Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MY SISTER AND FRIEND TO THE END

PATRICIA,
MY SISTER AND FRIEND TO THE END

by Marileeza

When God gives you a friend
You shall be friends to the end.
When God in His Wisdom connects any two lives
We must consider it a blessing – if we’re truly wise.
And we need to do anything we can possibly conceive
To make each other’s life flourish and remain at ease.

Everybody deserves a friendship that’s true.
And Pat, that’s what I’ve always seen in you.
You are patient, helpful, loving, and good --
Always doing the things that a good friend should.
You are not only kind to me but also with others
You have often helped me take care of my mother.
You’ve also tried to be helpful to parents of other friends
And you’ve also been their friend to the end.

Although you have not always had it easy in life,
You’ve done the best that you could in joys or in strife.
You’ve taught your children to be helpful and polite
And they represent your goodness to everyone’s delight.

You decided long ago to serve the Lord,
And you sang in choirs and ushered at church doors.
You volunteered to help out other ways that you could.
You greet everyone you meet lovingly, as we all should.

I have many fond memories of us two or more in my head --
Many were good -- and as life goes – naturally, some sad.
Growing up you were at church and my home so often
Dad called you the best church member he ever had.
You’ve always been part of the family we grew to love,
So we’re thankful God put us all together from above.
Wherever God places us we must let our little light shine
That’s why you’ll always be a friend of mine.
So when God gives us a friend
We shall be friends to the end.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THIS IS BLACK HISTORY (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)



Where are these young Black men from? European accent no less -- but regardless --- they have the facts and they have acted upon them in terms of the modern-day form of hip hop expression. The words, the meanings, the import and impetus are the most prominent mechanisms to perceive and accept into our consciousnesses. Appreciate the poetic expressions and recall the essential elements of Black History for everyone across the diaspora. Most importantly, dare/care to implant this sincere intent into the minds of our children -- or progeny. Amen!

When I Became a Man

"I will wait for you" by Official P4CM Poet JANETTE...IKZ

Janette McGhee (Home Assembly Church)

KNOCK KNOCK Poet with Prologue by Ruby Dee


Knock Knock

Peace | Myspace Video

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rest with God Gil Scott-Heron

            Gil Scott Heron - Message to the Messengers





"It’s not much fun being a prophet. Sure, you get to speak truth to power, but inevitably you wind up getting popped in the kisser for your trouble. Then you go crazy and nobody listens anyway, until it’s too late. You’re essentially doomed. "

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron was known for work that reflected the reality of black America in the post-civil rights era and also spoke to the social and political disparities in this country.You could hear the truth in his poetry and music. His words touched my life with fire and understanding.


Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, Illinois, (April 01,1949 ) Gil's mother Bobbie Scott-Heron sang with the New York Oratorial Society, a college-graduate who worked as a librarian.. Scott-Heron's father, Giles "Gil" Heron of Jamaican descent, nicknamed "The Black Arrow" was a football (soccer) player who, in the 1950s, became the first black athlete to play for
Glasgow's Celtic Football Club. His parents divorced early in his life, and Gil Scott-Heron was sent to live with his grandmother .

Gil spent his early childhood in the home of his maternal grandmother Lillie Scott in Lincoln,Tennessee. Learning musical and literary instruction from her. Scott-Heron also learned about prejudice firsthand, as he was one of three children picked to integrate an elementary school in nearby Jackson,Tn. The abuse proved to much to bear . Though Scott-Heron's experiences in Tennessee must have been difficult, they proved to be the seed of his writing career, as his first volume of poetry was written around that time.

When Gil Scott-Heron was 13 years old, his grandmother died and he moved to his mother in the Bronx in New York City, where he enrolled in DeWitt Clinton High School. He later transferred to The Fieldston School after one of his teachers, a Fieldston graduate, showed one of his writings to the head of the English department there and he was granted a full scholarship.

Click here for more of Gil's story





           Gil Scott-Heron: We Beg Your Pardon



  Gil Scott Heron "Winter In America" (1974)

        Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

        Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle

        Gil Scott-Heron | We Almost Lost Detroit

       Gil Scott-Heron - 'I'm New Here' 

Gil Scott-Heron: Definition of a Poet (R.I.P.)

