Feb 01 2012

KNOW THYSELF

Category: FROM THE MIND OF MARC LACYadmin @ 2:08 pm

‎…LET ME BREAK THIS DOWN: When you’re a writer/poet/speaker/author, etc., TIME IS ALWAYS of the essence. HOWEVER, the more activities in which you engage, the more administrative attention is required in order for you to be successful. In essence, if you do tours, publish books, speaking engagements, produce cds, etc., budgeting, planning, promotions, and everything under the sun must take pla…ce if you want positive results. I said all of that to say that YOU WILL NOT BE IN CREATIVE MODE all of the time. People wonder why it takes so long to produce product…well now you have your answer. Everything takes time, especially if you want to do it right. So, before you engage in a writer/poet/speaker/author career, understand what it calls for and KNOW THYSELF! All the best to you! – Poet/Author Marc Lacy


Dec 28 2011

Resolution Pollution

Category: FROM THE MIND OF MARC LACYadmin @ 9:29 am

‘Tis that time of year…again.  You know the one…where pomp and circumstance reign supreme.  The time of year in which even the “highly churched” tend to act VERY superstitiously.  Funny thing is, some blame it on and even claim tradition.  BUT they dare not break that so-called tradition…whether it is on, during, or before watch night service or not.  What am I talking about?  I’m talking about those blasted New Year’s resolutions.   Almost seems like a vinyl record scratched and stuck within the same song…you hear the same sound over and over and over again.  Many people really do not get how they sound when making a grand resolution.  It merely sounds like someone keeping time with the magnitude of the “occasion.”  And I hate to make this analogy; but it’s the only thing I can think of at the time:  I compare excitement about resolutions to the moments leading up to a one-night-stand.  NOBODY is thinking about the reality of the morning after.  I guess if you’re a hopeless romantic or a fantisizer (not a word),  why would you want to factor reality into your paradigm anyway right?  Now I would go with that; but it is difficult to support when most who make these inflated resolutions, are not doing it for escapism; but doing their part in keeping up with the dramatics of the year on deck and understanding that they probably will not stick to their plan to drop those 40 pounds, or to stop eating red meat, or to budget better.  But the fact that “I gave it the old college try” is all that matters.  STOP THE MADNESS!  We go through regimens daily that are mostly traditional protocol handed down from generation to generation.  Some habits are governed by the law of the land, others are simply just us doing what we are accustomed to doing.  And yes, the older you are, the harder it is to break a habit.  Don’t get me wrong, it can be done; but when aiming for the stars, EVERYONE needs to be a little bit more realistic about sacrifices that need to be made in order to get into orbit.  Can you afford the rocket fuel?  Has your rocket been tested?  Can you stomach re-entry?  What is your contingency plan should something malfunction upon the launch?   Okay, so the aforementioned is a little far-fetched; but let’s face it people, once you reach a certain point in your life, what you do is in your DNA.  You can WANT to get out of certain mindsets, protocols, and regimens all day…but the truth of the matter is…REALITY SAYS there are certain things you simply cannot do.  Why?  Because there are too many factors playing against you.

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?  Start today.   Start now.  Do not wait ’til the new year to make a pitch just to blend in with the crowd, then find yourself disappointed once again.   Just do what you can do…to the best of your ability and let God handle the rest.

You have just read the mind of Marc Lacy.

Have a wonderful Day!

Poet/Author Marc Lacy


Dec 18 2011

The “Tebow” Effect

Category: FROM THE MIND OF MARC LACYadmin @ 2:21 pm

Now I must admit, when Tim Tebow was the quarterback of the University of Florida Gators, I thought he was highly overrated.  Yes, even though he won a national championship after having quarterbacked a team through a season in the toughest conference in the nation…the SEC.  I felt that he would end up just like any other collegiate quarterback who was a product of a spread/option type system in college…an NFL bust.  Or the level of scrutiny would be so high, especially at the combine, that he would be discouraged from playing quarterback and encouraged to either play another position or not even play in the NFL at all.  Prime example of this, Eric Crouch (Heisman Winner)/Tommy Frazier of The University of Nebraska as well as Charlie Ward (Heisman Winner) of Florida State University. 

