2014-03-28 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

Well it's spring again. If you want to go by what the calendar says. I want to start off with a request. Since becoming a member of The Wave family it's time for the next step in my journey. That being said, I ask for your help as I search for a new title for my column. I have a few ideas but like the popular show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” I ask the audience for help. Please email me your suggestion.

Spring has always been about change, rebirth and transformation. So as I sat back this week and considered the state of this community, I happened to catch the end of one of the most powerful movies I have seen in my time, “South Central.” If you haven't seen it I suggest you take some time and check it out. Now there is a lot of violence and adult content, but it's worth it.

It tells the story of a journey in a young man's life. The main character, Bobby Johnson, goes to jail as a young man after being involved in gang activity and is sentenced to 10 years for murder. During this time his son becomes trapped in the same vicious cycle that trapped him. While incarcerated, Bobby meets an inmate who is doing life in prison. This inmate helps him make sense of his life, and earn a second chance at freedom and being a father.

What I love most about this movie is the ending. Bobby returns from jail to claim his son from the gang that he helped start. This change in an individual’s life is essential.

My dad teaches that we can learn from nature. The change that I speak of is exhibited by the caterpillar. The caterpillar eats and destroys everything it comes in contact with. But after it goes through change and emerges from cocoon as a butterfly, it's a new creature. Where he once crawled, now he soars. It's time for change.

But there must be a climate for change. I once read somewhere that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things but expect a different outcome. So what do you think? Can we change as a community? Is the climate ready? Or do we keep committing the same insanity. Send me your thoughts and comments. Thank you for your support and don't forget to read The Wave!

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