Sad news to hear that R&B singer Chester Bamsu “Lyfe” Jennings was sentenced to 3 and a half years this week.
It’s Not sad because he’s a celebrity, but because even after doing 10+ years in jail for Arson in 1992, coming out and releasing 4 celebrated (what The New York Times calls ‘socially conscious’) albums he is unfortunately going back to prison.
I call his music feel-good, soulful, from the heart. Lyfe Jennings from my personal perspective is a soft spoken hard working musician.
Unfortunately he now joins the statistic that says 70 percent of people released from prison return within three years (well he kind of broke that he’s going back in six)
Now what is he going to jail for? There are a host of charges including: reportedly kicking in the door where he assumed his children’s mother was staying and fired shots into the house, according to CBS affiliate WGCL.
Police pursued Jennings in a high speed chase after he attempted to flee the scene, but he was eventually caught when he crashed his red 2005 Corvette.
What can we learn from Lyfe’s life so far? The first thing is no one is perfect, we all have our issues. These 2008 charges basically stem from lack of self control in a highly charged emotional situation. Who’s fault is that? We have to say Lyfe’s because he is a grown man.
No excuses there – but now broaden your scope – these types of incidents happen everyday. In a nutshell we as human beings have to learn coping skills, conflict resolution skills and we need to learn them early.
Obviously there are victims in this case who were threatened and in fear for their life. (Can’t picture Lyfe doing this myself) but thankfully his children’s mother, and children are ok.
But are they? What he is convicted of is the type of behavior that is abusive, controlling and dangerous. The type that leaves mental wounds and scars on a family. There are always two sides to a story but for the Love of God there’s two thing’s I want to say. May God protect Lyfe in jail and may his children and their mother get the support and healing they need.
Lyfe has posted a “final” tweet via twitter, ‘This will be my last post,’ stated the singer according to MTVNews.com. ‘To everyone who gave me a chance I am forever in your debt. I have had a fabulous career because of you…. I’ve lived a hundred lives in these 6 yrs so I not only won’t, I don’t have the right to complain. I would like to think that I’ve changed lives by changing my own, tho I can’t be sure. But one thing I am sure of is God gives and takes away in measure. He is fair, just and forever. Amen from a man… Smile, it’s contageous:)
Lyfe ‘We love you and your art, we just pray you give your anger issues the attention they deserve because when you come home your children will be looking for you to reassure them, and fix whatever has harmed them or their perceptions of you and at the end of the day “we” don’t matter they do.
With love and blessings,
Check out these sites , if you can’t control your anger or allow people to push your buttons, maybe it will help keep you out of jail:
(thanks to Tanisha and Tracey for their input)
check out freesworld.com
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