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  • Different Shades of Black

    Being a Black Man and an Actor and Filmmaker, people sometimes tell me I should be happy when I see a Black person in a movie cause I am being “Represented.” Yet, I try to explain that I am not. My Family is from the South, particularly Louisiana and although I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, I have more of the personality and attitude of someone fro…read more

    Alex P. Michaels
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    • This is so true. It’s kind of sad because a lot of people think we’re represented because they focus on one part of an area or make us attach ourselves to a representation of a whole different culture from what we may come from. I’ve seen it happen with movies, such as Black Panther and Woman King. and what’s crazy is that back in the days? W…read more

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  • Sometimes saying “I Love You,” is meaningless.

    I’m a writer and words have meaning. My Dad was a Marine and for him Action is what matters. I don’t expect him to say I love you, because that is not the generation he grew up in where Men expressed emotions. Yet I know he loves me when he took care of his family and bought me action figures (Star Trek or Superheroes) even when I broke the las…read more

    Alex P. Michaels
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    • @prelude2cinema this is so true Alex. But sometimes the words are nice to here. You really should check out @telina27 letter. She talks about some similar feelings and emotions in regards to her relationship with her mother. Here is her article. https://theunsealed.com/activity/p/1710/

      My mother’s parents (my grandparents) also weren’t very good…read more

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    • I feel like saying I love isn’t meaningless to certain people I think it’s only meaningless to the person who doesn’t feel the meaning behind the words truly. I’ve said I love you to many people but I’ve always felt forced and never really meant it. I don’t think I myself am a lovey-dovey person. I’ve only ever felt real meaning towards the word…read more

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  • Fearless or Friendly

    Oddly enough one of my friends likes to compliment me in what can be called paradoxically jealous. He said, I was fearless.

    The circumstances was I went and talked to someone while he didn’t. Often times I strike up conversations with people I find intriguing. I didn’t want anything but just to say hello.

    My Friend, on the other hand, puts a lot…read more

    Alex P. Michaels
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    • For the title of your story friendly or fearless, I believe that you are both. Not many can go up to people and start a conversation with someone you have never met before. I was just like your friend. I never said good morning to anyone on the street or talked to anyone because I found it very weird to just talk to people I never knew or had to…read more

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  • Dear Lauren,
    I know I don’t say it often enough but you inspire me. I know a lot of people are afraid to share their personal pain and even so to make something positive of it. I write crime stories and have heard how horrific sexual assault can be. It takes a lot of strength to discuss it and the law seems to be unkind to listen or respond. Y…read more

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    • Aww thanks Alex. You are too sweet and I am so glad we got to know each other over the past few years. And thank you so much for supporting @theunsealed It means THE WORLD to me.

      Anyways, not sure if you read what I wrote, but to break the ice share the best compliment you have ever received. I shared a few of mine.

      I like this challenge because…read more

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