Born in a broken World, into systems of philosophy + cycles of generational trauma- to have lived without owning my story would be tragic. As history was beginning to unfold, I foresaw the consequences of my sons not knowing the truth, both past + present. Conscious in the return of the Golden Age, saving their future meant clearing the smoke + removing the mirrors that idolized opposition- this birthed my purpose. I AM a first generation seed, birthed from an immigrant who traveled across the sea, believing in the promises of an American Education. In my experience, narratives about culture are false representations + fail to honor the core principles that once sustained resilient communities- the unifying foundation our ancestors built upon.
Growing up in Western European culture, I was burdened by traditions of the "Black Baptist" + conditioning that weakened family structure and divided unity in the community. "Church" preached "Jesus", taught me democracy, led by dictatorship, structured in business politics + religion. Leaving the "Church", was a true honoring of self, protection that healed my disheartened spirit, in search for God and His truth. The aftermath of disillusion was a pivotal life-changing moment- in resisting conforming to the religious ideas that didn't serve + uplift, I broke a generational cycle of unprogressive leadership, shame + egocentric behavior. God is LOVE.
Emancipated through the profound words of the late + Great Nipsey Hussle:
"They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation;
Well, who would you want to define you? Someone else or yourself"
Every life lesson became a reinvestment as I recounted the layers that shaped me +
embraced the pain that graced me, I redefined the trajectory of my life- I joined the Marathon!
Pola Rock Inc. was established in honor of my grandfather,
Fa'asasalu Sei Pola
an unsung hero who planted the foundational seed that would breed generations of beautiful souls.
May his warrior spirit and service towards restoring family, community and humanity live in our hearts forever.
S. Moana Polamalu