Slater Hayes Podcast

Herman Veal

The Slater Hayes Podcast is designed to highlight the everyday occurrences of life via poetry and social commentary. They are poignant, insightful pieces that address all facets of the black experience with the desired outcome of evoking thought and conversation. Each piece directly or indirectly addresses various topics as experienced through the unique perspective of blacks. Each piece directly or indirectly addresses various topics as experienced through the unique perspective of blacks. Episodes are to be published each Sunday. read less
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"Rooted in Love"
Jun 16 2024
"Rooted in Love"
Father's Day....that day when  the feelings of those who seek to convey their true emotions oftentimes falls flat; bereft of what is truly intended and what is deep within one's heart.More likely than not, that recurring gift of a necktie, socks or handkerchiefs are used as a symbolic gesture to express those words that seem to never find life-seemingly stuck somewhere within a brain that formulated the words, a heart that welled up as it formed an agreement with one's brain, and one's mouth. How do those eloquent and heartfelt words become suddenly caught in one's throat when attempting to allow them to flow past one's lips."Rooted in Love"are some of the thoughts I had of my dad as I prepared this piece years ago so that my wife Marjorie could share them with her dad. I must admit, I was somewhat jealous/envious over the years as I witnessed the love that was shared by Marjorie, and her sister, Janet, towards their father.  It was truly a BEAUTIFUL relationship to witness, to experience, as they heaped words of love upon him. You see, my expressions of love for my father were oftentimes conveyed through acts. I can truly say that this was learned behavior because that was the manner by which my dad expressed his love; through relentless hard work and providing those things referenced in "Rooted in Love"It took me years to understand that and move our relationship past all that I learned from him. It took me years to understand that the way he expressed love was by his actions(actions that were not always pleasant) and not his words.I am so happy that I was able to move our relationship into one that was filled with joyful firm handshakes and the occasional hug-the simplicity of sitting with one another and laughing and joking about mundane things that, as I now recall were FILLED WITH SEEDS of WISDOM.My wife's dad exhibited his love from both perspectives and, as an educated man, shared with me through his actions how both could be done. He also IMPRESSED upon me that my dad shared "what he had."I thank GOD for my dad, Herman Veal, Sr. and all that he taught me. I thank GOD for my wife's dad, Robert W. Green, and all that he taught me.I was extremely fortunate to have had both of these men in my life.I can only pray that what I have conveyed to my son, Jamil, and ALL the other young people that I have encountered is worthy of them grasping and possibly utilizing along their journey.OUR SPIRIT...LIVES!!!PEACE!!!
"The Noises of Love"
May 26 2024
"The Noises of Love"
As an observer, I now trulyrealize that..."The Noises of Love"are demonstrated in similar ways irrespective of whether you are an observer or a participant.__________________________________________________________________________________________***REPUBLISHOn yesterday we celebrated family-the Dulaney family. Specifically, the children of Louise/Whitey. It was a marvelous time as we had an opportunity to share..."The Noises of Love"with family from near and far.  This wasn't an event that was orchestrated and conducted at a fancy restaurant or resort-this weekend we showered love upon each other in the backyard of the home of my niece, Brittany and her husband Tee. Thank you'll for opening and sharing your home. A fabulous time was had by all and my sisters, as usual, provided a feast for kings and queens. There was boundless LOVE and each time we get together I am even more impressed by the relationship that has been INTENTIONALLY CULTIVATED among my nieces and nephews. I salute my siblings for their intentionality in ensuring that these relationships were fostered among my great nieces and nephews. Those that could not attend...WE MISSED YOU!!LET'S ALL DO OUR BEST to make it next time!!! Church on Sunday?For CERTAIN. There is a reason for this LOVE!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!PEACE!!!_______________________________ The celebration of Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Though I penned this piece during our Thanksgiving gathering of 2021, it was published during the Easter season of 2022.  Prior to the funeral service of my dear cousin, Edith.The words and sentiment contained within this piece are timeless.I pray that each listener will recall the precious memories of family gatherings and the love that was exuded during those times.Now, go and share the love, as you and yours revel in "The Noises of Love"***BTW...we are getting together again as family this Thanksgiving...yaaayyyyy!!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!____________________________I penned this piece at the time of our last family reunion during the 2021 Thanksgiving season. The importance of familial relationships is undeniable. The resurrection of familial relationships is just as important.  The celebration of this Easter Season, I feel, is a very apropos time for the publication of this piece I entitled..."The Noises of Love" is a testimony of the joy, love and spirit of closeness that is demonstrated when family members get together under the banner of family.I have come to realize that relationship, especially with family members, is something that needs to be willfully and carefully nurtured even though there is a sharing of the same blood and upbringing. I assume my share of the responsibility for failing to nurture those relationships with my sisters, brother and the numerous nephews, nieces, cousins...ALL those with whom I share DNA.  More importantly, the past memories that helped to mold us should be the impetus for us continuing to desire to establish moments that create those special memories that are revisited each time we get together.Regrettably, most of those times are at the loss of a beloved family member. Unfortunately, the loss of my dear cousin, Edith, will, undoubtedly, be the next time where family will gather.  Past stories will be re-told and revised, memories that create joyous laughter reshared and recollections of her sweet spirit will be recounted. On this day of RESURRECTION, and the day of her pending burial, let us be mindful of those relationships that are in need of being restored through the conscious decisions we make to breathe fresh life into each.LET ME
