Eyba Brown

Southern Hospitality, by Eyba Brown

by: Eyba “Prime Time” Brown

The Southern Gentleman is an extraordinary breed, and I am considered the last of a dying breed. My name is Eyba Brown, first name pronounced E-bay like the web site. The south involuntarily became a place of youthful folly. Born and semi-raised in Houma, Louisiana, and growing up I lived on both coasts at one point in my youth, but was always attracted to the Pelican State. My step-father was in the Marines and acted just like Major Payne (the movie). I grew up in places like 29 Palms, Ca. Norfolk, Va., and Desert Hot Springs, Ca., no matter how interesting these places happen to be, I was always drawn back to Louisiana like a moth to a flame. Had I known about the Napoleonic laws, the mass incareceration rate, or the state’s motto, “Come on Vaction, Leave on Probation”, I would have stayed in Cali. However, both my parents went to Grambling State University, and being the fist born to a 16 year old. I can still remember visiting Gram at 4 or 5 and being snuck into the girls dorm being surrounded by the ladies. I also remember seeing my mom perform in the band at halftime for the Bayou Classic.. GSU pumped through my viens like plasma until my senior year in high school. When I experienced things like Freaknic in Atlanta, Skip Day in Biloxi, Miss, and Greek Show Weekend at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. That weekend changed my collegiate goals, and that next Monday I was in the guidance counselors office to request all the information to the University of Sexy Ladies. Come take a journey with me , where everything I write will be the truth. I may not have started out a great student or even a good student, but time has given me the wisdom and the drive to become an exceptional student of life. I do not start my writing talking about my charge, my case, or prison life because none of that defines who I am, because I was me before I learned the ugly truth about the system. In order to contact me you simply have to set up an email account of Jpay.com, I am in Louisiana and my ID# is 397750. Sadly, the depth of my knowledge of this system has been instilled in me for the pass 22 years. Nevertheless, the story should have been very different when I discovered U.S.L. was not my dream college, and I transferred to L.S.U. in Baton Rouge, but being a mediocre student i had to take classes to raise my G.P.A. to become a full student. The summer of ’97 should have ended with me raising my G.P.A. to receive full admittence to L.S.U. instead of a one way ticket to L.S.P. with a 60 year sentence for armed robbery. I constantly wonder how I went from an institution of higher learning to an institution of the criminally enlighten. The Southern Gentleman should not be treated this way. The South has certain Hospitalities that it is known for such as being courteous, polite, and gracious. Ironically, the confederacy was also founded in the south and birthed racism, prejudiceness, and bigotry, The Southern Gentleman believes in the home of the free, the land of the brave. However, Southern Hospitality believes in the home of the incarcerated, the land of the enslaved. The summer of ’97 I had packed my bags, I was going back to Cali, Cali, Cali. was going back to Cali. The prison bars slammed in my face and shouted, “I don’t think so!”

Eyba Brown
DOC #397750

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