Black Poetry : Black-isms (This is for Triniti)

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  1. islander

    islander Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This piece is actually my half of a tag team between myself, a dark-skinned person, and another sister, who is light-skinned, and we're basically talking about the "isms" of being light-skinned and dark-skinned...of course from our own perspectives.


    Black-Isms


    How come nobody called me and told me that lightskin was still in so I needed to stay my black a** home?
    You could've saved me the embarrassment of going out with my light, bright friends, just to offend the masses with my blackness
    I get treated like white boys wearing blackface, but my black won't come off
    My skin is too black...my hair is too black...my eyes aren't dark brown, their black...
    And I even have the nerve to have a "black attitude" too
    I guess I've got to bleach my skin and my personality to make everybody happy because my blackness just won't do

    As long as a light-skinned girl and I are in the same room, I get treated like the washed-up sidekick just trying to fit in
    Being outcast by my own people because of the hue of my skin
    The phase of shades is an outrage because beauty seems to equal the lack of color on a blank page...just slightly darker with "good hair"
    The nappy in my roots bears the load of fighting to stay curly in the midst of a light-skinned, permed reality
    I'm enslaved within my own black community trying to stay black and ya'll ain't cuttin' me no slack
    The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice...
    The blacker the berry, the tighter the noose

    No matter how hard I resist, the ball and chain of my blackness weighs me down...
    Making it harder for me to keep a tight grip on black folks standards of beauty, so....I just let go
    "Black is beautiful, but brighter is better," that's our new motto
    Or maybe it should be "Black is whack and light is right"
    I don't know black folks...it's a quarter past midnight and it's too black so you run towards the light
    You're scared of all the blackness of the world but still complain about the white
    D**n!!!! Give me some insight

    I get a headache when I try to figure out your logic
    It's tragic that black folks don't wanna be called black no more
    We want to be seen as a myriad of colors of the rainbow because black is an ugly offensive term
    Nowadays it seems like blackness if forlorned and lightness is adorned
    I don't know where the black race is going,
    But it's in the direction of the "white" house...
    Don't wanna be field negroes no more

    I will never be as light as you want me to be
    Because I choose to forever be black and dreadlock nappy
    Blacker than he, she, and thee
    I'll stay so black that at night, you won't even see me
    You'll only see my flashin' my stankin' black a** and my perfectly white teeth...SEE (smiling) :D



    Copyrighted by Tamara Al-Rashid 2002
     
  2. Khasm13

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    da blacker da berry
    the more it makes me merry

    the stupid few that believe this
    aren't worth the time of day...
    tyte scribe sis...
    peace
    khasm
     
  3. true love

    true love Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    hey girl...very tight flow...i'm lighter than light and i feel when i'm around darker toned sisters i might as well be invisible...so i think we both feel some sort of rejection when it comes to our skin color. much love to you
     
  4. LovelyGoldenOne

    LovelyGoldenOne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    tyte flow...i wrote a poem like this a while ago....cuz i'm darkskinned....i know where ur comin' from.....

    ~lovely
     
  5. triniti424

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    I hear u sista...

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm…my sista I thought you had known
    that the tide had turned as the years have grown
    BLAK is lovely regardless of its shade
    that double standard skin tone ish is from the slave trade
    and who could dare dismay
    the lovely licorice tone of my sista’s today
    and the caramel coating of my brothas in passing
    we come together through a heritage that is everlasting
    division is a tool of separation and defeat
    brought about by the master of deceit
    with his pale flesh and defiling ways
    he painted a dilemma that would continue today
    “put them against each other for their skin tone”
    “watch as each begins to disown”
    “let them think that one is different from the other”
    “allow them to forget they have the same mother”
    but many fail to realize…
    BLAK is mother nature built to survive
    I thrive in the darkness that my blakness provides
    But it would seem some of my brethren wish I didn’t survive

    While you were dismissed because of something so trivial
    my childhood was far from jovial
    stuck in between black and who?
    not dark enough to be loved
    not light enough too
    but whats a sista to do
    besides enlighten and edify
    and try and try and try and try
    to be the example I speak to be
    loving ALL my blak brethren because I am you and you are me
    I get treated like white ink on a white page
    my people pass me by like an empty stage
    Its all an outrage
    and I yet I yearn for brighter days
    enclosed in blakness
    that blanket my bodys roots
    because to argue somethin like this is makin my own noose

    the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice
    the blacker the mind the stronger the truth
    the blacker the attitude the deeper the mood
    Black is beautiful AND brighter BECAUSE its better
    then the white mans letter
    of what blak should be
    I got that lesson from the same history
    That feeds your blood and runs through me
    “I'm enslaved within my own black community trying to stay black and ya'll ain't cuttin' me no slack”
    but my sista when I try to get free
    that same issue pulls me back
    because my tone seems to lack

    but the difference is the BLAK in me
    defines my beauty
    some nights I yearn to be YOU
    have a different shade a darker hue
    but if my personality were manifested
    the results would be blessed and infested
    with the rivers of the BLAKEST royalty
    because I am you and you are me
    It’s a quarter past midnight and a half past revolution
    So I run FROM the light because BLAK is my solution
    I neva tried to be in the “white house”
    I was raised to ride as BLAK beauty
    I would neva want you to be as light as me
    my blood was tainted with that tragedy
    but when I tried to come home my own shunned me
    so where is the end
    this I comprehend
    BLAK is more than a simple skin tone
    BLAK is the color of my mothers backbone
    BLAK embody my whole entity
    BLAK is the mind of my own identity
    BLAK are you
    so
    BLAK is me
    BLAK together
    BLAK are we
     
  6. MzBlkAngel

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    islander......and triniti424...tight flow....love this....much love on dis
     
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    angelicsage Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    no stone un-turned...
    I love every shade but if I only had a penny...
    for every time someone has accused me of having
    it easier, or for when I've been referred to has caramel...
    or even when "they" have said to me..."but your different"

    as if we don't all bear the same struggles...

    you see..."Black" is a state of being...
    the shade is truly immaterial...although
    some of us are still bound in the chains of
    such destructive patterns of thought...


    This was a very real peice.......great job islander! for bringing this to the forefront

    and Triniti...high <5> girl....your flow was tyte as always, much luv sister
     
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    I must say that this poem is off the hook and very eloquently written. Personally I love all shades black women, but especially the blacker ones, but I have notice that some of my brothers don’t share my appreciation for darker hued women. I think we commit the same atrocity of apathy as the (conservative right) if we pretend that these prejudices do not exist . I myself am a perfect shad of medium brown that has given me card blanch against these prejudices since I am not really dark or light. The rest of my family is as white as Casper the ghost, and I gotta tell you they may get the first look because of their light skin but they also get a lot of hate too, neither side of these tracks are very lovely.
    just be who you are and forgive the ignorance of the ignorant
    God bless
     
  9. islander

    islander Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanks, all, for the love. Triniti, that was a TIGHT piece. I appreciate you sharing. You completed the other half that was missing and was able to capture it perfectly. Much love for that. Myself and the sister who wrote the other half of this piece spent a lot of time thinking about how "bad" each side had it "light vs. dark". We wanted to show people at the end that no matter what, we are who we are...Black.
     
  10. triniti424

    triniti424 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    My sista I hear u LOUD & clear :)
     
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