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social critiques and creative works.

love poems: rivers and trees (for alton)

i think i love a ghost or a man or a man who may be ghost tomorrow that is to say i love he whose skin is worth its weight it is gold. it is black. or maybe his skin is the grim reaper’s shadow maybe i am in love with death’s shadow and i…

love poems: tilted crown

one black boys rap about their dick size how they’ll bust this pussy wide open like the .45 that killed his best friend skull bust wide open brain matter on ground a mind is a terrible thing to waste hard to get out of concrete he can’t sleep at night visions of it haunt him…

love poems: amuzu (part one)

friends, neighbors, countrymen lend me your eardrums this is the story of my father may his life be long part one my father is a street boy never had shit grew up in voodoland will put a hex on you thirty-six siblings because his father liked to spread his seed. this is what farmers do remember,…

It’s Highlife Time: On the History of Ghanaian Brass Music

    My father and maternal grandfather are from Keta, Ghana, West Africa. There was never a time that I did not have a deep sense of pride in being Ghanaian. One of the greatest cultural traditions my father gave me is Ghanaian music, particularly highlife.  At any given time in our household, highlife played…

James Harrison: Untitled

  What I love most about working with the younger generation is being able to learn from their honest and earnest perspectives. Listen to James as he questions color politics and understanding history within the black community. Untitled: this is supposed to be our month but why do we have to celebrate our history once a month, once a year at one time and that’s only for the ones that notice i never wanted to come off offensive but blacks need more than just one month to be remembered this is just compensation for the one twelfth of the year…

Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam Semi Finals

  This Tuesday, I, along with 14 other amazing local poets, will be competing to be amongst the final 10 who make it to finals. The top five poets will make represent Baton Rouge on a local and national level. If you’re in Baton Rouge, come on by. 427 Laural Street.|Baton Rouge, La.| 7:30pm

Black Love Project x The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition

  I was recently asked to be the Poetry Slam Coach for the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, a non-profit that works with high achieving, low-income high school students, preparing them to succeed in their collegiate careers. I will be working with local young poets and coaching them on their writing and performance, at the end of the season our goal is to compete in All City, a nationwide poetry slam for teen poets. Out of this opportunity also comes something I’ve envisioned for a while and I’m pleased to announce that  Black Love Project will be working with the Baton…

love poems: gold dust

my body is Africa men want to discover their roots through my waters so they tell me, ‘girl, i’ll make you weep for me.’ ‘girl, i’ll make you wet for me.’ they want to colonize my body but my flesh is my own my soul belongs to me my mouth is full of diamonds use your hands to dig into my earth your hands were meant to dig into my earth you will fight to say you belong to me wear me on fingers and necks and teeth cannot lick lips without tasting me i make these niggas remember they’re…

Back in the Day: Before the War Came: Nostalgia and Liberian Independence

  Song: Comin’ Home Artist: Tecumsay Roberts Album: Comin’ Home Writer: Tecumsay Roberts, Anthony James, Boni Boyer Released: Bamboo Records, Year Unknown All Hail Liberia, Hail: Liberia, West Africa was colonized by freed slaves from the United States of America, through the sponsorship of the American Colonization Society. It was their belief that freed blacks would have more opportunity for success in Africa, and more than five-thousand black Americans were sent to Liberia. These Americo-Liberians or “Congo People” as my mother references them, created a socio-political caste system that mirrored that of the United States; a minority ruling class maintaining complete…

400 Years: On Confederate Flags and Black Liberation

Song: 400 Hundred Years Artist: The Wailers/Peter Tosh Album: Catch a Fire/Equal Rights Writer: Peter Tosh Released: 1973/2011 Legacy Release My experience with the 4th of July has been a bit different, as I am a first generation American. My parents were never truly invested; however for the sake of their American born children, [they] assimilated to some customs; mainly throwing barbecues or going to Stone Mountain Park to watch the laser show. This was an all day affair; the laser show would bring together thousands of families who converged upon Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park. They all came to sit…