After reading John Forte's very personal account of his first day out of prison on The Daily Beast, I was filled with a melancholy mix of sadness and hope. I felt sadness for the fact that this otherwise intelligent young man got caught up in a mess of his own doing and lost seven years of his life in the penal system. But I also felt the hope of a man given a second chance to do right, to be better. How many of our Black men don't get that chance or if they do, they squander it? Forte has been out of jail for a little over a month now, so there's no telling what his future may hold, but I'm rooting for him and looking forward to what he has in store personally (he seriously needs to write a book) and professionally. If this track with Talib Kweli where they both flow over the instrumental to Kanye's "Homecoming" is any indication, then perhaps John Forte hasn't missed a beat.