There is no way to stop it. No possible way to contain it. But we know that it's there. It shows up in all manner of human behavior. Yet we are unable to glimpse what we cannot see. So we try to arrest it. This is done with red brick and cement block. Handcuffs, steel bars, and chain-link fences. We have even attempted to calm it with medicine. But none of these methods were sufficient. All were done in futility. Why?
Well because it's spiritual. It cannot be touched physically. It's of a universal nature, it transcends borders, and it seeks to destroy everything in its path. People, places, and things. But please do not be confused. Because it is not a noun. It is the disease of addiction. And everyone I know has felt its sting. Whether through a co-worker or a family member. A close friend or a favorite celebrity. Like Jimi Hendrix. The innovator of heavy metal. Or Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The critically acclaimed actor. Both beloved masters of their craft. Both of whom fell victim to the disease of addiction. And ultimately losing their lives in the struggle. Proving that none are exempt.
My proposed work, B-More Addicted, delves into this deadly disease with a character driven plot that is complex. Yet it exposes the ugly truth directly related to addiction, and those the disease directly, or indirectly effects. Being in African American male from the streets of Baltimore, I have experienced addiction in many ways. I’ve dealt drugs, and l”ve used drugs. I’ve also seen many others doing the same. Marijuana, crack cocaine, alcohol, and heroin I know up close, and personal.
My criminal history can attest to this, and B-More Addicted exemplifies this. My proposed work takes the reader through the streets of Baltimore. A clearer understanding of the nature of addiction is achieved, causing the fruits of wisdom to spring forth. Insight into one of America’s most destructive cultures is imparted. Which ultimately will bring about change.
A slight breeze rustled the leaves of a nearby oak as they made love atop of Federal Hill in Downtown Baltimore. This brought the smell of salt water and steamed blue crabs wafting through the air on this beautiful summer evening. Renee smiled up at her husband, and said, "ABC Studios needs to Show this on Monday nights!"
Just beyond the wrought iron fence surrounding Federal Hill to the south a gang initiation is taking place. The young couple is totally unaware of the danger lurking in the form of a young street punk creeping up behind them. This is unfortunate. Because Renee heard the two gunshots while riding a wave of orgasmic pleasure. And though her release was physical, her husband's release was spiritual. And now Renee was left alone to raise their 2 year old son, Joseph Jr.
Some men in prison believe that their manhood is constantly being tested. This accounts for the many fights and stabbings that occur in prison on a daily basis. Evidence of primitive thought processes due to isolation and deprivation. There is one prisoner however, that fully understands the psychological warfare being perpetuated behind prison walls by the powers that be. His name is Russell Lobman. He has filed a civil suit against the State of Maryland in the U.S. District Court for violating his 4th, 8th, and 14th Amendment Rights of the U.S. Constitution. And due to his being of an indigent status, the U.S. Government has seen fit to appoint him legal representation with the law firm of Briggs, Coleman, and Stein. And thanks to the skillful research capability of an up and coming paralegal at the firm named Andrew Robertson, Russell's civil suit looks to be a slam dunk. On top of that, Russell just hooked up with a beautiful young lady named Karen Stokes who's funny, smart, and also loyal. She's vowed to start a new life with Russell upon his release, which he eagerly looks forward to.
Sherry Chambers was inside of a crowded courtroom with her best friend Joy when she first met Andrew. Not long after meeting, the two of them started dating. A few months down the road Sherry began to notice that Andrew's behavior had become erratic. This of course led her to suspect that Andrew had begun cheating on her. Which in a sense is true. Because there are two women in his life that he just can't seem to shake. What's ironic is the fact that these two women are sisters. The soft, cuddly one's name is Cocaine. She's the older of the two, and Andrew