"...trippin' "
Apr 28 2024
"...trippin' "
Originally published as the 22nd episode during the first year of podcasting, the prevalence of..."trippin" has not diminished. In fact, there appears to be an EVEN MORE concerted effort to return US to times of yesteryear.I occasionally return to previously published episodes, not because of a lack of content, but because there are specific pieces that, regrettably, highlight what WE continue to endure.***I also like to do a self-assessment of the improvement in my delivery and quality of the episodes I deliver to my listeners, weekly.    BTW...THANKS!!!OUR SPIRIT...LIVES!!!PEACE!!! ______________________________________________________________________________________________In case you have not noticed...there is a concerted effort to return US to a time when the questions that I pose in this episode were exactly what those in power expected us to encounter...daily.  Each was deemed par for the course."...trippin"is my honest attempt to highlight blatant acts of racism that are cast upon MY people. Yes, some people would like to consider them minor inconveniences. Trust me, there is nothing minor about being treated as mere intrusions upon the lives of those that project attitudes of superiority.If you take note, the music that was chosen to accompany this piece was an intentional attempt to highlight the belief by the supposed "mainstream" that we should just accept these daily occurrences and proceed merrily about our way.I SHALL NOT. I shall continue to question and challenge those things that I know and perceive to be obvious acts of racism. NO, not in attempt to create ugly scenes or cause grief for those that MAY mindlessly engage in these acts simply due to unwitting indoctrination. Conversely, i raise my voice in order to highlight specific acts-in REAL TIME. For the sole purpose of informing the willing and unwitting perpetrators about the egregiousness of their actions and to serve notice that they will no longer be tolerated, nor accepted, in silence.OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!PEACE!!!
"No Fruit Here"
Apr 21 2024
"No Fruit Here"
This piece illuminates what pervades the mind and illustrates the wicked desires of MANY who seek to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.It is now time out for dancing around the subject and possessing fear that speaking out will only further foment the hatred that has been systematically loosed in the last several years. A hatred that was seemingly under control, but set free by a conductor filled with and spewing venom and vile vitriol.Many are in full support of what is being purveyed and are advocating on his behalf by seeking to revise history, proselytize others, and perpetuate the diminishing and outright destruction of rights that had been attained through blood, sweat, struggle, and oftentimes the loss of life.What those who operate from this mindset are discovering is that there is ..."No Fruit Here"...the system of old that sought to subjugate and hammer MY people into a position of acquiescence is finding that we look the same but are far from ready to willingly comply and return to a time when we were treated as less than human; viewed as no more than an accoutrement that allowed its owner to crow about personal status.Well, at least MOST of US.Women, ALL WOMEN, are not prepared to be returned to a time when they were thought to be representative of their true nature-fulfilling their calling-by being barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.There are many other groups that find themselves in the crosshairs of an onslaught that is steeped in deprivation.What was truly intended when that guy rolled out the previously used ethnocentric slogan of MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is being fulfilled. He has stoked the embers of WHITE NATIONALISM. I purposely left out the word CHRISTIAN, because NO TRUE BELIEVER would find themselves operating from a mindset that totally obliterates the second highest commandment..."thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself."Now, allow me to be crystal clear so that you may come to understand, there ain't,... NO FRUIT HERE!!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!PEACE
"I Hear a Symphony"
Mar 31 2024
"I Hear a Symphony"
If only we all would come to the understanding that our lives are so much better when we are of one accord with those within our individual circles and those who are members of the huge group that influence or impact our lives daily.Sure, one can operate from the perspective of a soloist and journey through this life with an "I" and "my " mentality. One can achieve tremendous success by doing so.  One can also become consumed with the "I did it myself" mentality and find oneself exhibiting extreme selfishness that oftentimes leads to discord, loneliness and depression."I Hear a Symphony" addresses the beauty of what is achieved when we allow our individual desires to become enmeshed within the beauty of what is achievable as a group. A group that is oftentimes better served when led by one GLORIOUS conductor. I can hear the outcry from many as I write this..."I don't need nobody telling me how to do nothing...I got this".While expressing this, simply think of how that favorite tune would sound if only it had your favorite instrument within the band.  Pretty weak...huh?Let me be clear. I am not advocating for one to dismiss one's personal desires. OUR GREAT CONDUCTOR does not desire that our gifts be ignored.I am simply expressing that one should recognize that the pursuit of individual achievements become more attainable when they become a part of and are designed to serve more than oneself. Now, play with fervor and think of the beautiful music that emanates from you as a part of the awesome symphony that seeks to evoke change within your home, community and within.***HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my BEAUTIFUL sister, CAROL!!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!PEACE!!!
