AVAILABLE NOW: Gangster Turned Guru Presents:

“A Day in the Life with Coffee and Paradise”

I am currently an inmate in a Federal Prison serving my 12th year of a 45-year sentence!  If I can find peace and happiness in this type of environment… How is it that people in the ‘free’ world can’t? What is it that I know or what woke me up? I’ve been asked these questions thousands of times and now, following a conversation I had with an inmate, who’s asked these and more,  I’m ready to share my thoughts on what I’ve learned with YOU!

This E-Book is available exclusively for Kindle at Amazon.com for .99. (FREE July 27 – 31, 2016)

I look forward to sharing my insights with you!

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#voiceforthesilentfathers

Open letter to the father I used to be!

Referenced Article:  Father Reportedly Refused To Claim Orlando Shooting Victim’s Body Because He Was Gay.

From: WRIGHT, EDDIE

Jun 26, 2016, 1:06 PM

When I first sat down to write this post, right after reading this article about a father who refused to claim his son’s body after he was killed in the Orlando Massacre at club Pulse, my outrage, anger, and disgust for this father who was causing more hurt and pain to his son’s family and friends was clear in my explicit word expression because…..I was mad as hell.

My blood was boiling as visions of a young mans body, alone in the morgue just waiting for his loved one’s to put him to rest flashed in my minds eye. I was livid and had to step away from what I was writing when I noticed how upset it made me.

I went and got a fresh cup of coffee, collected my thoughts, took a few deep breath as I read over what I originally wrote and then I started over.

I already know that plenty of people are going to post comments expressing their outrage at this fathers actions and more of the same from me wouldn’t help. So by the time I finished my coffee and calmed down, returning to my spiritual center, I realized this is one of those fathers I posted about a few weeks ago who won’t get the chance to heal the relationship with his child.

So now from my Gangster turned Guru perspective, I began to feel sad for this father, and all fathers who couldn’t overcome their own prejudices and fears by learning to love unconditionally. I’m sure this fathers son would rather I use this opportunity to again encourage father’s to reach out to their children and work on healing their relationships. If ever there was a time to offer your parental comfort it’s NOW.

I’ve been the master of bad choices and decisions as a parent, and with my life in general, I can admit and accept that. But when I got over my self-righteous, egotistical, know it all way of thinking, swallowed my macho man pride by letting my son know that I love him unconditionally, weather he’s gay, straight, transgender or what ever… A great peace, joy and happiness was felt within my soul.

I realized that with all my imperfections as a father, my son never stopped loving me even when I didn’t make it easy to be loved.

Each time I send out a post expressing the importance of our parental love, acceptance and support, I do it with the specific intent of reaching that father I used to be. Confused, alone, struggling with accepting what I couldn’t understand and didn’t want to understand. But what I did want was to have the courage to be the type of loving father I promised to be when I first held my son, looking into his eyes, silently letting him know that he could always depend on me. I broke that promise plenty of times, but life gave me another opportunity to live up to it and I try my hardest even in my complex situation.

I’m really trying my hardest now to come up with the right words to write that will wake up these fathers that are actually hurting inside, especially with a heart so cold that it allows a father to leave his child’s body unclaimed. No he doesn’t need another person to scold him for his actions, what he needs is a hug because he’s hurting and suffering from a broken heart.

I speak as a father that went through it and it’s going to eat him from within until he’s healed. It’s harder to do that now that he’s son has moved on but I’m sure that’s what his son would want. There are always opportunities to make amends, the first step is to stop causing more hurt and pain. I said it before and will probably say it a thousand times, making peace with my son by giving him my unconditional loving support to live his life in which ever way makes him happy was one of the best things I could do as a father. I hope others parents have the courage to do the same.

Eddie K. Wright aka Gangster turned Guru.

An open letter to fathers of gay and lesbian children. 

Jun 13, 2016, 4:22 PM
The silence of turning off the radio after listening all day to the news reports of the Orlando terrorist attacks was comforting. So thankful that my son made a change in his plans because Pulse is his hang-out spot. 

While sitting in front of my window seeing the Empire State building, World Trade Center, even the Statue of liberty, a million dollar view of the New York City skyline, from 7 flights up in M.D.C. Brooklyn, back fighting my case on appeal. Getting hit with 45 years was an enlightening experience to say the least, waking me up to what life’s really all about. 

