“RELEASED” a hit new docu-series to be debuted on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
September 30, 2017

Consulting Producer and Author Shaka Senghor

Yesterday, I had the privilege of being an honorary guest at the dynamic press lunch accompanied by a very deep and necessary roundtable discussion. The group dissussion surrounded multiple branches of incarceration within families and it featured the consulting producer of “Released” Mr. Shaka Senghor. 

“Released” is a new docu-series that adds a journey filled with emotion, a glimpse into the interaction and readjustment back into society after being incarcerated. In episode one we are introduced to Kevin, Jermaine and Kay as their stories are documented post release and they enter the next phase of transitional adjustment back into society; some serving over a decade of time. When one family member goes to prison it takes on a whole new territory for the family through conversation, explanation, financial and emotional hardship. No person is wrong for having the feelings they experience as we are not in that persons shoes to identify the hardship.

Rapper Mysonne joined to weigh in his views on the discussion

If you have not been incarcerated personally you are unaware of the tactics it took to survive inside, post traumatic stress uncuffed and the mentally physche of overwhelming feelings. You may have experienced the same emotions within your life perspective but from the key element of FREEDOM. Not having an outlet or the option to choose what and when you eat, enjoying simple pleasures at your own leisure or even interaction with others if you are in the hole will make you appreciate life in general. The struggle or the restriction is not comparable in either instance even though it does not make one’s feeling less valid because of a void that was not filled.

Shaka Senghor shared his story and why it was important to show this vantage point of being released is imperative. With staggering statistics as: 44% of Black Women have a family member in prison or 10,000 men and women are released every week, 4 to 10 return within 6 months and how the U.S. incarcerates more people than anywhere else in the world is alarming. 1 in 9 African Americans parents are in prison and drugs are along the top tier for the reasoning. 

RELEASED follows individuals who have completed longterm prison sentences during those first crucial 90 dayson the outside.  We’ll meet them as they walk out the  prison doors for the first time, and stay with them for  every step and misstep as they attempt to reconnect withtheir loved ones, establish their independence and beginthe long, hard work of starting over. 

As the docu-series continues to build around Kevin, Jermaine and Kay we will gain insight in how they transition from being restricted inside with no glimpse of society to entering a new world so to speak as it did not stop as they were away. 

  

I think society stigmatizes being released and there has not been an outlet to break the cycle of incarceration which tears families apart. Prison isn’t always the solution and in Kevin’s scenario he already had two strikes and went onto serve 19 years for stealing $160 worth of baby clothes and getting into a scuffle with a security guard. That sentence is harsh in comparison to a sentence of a murderer or not being able to get a job due to his priors and environment in which many opportunities aren’t rendered. Returning to familiar habits becomes the resolution to the common issue of being an outcast when returning to society. There is hope after prison, adversity and anything you consider struggling it all has to deal with your mentality and utilizing what you have access to but some are not as fortunate as others.

Shaka Senghor joined by Chanel Benjamin

Being placed back into society is similar to a baby learning how to walk after the crawling stages. How can you put something in the past that the world constantly remind you of with closed doors and limited opportunities? You literally walk out of one form of imprisonment to another form of restraint. Many are dehumanized in a way that allows people to say that’s unfair and unfortunate and make strides by utilizing our voice for change. The healing for children impacts their quality of life you can not rewind time and the importance of the new docu-series “Released” angles of family interaction, dealing with the outskirts of reality is depicted with raw emotion. The only emotion we are allowed to own is our anger from the notion of what is presented to us and what we see others have or just curiosity to how your life would have been in comparison to what is it. 

Courtesy of 135th Street Agency

Watch: Kevin Getting Stopped at Airport Security

https://owncomm.box.com/s/w5psexj6q1fcijs8qg1hpth5o126bkcd

Watch: Kay Describes How it Felt to Be Released

https://owncomm.box.com/s/cxw2bzq2xxvw0zkfclddo2bg7tl9b6lq

Be sure to watch RELEASED as it debuts on Saturday, September 30 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #ReleasedOWN

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Splashy night with Tyrese
October 15, 2011

Two talented individuals Tyrese and Leon Timbo

Two talented individuals Tyrese and Leon Timbo

Tyrese and Leon Timbo serenading the crowd

Tyrese and Leon Timbo serenading the crowd

Tyrese sexy stare

Tyrese sexy stare

Sorry for the wait….

Acoustic Conversation brought to you by Singersroom.com had another successful event at Bo Concept (105 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016) sponsored by MARTINI Moscato d’Asti featuring recording R&B artist Tyrese.

For every cause or action there is a reaction. In this case Tyrese is the cause his singing being the action which subjected his fans to react by singing along, scream, and imagine thoughts that I will leave to your imagination. The whole night I was in awe with his smooth demeanor, pretty teeth and soulful voice I just wanted to grab the mic at the closing of the event point to him and say sexual chocolate, drop the mic and walk off. Haha judge and sue me if you wish =)

Ok rewind. Pencil skirts, nice blouses, suits & heels in a sea of beautiful people there was this gorgeous photographer (meaning me) just playing well partially. I mean what I type =) As we all gathered at Bo Concept for the private intimate event Tyrese blessed us with his presence, talent and million dollar smile. I can go on and on about how he defines sexy but that would be selfish to those of you who weren’t in attendance.

Beyond Tyrese obvious vocal talent he discussed his rise of success was through hard work, persistence, and sacrifice. He gave us his honest views on relationships from the fans Q and A section, introduced many to Leon Timbo a great overall talent if this is the first time you are hearing about him please visit http://WWW.LEONTIMBO.COM.

Progression is his motive Tyrese is now an independent artist recording many of his songs in the comfort of his own home, flying in producers and vocalist to his musical boot camp for three weeks to show his dedication and focal point.

He gave us a preview of his single “Stay” and we traveled through his hits. I will support Tyrese and I hope you do the same. His album ‘Open Invitation’ is available online pre order it today it will be released November 1, 2011 here is the link http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/open-invitation/id472049287. Support independent artists.

On cue with the melody in Tyrese voice tone, my remix “Have I told you I luv you readers. Have I told you splashing out means the world to me.” Smiles

Thanks for reading and your support. Mwahz

Tyrese is so passionate about his craft

Tyrese is so passionate about his craft

Tyrese jokes with his fans

Tyrese jokes with his fans

Tyrese thanking his fans

Tyrese thanking his fans

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