Echo

Life is not free

So quickly can it be taken from me. No reimbursement or early disconnection fees

From the cell towers I hear the echo in the streets. White vans and stained seats

I wonder what he was thinking When his spirit finished sinking

To oblivion

Just a text before it was done

What can I do to lay with the sun

Never look directly into the light

until you’re ready to fight. It shines in front of closed eyes

fear keeps them shut to their purpose.

Many of us who face the plight we call life.

We need fresh air…walk outside to try and breathe but see…

Out there I can still hear the echos in the streets

The vibrations in my sleep. I can still see the white van and stained seat.

Pierced a hole in my soul. No hopes of ever being whole

again.

Pierced a hole in my soul. I hope I am made whole

again.

Lord please forgive my sins for I am angry.

I envy them all when they’re still able to crawl and cry into daddy’s shirt, play dress up in mommy’s skirt. Sit in daddy’s game day chair. No worries cuz he always there.

He and I were a great pair.

Were.

So open and closed, but close .I shared my very soul. It filled me with such comfort. Encouraged me to keep pushing through strong winds and shady kin.

Keep steps to success discreet and strike when they are sleeping on me.

The echo through the streets, and upon a clean seat

Sat a picture of me, in the hands of the one finally at peace.

In my dreams the light cradles me slow. Speaks of being free, but dangles the keys out in front of me.

Daddy can I go?

Daddy, let go.

Please let me go.

Let go.

Let go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams to action: STACK Sports Performance Facility

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STACK Baytown Owners: Mary Lou (Left) and Pierre Russell (Right)

When passion meets purpose great things can happen. Together, entrepreneurs and Sam Houston State University Alumni, Pierre and Mary Lou Russell run their newly opened sports training facility, STACK in Baytown, TX.

Stack Baytown, one of the many facilities in the STACK Velocity franchise, specializes in making better athletes in a variety of sports such as soccer, track, basketball, and others. Every coach is certified, has obtained a degree, with a passion that dedicates them to the sport. Mary Lou and Pierre are two of the many coaches.

Additionally, STACK is able to offer rehabilitation to athletes recovering from injury or surgeries. Russell optimizes the gym space particularly well with a fully equipped “victory rack” or adult jungle gym, holding up to 50 people.

Additionally,  STACK is able to offer rehabilitation to athletes recovering from injury or surgeries. Russell optimizes the gym space particularly well with a fully equipped “victory rack” or adult jungle gym, holding up to 50 people.

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The victory rack offers diversity in workouts.

Pierre and Mary Lou’s location offers specific training for athletes as young as 6 years old to pro athlete. They alternate coaches and plans with different work outs every time. STACK also acts as an open gym venue for non-athletes looking to stay in shape (general fitness). Coaches are in the vicinity to assist in the use of equipment that may be unfamiliar or difficult to use.

“Many times people can be embarrassed to ask for help at a typical gym or there’s no help available,” Russell said. “Here we make sure to be there to guide them.”

A few of the specific private training sessions are competition prep- bodybuilding, women’s bikini, women’s figure, and men and women’s physique. It also includes general fitness and weight loss.

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The newlyweds also travel the country competing in body building events with their team Strength of Body and Mind (SBM). Most recently, the pair participated in the NPC National Body Building Championship in Miami Florida in hopes of securing their pro card.

Mary Lou Munguia (Russell) competes particularly in bikini while Pierre takes on men’s physique. (See Mary Lou win Overall Bikini NPC 2015)

After weeks of training and prepping, 10 seconds on stage will determine whether or not they secure the prize. Mary Lou placed 11th while another SBM member placed 4th. Regardless the outcome, they have STACK Baytown to continue towards their goals and helping others to do the same.

During his college years at SHSU, Pierre Russell created and ran an after school fitness program for kids that sparked his desire to open his own facility to keep kids active. He wishes to continue working to extend STACK’s reach.

“I would love to be involved with (SHSU) colleges more to help and be an inspiration to others and potentially help them graduate,” Pierre Russell said.

Internships are available to students approaching graduation and interested in entering sports training or related fields. Contact STACK Baytown at 281-838-8336.

For a more in depth look at STACK Baytown’s services visit http://www.velocitysp.com/baytown. They are open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 6 a.m. to 1 p.m, and closed Sundays.

Fun Fact: Pierre believes that one the most difficult obstacles in opening STACK was the fear of disappointing those who believe in him, but one of the sayings at STACK motivates to absolve any fear. That saying is “Let’s EAT!”                         (eat em up Kats? No? Alright)

I’ve had the pleasure of encountering some of the most determined, hard working people at Sam Houston. There is always a sense of family and togetherness among Bearkats. I believe that same feeling translates over to STACK. When in Baytown, pay Mary Lou and Pierre a visit. Fun fact #2: They will celebrate their wedding anniversary December 21st. Show them love!

