As a continuing participant in the protesting that first started after the murder of George Floyd; as an activist and as a person who is always on the front line; as an observer I am still finding ways to show up or to be heard regarding the police violence and police brutality taking place in the United States. My involvement, my Black experience are pathways into the ugly poetry of what we call “democracy in America.” …
A man had to lose his life
in order for this country
to wake up to the realities
of anti-Blackness, to police
violence, to police brutality
that has existed in Black
communities for centuries.
A man had to lose his life
for us to get to a point
where white people believe
in greater numbers our necks
have always been under knees.
A man, a father is in his grave
because the United States did
not ask police officers to behave
in our neighborhoods. …
We have reached a year since Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of George Floyd eventually killing him. It feels like it was yesterday when it happend. I am sure many people here in the United States and across the world feel the same way. The anger; the tensions; the disbelief; the hurt; the pain. These are all experiences many of us felt as the world watched a video of George Floyd pleading, only to lose his precious life.
Here we are one year later. Here we are dealing with the understanding again, that we Black people have had it…
I bring these words to the collective white people who have been following me or reading my work for the past two decades, as well as the new followers of my work who understand my commitment and passion for Black Liberation. We are at a turning point in time when the saying “The arch of the universe bends towards justice” must do so in the fastest and most unprecedented ways.
If you love my Black my, if you love my Black spirit, if you love my Black skin then what I am saying comes from a sacred place that honors…
Dear brother, dear young brother the revolution is in you, about you, made of you. The revolution, a Black liberation for the 21st Century, is needed now more than ever — but the same forces that Harriet Tubman was up against; the same forces that challenged Frederick Douglass; the same forces that pushed back at Rev, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer are still in the way of a revolution for you, and for us, today young brother.
We live in one of the most repressive and violent states in the union. We have Chicago and several…
The revolution intensified, electrified as a Black man died on the streets of Minneapolis. The revolution, not propaganda, prevailed. Poets punched through the weak positions of pundits, we move on with purpose, with purpose, with purpose. We are revolutionaries: Black, Brown, Red, Yellow people with white allies standing on the front line, demanding on the front line, commanding on the front line in a world not designed for revolution, for transformation to truly exist!
Black liberation in a nation such as the United States? Whom can it really liberate?! What does Black liberation look like in 2021? What does Black…
The revolution will not be jeopardized,
not by weak attempts to create racial equity
by corporations, companies, or politicians
who are on some mission to brag or direct
attention towards their “efforts.”
The revolution will not be jeopardized, no.
Not by silence or complicity that dilutes
the work, the blood, sweat, and tears of
Ancestors whose names we say before we
modern day change-makers commit to action,
march, protest, burn shit down, challenge
institutional and systemic racism. No!
The revolution will not be jeopardized
by so-called progressives or liberals
who might find this work, these hard times
too difficult. The revolution’s language
Imagine the air at George Floyd Square;
imagine the breathing, imagine the healing
that has been initiated.
Imagine the energy at George Floyd Square;
imagine the relief, the sense of peace
that has been generated.
Imagine the rejoicing at George Floyd Square;
imagine the conversations, the chatter,
the feeling that Black Lives Matter.
Imagine the celebrations at George Floyd Square;
imagine the connections that are being made,
the futures that we can create.
Imagine the beauty at George Floyd Square;
imagine the hugs, just imagine the smiles,
the victory that goes on for miles and miles.
Imagine the gratitude at…
As a leader who has been deeply invested in changing the framework of the United States regarding racial equity and leadership opportunities for Black, Brown, Indigenous and People of Color, the United States is at a time where this can happen when the right conversations are taking place and when the right political leaders, organizations, and allies are all dedicated to racial equity.
We are seeing glimpses of this path towards racial equity in the business world and in the global sports world but there is certainly still a long way to go. Recent examples — especially for sports fans…
In the land of the people.
In the hopes and dreams
Of little Black children,
little Brown and Red, and
who see a better world coming
even while we are in the grips of
othering and anti-Blackness
wrapped in white supremacy,
where we all strive to breathe,
may we believe still the arch
of the Universe is bent towards
In Black healing circles
Where we reflect on what
has been done to us, but also
where we come from,
who we are, why we
this has been a year
For us to grab each other’s
Writer, performance artist, and activist who writes about racism, anti-Blackness, and and human rights struggles. A voice for truth and righteousness.