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TJ Jackson Breaks Out On His Own, Address 50 Cent and Defines Manhood For Himself

It has to be hard growing up Jackson.

Take away the probing eyes of the adoring & obsessive public. Don’t mention all of the crazed fans that faint at the mere mention of anybody in your uber talented family clan. Leave that all at the door.

Just consider what it must have been like growing up Jackson- where your uncle is Michael, your aunt is Janet and your pops is Tito, the Jackson that most people consider the most charming and down to earth.

Then you might have an inkling of what kind of pressure Tito Joe “T.J.” Jackson has felt on his shoulder, simply growing up in this famous family. It has not been easy for singer, TJ. This is not about breaking out violins or boohooing a kid that had Neverland as a personal amusement park. Nope.

This is about how TJ Jackson became a man…. how he distinguished himself from his siblings and have made a way for himself, amidst a life of extreme highs and extreme lows.

Check his life (Energetically it has been full of highs and lows).

He was born as the youngest son of Tito Jackson in 1978. To paint the picture, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”  and “Destiny” were singles on the radio and a month after he was born, “Blame It on the Boogie” came out. He was born into music and we saw it all. As Jacksonfiles, we mourned with him and his family when his beloved mother, Delores “Dee Dee’ Martes, was murdered in 1994. After that, his group 3T (with his two brothers) dropped their multi-platinum album Brotherhood in 1995, that yielded hits like “Anything” and ““Why” featuring their uncle Michael Jackson. By 1996, he and his brothers were ranked second behind the Spice Girls as the biggest-selling group in Europe. This spring boarded his career as a songwriter and producer, working on projects like the classic, The Jacksons: An American DreamMen in Black and Free Willy (1)and (2).  All this is happening as his aunt’s star is blazing just as bright as his uncle (who happened to be the greatest entertainer in the history of the earth). This is also happening during the time that his famous uncle was the center of scandal. And with all of this… the question is probably how did TJ grow up so normal, so responsible, so levelheaded and grounded.

How Sway, How?

In an exclusive interview with The Source, TJ offered this reasoning, “Humility is important. Ego is a very dangerous thing.” He credits any grounded-ness that he has to being raised by a father that mandated normalcy in his children’s lives (as much as he could possibly afford them considering how celebrated the family has been for almost 60 years). Tito, Sr. took special care to step in and try to fill the gaping hole left in his children’s hearts after their mom died.

So the question arises, why now? Why did it take so long for you to release your own project, even at 41 years old? And what is swiftly brought to remembrance is the extreme sacrifice he made for his family ten years ago- when the unthinkable happened. Michael Jackson, his mentor, friend and uncle, died. It was then that he, in his early 30s, stepped in and did what no one else could have done. He became the co-legal guardian for Michael’s three children Prince, Paris and Blanket with his grandmother Katherine Jackson. Why? By this time he had already been married with two kids. He had a multi-faceted career that included music, film and production. Why would he put all of that aside to take care of his cousins- when he had so many aunts and uncles with more stabled lives and who had already had their taste of show business? Why was sacrifice so important to him?

TJ answered, “Sacrifice is important. You have to look at the long term and the impact that your sacrifice will make. The question I ask myself is what Impact did I leave behind.” For TJ, his legacy has to be more than just entertainment or being the caricature of what a Jackson kid is. It has to be about hard work and substance. About being a decent person. About family. It is always for him about family.

This was also made apparent most recently when he took a break from promoting his new project to comment on a post about his uncle. He responded to 50 Cent after the rap star made a crude joke about his uncle to his cousin, Paris on Instagram.

TJ told Allhiphop.com, “I loved ‘In da Club’ and some other 50 Cent songs, but I lost a lot of respect for him. A lot of respect, for many reasons. I just don’t think it was cool to attack my uncle without doing any research on the truth,” offered TJ. “Then for him to attack my younger cousin who has to deal with all this, is even more immature and more disgusting. Hopefully, he’ll mature and see more of a respectful side, but it is what it is.”

So when does it become about you, TJ?

The stage lights have always been on. The dream of entertaining (not stardom) has always crept into his slumber at night and his fantasies by day.  Even that had to be hard?

TJ admits is has been. His answer almost sounds like a generational echo (or curse) that has hovered over the Jackson family for years. He says that he never “felt like a kid.”