During preseason and up through the middle of the season, I would witness ESPN analysts convey VERY SHARP criticism of Tebow’s throwing motion, and inaccuracy.  But when Tim did manage to make it into the starting line-up and win a game or two, a few analysts warmed up to him; but did not fully endorse him.  Also it did not help the issue when it was widely known that the general manager did not even give him a vote of confidence.  I guess everyone wanted the public to put on a recruiter’s hat and understand the fact that this guy is too unorthodox of a player (and too orthodox of a devout Christian) to be a long term quarterback in the NFL even though he is winning.  HOWEVER, when the winning streak was increased to 7 games,  the mood seemed to change dramatically from the analyst’s perspective.  They went from saying, “Don’t believe the hype…” to “You have got to respect the fact that this young man is a winner!”  Of course, everybody loves a winner.  The Denver community, the NFL, the media, and the world have basically bought into it.  He transitioned from a gimmick into a darling.  Of course in this day and age of social media, his starpower is raging to heights previously unmeasured.  Regardless of what you may think of this kid, the record speaks for itself.  The Denver coaching staff finally got smart and designed an offensive package that could accentuate all of Tebow’s strengths.  Now that’s what you call coaching.  You play the hand you’ve been dealt to the best of your ability. 

Now let us take it even deeper.  I am a Christian; but not one who believes and slappin’ Christianity upside your head when I see you.  I aspire to illustrate my faith via actions and not per speeches, insignia, or debates.  I respect all religions and I do feel that we can all come together spiritually and uplift one another while giving The Creator the glory.  With that said, I have to be honest and convey the fact that I am highly elated that a professional athlete who is known as a GOOD PERSON first, is having remarkable success.  He praises God 24/7 whether there is a win or a loss.  He’s able to shine and does not have to have a wayward edge in which to do so.  To me, Tebow defies the notion that one has to be a “bad boy” to succeed in such a high level and intense profession.   He never asked for his signature prayer to be called “Tebowing.”  He never requested to be such a polarizing world renowned figure.  He never asked for world trends to “bring the sexy back to one being good…and not bad.”  He is a leader and a winner…and he is a pro at doing well with what is in the realm of his capability.  In essence, he takes to the max, maximizing the gifts God gave him.  His faith will remain the same regardless of what score shows on the scoreboard at the end of the game.

To me, the true Tebow effect is the fact that if he does continue winning and the Broncos somehow manage a deep playoff run, it will force the NFL to have a paradigm shift and be more friendly to option and spread offense quarterbacks being drafted…to play quarterback.  It also influences the naysayers to look at the ENTIRE skillset of the quarterback and not reduce his worth based on the type of offensive system he may have been a product of on the collegiate level.   This can certainly be attributed to the fact that Tebow is accomplishing everything that he is NOT supposed to accomplish being that he is an untested hybrid-type quarterback.  So one can only imagine how successful Charlie Ward, Eric Crouch, Tommy Frazier, and host of others would have been if the collective spread offense “buy in” would have been established within the NFL headshed.

To all the young people out there…there is such a thing as being a good person first, and still achieving success.  Whatever you engage in, do well, have faith, and give it EVERYTHING you have…100% of the time.

You have just read the mind of Marc Lacy.

Have a pleasant day


Dec 15 2011

Pedophilia and Sexual Abuse…More than Just an Epidemic

Category: FROM THE MIND OF MARC LACYadmin @ 1:54 pm

Many have asked, “What in the world is going on here?”  Especially when the cases of former Penn State Assistant (football) Coach Jerry Sandusky and former Syracuse Assistant (basketball) Coach Bernie Fine come up.  These are just a couple of many cases that have resurfaced after numerous years in dormancy.  And yes it is unfortunate that the statute of limitations comes into play in certain cases which yields the fact that the potential punishment stands no chance of equaling the crime.  I do think in cases like these, special consideration should be given to the fact of the “nature” of the crime. When it comes to the future of children, ALL BETS ARE OFF.

Why do I feel that Pedophilia and Sexual Abuse rank higher than an epidemic (in a bad way of course)?  Simple…because it is these types of actions which potentially thrust a youngster into confusion for the remainder of their lives.  Anytime you have coaches who are supposed to be role models, father figures, and leaders taking advantage of young boys, there is no other way to term it other than a “plague.”  Especially when you look at the level of frequency in which it occurs.  Saying that we live in a sick society is indeed an understatement.  These kids are at an impressionable age and when things of this magnitude happen to them, the image is planted into their minds forever.

Not only are many coaches and youth directors guilty, but you have preachers, teachers, politicians, etc. who are just as guilty.  When you focus on men trying to raise boys into men, the throb of the sting pulsate at an even higher rate.  Many loving mothers have put their trust into these “so-called” community role models only to be betrayed in an unearthly manner.  These men come into their dwelling supposedly with a loving and caring spirit exteriorly; but deep down inside, they are battling a gargantuan sized demon and apparently the only thing they’ve been able to do in the past is suppress it.