I wasted so many moments when I was free, worrying about stupid shit like what the hell I’m going to do when my son openly starts pledging his allegiance to that rainbow colored flag!  I missed opportunities to prepare him for living in such a judgmental world. At that time, it was me, his own father being so judgmental, adding to the challenges I already knew he would confront. 

And when I let go of my judgments with my loving acceptance, everything wasn’t peaches and cream. His justified anger and resentment towards me as a teenager took me on one hell of a roller coaster ride, with no seat belt, but I held on tight to the love for my son, life and God. We share a wonderful relationship because we had the time to work it out and we’re both grateful for that even with me in my current situation. 

As I think about all of those victims, I wonder how many of them had thick headed fathers like myself, but didn’t have the opportunity to resolve their issues, and now won’t get a chance to right the wrong. 

So for all those fathers out there with that “No son of mine” mentality, if ever there was a time to pick up that phone to burry the hatchet…it’s now. You don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to feel comfortable with their lifestyle, but what you have to do is let them know that in the end… None of that matters because they’re your child and you love them unconditionally, the way they love you. 

It could be days, weeks, months, or years that have passed, it doesn’t matter. Send a text message of support for them during this difficult time and be grateful that their still alive to receive it. I’m sure their are plenty of fathers in Orlando Florida right now that would be willing to give anything to make peace with the loved one that was lost. 

Maybe this tragedy will be your enlightening experience to put fatherhood in the proper perspective. This is not the time to drag up the pain that may have been caused in the past, we’re dealing with healing, the bottom line which is to let them know they are loved, especially by their fathers. Please trust me….it means a lot.

Eddie K. Wright (a voice for the silent fathers)
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Follow Up: “A Father Killed His son Because He Was Gay!”

After posting my thoughts last week in regards to the father that killed his son because he was gay, I received a response saying that his being gay wasn’t the reason and that the media is using that headline for their benefit. The information saying that father killed his son because he was gay was according to the Los Angeles district attorneys office, and if anyone knows that district attorneys make a theory with out having all the facts and then twist the facts they do have to fit their theory…It’s me.
So I may have jumped the gun by believing his son being gay was the only reason that father killed him. But it was so believable due to hearing fathers saying they would kill their son if he’s gay on such a regular basis. Yet, until we have all the facts and the true motivation behind Shehada Khailil Issa fatally shooting his son Amir Issa, I’ll leave that case alone, but I stand firm behind everything else that I posted because the fact is everyday there’s violence against the LGBTQ community.

On another note, this past week on Friday April 8th, Bruce Springsteen canceled his concert scheduled for April 10th in North Carolina because the state failed to pass legislation protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community. The North Carolina law prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender they were assigned at birth. The legislation also bans local governments from extending civil rights protections to gay and transgender people.

Now…  I’m a hip-hop head, but all walks of life have enjoyed Mr. Springsteen’s music at one time or another, especially his “Born in the USA” song.
For Bruce Springsteen and his band to have the courage to take such a strong position, has earned a great respect from me.
The message posted on his website read :
“Some things are more important than a Rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry which is happening as I write is one of them.” It went on to read “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

Now I truly understand why they call Bruce Springsteen the Boss because that was a Boss move!
Corporations such as Apple, Google, and American Airlines are taking a stance in opposition to this law.  Pay Pal is switching it’s location out of North Carolina and the NBA is considering moving it’s next All-star game because f this state measure, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) who praised it as needed “To stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette.”

WOW!! I guess I shouldn’t be shocked when this past week in Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed a law that would let businesses refuse service to gay couples based on religious objections. Talk about prejudice and bigotry!

So where as last week I addressed the concerns with the senseless violence against the LGBTQ community as a father with a son who reps that set to the fullest, addressing the civil rights are just as important because the two go hand in hand.
I don’t expect everyone’s views to change overnight, but it’s important at times to look at our past and learn form it, so that we don’t repeat it in the future. “Refusing service to gay couples based on religious objections..” That’s some 1960’s back of the bus, white’s only water fountain shit!! I know I pluck a lot of nerves in here when certain negative homophobic comments are made and i casually retort with “They used to say the same thing about blacks.” emotions get stirred claiming it’s not the same thing, but when you look at it with all honestly it is. I’m pointing that out in this weeks post, laughing with myself, realizing this is the second week as my role as “Gangster turned Gay community rights advocate!” Thanks Son!
Eddie K. Wright
#VoiceForTheSilentFathers