All posts tagged: black power

MC Elis – 6 year old Brazilian musical artist

This young girl is over here singing about: Loving her natural hair: it’s NOT dry/hard, it’s her crown as a queen Being sick of racism Pride in her Blackness: referring to herself explicitly as Black (preta) rather than one of the endless other terms that refer to color (mulata, moreninha) but try to maintain distance from being of African descent. Also, peep the black panther on her shirt! Go dance with Elis! LYRICS Vem dançar com a elis Vem dançar com a elis Aqui não tem caô Só chegar e ser feliz Eu já estou cansada Dessa ideia de racismo Eu não tô de mimimi Fale o que quiser nem ligo O meu cabelo não é duro Ele é crespo e muito lindo Vou passar logo a visão Tá incomodado comigo? Vem dançar com a elis Vem dançar com a elis Aqui não tem caô Só chegar e ser feliz E não venha com esse papo de mulata e moreninha Sou preta com muito orgulho Minha coroa é de rainha (Note: some of they lyrics …

Book 9: Black Feeling Black Talk (1968)–Nikki Giovanni

I always shy away from reading poetry and remember, after I force myself to sit down and read it, why: it’s harder than reading prose. But it’s often so much more gratifying so then I wonder why I don’t read more poetry. Nikki Giovanni has an inexplicable way of communicating so much with so few words that it makes you have to read it again. And again. She’s got this rhythm in her writing, and her word play is wild; she may change the spelling of one word in a sentence to give a double meaning that’s just so…(a sound would better explain what it feels like than a word, a grunt with pursed lips and an ugly face of both agreement and disgust). I finished this in January, but after the Black Panther phenomenon of February, I think my timing with this post is right on. Black Power (For All the Beautiful Black Panthers East) But the whole thing is a miracle–See? We were just standing there talking–not touching or smoking Pot When the …