the ground you stand on.
Defend your family at all cost.
I will always be here to support your progress from a little boy to a strong young man.
Always read Job 22:21-22, 29
"Now, (get to know God), acquaint yourself with Him
& be at peace, (with yourself).
Thereby good will come to you.
Please receive instruction from His mouth
and lay up His words in your heart."
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"I am thy Father, which neither in heaven, nor by blood,
nor by birth, but by the spirit,
You are the only son
that our Lord blessed me with.
I know why you are the only son I will ever have,
because you need the wisdom that I give
and I need what you give as a son,
a leader and a wise man.
From a wise one take all the gifts that I gave you, which you cannot see.
Pass them on to your son the same way I gave them to you,
not by sight but by the light of guidance,
which you know now and forever,
(Walter Trotter wrote “Thy Son.” Thanks for contributing this piece, Dad.)
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"I’m talking to all of my coco-butter queens,
You gorgeous grandmothers, mothers, daughters, aunties and girlfriends,
All of you are fabulously elegant sistas.
With your wonderful strength in the face of adversity
You are beyond patient with us brothas that are struggling
With self, society, the streets trying to figure out how you find the courage
To keep loving us unconditionally.
I’m talking to the educated sistas that have lost faith in us brothas,
Those of you that have transformed to fall in love with another type of brotha,
I could never be mad at you, yet I’m inspired cause as the brothas continue to pull up
their bootstraps and the soldiers begin to secure the communities,
You’ll be back happier than the day you ran away taking your love and support.
Hello you single mothers, the most beautiful sistas, that takes hold of your
situation and makes good with the hand you’re dealt, playing the game to win,
I don’t always agree with your style but you must protect your pride, joy, and your heart.
To all you young sistas,
I want you to know the brothas
are here and we’re gonna stay around
With arms wide open whether holding down the block
in order to hold up the neighborhood, we are out
here working two 9 to 5’s in order to make
your dreams come true. We are in college to bring
the mental wealth home,
We’re the brothas waiting to share the world
with our gorgeous sistas,
Sincerely, One Brotha of Millions
of Brothas that are Right Here!!!"
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"Sensitive & Realistic"
"Brothas, listen to the things I begin to share with you,
the expedition of embracing your emotions,
Our women, true companions, have been here for
us since the dawn, one rib.
Emphatically some of us, not all of us have rejected their strength,
out of fear of being dominated.
Yet it is not dominance that they seek, it’s the meek
heart of their king that our queens search for,
They want to walk with us, not behind us, as well as being led
by our strength & humility.
Those who truly read this and experience the ‘love’ in which
I speak, you feel me.
Brothas cherish and respect that our women are sensitive and realistic!"
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"To those that have a Surplus of Understanding"
"The desire to please your mate burns at 7,000 degrees
On a daily basis, yet can be extinguished with one tear of infidelity.
Tremendous episodes of;
Pushing, pulling, loving, hugging, cursing, lying and
The truth shall set you free.
I am not yo! Baby’s daddy
I’m our son’s father
regardless of the climax of our romantic, passionate,
The forces of human nature’s scientific studies, test tubed us, shook us, sprung us,
impregnated us, hitched us, poured us onto litmus paper and we tested negative
I pray that we can forgive and forever be friends,
not only for his sake, but also for our own,
stay strong, hold on and don’t take it out on your next love.
O.K. love, because they deserve to be loved in order for you to be loved.
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" I’m not six feet tall, but I’ve got the heart of a giant,
I don’t have thousands in the bank, but my soul is rich with opportunities
To give you all of me,
We’ll make love according to the way we feel,
Like when I stopped to visit and you came out the
House with BBQ sauce on your fingertips
And your hair pulled back underneath a ball cap,
As natural as I said hello old friend and we hugged for a long time.
Each of us has seen relationships,
Real loves & real losses,
Each of us witnessing life being brought into the world,
You’re the mother of a beautiful baby girl & I’ve fathered a handsome baby boy.
We’re cut from the same cloth yet we’ve quilted different levels of warmth
In different peoples lives,
And right now I’m curious to find out how warm we could keep
Each other in a defined relationship…”
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