Pedophilia is a psychiatric disorder which requires treatment.  However the treatment does not guarantee full healing.  On top of that, by the time these coaches and leaders are called out for their actions, it’s too late for the child.  The child’s life is ruined and the violator may either get a sex offender label slapped on them or some sort of sentencing that no one feels is adequate for the offense.  But let us take it even deeper than that…see, somewhere along the line, the abuser was abused themselves…and the person who abused them was abused.  So the so-called curse lies within the lineage.  Of course none of the aforementioned is a viable excuse, and it definitely does NOT make it right.

Many people have asked, “Is there a legitimate rehabilitation out there that can combat this sickness?”  I mean, is there a “proven” approach that can at least mitigate the effects of this condition?  Regardless of what experts can come up with, it is not going to bring light to the darkness from years past; but it can certainly at least give hope for the future.  Everyone has to remain prayerful in order for a breakthrough to be made. 

Parents, before anyone babysits, coaches, or mentors your child, it is incumbent upon you to give them a thorough scrubbing (reputation/background/interview) so that you at least know with whom you’re dealing.  Popularity does not mean one is beyond fault or one may not slipup.  Because with popularity can come deception. But also continue to educate your child on a regular basis about what they should and should not do when an adult makes them feel uncomfortable. Whether it is your child or anyone else’s child…a child is a child is a child…and they deserve a fair opportunity to lead a stable and a healthy life. 

WE MUST ALL DO OUR PART IN COMBATING THE PLAGUE OF PEDOPHELIA AND SEXUAL ABUSE. 

…You have just read the mind of Marc Lacy.

-Poet/Author Marc Lacy


Dec 05 2011

Will Herman Continue Walking, with a “Cain?”

Category: FROM THE MIND OF MARC LACYadmin @ 10:11 am

Now people, you know I am one to never really delve too deeply into the deep treacherous waters of the ocean we call “politics.”  But in this particular instance, I really could not help myself.  Now trust me, I’m so not the political blogger…yet.  And I absolutely have zero aspirations in becoming such.  But there are so many things that come to mind when we analyze the rise and fall of Mr. Herman Cain in his presidential bid…that is. 

I would like to say that this blog in no way, shape, form, or fashion, is neither an attack on Herman Cain, nor a dig at the GOP. And trust me, I will not be longwinded at all.  I just want to point out the fact that whether Mr. Cain is guilty or not (I’m not the judge), I will say that he is yet another example of what goes on in the political paradox.  It seems as though there is a dogma that has been established and of course, the masses will not refute, protest, or contest it.  This is just the way that it is.  To me it has nothing to do with race, background, religion, or greed.  But it has everything to do with the fact that “We will have no problems, UNTIL you begin to shine.”  In essence, those skeletal remains that lay deeply entrenched within the closet, somehow become enchanted, find their way out, load their weapons, and begin blasting when it is made known that somebody REALLY likes you. 

If Mr. Cain, (whom I feel wouldn’t have been the nominee anyway), would have continued his hover around the lower to mid tier of the candidate pool, he would not have had to address his infidelities to the slightest degree.  But because of his surge, this is what prompted the usual, “I’m not in this for the money” type statement of an a accuser (who happens to have a high-end attorney by the way).  Thus the firestorm begins. 

In my humble opinion, If Mr. Cain did what the accusers stated he did, he would have been just as guilty while he was not in the lead of the GOP presidential race.  But strangely, no one came out then.  Hmmm.  But do not fret.  Because this is not just an occurrence in the political realm only, this happens to ANYONE in ANY field who has an upside and/or potential be very powerful, popular, and make money by the truckload.

Right now, Mr. Cain is walking with Mrs. Cain.  After all of this, will she continue to walk with him?  Only time will tell…and honestly only God, Mr. Cain, and those ladies truly know what happened. 

I hope he solidified book deals and high profile interviews before the walls came tumbling down.  Oh, and I’m sure there is a network out there that will give him a job as a correspondent or even perhaps hire him to spearhead a primetime show.  Who knows.  But I guarantee you one thing, the paradox will never end or change as long as the rule-makers fool you into thinking that this is the way it has to be. 

You have just read the mind of Marc Lacy.

Have a wonderful day!

