Wednesday, September 20, 2017

-No other love

There's no other love like the love for a brother.
There's no other love like the love from a brother.
-Astrid Alauda

The Mis-Education of the Negro

If you can control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one. 
--Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro

Black Queen

by Tamara Natalie Madden

Monday, September 18, 2017

Between God, you and myself

I teared up for about 5 total minutes today. 

As I've told you before, I usually burst in to tears daily but I force myself to stop within 30 seconds to a minute and get on with my day, but today I feel I've reached my breaking point. My burdens-my load is getting too heavy to carry by myself. 
I need your prayers, y'all. I just teared up as I'm writing this. Let me stop-

A Note to Donnie, the Barber

Yo Donnie wassup??
I know I said I wanted dreadlocks
this time
(last time)
and I still do.
I wantem tight & neat
crowning the top
of my nappy head with frizzes at the ends,
and I wantem growing down my back
like Bob Marleys, but this time
I cant do it; I gotta establish
myself AGAIN
as an intelligent educated black man
for an upcoming interview,
and I cant give them any extra excuses
to prejudge me that they will already use,
despite my being more than qualified for the position.
so, cut it shorter this time, man.
Yo, Donnie, cut it real short and even.

But dont cut any of the soul away. 

--Alieux George Casey, 1999