“We had been preparing for this since my childhood. Not because we were forced, but because we were inspired. We wanted to be like them in so many ways. We even dressed like them.”

But unlike the elder Jacksons, TJ and his generation for the most part have kept themselves moving in spaces where they could experience appropriate life milestones. Like think about this… before Nick Cannon, Ray J or Kanye, TJ dated a young Kim Kardashian. Shocking huh? Well it is because he is such a gentleman; he would rarely talk about it. Few of the known male Jacksons have been known to be with bonafide sex symbols. TJ can proudly boast that is he wants.

This leads us to his new song, “Delirious.”

It is here… in this very song… that you forget that he is a Jackson Jr. and recognize that he is a man… and now you can make sense out of the KK business.

The lyrics go “Baby you know that this feels so good. We can go ’til the sunrise. As long as I am on top of you, soul to soul. My love your blowing my mind.” Wait… what did he say?

He laughs when asked about the song. “Sexuality is healthy. It shocks people because for some people, I am frozen in time. I am Tito’s son.” This is a good shock though. It reminds the world of when Janet popped out with Control over 30 years ago… breaking away from the rigid mold set by the very popcorn image that Joe Jackson had set as the standard for the family.

“I wanted to be raw with his project. I grew up with a filter and a guard to protect the legacy.” TJ explains, “I just wanted to authentic to who I am today, but still be respectful and romantic.”

It has been a long time coming. TJ is a man (and not because he is singing about sex- a lot of guys singing about guys are not “men”). He is a man because he understands his responsibility to his family, he clearly knows how to woo a woman and moreover he is prepared to define his legacy through his own efforts.

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Donald Trump “Who Do You Like More: The Country or The Hispanics?”

The Donald has placed his presidential foot in his mouth again…

Last week his “African-American,” Gregory Cheadle jumped ship because he believed he was being used as a pawn in race politics by the Trump administration. This week, he got himself his very own hispanic in Steve Cortes.

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While campaigning in New Mexico, on Monday evening 45 tried desperately to connect with Latinx people during a rally. He severely needs the boost because according to a Washington Post poll. This month, the president’s approval rating in that community is extremely low, bottoming at a measly 25%.

Hoping to cozy up with his constituyentes, he pandered throughout his opening with a very weird  “Yesterday marked the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month—who’s Hispanic here?” The crowd was filled with brown faces.

READ MORE: Chrissy Teigan Calls President Trump “P*ssy Ass B*tch” After He Attacks Her on Twitter

But what made it muy estrambótico was when he introduced a member of his Hispanic Advisory Council, Steve Cortes.

He confidently starts to describe him in his introduction. “He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out, because he looks more like a WASP than I do,” Trump said. “But I tell you what, there is nobody that loves his country more or is Hispanic more than Steve Cortes.”

Then he says…

“Nobody loves the Hispanics more. Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?” Trump continued. “He says the country. I don’t know. I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you. We’ve got a lot of Hispanics. We love our Hispanics. Get out and vote.”

Whole he did say lots… he only mentioned his Cubans and Venezuelans… noticeably missing were his friends in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guyana and the Dominican Republic. Go figure.

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FROM THE ISSUE: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is The Future of Hip-Hop

At first glance, 23-year-old Artist Julius Dubose isn’t exactly what meets the eye. The trendsetting, diamond-trenched rapper from the Bronx also known as A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie who is arguably one of the top contenders for future leaders in the industry. He created ‘Highbridge The Label’ with his partner QP, and received critical acclaim for his projects Artist, The Bigger Artist and Highbridge The Label: The Takeover Vol.1 with the Don Q before taking over the airwaves. If you’ve heard “Drowning,” or his recent single “Look Back At It” you know he’s capable of making good songs. But it’s the raw emotion evoked in songs like “D.T.B/Interlude,” “Still Think About You,” “Friendzone” and now “4 Min Convo” that showcase the vulnerability fans admire. His second studio album, Hoodie SZN debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 and he’s just getting started.

