Art Feature Writing

Protect Your Peace/Piece by Flow the DJ feat. Jeff Manning

May 10, 2019

I want to be accepted.

So, requests are never rejected.

Everybody takes a piece/peace of my pie.

While I’m losing my piece/peace.

They say ‘peace’ ✌🏾 when the pie dwindles down to crumbs.

They say it’s better to give than receive.

Math ain’t adding up cause Life ain’t free.

I paid my tolls for the golden road.

My blessings must’ve gotten stuck on a dead-end road.

Am I being used?

Why do I choose to be abused?

Attention is a drug.

Disguised as Love.

In hindsight, I’m grateful I never overdosed.

Because eventually I learned to —

Just say NO.

#LoveAlways #LetsGrow


curated by w.d. herstun

Credits & Wildenotes

Written by Flow the DJ. Edited by Herstun. Digital Art by Jeff Manning.
Jeff Manning is a Graphic Artist and Designer based in Philadelphia, PA. His work consists of many styles, such as Sci-Fi, Afrofuturism, Minimalism, and Surrealism. Jeff’s main focus is to grasp the mind of his audience, share inspiration, and for them to have their own personal connection with each of his pieces.

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Flow the DJ is back this Friday giving us some insight on the word love as it relates to peace. So many contributors are coming with hard-hitting pieces about the love of self and the love of others this week. (Baptism by Morgan & Don’t Trust Love by Jazzo.)

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I chose Jeff Manning to pair with flow’s piece/peace this week because he has some of the best digital artwork on the scene and these expressions of love seem to be so synonymous with the digital age. Now that we have the luxuries of time and technology so many of us are caught up in how to make ourselves feel better, how to negotiate ourselves out of toxic relationships, and how to break generational curses.
Jeff’s artwork is a beautiful blend of some of my favorite things. And Flow’s feelings about saying ‘no’ to the love of others and focusing more on the self is one that has reverberated throughout Herstun this week. I’m curious to hear other thoughts, what is love and should we love others? Should we seek the acceptance of society or our peers? Why or why not? Interesting for sure.
Special thanks to Jeff Manning
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