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Don’t misjudge the quality of knowledge you can acquire. You might not have the money to go to college. Some of the world’s greatest men & women burned the midnight oil.
Be aggressive for knowledge, especially things you have a passion for. Buy books, search the on internet, go to workshops, talk to people with knowledge. Reach for knowledge, & work for it. It will work for you.
* 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.
A 5-6 Year Old that can Do Intro Algebra & Geometry is Not More Exciting and Worth Spreading the Good News to the Degree of A 5-6 Year Old that can Run 5 Touchdowns in Football Game or Score 30 Points in A Basketball Game.
But just watch very soon, That Very Same Intro to Algebra & Geometry & Word Problems will Be the Very Same Subject to Cause Many Youth to Drop Out of School or Break their Confidence in Themselves.
The Material 5-6 Year Olds Have To Do Today, is what 7-9 Year Olds Had to do A Decade or More Ago.
Just Watch & See How this Thing Pan Out. On the Real, the Frustration & Giving Up Feeling of Many Youth are in Full Effect Right Now.
There is No Grey Area when it Comes it Math…Either You Know It or Not.
Some People Can Duck & Weave their Way through Other Subjects. But the Duck & Weave Stops when it Comes to Math. You Can’t Sugar Foot Your Way through Math.
The Test Makers are Shrewd with Language when to Comes to Math. Let Me Go Deeper down the Rabbit Hole.
Math is Now Shrouded in Word Problems. You Got to Break Down the Language to get to the Root of the Math Problems More and More. Here is where it gets deeper into the Abyss.
If you can’t Strip Down the Language and Put the Wording Correctly to Mathematical Symbols, You Into More Difficulty.
Reading Comprehension is Major Factor in Doing Math Now. If you can’t Break Down the Wording…More Frustration.
Most People…let these Words Fall on Deaf Ears…just keep your Eyes & Ears Open and See and Hear how Many More Youth will Continue To Drop Out of School & Get Frustrated with School…While Sports & Entertainment take Priority over Our Youth’s Real Education. Real Education Is About Inventing, Producing & Manufacturing.
What is Education, if it is Only Quotes, Slogans, Hyped Up Talk, Rituals, Rote Learning, Non-Productive?
There is a difference between A MC & A Rapper. MC’s lyrics are Relevant. The Lyrics tell stories. They hit points, educate & bring light on propaganda, they inspire, they rock the crowd, their flow is unprecedented, they have technical skills, if need be in the studio.
Much of what is called “Rap” is nothing but mindless noise with a tight beat & a catchy hook.
We have many MC’s that are Profound. But, you won’t hear them on the Radio too much. They move like guerilla fighters in the stealth of the night. Jungle boots pulled tight. Rucksack light, dropping jewels (Knowledge & Inspiration) on the people, so they see d light, 3rd Eye, Right?
Look up Dead Prez, The Roots, Big Krit, Lauryn Hill, Black Ice (Spoken Word Artist–his album–“The Death of Willie Lynch), Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cassidy, 9th Wonder, Phonte, Lil Brother, Rakim, Nas, Sockko (Female Spoken Word Artist, double check name), J-Dilla, Andre 3000, Big Boi & Outkast, Goodie Mobb, and many more.
Many of Today’s RAPPERS, starting to wear outfits/circus costumes, too cute for even our girls or women. The girls or women even look at the circus outfits and say “unt uh, chile, what in d world dat mess he got on, on stage?”
Blond wigs on the sisters. Even though we were blessed wt the ultimate reception devices in the universe. Kinky, Black Hair. Ultimate Powerful.
Music has to be liberating. Art period. Before school, we learn much through songs. The first learning institutions, passed down to us from our parents, way before we introduced to books. Life lessons, wrapped in the song lyrics. Stories wrapped in the lyrics.
Look to the Underground MC’s & Spoken Word Artists for Profound Words of Relevance & Share them with The Youth.
Black People have always been into music for millions of years. But, the Black Man & Woman in America—took music to another level. We have always played music on instruments, with our voices, or—on anything we could get our hands on. We make beautiful music from all kind of sources.
In the 20th century, the Black Man & Woman in America did something kind of different. Music for many millions of years have been used as entertainment.
In the 1930’s and 40’s—certain Black Jazz & Blues Musicians & Singers took the Mathematics of Music to another level. The music was not used for entertainment, making people dance, get up and have a good time. This time, the music was used for the people to sit down and listen, to wake the world up to the fact that the Black Man & Woman was not going to be copied so easily this time by imitators.
Charlie Parker would make sure of that, Dizzy Gillespie would make sure of that. Miles Davis would make sure of that, Max Roach, Art Blakely, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, Clifford Brown, Chick Webb, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and many others would make sure of that. This music craft set the trend like never before.
Bringing the music on up to present times with Rap or stories over the top of hard hitting beats from the 60’s-70’s with Curtis Mayfield, the Impressions, Gil Scott-Heron, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Steve Wonder, Bob Marley, The Last Poets.
Then, the 80’s Rakim, KRS-1, Public Enemy, and other Conscious Rappers, the 90’s—Nas, Common, Mos Def, Dead Prez, Lauryn Hill, Killah Priest, Immortal Technique, and many other MC’s. This type music was not for dancing, but passing the light (Knowledge).
Black Children & Youth Learn about William Shakespeare at School & through Media.
They Should also Learn about Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Melvin Van Peebles, Amiri Baraka & August Wilson as well…Black Playwrights, telling Our Story.
Don’t Depend on them Learning about Black Playwrights in School or through Media. Forget that. Buy books on the Black Playwrights, or Simply have your Children do Research on them with those Fancy Phones & Tablets via The Internet.
Tell them “Chill on the Games a Little Bit. By the End of the Week, you got to give me some Book Reports on a Few Black Playwrights.”
Our Children are Lucky if they have heard of Langston Hughes as a Playwright. Some may have heard him as a Poet.
There are 7 Black Playwrights on this List.
Our Children should be just as familiar with their works as they are with William Shakespeare’s work.
1) Gil Scott-Heron/–Poet, Author, Singer, Musician, Comedian, Freedom Fighter |
2) Old People Stories Relevance in “New Day” Reality & Profound Art for Mental & Physical Freedom. |
3) 1970’s Conscious Black Music… |
4) 1970’s Conscious Music. View from The Other Side of Motown. The Untold Story. |
5) Gil Scott-Heron (Spoken Word) wt Curtis Mayfield–background by jewels4dmind on SoundCloud |
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