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Separating himself from his peers as a master of melodies but fused with lyricism, A Boogie bridges the gap between millennials and fans of the golden era of Hip-Hop. Today after getting a fresh cut for his photoshoot right before a sold-out show, he’s surprised that connection was made. “It’s crazy that you brought up bridging the gap because that’s the name of my management company and that’s basically the whole point of me being in this game,” he reveals. “To bring different worlds together so that when I go to shows, I don’t just see one type of crowd I see all types of cultures getting together.” Hailing from one of the toughest places in the Bronx–— Highbridge, A Boogie says things still have not improved there. “I feel like the Bronx has never really changed.  It changed from back in the day, but from my era, I feel like it’s kind of gotten worse. I feel like as we get older, the kids are younger involved with the streets… I know twelve-year-old little kids that want to drop out of school right now. I feel like the only way that (change) will happen is if people come to reality. No one really comes to reality when it comes to life.” He explains, “For example rules. Everybody has their own opinion when it comes to rules. Every single person.  Let’s say there’s 30 people in the room, and the teacher gives 30 people rules. At least 15—half of those people are not going to listen to those rules and they are going to want to learn a certain type of way. People have to really understand when things are changing. Kids shouldn’t have to learn about social studies more than they learn about real estate. This is the point where you need to learn how to do things like that. But they want kids to go to college just to say they went to college. What’s a diploma? A diploma can’t buy you a house? It can get you a job to work for somebody, if you don’t really learn how to work for yourself.”  

Numb to expectations, he believes it doesn’t have to remain this way. “I think things will change. That leads with people like me. People like Meek Mill, RIP Nipsey Hussle… mainly all the rappers that’s using the opportunity to build more opportunities. The crowds that we reach out to listen to the things that we say or the things that we do. It’s not all about just rap or about making sounds. It’s about making opportunities and building more opportunities. It’s like a blind side with this whole industry, a big blind side with it. It’s the distraction. You don’t really get the time to realize that you can do this and do this with it through doing music.” After spending a few moments with A Boogie, you realize there’s a hidden strategy to everything he does and he’s a self-confessed workaholic with the presence of an old soul. “I hear that a lot. I’ve been hearing that ever since I was 16. I don’t even like doing anything, I just like working. Sometimes I feel like I work too hard, but I’m not just doing this for myself. It ain’t all about having fun. I know everybody says, ‘Yeah but you got to have fun sometimes,’ everybody always seeing me with a little sad face or whatever (laughs) but I’m in this to win.” 

Read More: Migos, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & More to Headline Power 105.1’s 2019 Powerhouse Concert

Sharing parts of his private life on social media with his 2-year-old daughter Melody and his tumultuous relationship with her mother Ella Bands, the rapper exemplifies another stage of growth. He recently apologized to Ella on Instagram for ‘every little mistake’ and thanked her for giving him ‘a beautiful family to love, prosper and cherish.’ Unfazed by the opinions on social media, he doesn’t regret opening up publicly. “I feel like going into the future I would share way more. There’s things that I still go through in my relationship that people would like to know but I don’t talk about things that I’m going through unless it’s something that’s appropriate to talk about.” He does acknowledge the birth of his daughter changed his views drastically. “Having a daughter made me think about a million things differently.  It made me respect women way more. Even though I still have more learning to do it made me respect women way more.”  

Despite being open about some aspects of his life he doesn’t believe everyone should have access to his circle. “I feel like you have to gravitate to certain relationships only, certain relationships can be real bad for you. You could just jump into anything… let’s say one of my favorite rappers is the most violent rappers out here and I meet him and I do songs with him, and now I’m starting to feel the influence from him,” He explains. “I don’t feel like that’s the way, you have to gravitate on a positive energy side of it and realize who’s genuinely in it. I don’t like the fake friends/industry thing, I just stay to myself.” He does admit that he gets a lot of love in spite of being recluse. “That’s what keeps me going, because there’s certain rappers that don’t get no love and they just doubt themselves after that. You know how people lose energy?” He asks. “If you don’t peak your energy it’s going to peak without you.”

Read More: Exclusive: A Boogie wit da Hoodie Represents New York City on the Cover of The Source’s Inaugural & ‘The Future’ Issue

Not shying away from the hard questions, he doesn’t blink when asked about the pill epidemic. “It’s never gonna change, it’s only going to get worse. Rappers are never going to stop talking about drugs unfortunately. I do it myself. So, I can’t contradict on that. It’s like a foundation we built. We didn’t do it for them to do drugs, but we do it because…I ain’t going to lie, it’s a selfish thing. It’s the selfish part of us. I talk about drugs in my music because I want certain people to gravitate, certain fans that I don’t have. ‘People out here doing drugs, all right let’s get them. You know that’s just how I think. It’s a business at the end of the day.”

