Julius Darius Jones – Oklahoma Death Row
Poet known as JuWels was born into this world Julius Darius, in Oklahoma City, OK, USA, in 1980. He is the second child of three, followed by a sister and preceded by an older brother.
At the young stage of his life, he excelled at sports and held aspirations to be a professional athlete, as well as a police officer.
In middle school, he was introduced to poetry, took to it, only to be engulfed in hood politics, such as drugs, gangs, racial profiling and the police brutality of the gang task force….
Yet, in high school, his English teacher, Mrs Bennet-Cain inspired him to express himself through poetry, no matter what the topic.
While graduating, he tied for 11th out of 190 graduating students in his class of 1998. He was accepted to attend the University of Oklahoma and also awarded a Presidential Leadership Scholarship. He had intentions to play basket ball whilst studying.
Legal troubles would plague his freshmen year. While the birth of his first son would occur, new, tragic and unfounded legal woes would take away his freedom and potential promising future as a father and as a student in the field of electrical / architectural engineering.
Just days after completing the second summer session at the University of Oklahoma, in 1999, not to mention his 19th birthday, he was kidnapped (arrested) for a tragic crime that he still to this day professes adamantly that he did not commit! The weight of this tragic madness compelled him to pick up his pen to vent on his loss of love, life and liberty.
His main inspirations is his Lil’ King (son), family, love and a desire to lift others’ spirits, as well as to provoke their thinking beyond the norm of just themselves.
Currently, JuWels is imprisoned on Death Row in McAlester, Oklahoma where he is awaiting the appeals court to rule on his case… He conjures ‘Thoughts of Rhyme’ and other art, as the moment moves him to…
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