"Lessons From Ton Le Sap"
Mar 24 2024
"Lessons From Ton Le Sap"
God has blessed Marjorie and I to be able to travel to a number of countries throughout the world (moreso  she than I). In various countries we have witnessed the day-to-day living of the inhabitants of the countries visited.During our most recent travels we had the opportunity to witness the hustle and bustle of Hanoi in North Vietnam.  the laid-back city of Hue, located along the Huong River, in central Vietnam-just 5 miles from the South China Sea, and the difference in the politics of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)., located in South Vietnam.We were also blessed to be able to visit Cambodia. This is where I was filled with an intense desire to document what I was seeing as juxtaposed to what I live and observe as an American."Lessons From Ton Le Sap"was inspired by our travels up and down a portion of Ton Le Sap Lake. There we witnessed the indigenous people go about their daily lives that consisted mostly of fishing. In fact, it seemed that their entire existence was dependent on Ton Le Sap. This was ultimately conveyed to us by our tour guide. There was a difference in their manner of living that was quickly observed and highlighted. We were told of the level of cooperation that exists among those we encountered.  For example, the individual harvests of fish are combined and picked up daily by a local company without contentiousness over the amount of one's contribution. Children piloted boats up and down the lake delivering classmates to and from school. Floating homes were anchored in spaces that are individually owned, but there seemed to be no easily identifiable markings that separated the adjacent homes. The natives of Ton Le Sap are living in a community that is predicated on cooperation among the group. If one's boat is larger and creates a bigger wake, then the pilot of the larger boat willingly pilots his or her boat to the side, slowing down to allow the smaller vessel to proceed. This, all done without the use of verbal communication or horns.It was simply inspirational observing the level of cooperation and the level of community. It led me to think about what would be possible within OUR community(ies), the nation, if the same level of "village" think were prevalent in America.I pose a question at the end of this piece. Ruminate on its' words!Personally, I am left to wonder and remain HOPEFUL!!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!PEACE!!!
"Center Eye"
Feb 11 2024
"Center Eye"
All I can say is that there is NO BETTER piece with which to end my third season.  This piece, my initial venture into podcasting, spoke, and continues to speak, to the political events that are occurring, RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES.In some ways I have become disillusioned.Disillusioned that so many of US have decided to become quiet, OR ACCEPTING, of what is transpiring. Our zeal seems to have waned as it relates to the energy that is necessary to maintain a movement that was and is rooted in righteousness.Disillusioned that so many seem to have accepted the bombardment of lies that seem to grow more and more pervasive each day.Disillusioned that SO MANY CHOOSE to REMAIN QUIET!!We are indeed ..."Center Eye"and the back side of this storm may indeed be even more cataclysmic than what we have already experienced.Though I have grown to be disillusioned, I have not given up the battle. I shall continue to walk in a path of righteousness with an understanding that "Someone is Always Watching" and that oftentimes all one needs is to see and hear the strength that exists within another.VOTE!VOTE!! VOTE!!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!PEACE!!!__________________________________________________________________________________________Update- June 3, 2021Initial Publication- February 12, 2021This piece, my first to be published via podcast, is apropos considering what is occurring in state legislatures throughout the land. Listen closely, as this movement is assuming the characteristics of the storm  that is the crux of right wing fringe groups. There are also those that are attempting to give the potential devastating effects of the movement to suppress the vote of MY PEOPLE short shrift(read as Mitch McConnell, among others)-thus granting tacit approval for the continuation of the efforts by those intent on relegating MY PEOPLE to the point of insignificance.Our Spirit Lives!!!PEACE!!"Center Eye" was composed as I was completing my early morning walk through one of the local parks. The serenity of the deer , the dew and the fog that hung over the water stirred me to the allegorical content of this piece, especially in contrast to the racial tension that confronts persons of color at this point in time.
