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Watch “America’s Dream – The Boy Who Painted Christ Black”–based on Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s Short Story
* Written in Dialect. There is a time & place for everything. Right Now, the Poet will Use his Creative Freedom in Telling You about His Big Mama at Thanksgiving Time.
I think all of Us have a Big Mama in Our Families.
Befo U eat yo food/–make show u pray/–stuff yo stomach so full, u have to lay/–Big Mama Food don’t play around/–she cook so good/–u stand in d kitchen, ready 2 eat like hound (hunting dog)/–Big Mama have 2 tell u get on 4rm around, let her do what she do/–that’s hard/–kitchen smell so good/–Big Mama don’t cut her words/–u understand her good/–Turkey done cooked all night/–dressing smelling real good/–u tossing & turning in yo sleep/–u think bout d creep/–if Big Mama turn her back for just 1 sec/–u feel like GI Joe, hitting d deck, low crawling, cause she gon have yo neck/–Big Mama/–GENERAL OF D Kitchen/–she sho is in charge/–Big Mama Cooking Skillz Large/–Just like her heart, sacrifice & hardwork is/–she brought us all thru d difficult years/–she don’t cut her words/–dey all muscle/–Big Mama fight 4 Right/–stay up all night wt u in Trouble Times, help u see d Light/–Thanksgiving at Big Mama House/–Sho Is Alright.
We have to inspire our Youth to Create, to Write & Produce their own movies.
In a way, our youth already do it when they create the music videos. We have to just inspire them to put relevant lyrics in their music. We have to inspire them to read and not sugarcoat reality to them.
We have to break down the real from the unreal for the Youth during the time we have them under our care. Once they leave after 18 or so, that’s it.
We got to find out what they have a natural passion for other than entertainment, real early. Take them to hobby stores more than toys stores. Inspire them to be producers, manufacturers and inventors.
From the Words of My Big Cousin, More Like a Big Brother–Gerald Murphy speaks of his Son, Gelani Shakir Murphy.
“The baby boy, born 3 months early at 1pound-11ounces.
The Dr. said “he might not walk. He’s gonna have a lot of physical problems.”
He was on a respirator for 2 months. Lungs collapsed the day we were supposed to bring him home. His lungs hadn’t even developed.
…Now, he runs 8-10 miles each day.
He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do & Competing to make the Olympic Team.
God Is Powerful…”If God for You, Who or What can be against You?”
This is a Great Book.
It gives us an inside view of Langston’s Mind, which was brilliant. It also lets us see the human side of him. The difficulties he went through in life. His hopes & dreams. His frustrations. His anger. His diplomacy in dealing with publishers & people he seeked support from to give him time to write his books & other projects he had going on.
The book also gives us an inside view of his thought process as he communicated with his friends & other artists as they devised plans to further build their brands.
The book is a MUST READ for Langston Hughes Readers.
I got my Middle name Keith from an Uncle way back in the day name Hezikah Keith Hill. He was a very wealthy & influntial Preacher from Orlando, FL. He & his wife, Viola T. Hill, raised my Grandmother Mary & helped Bessie Coleman to get her 1st plane.
Bessie spent time with them whenever she was in FL. She stayed with them on her Florida visits. My Grandmother stayed with them during this time. She was a little girl at the time and saw Bessie right there in the house with her.
Later, Bessie Coleman was in a very bad plane crash that pretty much crippled her. Some said she would never walk again, let alone fly again. Bessie was not going to be kept out the air. She was determined to fly again. Yet, she did not have a plane to do her stunts in any more. The Hills were major backers in her getting another plane.
Later, Bessie had another Plane Crash, & she her mechanic died. The Hills had her body shipped to Orlando. They gave her a big funeral. Then, rode with her body to Chicago where another Big Funeral was held.
My Grandmother Mary grew from a little girl with Inspiration from her childhood & became good friends with Mrs. Mary McCleod Bethune, Founder of Bethune Cookman College. Mrs. Bethune brought Army barracks and used them as some of the 1st building on Bethune Cookman’s Campus.
* Aunt Mary Turner, Deltas & Mrs. Bethune (Aunt Mary is on the bottom row—2nd from left). Daddy and Aunt Mary grew up playing on BCC campus. The Daytona Black Community was very close, and looked out for each other. Aunt Mary was part of the Charter Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
My Grandmother brought some old Army Barracks like Mrs Mary McCleod Bethune & built up the Daytona Black Business Community…off 2nd Ave. They had 7 successful businesses. Motel, Restaurant, Shoe shine business, schools, etc.
Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson & his wife Rachael & many other Big Time Entertainers, Sports Stars, & Actors ate there. Local Community people ate their too. Prices were good. Food Good. Hospitality Good. They stayed at the Motels too. Because they could not eat or stay at motels on the other side of town. During that time, Black people wanted to patronize their own businesses. We were not sad & depressed about not eating at white people places. We wanted Soul Food. Not Hospital/bland tasting food.