Last week we got in poetry-form the autobiography of Abdual Bell. This week, we get an up-close and personal view into his life, in his own words. His story is heart-rending, but its ending is a happy one. Here is an introduction to, Abdual Bell, in his own words:
I, Abdual Bell, am a native of Norfolk, Virginia, Born January 24th, 1994. Growing up was a struggle, even as a toddler my mother was unable to take care of me, and without a doubt I was on my way to foster care. However, my then 18-year-old aunt dropped out of high school, her senior year, and came to my rescue. She took on the responsibility of taking care of a 2-year-old child! As years went by my aunt and I had a typical mother-son relationship, but soon that changed. I started to be bullied by my peers, my self-esteem was at an all-time low, and I wanted my mother and father to be in my life. But they couldn’t, for my mother was in a penitentiary, and my father was nowhere to be found. I would run to my room at times, take a box of my mother’s clothes that sat in my closet, and smell them for comfort. This would happen almost every day!
In transition, I began to act out, and express my emotions by eating everything from my aunt’s refrigerator. I became unbearable. Finally my aunt caught up with my father, and I went to live with him. I was happy; I finally had a father figure, until I found out that he was far from that. I would never see my father, and the nights he was gone, his girlfriend would force me to watch pornography, and give me pornographic magazines to read instead of my homework (I was only about 6 or 7). I wasn’t taught to tie my shoes, or even to clean myself, so I would go to school with the foulest odor, it was so bad that I was sent home numerous times, by teachers. Living with my father brought out a whole different Abdual, I remember the days when I would break windows out of cars, steal toys from the store, and hide my horrible report cards. I was crying out for help in the most violent ways, and guess who responded? There she was again, my aunt. She took me back in, yet my rebellious behavior failed to stop so she allowed me stay with other family members, and every time something went wrong she would allow me back into her home, I was her son. At the age of 16, I left her and stayed with another aunt; I graduated high school one year early, and decided that I had to become a man. I put away my childish ways, and stopped blaming my biological parents for everything. I went on to win numerous national and international awards for my poetry, and theatrical works. Now a college student at one of the top Christian colleges in the nation, I am working on opening my own stage production business in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been recognized by the mayor of Norfolk, Virginia, and celebrity weatherman Al Roker. I give glory to my father, Jesus Christ, couldn’t have done it without him.
Today I will have a one-on-one interview with Abdual Bell, tune in to read it later on in the week! But before then, please check out his website at http://www.betraytherainbow.org! Here his Abdual’s message for his website: Men, young and old, are SILENCED by pain, disease, and turmoil every day, please help me help them, together we can give them a VOICE!