Boasting confidence and business sense, A Boogie already considers himself a Bronx legend. “I feel like I’m a part of it now, I don’t just feel, I am a part of it. Being a part of it just makes me feel like I’m doing it at a pace where I got so much more time to put in, I can’t wait until I really reach my peak.”  He also has an exclusive deal with the iconic brand PUMA synonymous with New York Hip-Hop. “I gotta give it up to Biggs, Chief, Emory and my manager Emm for that one. That one came about through relationships and that’s what life is all about these days. Music is just the beginning, You see how some people say the most successful people in the world have five businesses? I want to have at least 15-to-20 businesses one day so I can be three times more successful than the most successful people.” 

Read More: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie signs Publishing Deal with Reservoir

As for the future, A Boogie is gearing to release more music. “Right now, I’m working on Artist 2.0. I’m overloaded with songs. I got a few projects that I can make right now, but I got to make it make sense. That’s all I do, just puzzle things together and make sure I make a good project every time. And I’m working on my singles. I’m trying to get my couple number one records and it never stops.”

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Are You Kidding Me???? Angela is Back on ‘Power’… Sorta

When Courtney Kemp Agboj teased fans last year that Angela Valdez will be back for the final season of Power, fans of the hit show celebrated. She is a well-beloved character and few people wanted to see her leave the series. However after the first episode of the season, when Angela was gunned down so violently by Joseph Sikora’s character, Tommy, many felt duped by Kemp. Angela came back but for 5 minutes and then she was slumped.

READ MORE: Angela Valdez Was Alive In The Premiere Episode of Season 6 of ‘Power’

With egg on our collective faces, we moved on mourning Lela Loren’s exit from the show.

But hold your horses and wipe yoke off your brow!

During last Sunday’s episode, fans were treated to her unexpected return… sorta.

Angela is back in Ghost’s life… as an actual ghost. He is haunted by the woman that he loves and she is guilting him into making some really dumb moves on episode 5. One thing is that she was egging him on to kill Tommy.

READ MORE: ‘Tommy’ aka Joseph Sikora From 50 Cent’s Power Gives His Top 5 Rappers of All Time At SOURCE360

She goes, “You say you feel guilty for what happened to me. So why is Tommy still alive?”

That’s a good question. Answer: BECAUSE TOMMY ACTUALLY MAKES THE SHOW ANGELA!!!!

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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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Yasiin Bey Will Return to His Mos Def Roots With a ‘Black on Both Sides’ 20th Anniversary Concert in Brooklyn

Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, has made some classic albums in his decades-spanning career. However, one that stands out prominently for Hip-Hop fans is his first LP, Black on Both Sides. To celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary next month, the GRAMMY, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated rapper will soon be performing the entire album live during a homecoming show of sorts in the city that birthed him.



The album, first released by Rawkus and Priority Records on October 12, 1999, spoke to a handful of social issues, whether it saw Mos calling for Black people to shine their light on the world (“Umi Says”) or being an early supporter of water preservation (“New World Water”) that we now see people like Jayden Smith fighting passionately for today. The show will go down at Brooklyn Steel, with an opening set by ’90s rap duo Camp Lo. A chance to hear “Ms. Fat Booty,” “Mathematics,” “Brooklyn” and “Luchini AKA This Is It” all in one night? Sounds like a night to remember!

The 20th anniversary Black on Both Sides concert by Yasiin Bey/Mos Def goes down on November 3 at Brooklyn Steel starting at 8PM (doors at 7PM), with tickets scheduled to go on sale this Friday (September 13) at 10AM EST. Cop your advanced tickets soon by clicking here.

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The Abstract! Q-Tip Will Be at Bonhams New York Showcasing His Personal Art Collection

Q-Tip has always been known as “The Abstract” of his rap collective we all know and love as A Tribe Called Quest, and now he’s proving exactly why by curating a special art exhibition at legendary auction house Bonhams New York.



