TSU Student Micheal Victor Whatley Jr. uses writing to overcome


“I’d rather die young a leader than follow another into destruction.”

Former D.C. rec-league star turns to poetry to escape urban neighborhood and crime

Michael Victor Whatley Jr., soon to begin his senior year at Tennessee State University, has written an autobiographical book of poetry and the first act of “The Good Die Young,” a play he hopes to someday direct and produce.

The play is about choices. His protagonist, Jay S., is a rapper divided by faith and music, motivated by revenge over lost love, and depicted on the playbill cover holding a gun to his head.



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