-Poet/Author Marc Lacy


Dec 02 2011

NOVEMBER ’11 Marvin Sapp Concert

Category: EVENT EDITORIALSadmin @ 2:15 pm

The house was packed and the vibe was great.  That Friday Night (November 18th), I was the first to take the stage in front of a very eager and responsive audience.  The EpiCenter in Tanner, AL was spirit-filled and there was no doubt about the fact that God was in the place to be.  I could feel every heartbeat of the audience when I began to kick my flow.  By the time I walked off stage, I could say, “Hey, I was one of the openers for Marvin Sapp.” A great feeling indeed.  Cynthia Hines & New Day, Crimson, Jamel Strong, and Kenn Orr all tore the roof off in an effort to warm up the crowd for headliner Marvin Sapp.  Mr. Sapp performed for about 45 minutes as he ministered to the crowd between hits.  His finale was an eloquent rendition of his most popular hit, “Never Would have Made it.”


Dec 02 2011

NOVEMBER ’11 Marc Lacy & Friends…Very Hype!!!

Category: EVENT EDITORIALSadmin @ 2:13 pm

MLF Member Kimeko Farrar warmed the mic up.  Then Dante and Tia (GRAVATY) showed the Ville how Nashville brings it by swooning the audience with their precise poetic-vernacular.  And finally, HBO Def Poet, Georgia Me simply pulverized the mic.  Her edgy but clever delivery brought the crowded house to  several “oohs and ahhs.”  She brought along a friend with her…the well acclaimed M’reld Green (from ATL by way of Chicago).  Georgia Me and M’Reld did a few joint pieces as well as solos and they flat out killed it!  Of course, at the end of the set, both performers walked off to a standing ovation. 

The following Monday, Marc Lacy & Friends held its first group powerchat and it was a success.  The energy was flowing and the vibe was electric.  This one definitely set the tone for bigger and more robust powerchats to come.


Oct 28 2011

Destiny Wine Release in Atlanta…Simply Awesome!

Category: EVENT EDITORIALSadmin @ 8:01 am

When Jay White (tapintoyourdestiny.com), puts his mind to something, only God can stop him.  But more than likely God is not going to stop him because it was God Himself who told Jay and blessed him to do it.  Jay, who is a filmmaker, barber, poet, author, tapper, wine producer, and a very spiritual person has raised the bar to the point at which it is just about out of reach.  This man, made this serious assortment of wines with his bare hands.  And to culminate this occurence, he had a release extravaganza in Fairburn, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta) at a private airfield.  The scene was extremely artistic and the atmosphere was super-positive as models literally walked the red carpet on the runway itself, Poets Urban Light and Marc Lacy rocked the mic with lyrics accenting the occasion.  Abyss Graham and his band put everyone in a trance with their neo-jazzy-soul vibe.  To top that off, there was a magician who caught everyone off-guard with his clever trickery.  The staff was super, and the coordination was stellar.  Of course, the man of the hour, Jay, blessed us with very timely commentary.  After the event, we all consumed tasty soulfood, then capped the night off at Wine Styles in SWATs with wine tasting and spoken word performances. 

God has big plans for Mr. Jay White.  I’m personally enjoying witnessing the manifestation.


Oct 28 2011

OCTOBER ’11 AVOCrew Friday Night Reunion…Yeah…

Category: EVENT EDITORIALSadmin @ 7:48 am

Once again, The AVOCrew had the Omega Center rockin’ as many AAMU Alums hit the City of Huntsville and turned it out in celebration of another wonderful homecoming.  Even though it  seemed there were less people in town, the atmosphere was still electric and the weather was perfect.  Yes, The AVOCrew offered a very mature (30 and up) atmosphere.  Many Alums were very appreciative of the fact that we stuck to our  guns and did not flip the format.  Yog! and Company Band turned it out during the VIP Reception while people were getting situated and ready for the throwdown.

Thanks all friends and supporters!


Oct 28 2011

AUGUST ’11 Marc Lacy & Friends…A Smashing Success!

Category: EVENT EDITORIALSadmin @ 7:34 am

The second Marc Lacy & Friends event was pivotal to say the least.  Not only were we not gripped by the remnants of the April 27th tornados; but we were blessed with some great weather on that day.  Jessica Care Moore definitely illustrated why she has the reputation she has.  Dichotomy had the ladies on the edge of their seat the whole time he was on the mic.  PMS Band rocked like no other, DJ Self-Esteem spun  the tunes forcing people to reminisce about back in the day.  Chef Will prepped the eats tickling taste buds like there was no tomorrow.  The Marc Lacy & Friends staff wowed the audience with cutting-edge and very timely presentations.  Big up to Terri and Curtis who are the owners of D4C Studio for Performing Arts.  Next Stop…SOCA Galleria in BridgeStreet featuring HBO Def Poet…Georgia Me, November 12th.


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