Black Poetry : I am a slave

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  1. Afridancr

    Afridancr Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The threat--

    the Shock of

    sweatshop labor

    by slaves international

    Now taking this...

    feeling this on a personal level

    caught in local

    modern time slavery

    I AM...a TARGET

    2nd night working

    pulling
    unpacking

    H
    A
    N
    G
    I
    N
    G

    freight

    the label on the box reads:

    Pakistan
    India
    Indonesia
    Zimbobwe

    fighting an internal battle

    support slavery?
    support self?
    maintain income?
    live on streets?

    So I move on to the next level...

    Now offered a *Position*
    doing what I love to do

    I realize that I'm still being F**ked...
    even in this *Position*

    teaching Afrikan dance, djembe drum and history to
    elememtary school children

    hired solely on experience
    I find--
    She feels--

    this isn't enough

    "Let's remind her that she's still a slave! Yes she has the experience and the knowledge we're looking for BUT without ME/*US* she's NOTHING!! WE/I have the dollars, sense? and the contracts."

    "Aminata, you may only teach one dance, make sure you give the history and what the dance and movements mean, DO NOT give any outside info without MY PERMISSION, you must ACT, DRESS, LOOK and PRESENT yourself in a way ACCEPTABLE to M.U.S.E or else find yourself another job!!!"


    Uhhh Uhhh, Yes massa!!! I's sssssorry! I thought that based on my resume and biography that you'd already knew what to expect from me and my job performance. I guess I really don't know what I'm doing! It'll never happen again massa! I...I...promise!

    So as I finish up this contract and focus on entrepreneurship as a teaching artist I wonder...

    who will I be a SLAVE to next as entrepreneur

    a bank maybe?
    building owner?

    No matter what...

    I'm still a Slave
     
  2. GQ

    GQ Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Fri...

    Sista,

    This is poison :flame: on the real!!!

    Outstanding piece!!!

    :heart:
    GQ
     
  3. Rashad

    Rashad Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Awesome flo Poet!

    I'm diggin this for real!!
    Need I say more...but I
    Thank u!!:rolleyes:
     
  4. Bishop

    Bishop Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Afri...You outdone yourself with this one....
     
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    My dear Afridancr...you are STILL a teacher...within in this piece you teach...I must say one thing (okay maybe two or several). I totally agree with you that when you work for someone,you are essentially a slave (when I say you I am speaking in reagrds tp everyone working for someone else)...That's why (and I'm not sure on if they use this term on the east coast) we call our job "the slave". As long as someone signs your check they basically call the shots or can "modify" what we do to fall into accordance with their goals.

    As an entrepreneur however there is a freedom that comes with it. A motto that comes with it: NO MO' SLAVERY. But...unless you create everything you plan to use have a bank, do your accounting, etc. There is always going to be someone or thing that we have to answer to in relation to our relations to them or it.

    You have to keep in mind that when you are an entrepreneur you are in position to make the "overseers" (for use of the analogy) dance to your drumbeat, work for you. So when you become an entrepreneur/business owner you can modify them to better acheive your dreams.

    ...and besides TRUE slavery is in the mind. True freedom lies in how and what we think. Understand that whatever you need to do to get to where you want to be is worth the headache.

    YOU are already free queen, dancing/art affords you that.

    Oh yeah.. the piece is tight...your evolution has been astounding.

    blak
     
  6. poeticdelight

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    and u know this

    Maaa-an :)

    pd
     
  7. Da Street So'ja

    Da Street So'ja Banned MEMBER

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    don't feel defeated

    EVER

    just keep it moving
    you know what you got to do
    don't worry
    about stuff
    because you know it's all about the "game"

    the game is fixed against you

    dssNY
     
  8. Aminata

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    Freed uP...to do my own thang...

    thanks 4tha love fam!!
     
  9. GA_Sunshyne

    GA_Sunshyne Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    ummm...


    well... i just waunt sho' what ta call ya... but i am
    absoulute-ly sho' 'bout the fact that this is some
    fantastic work!! g'on write da **** thang den
    lil sistah!! :) Bravo!! (how you let me miss this???!!)

    :heart:
    Elayne.
     
  10. brotherman

    brotherman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    gravely spoken...slave to what rhythm do we choose to dance? that's the question...you have outspoken yourself with this one no doubt...
     
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