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Tupac Lives On: A Dedication 09/08 by Poetic Soul | Poetry Podcasts
Just a heads up! Set an alarm on your phone! It will be 18 years on the 13th
since rapper, poet, actor, Legend Tupac Shakur passed away. Join us this evening as we pay homage to Tupac on this Special Edition open mic episode of Poetic Soul Talk Show. Audience members will be slamming poetry in honor of him as well as calling in to comment or listen as we dedicate the show to the influence of Pac.
Counting years of history,
emasculating men &
raping the Queens,
has lead down a
slippery slope saturated
they blast all day long
even if we no longer hear them.
Slavery instituted for the sake
taking children away
from their families &
still, most of believe we are free
yet the documents created to
speak truth about the legacy
& we say, it is fictional & fallacies.
Lynching was not a term
created for no reason
despite the fact that we
have survived seasons.
Take a good look around.
Not knocking weaves but
why is our natural hair not
associated with beauty?
Or at least, not defined the same?
Why are so many coco brown
women single mothers or
we have to endure broke, broken
or defeated brothers
what was broken out of neglect
before we arrived?
Ever stare at President Obama &
the First Lady &
think of how beautiful that is?
Ever look at a couple in black art
until your soul falls apart &
realize, how impossible that may
be for you to have in reality?
Ever wonder for one moment,
what it would be like to
live with a history of
freedom, equality &
an entire family?
The Huxtables made people
The Obamas, a cultural victory.
is that the norm for our eyes
Where are our Baracks & Theodores?
When we will we learn to not only adore
ourselves but each other?
Unlearn all of those signals
that make us hate each other
Or did the document end correctly?
Do we have 2 more centuries
before we can breathe? – DD Wright. (ART WORK NOT MINE)
I guess I don’t have to,
cry, march, feel
If I saw my brothers the way
some saw each other,
would it save me from becoming
Some SAY it’s not about race or
the place where we want to race
has turned into shame.
How many times must we watch
the news report another name,
What the F**K is going on?
Where is the shame?
Why are we immune to
murder & blood shed?
This sh*t is NOT…A…GAME!
And the audacity of those
ignorant ENOUGH to approach me
with deceit that they have been fed?
F outta my face because until you have walked around with a
black man, in love with his potential,
knowing his skin is reason alone to rob of him of his credentials,
laying with the fear
of a possible soon to be corpse,
flashbacks of the horse,
you can not fathom my realities,
listening to Fox News &
that damn Bill O’Reily
report about STATISTICS,
related to my extended family?
Oh, the fire in my chest,
the tears in my eyes,
wanting to go to the shoe shiner
for a gloss before my feet rise,
to the alter with millions
of young black men,
holding on to my many fibers,
as we pray,
getting harder to believe,
that the story will ever change,
I cherish you Brother.
I love and defend your future BROTHER,
I fear for your life as
I look into your eyes BROTHER.
I stand for your value NEVER being altered!
I can not be hypnotized against you despite history and
false facts BROTHER.
THIS Sista will march either way,
with daughter in hand
until I’m too old to stand,
then I will be rolled in my chair,
fist up half tassel BROTHER.
I got your back, forever. – DD Wright
Check out the episode of “Chat and Chew” on Poetic Soul Talk Show if you missed it this past Monday http://blogtalkradio.com/poetry2life. We discuss the issue of young men of color being murdered on a regular basis. It is a conversation that needs to be repeated. Please feel free to leave
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