The Truth About “THA DRAGON”

I only started calling myself “THA DRAGON” because JSP was too few letters for social media usernames and because a hand full of idiots, who don’t even really get down like that started uploading random music to Spotify, iTunes, etc. under than name JSP or some variation and every time I distributed my music it would get mixed together with anyone else using JSP.

As a lifelong pyromaniac, I’ve always had a high tolerance for fire (Heat) pain and strangely, an abnormal affliction to ice (cold) pain and with the exception of my first rap name “Young Holliday”, a tribute to Val Kilmer’s role as John Henry “Doc” Holliday in the movie Tombstone (One of my all time favorite characters) all of my other rap names have been fire related.

JSP is short for Joseph SParks, I shortened it years ago and in hindsight, I wish I had just re-lengthened it when I ran into that social media/Spotify issue but I didn’t…I added the “THA DRAGON”.

Truth is, I don’t like it but I didn’t care to spend too much time to figure out a new name so I just ran with the first thing that popped into my head, I have always been fond of the idea of dragons so it was no surprise to me that – that was my first thought.

The mythology of Dragons is not all about fire breathing flying serpents, as most of you probably think. There are many different types of dragons for example The Shen-Lung Dragon or “Spirit Dragon”. According to Chinese mythology, it is the master of storms, an azure-scaled dragon that governs the wind, rain, and clouds, on which all agricultural businesses depend on. The Chinese believed that if the Shen-Lung was offended or neglected, it could cause drought, floods, or thunderstorms as a consequence. The Shen-Lung is a wingless dragon, more like a serpent than most other dragons. Also, the Shen-Lung signifies a special ranking among Chinese Emperors.

Another example is the “Biblical Dragon”. The book of Revelations mentions a dragon in verses 12, 13, 16, and 20. The Bible does not imply that dragons are real as much as just describing the fallen angel Lucifer, now Satan, as a fire breathing monster. The Bible also mentions two other dragon-like creatures when it talks about the Leviathan and the Behemoth.

Point being, with all I know about Dragons and of course my pyromania, I feel as though my personality relates to that of a dragon. For instance, the Shen-Lung Dragon, as mentioned above, seems to be very helpful, peaceful, dare I say kind but if offended could unleash hell. Something I can relate to, more than I’d like to admit.

Tirade Of A New Slave

By Joseph J Washington

How long are you going to sell yourself short?

How long will you sell your soul for cheap?

How long will you allow yourselves to be the premier minds of great invention and somehow allow others to discourage you from success?

How long will you allow being faster and stronger equate to you working harder and longer?

How long will you squander your beautiful psalms?

And allow your songs to be held in the palms of a deceitful monster

Those who don’t create but just pillage and conquer

We are slaves still


For we, is all we can be

A collective burden, heavy as the tides of the sea

We strive while deprived, by lies and deceit

Our eyes are closed, and our minds are sleep

As we pray to the lord our souls to keep

No mountain is too high, no valley, to steep

We are sheep

Just as the bible told us we’d be

But don’t you see

This world was built with our hands

So at what point does a black boy get the respect of a man

Or little black girl allowed to live without a brand

Can she keep her daddy or is too pivotal to the plan

To convince our women that all they have is the white man

The white mans home of the so called brave and the free

But when absolute power corrupts, how much braver is he

Then, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis, or Brother Huey P

Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, DuBois W.E.B.

Then, Malcolm X, Ella Baker, and Martim Luther King

They fought for the people, among other things

Some died for us, while we allow ourselves to remain cuffed

Defeated and broken and attached to the strings

We are far more equipped than aforementioned few

Yet far less likely to acknowledge what we must do

We cannot assimilate, integration is a lie

Will we really settle for crumbs when it was us that cooked the pie

I have only come to this recently, but for my part, i’d rather die

Then to abdicate my duty and fail because i did not try

She Is A Teacher

My cousin is a passionate teacher and I love her. This poem wasn’t supposed to be a poem but I wrote it for her.

Lately I’ve been trying to do my —always half assed, version of a podcast and I wanted to speak on the Steelers/Browns controversy but it’s late, I’m at my brother’s house, and I didn’t want to make too much noise recording so I decided to take notes on it so I could do it tomorrow.

It’s a race thing, —go figure and if you paid any attention to me before this post, then you should know I have a passion for the subject of Pan-Afrikanism.