Them People Dangerous
Jan 28 2024
Them People Dangerous
NO, IT IS NOT TOO EARLY TO START IMPRESSING UPON YOUR FRIENDS THE NEED TO VOTE!!The following is one of the reasons why.They are gathering once again. This time however their numbers include MORE THAN A FEW of those whose skin contains quite a bit of melanin. It appears that a number of my brown skinned brethren and those that closely resemble me have fallen for the entreaties of the ORANGE-SKINNED snake oil salesman and his sycophants. Don't be disillusioned though. There is still time to change the minds of those who are considering casting a vote for those representing the MAGA movement and to recruit those who consider voting an exercise in futility. It is still possible that they will become illuminated to the fact   that the MAGA movement DOES not and WAS NOT intended to include them. I SAY THIS....GET YOUR MINDS RIGHT...HOIST YOUR PANTS...PREPARE YOURSELF and ALL THOSE within your sphere to ...VOTE!!!VOTE!!!VOTE!!!IT IS CRITICAL!!!______________________________________________________________________________________This piece was penned on the evening of what was, and is, a day that will throughout the annals of time, live in infamy.The day of which I speak is January 6, 2021.You see , on that day, those among us who desire to maintain the privilege that they envision slipping away allowed all their fears and anger to erupt. Led by an assortment of those whose very existence is steeped in hatred and animus- they exercised what they believe to be their inherent right. The Boogalo Boys, The Proud Boys, The Oath Keepers,  Qanon-they all came to together and left us all to surmise that..."Them People Dangerous"Unfortunately, there are those among us who do not profess an allegiance to any of the previously identified groups and are as equally dangerous.What is far more disturbing is that those of their ilk are now on the precipice of being voted into positions of power that could ultimately rock the very foundation on which this republic was established.Let US, those of us of every ethnicity, who desire that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness remains available to Us all stand up and make our voices heard. Let US exercise our right and cast out those whose very existence seems to be based on, among numerous other things, denying an essential element of a democracy.Vote! Vote!! VOTE!!!OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!PEACE!!!
"Rubber Trees All Around Us"
Jan 21 2024
"Rubber Trees All Around Us"
This piece was originally published on 03-06-2022.Frederick Douglas in his historic "What the Black Man Wants" speech delivered before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, just days before the end of the civil war recognized that the Black man is faced with many obstacles. Chief among those obstacles is the prevalence of a " malignancy of hatred' that is being perpetuated from generation to generation among whites. We, as a people, must recognize that silence regarding those things and actions that rob us of our inherent rights must be addressed at the time of their occurrence. Too often we assume that someone else will address the issue and it is allowed to fester and evolve into something that far exceeds its' life expectancy.Ruminate on the following..." No class of man can, without insulting their own nature, be content with any deprivation of their rights". (F. Douglas-"What the Black Man Wants", 1865)The level of our desire to experience life in the same manner, with the same freedoms, as others has not diminished.Certainly, impediments, and the ill intent of others, has negatively affected generations of MY people. Generations, who were oftentimes travelling along this journey, in hopes of experiencing the American dream oftentimes saw their dreams violently interrupted by many who were hell-bent on preventing such lofty desires."Rubber Trees All Around Us"was written as a testament to the many that were unwillingly sacrificed and those who daily make a choice to painstakingly identify and overcome those obstacles (rubber trees) that are intentionally designed and constructed to prevent US from living our best lives.So many have acquiesced and abandoned their dreams-leaving the unfulfilled aspirations of their forefathers to remain adrift-consumed by the abyss of denial, non-inclusion and the perpetual intimidating threats of violence wickedly veiled in a desire to return to years past.Our enduring spirit has positioned us to recognize that  we are more highly considered than the ANT-aware that when facing inconceivable adversity- to  remain firm  in the foundational knowledge of  that which is inherently  ours through a birthright of HE that provides eternal...HOPE!! OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!!PEACE!!!