Deep Thinker And Tea Drinker
Throughout all of my years I have always been a deep thinker, a deeper thinker. This has poured into my creative writing, my conversations, the way I go about even searching for historical or geographical information. Deep thinking as at the core of my being. Maybe it is because that I am an Aquarius; maybe because I was born on the same day that Frederick Douglass celebrated his birthday.
I would have it no other way to be honest. As we embark on some of the strangest and most challenging times I can recall as an adult in this country, it is going to take the deepest thinking to get us through what we are currently experiencing. What innovation or creativity will get us through this pandemic, through endemic racism, through political corruption, through poverty and failing school systems?
How can the deepest thinking we can muster push us through to the other side of a more just world where everyone is experiencing and enjoying forms of healing, heightened hopefulles, or forms of security where none of us have to worry about much? This is the kind of thinking I am challenging myself to delve into as a leader, as a writer, as a creative, as a teacher, as a listener.
Every since I was a young student at Haskell Elementary School on the west side of Rockford, Illinois I was a deep thinker. I was writing my earliest rap songs with deep thinking as the foundation. I was seeking to describe or to explain what I was thinking with deep but clear thoughts. How deep could I get but still make what I was saying believable or crystal clear to my readers or listeners.
My favorite form of rap music is what is called conscious or intellectual rap music. It is what I first gravitated to when I began listening to rap music — especially in the mid 1980s. Rappers such as KRS-One, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and the immortal Rakim are rappers who quickly fed my mind and my soul. I needed words and dimensions of thinking I could relate to. Conscious rap music educated me in ways that no high school history book has ever educated me — it was the deeper thinking.
That deepness has led me to higher realms of consiousness where I seek the more elevated forms of liquids or foods to enhance my overall spiritual existence. Green tea is definitely one of the elevated forms of liquids I am speaking of. I have been a huge fan since my days of riding out to Rockford’s former Borders Books & Music to sit, to be quiet, to read, to relax. A hot cup of green tea for me is similar to a profound rap song or a yoga pose that enhances your thoughts or strengthens your mind.
Black History Month needs my deep thinking. The communities who I educate or inform throughout the year needs my deep thinking. The youth who will experience my teaching online needs my deep thinking. The events I am currently preparing for or are applying to present at needs my deep thinking. The protestors downtown at City Hall in Rockford needs my deep thinking. The people counting on me to make things clearer for them needs my deep thinking.
So I will continue to tap into the dreams of the nine year old who enjoyed writing and listening to thought-provoking rap music for elements, kernels of deep thinking to produce what a better more just world needs. I will find songs like Check Out My Melody by Eric B & Rakim or My Philosophy by Boogie Down Productions featuring KRS-One for empowerment when I need a boost into deeper thinking.
Let us all deep think our ways into our better selves. Let us think in ways that will solve issues such as housing inequity, climate change, gender discrimination, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Collectively we will create a country, a world in which we will all thrive in, survive in, breathe better in. Earth needs our deepest thinking and so do our many cities, neighborhoods and communities. Wishing you all deeper thoughts! Namaste.