 

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My tea is cold

A little over ten years ago…

There was a pubescent girl who wore bell bottom jeans, k-swiss, and giant Tweety Bird t-shirts to school. This girl was a mere 12 or 13 years old, SUPER confused in life, in light of her recently changed mother. (that can be explained later) In these years she found she loved language arts, sketching, and doing other artsy things when she wasn’t caring for her now worthless beanie babies. She just wanted to get across the way to buy a kool cup from the candy lady, but after the dismissal bell, the skinny, pimple faced, weirdo was standing out in front of the school gates when a seemingly normal car pulled up and seemingly normal people got out of it. Today, we know one of those people as

Solange Knowles. first demo

Guys, it was SOLANGE KNOWLES passing out her demo to these regular kids, on a regular day, to a middle school tucked in a dead end of a street. That was a good 11 or 12 years ago. If Solange had looked me in my eye that day and told me, “Girl one day I’m going to be a high fashion goddess, featured in (your future fav magizine) Vogue, who will marry a music video director who is going to direct some of your absolute FAVORITE artists. Oh and my niece’s name will be Blue Ivy…CARTER,” I would probably just smile and say okay (I was super reserved). Seriously, I would not even be able to grasp that concept.

The point is, guys, my tea has gone cold. I made hot green tea with lemon and honey and sat here thinking about all the crap I have gone through and what it has all molded me to be. And my freakin tea is cold. I thought back over the past 10 years and cannot BELIEVE the things I’ve seen.

In my first real interview with a supervisor from the civil courts in downtown Houston I was presented with the infamous (occasionally irritating) question ,”Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? How about in the next 10?” Could I have told that supervisor, “Ma’am I’m going to go ahead and say that I will have gone to, aced, and graduated college. I will have stepped foot on European soil, zip lined, and canoed. I will have stopped using relaxers, and I will become a women of many hats. I will have seen Common, and John Legend in concert and CRIED at both, but I will not be here. Sorry.”

I don’t remember what I actually told her, but I’m sure I was not sure of myself, not even 50% sure. Probably made up some lie I learned in the 5489741 job fairs I had gone to by that time.

For the 90s babies, guys, we survived Y2K. We got to experience a small taste of Bill freakin Clinton. Bush. The Obamas have been in the White House for most of our politically aware lives. Pluto was, then wasn’t, then was a planet again. PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Aaliyah, Left-Eye, *NSNYC, the Lion King, Family Matters, dial- up internet, T9 texting, razor scooters. Oh lawd the list goes on.

So much nostalgia, I just can’t think straight.

Anyway, I can’t predict the next ten years, but in my next interview if I am asked that question, I will be forced to try. I will be happy. Hopefully I’ll have a son and/or daughter. I’ll be married. I’ll be swimming in cash from all the senseless hustling that will take place at whatever job I have, and IF I have a mixtape or something beforehand, I’ll tell some 12 year old girl that she is amazing and amazing things will happen for her as I casually hand her said mixtape. She’s just gotta take it one day at a time.

Creators, appreciators…some day, some one will remember a day we cross their paths and say, wow…is that really him/ her now? Nah. That disbelief, that shock, and that pride will one day belong to someone in YOUR honor. S/o to Solange for her third Puma collection “Word To The Woman” (view here), and being awesome and saying hi to me that day.

With love and light,

-Fly

The least embarassing picture of (L) Me (R) Baby sister Kayla back in the day.

The least embarassing picture of (L) Me (R) Baby sister Kayla back in the day.

Many Hats

“Slow news day huh?” a man said to me as I approached him with my camera and notepad in hand.

Granted…it could have indeed been a slow news day, however, I wanted to say,”Sir do you want me to cover what you’ve got going on or not?” Common tact would be to say something a little nicer than that. I simply responded to him, “I could be, but I’m just here to talk about you and learn about your story.” We then became submerged in the activity at hand. And don’t get me wrong, by no means am I saying “oh you have nothing going on anyway, be lucky I’m here to hear about it.”

In light (or darkness) of what has been going on in the political world and what has been being portrayed, I am aware that it’s hard to believe that any journalist genuinely care about what they report on, but I’m here to tell ya that we exist!

This is as much as I can give away about the story I went to cover. Cool huh?

This is as much as I can give away about the story I went to cover. Cool huh?

People who want to ACCURATELY write about the community. I am the type of journalist who feels that, the most important entity in any community is the people that it is made of.

People bring personality, testimonies, and even economic growth to areas that other wise would be dried up and well…boring. There are hundreds of organizations out there that only few know about, that deserve to have some

I see you!  (I’ll explain this reference to you guys later)

I’m here to lift up all the alchemist out there. Let “can’t” be abolished from your vocabulary when it comes to your dreams. Let’s fly. But first we gotta walk.

-Fly

                               

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