Kamaal has been collecting artwork from the likes of Nina Chanel Abney (seen above), Harmony Korine, William Villalongo and Fred Brathwaite, the latter who the Hip-Hop masses may know better as Fab 5 Freddy. Select pieces that will be featured in the show include modern works spanning from 2013 to 2018, one in particular being Richard Prince’s “Untitled” from 2015 that ATCQ used three years ago as the album cover for their final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Here’s what Tip had to say to Bonhams exclusively about his upcoming art show:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the most talented artists that have inspired me personally and professionally. This would not have been possible were it not for Bonhams’ generosity and commitment in sharing my collection to the public. My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists.”

Q-Tip, The Abstract

The show will run for two weeks starting on September 20 and ending on October 4. Also, the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, and to preview the pieces featured in ‘Q-Tip: The Collection,’ head over to Bonhams to learn more.

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All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Dome Homes” Demolished Due to Noise Complaints & Permit Violations

When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.



TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.

Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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MC Lyte’s Business Company, Sunni Gyrl, Responds To Claims They Cheated An Illustrator Out Of Money

Early Tuesday morning, the world was hit with news about one of its favorite emcees, MC Lyte.

TMZ reported that one of Hip-Hop’s legends, Lyte might not be light as a rock, after hearing that one of her former employees Christopher Smith secured an attorney to address claims that she has not paid him for services rendered.  Lyte (whose real name Lana Michelle Moorer) hired Smith to work on an upcoming project.

As alleged by the suit, Lyte’s entertainment management and production firm, Sunni Gyrl, procured him as an artist, animator and writer for this project. After 1,228 hours on the job, TMZreports that Smith believes that he was owed $38,375 for his artwork and time. However, something went wrong in the working relationship and Smith was terminated. He states via his lawyer and the documents filed that Lyte and her business partner gave him a check for $11,250 (about 1/3 of the fee owed), but that check was no good.

But there are always two sides to every story.

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Dr. Catrina Pullum, publicist for Sunni Gyrl, Inc. responded in an official statement. Please see below:

Official Statement:

Christopher Smith was doing illustrations for a development project.  Mr. Smith grew impatient during the development process and demanded payment of $6,000; a settlement agreement was reached to compensate Mr. Smith in exchange for a customary transfer of ownership of his work-product, which Mr. Smith signed.  

Mr. Smith took half of the settlement payment, and then refused to turn over the original files that belong to Sunni Gyrl.   A stop payment was placed on the check referenced in the lawsuit, after Mr. Smith failed to produce the files for the illustrations he claims he created.   As a measure of good faith, Sunni Gyrl placed funds into its attorneys’ Client Trust Account with instructions to pay Mr. Smith upon receipt of the files he refuses to release. 

Mr. Smith’s frivolous lawsuit is smoke-and-mirrors and a misguided attempt to publicly harass and intimidate MC Lyte and Sunni Gyrl.   We will vigorously defend ourselves against this meritless lawsuit and file a counter claim for the return of our property.  

Dr. Catrina Pullum

Publicist

Sunni Gyrl, Inc.

READ MORE: MC Lyte to Star in ABC’s Reboot of “New York Undercover”

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Nationally Recognized Children’s Advocate Gives 13 Reasons Why NOT to Attempt Suicide

NY-based, nationally recognized children’s advocate Steve Simpson is working hard to get everyone to recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Playing off of the popular Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, Simpson has created 13 reasons why young people should not commit suicide.

Check out the following:

  1. Everybody I know who thought of suicide were glad they never did it; Things got better!
  1. You are not alone. Other people have your problems too. There are solutions. Ask for help.
  1. No problems or pain can last forever, things can work out, you can be happy; have faith.
  1. Your parent’s problems and addictions are not your fault. You’re not responsible for people abusing you.
  1. The negative things said about you or that you think about yourself are not true.
  1. Even though you don’t think your pain and loneliness will go away, it will!
  1. You don’t need suicide to escape your pain, being abused or bullied; there are other ways.
  1. Don’t give up! Things get better faster than you ever thought they could.
  1. There are people waiting to help you who will care about you and your problems, help is free.
  1. Your problems don’t make up who you are; ALL problems can be solved.
  1. Your life has value; you’re smarter, talented and more loveable than you think!
  1. There is always hope, sometimes we just need people to help us see it.
  1. No matter how bad things seem things ALWAYS get better!

Also, Suicide Prevention Day is on today, September 10th. He also wants the community to recognize November in Runaway Prevention Month.

His book, The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook, is a small guide that is included in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more.

Simpson has been recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.

 

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