Monday, February 28, 2011

I want to write for you

I want to write for you
About
Going places with you and my pen
I’ll write splendid rhymes and majestic verses as we are revered by the worlds reading eyes
My pen will be our badge, and crest of honor of written chronicles in royal museums
I’ll write our story to be
I’ll compose a beautiful storybook of a first class passage through life with thee
Our journey of life, I will publish in hardcovers and magazine subscriptions
I’ll write scripts of non-fictions of our love going to secret places
Making love in dangerous places that’s in chapters one through infinity
I’ll protect you by writing poems so hard, and so wickedly on point, thugs will run for cover in libraries
I’ll write tour guides to get lost in the most legendry romantic places
I’ll write poems of what we see, and feel, and what we know
I’ll write fables of adventures of lost lovers disappearing but we are known to be alive
I’ll pen sagas of the great moments in time that we made love on private islands and in air balloons, and castles, an in outer space, and in dreams we are yet to have
I’ll write our diary in the sand, but 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
And I’ll writes poems on the bottom of your feet and on your backside, and on the dark side of the moon
Let us dig the earth and bury our tales alongside Adam and Eve
In the center of the earth, I’ll write journals in the gold we pass by
As we come out the other end of the earth we’ll sign together the best seller I wrote to honor our love
Sail with my desires to pen every sunrise and nightfall
I’ll write poems from ink drained from the stars
I’ll write parables from the blood of lovers past
I’ll write narratives from the account of kings who wished they could have loved their queens forever
I’ll write about the love I have you with no plot, and no scheme and I only conspire to live another day to write for you
I’ll write volumes of novella of poems of our love into a historical literary masterpiece
The title: My Never Ending Love Letter to You and Me
Signed your author of love

© 2/2010 A.L.A.H.
Have you read my books?
Your support keeps me writing

Have you read my books?
Your support keeps me writing

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By: Alvin Lloyd Alexander Horn

Saturday, February 19, 2011

TRIBUTE TO POET NIKKI GIOVANNI



   Nikki Giovanni - 2010 Celebration of Black Writing (Live In Philly)


    Nikki Giovanni's "Nikki Rosa" (It Is Well) - A T Short #15


    Nikki Giovanni's "Woman Poem" (Amazing Grace) - A T Short #10


    Nikki Giovanni on Hip Hop Speaks to Children


    Nikki Giovanni's "Alabama Poem" (I've Decided to Make Jesus My Choice)


           One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English." Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.
Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni (born June 7, 1943)  an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.
  
            Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her sister spent their summers with their grandparents in Knoxville, and she graduated with honors from Fisk University, her grandfather's alma mater, in 1968; after graduating from Fisk, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and within the next year published a second book, thus launching her career as a writer. Early in her career she was dubbed the "Princess of Black Poetry," and over the course of more than three decades of publishing and lecturing she has come to be called both a "National Treasure" and, most recently, one of Oprah Winfrey's twenty-five "Living Legends."

    TRIBUTE TO POET NIKKI GIOVANNI


     Nikki Giovanni's "My Tower" (Pretty Little Baby)


    Nikki Giovanni - Ego Tripping -The Truth is on the way LP


    Nikki Giovanni: Bill Cosby


    Nikki Giovanni: Condoleezza Rice


    Nikki Govanni's "Poem for a Lady of Leisure..." (Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone)


    Nikki Giovanni - Talk to Me Poem, I Think I've Got the Blues

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Kwame Dawes - Haiti Poems

In Haiti, Writer Kwame Dawes Tells of Quake Aftermath Through Poetry

"I cry, and then I laugh. Just like that, in a few seconds, I laugh, and then I cry, and I dream again."

             Haiti Poem: Bebe's Wish
 
            Haiti Poem: Mother of Mothers


Kwame Senu Neville Dawes (born 1962) is a poet, actor, editor, critic, musician and professor of English at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962 and grew up in Jamaica where he attended Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies at Mona. He studied and taught in New Brunswick, Canada on a Commonwealth Scholarship. As a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick, he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Brunswickan.

Since 1992 he has been teaching at the University of South Carolina. He is a Professor in English and also Distinguished Poet in Residence, Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and Director of the USC Arts Institute. He is also the faculty advisor for the publication Yemassee.

Dawes collaborated with San Francisco-based writer and composer Kevin Simmonds on Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country which debuted at Royal Festival Hall in 2006 and featured sopranos Valetta Brinson and Valerie Johnson.
In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award in the category of New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture. His project documented HIV/AIDS in Jamaica, interspersed with poetry, photographs, and other media. The website "Livehopelove.com" is the culmination of his project.

           Haiti Poem: Storm by Kwame Dawes


          Haiti Poem: Ganthier by Kwame Dawes


        Haiti Poem: Precious Are The Feet of Those... by Kwame Dawes


       Haiti Poem: Boy in Blue by Kwame Dawes


Voices from Haiti: Tomb (Kreyol version)