When I go into my “tirade of a new slave”, I always try to consider my white friends. Not because I care about their feelings, but because my genuine affection for the white people I have allowed into my life is the Yin to my Yang, when it comes to how unbearably furious I am about how black people are treated in this world.

Anyway, I considered one friend in particular because of all my friends, white or otherwise, we seem to be the furthest apart on the subject of race.

I imagined for a moment talking about him, trying to explain him to people and then —in a moment of ADD, I began to imagine explaining why I referred to him as a professional fighter when speaking about him…keep in mind, I’m talking to myself.

And the answer to why I would refer to him as a professional, when as far as I know he is not or even wants to be, is simple.

He is my friend, I love him, I know him, so I have seen how dedicated he is to Mixed Martial Arts and as far as I’m concerned that earns him the respect of a professional.

When considering that thought further, I thought of my cousin.

She posted something recently that spoke of admiration from a very profound perspective, and it inspired me to share my thoughts. My one thought was how I deeply admired her…and I told her so.

She is arguably the most dedicated person I think I have ever seen. Better than that, she is a teacher and there couldn’t be a more noble place to house passionate dedication.

Then I thought to do a podcast episode on my cousin, talking about her and the importance of good teachers. However, it’s still late, I’m still at my brother’s house and I still don’t want to make too much noise.

So I began writing notes on that possible episode of my podcast. The first bullet point I wrote down read, “She is trying to tell the story of all the stories she has heard”.

Thing is…I hate writing notes. Ever since grade school. I didn’t do it then, I don’t do it now, not even for my podcast. —which you will hear me say many times during my actual podcast.

Which brings me to my point as I try to explain the genesis of this poem. After writing that first line, I said to myself “I don’t feel like writing anymore notes…fuck it, this is going to be a poem”. And a short one at that because I haven’t wrote a poem that wasn’t a rap lyric in a long time, and I didn’t feel like doing that either…and so, the five or so sentences below.


She is trying to tell the story

of all the stories she has heard

Not the might of God’s and men

but the power of the word

What word?…any word

If you really must know

Words only ever kill

or make minds grow

She is a teacher.

-Joseph J Washington

Legendary Actor, Denzel Washington Receives AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

Denzel Washington On Playing Iconic African American Figures – AFI 2019

Denzel Washington has been nominated for an award a staggering 96 times, so far.

His win percentage is well over .300 as he has taken home an impressive 39 awards. Including 2 Academy Awards, 3 Golden Globes, 1 SAG Award, and 1 Tony Award. Also well known for his Stage & Television resume, he has done over 47 Films. Below are some of my personal favorites.

Washington is a devout Christian, and has considered becoming a preacher. He stated in 1999, “A part of me still says, ‘Maybe, Denzel, you’re supposed to preach. Maybe you’re still compromising.’ I’ve had an opportunity to play great men and, through their words, to preach. I take what talent I’ve been given seriously, and I want to use it for good.” In 1995, he donated US$2.5 million to help build the new West Angeles Church of God in Christ facility in Los Angeles. Washington says he reads the Bible daily.

Washington has served as the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 199 and has appeared in public service announcements and awareness campaigns for the organization. In addition, he has served as a board member for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1995. Due to his philanthropic work with the Boys & Girls Club, PS 17X, a New York City Elementary School decided to officially name their school after Washington.

In mid-2004, Washington visited Brooke Army Medical Center(BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, where he participated in a Purple Heart ceremony, presenting medals to three Army soldiers recovering from wounds they received while stationed in Iraq. He also visited the fort’s Fisher House facilities, and after learning that it had exceeded its capacity, made a substantial donation to the Fisher House Foundation. Washington’s other charitable contributions include US$1 million to Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund in 1995[56] and US$1 million to Wiley College to resuscitate the college’s debate team.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia named Washington as one of three people (the others being directors Oliver Stone and Michael Moore) with whom they were willing to negotiate for the release of three defense contractors the group had held captive from 2003 to 2008.

On May 18, 1991, Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Fordham University, for having “impressively succeeded in exploring the edge of his multifaceted talent”. In 2011, he donated $2 million to Fordham for an endowed chair of the theater department, as well as US$250,000 to establish a theater-specific scholarship at the school. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Morehouse College on May 20, 2007, and an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania on May 16, 2011.