In lieu of true focus and brainstorming, rebranding and taking a month off social media, not because of lack of self control, but because of growth. I awake to news that made my heart sink. Amiri Baraka has passed, Rest In Peace just doesn’t do it for me. The many times i’ve met this man, performed in-front of him and his family, and the deep connection he plays in the reason I started to write and perform poetry Rest in peace just doesn’t seem like enough…
When i was a freshmen in high school Amiri Baraka was my shadow mentor, Halim Suliman, his brother, his friend, HIS TWIN lolll pulled me aside and said, you remind me of him, so here take this research Amiri and perform this piece. The piece was ‘Why Is We Americans’ by Amiri Baraka in which Suliman let us know; Ya’ll call him by his real name Amiri (pronounced Amidi) Baraka.
That poem electrified me! It lifted me, it changed my way of thinking, and writing, and even though at that young age it was very difficult to understand and perform, I worked hard at it, and when I met Amiri Baraka for the first time, Halim Suliman told him about the poem I was performing, and the conversation we had will always remain in my spirit.
Rest With Jesus Amiri Baraka for the work you’ve done for the Afrikan American RACE will live on forever, you’ve done enough, thank you so much! God Bless! From this day on I declare Jan 9th AMD (Amiri Baraka Day – a day of truth, poetry, and freedom) LoVe -T <3
Amiri Baraka Why Is We Americans?
Because No how we find our selfs over here in Dis Because tragic history relatives mother father farther But can slavery the evil ghost-them self taked us tooked us crooked us,, higgers all the way back was black now they white was this is was why is we is do we do say all kinds...Hey! Eye! I! Does them we is them what aint not we was to them is us older where the gone was dead ok was dead Why is we American? Say, Hey, Willie Mays, Say Hey, Say what But, you got to tell me You got to tell me tell me Why is we Americans Wherever we is is the same black belt, aint never been Free, since we was Selt! Where who did was? Why it there We want? Why we Americans mother fucker You sir tell why we Americans dumb bastard is you is sucker !!!!!!!
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