Black Poetry : can't be black

Discussion in 'Black Poetry - Get Your Flow On!' started by skrybe7, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. skrybe7

    skrybe7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    hold up...
    I just discovered I ain't black
    least that's what some seem
    to say in so many words
    while I watch my patience
    wear thin like a summer
    sun dress dancing in the wind
    suggesting curves
    least that's what I heard...
    it must be 'cause I ain't real
    when I spit that slang
    or 'cause it don't sound
    quite the same as my Brooklyn brothers
    or my DC brothers
    or my Chi Town brothers
    or I don't have the same accent
    as my peoples in the Bay
    or LA or even central Cal
    nevermind that with each new
    video everybody sounds more and more the same
    now ain't that some shame
    nevermind some of them radio dj's still perfecting
    their hip-hop accents as they go
    (Oh... I'm the only one noticing that?)
    I must have just discovered that whole rap
    thang and slang just last week
    and then altered the way I speak
    or I must never have known what the
    black experience is all about
    I can't be black, right?
    I mean what... I sound too intelligent?
    (like we can't be smart)
    or because I can dip in and out of dialects?
    or because all ancient Africans sagged
    and was loc'ed out pourin' 40's on the curb
    for the fallen warriors, throwin up hand signs
    representin' they spot? Like Zimbabwe niggah what?
    or Zaire! You know! Doin' the Mogadishu walk wearin'
    red or blue?
    Nah... I wouldn't know nothin' bout none of that, right?
    I couldn't go back to Pumas and fat laces or dookie ropes
    never saw kangos or gazelles up close or the scarres left between the eyes when they got snatched nah...
    never seen that
    don't know nothing 'bout lockin' popin' breakin' up rockin
    or none of that
    I just don't have a right to be me, right?
    I couldn't go back to the Ohio Players,
    or Heatwave, or Confunksion
    Don't know nothin' 'bout Cameo
    (be too easy to name Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Bluenotes, Reddings, etc...)
    I must not be allowed my own experiences or memories
    because some fool don' told you wrong, right?
    I'm sayin.......................
    exactly where do you think I was?
    or who do you think I ran wit?
    exactly what do you think I did?
    never called myself a gangstah or thug
    but if you're dumb enough to think
    there just ain't no kind of street(or ghetto)
    in me well, then that's just one more lie
    for you to believe
    guess it don't matter...
    I can't possibly be black if I ain't reinforcing
    the right negative stereotypes
    I can't be black if I wan't to see my people
    do good
    if I wan't to see 'em raise up and go to that
    place of possibility somewhere 'round the
    corner of tomorrow where we ain't livin' from
    minute to minute never knowin' the best
    things in, of, and about life...
    too busy being trife and hatin on one another
    so easily controlled like sheep being lead
    off a cliff
    and whose purpose does that serve?
    nah... I must not be black...
    might as well bring my mind back
    from the future...

    03/31/03/Michael
     
  2. Moses the Poet

    Moses the Poet Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Poet,
    That was Bangin'!
    Your flow was complete. You left no stone unturned here.
    The question you raise is a relevant one. What defines Blackness these days? What does it mean to be down for yours?

    .... and when it comes down to it, it's really all about the melanin we were born into.

    Peace and thanks for a valuable read.

    Andrew
     
  3. skrybe7

    skrybe7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thanx Moses. Beyond the melenin thang which
    can't be denied, I must be about what's inside.
    Because not every non-black person is against
    black people just like not every black person
    is for their own... What a world...
    Peace to ya!
     
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    1poetsought Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    MAN IN THE MIRROR

    Skrybe, your mirror ain't never lied- you as Black as they come
    Down by law, right as rain,
    Let them haters check your refrain-

    1poetsought ~
     
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    haters, hackers and hijackers
    are just animal ********
    sabotaging real black folks lodgings
    ways of life and interactions
    is it addition by subtraction
    by taxing fake representations
    of racial integrity
    or should we just let it be
    and hopefully
    things will change for the best
    unless
    weez beez to stupid to
    notice the difference...

    spit sum supa slang skrybe
     
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    j'hiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    this one's tyte as womens' shorts in spring break. :toast:
     
  7. skrybe7

    skrybe7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    1poetsought - Didn't expect or realize I needed the validation...
    guess I did... Much appreciated! I just wish we could raise up and see past those things that keep us divided and down when there is so much we need to do. Thanx again, man.
    Peace to you.
     
  8. skrybe7

    skrybe7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Khasm13

    racial integrity
    should be said to be
    the basis of everything
    we say we stand for
    be down for mine and I'm
    down for yours
    of course the source of division
    rests in indecisions of
    breakin' these mental prisons
    in collective thrusts
    when it takes the best of us
    to reach the rest of us
    and teach the rest of us
    that in one God we trust
    above scratch and blingin
    above drugs and lust
    we more than pimps hoes
    and hustlers
    and we got the touch

    Peace to ya, Poet!
     
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    skrybe7 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    haha Thanx, j'hiah... And they be tyte too...
    sigh...
    Peace to ya!
     
  10. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "FIVE RAISED BLAK FISTS AWARD" goes to you skrybe7. This piece is on point. A lot of brothers and sisters go through this "questioning" of their "blackness" when doing something other than the expected, doing something more positive than the expected. The sad thing is too many of us do the wrong kind of judging with standards that are far below who we really are as a people. As you know you don't need validation to know your blackness. But I'll tell you what this piece shows that your mind is right and focused on the good of our people. Keep the bar high brother, someday all of us will be there.

    10 peace
     
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