DARIUS MILLS (basketball) Back

My boys say the only way outta the hood

is with a pass - a basketball pass.

My boys say the only way outta the hood

is with a jump - a jump shot.

My boys say the only way outta the hood

is with a high average - a points-per-game average.

Just because I'm black and over six feet six

don't mean my life is defined

by the baselines of a basketball court,

that my worth is graded on how high I can leap,

and my future is measured by my variety of slam dunks.

I got a brain beyond basketball,

a heart beyond hoops,

but who will know or care about that?

Dudes look and me and say,

"Can he score in the paint?"

I got other dreams, guys,

even if I don't know what they are right now.