New Comic Book “Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded” Heals and Guides Black Teens against Police Brutalities

Tappahannock, VA – The fatal police shootings of black men in the recent past bring to focus yet again the chain of stigma, shame and silence that engulfs many lives, and entire communities and neighborhoods. A new illustrated comic book that is now helping heal the wounds and show the way forward is “Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded” authored by Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW, Founder of Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, LLC.

To deal with police brutality towards black teens and adults requires building higher level of social awareness, as well as telling youngsters how to understand and behave safely and reasonably in such situations. “Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded”, revised version of its previous version released in April, adds new material in the form of five pages a cover. The comic book has been illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner, designed by Kurt Keller, edited by Tiffany Carey Day, Francesca Lyn and Samantha Willis, and has contributions from Laurence Jones and Steve Silverman.

“Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded” tells the graphic story of a black teenager shot and killed by a police officer who mistakes his airsoft toy gun for real. This narrative is all too common in America, and the novel brings home the fact that a young, innocent life was snuffed out too soon.

“Our young people are being traumatized daily by directly experiencing violence, or viewing violent videos of men, women, and children being killed by private citizens or police officers. My hope is that “Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded” gives young people a platform to process police-involved shootings, gangs, and grief. As adults, it’s essential that we’re physically and emotionally available to help our young people through these processes,” said Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW.

The cover of “Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded” has been inspired by the National Football League (NFL) protests led by Colin Kaepernick, and honors Eric Reid, Seth DeValve, and Michael Bennett and all those who voiced their opposition to injustice and social oppression.

Author Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW is a therapist, entrepreneur, app developer, professional speaker, author, consultant, workshop presenter and literary activist. Through Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, he has facilitated expressive writing programs since June 2014. The earlier publications include ‘Nelson Beats the Odds’ and ‘Tameka’s New Dress’, which inculcate love for reading as well as open up conversations  around the mistrust between the African- American communities and the police.

“Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded” will be launched on November 11, 2017, and will be available from,,,,, in paperback, hardcover, and as an eBook.

About Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words LLC

Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words has been facilitating expressive writing programs since June 2014. The program served adult male offenders at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia. Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, LLC (CMHTW) was founded by Ronnie Nelson Sidney, II, LCSW. Our mission is to improve participants’ social, emotional and physical health outcomes through therapeutic writing and dialogue. We envision a world where people will use therapeutic writing and dialogue as tools to restore hope and heal wounds. We offer professional speaking, workshops, book publishing, and consultation services. 

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Company Name: Healing Through Words, LLC
Contact Person: Ronnie N. Sidney, II, LCSW
Phone: 804-833-4171
Address:PO Box 2749
City: Tappahannock
State: VA 22560
Country: United States