Many years ago a young Artist moved into our neighborhood. At first he tried to sell his art out of the loft that he would latter try to sell coffee out of. I heard a lot from my friendship with Jammal Sanders. The first thing that I learned was to perfect your craft you must dedicate time to do so. The second was the people around you, that is the people who yu choose to become closest too, can build you up or destroy you. The neighborhood was depressed meaning his art would not sell for the prices that he wanted. When he converted his Gallery into a coffee shop he may had a chance to succeed, that is if the neighborhood did not take advantage of his kindness.
There was a homeless shelter only 3 houses down and Jammal kept giving away free coffee. The behavior of the transients while in the shop that Jammal called the Blue Key drove off the paying customers. The foul language and other behavioral patterns of the people Jammal was trying to help drove away the patronage that Jammal was depending on to stay in business. They say that most startups Fail within the first year. The Blue Key Coffee House, that Jammal Sanders wanted people to call home became just another statistic due to the lack of planning and revenue.
The starving Artist who wanted to create a place for the community to call are own became a resident of the Homeless Shelter that put him out of business. The thing is that even in the last days Jammal was willing to give what he had to the community but the community refused to band together and help the man who was keeping the kids off the streets and warm blankets to those who needed them, instead they just took everything that the owner of the Blue Key had and were more than willing to piss on his doorstep.