Black Love Oracle Day #5: open poem to those who rather we not read…or breathe #whateverwhenever #blacklivesmatter

“All I want to know
for my own protection
is are we capable
of whatever
whenever.”

Essex Hemphill “For My Own Protection”

The #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind‘s offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride, a national movement in solidarity with young black people in Ferguson, Missouri with a vision towards a just society within which black life is cherished.   Today’s poem is Suheir Hammad’s “open poem to those who rather we not read…or breathe” from her collection Born Palestinian, Born Black. To activate the oracle, choose a letter of the alphabet (your initials? the initials of a loved one? a letter that is speaking to you..) and read the poem for that letter aloud to yourself.  If you happen to choose a letter that has no words in the original poem you get to make your own poem using only words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. 

open poem to those who rather we not read…or breathe

by suheir hammad

(concordance)

A

and

arawak

and

and

amsterdam

ave

and

a

act

as

as

as

a

and

an

and

and

a

a

and

and

and

a

analyze

and

and

B

breathe

be

bodies

bloom

backs

blood

brutality

brooklyn

be

blood

bold

behind

bars

blood

blind

braid

breasts

bluesy

brown

blood

bluer

black

back

be

billy

bend

be

breath

back

be

beings

C

children

children

carry

continents

concrete

cracks

cells

civilizations

cops

cold

clash

cops

contracts

cash

clubs

cost

D

dressed

danced

descendants

denied

demand

dogs

dogs

did

demand

down

dangling

death

E

exiled

eyes

education

earth

entire

ears

eyed

eternal

evil

everlasting

F

facism

fashion

from

for

feed

flowers

for

fruit

facism

fashion

freedom

fight

fashion

G

girls

governments

guns

H

homelands

humanity

her

heads

hungry

humanity

hair

hands

human

human

I

is

in

in

immigrants

in

in

in

in

is

in

imperial

in

in

itself

it’s

it’s

is

is

is

J

jobs

jazzy

jewels

juice

just

K

kiss

keep

L

love

long

love

laws

lips

M

middle

music

men

mothers

mace

mercenaries

mission

marks

N

not

nation

nation

not

not

O

open

or

off

of

of

our

of

of

our

on

of

our

on

of

of

our

our

of

of

of

old

our

our

onto

our

of

on

of

of

on

our

off

out

our

our

out

P

poem

passage

people

pissed

pink

passion

police

poetry

prison

police

pigs

pierce

pale

power

power

price

pay

political

prisoners

passing

Q

R

rather

read

recognition

rich

recite

running

right

return

resistance

rouges

round

refuse

round

rather

read

S

style

sweat

survivors

stand

starving

stained

she

style

slashed

silence

sport

skin

state

souls

sent

set

strength

style

strained

see

semi-free

style

T

to

those

taino

toilets

the

the

through

through

the

tracing

tears

taste

the

trees

tongues

to

the

treat

the

the

through

through

tattoo

the

the

think

they’re

than

they

to

thin

tightens

that

the

tag

the

to

threat

to

those

think

the

U

V

vans

velvet

very

W

who

we

we

we

we

we

we

we

walls

willow

weeps

we

we

wear

wrapped

whores

we

witness

we

with

war

we

while

wears

with

with

won’t

we

we

we

walking

who

we

watch

way

we

we

wear

warrior

well

we

X

Y

you

youth

youth

Z




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Inspired by Essex Hemphill’s question in his poem “For My Own Protection” : “are we capable of whatever whenever,” the #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride to Ferguson/St. Louis Missouri. Go to blackfeministmind.wordpress.com to see the oracle mini-poems. For more black feminist reflections on death and life see: http://ift.tt/1vtrWxp

vivanlosancestros:

nowyoukno:

Now You Know (Source)

Her name was Katherine G. Johnson

vivanlosancestros:

nowyoukno:

Now You Know (Source)

Her name was Katherine G. Johnson

nowyoukno

ourafrica:

Artwork by Jamaican artist Tamara Natalie Madden

Artist Statement
Tamara has always felt a connection to ‘everyday folk’, the working class, the unseen and unheard, the true warriors of our time. She realized, however, that many people who may have suffered through a similar struggle, did not want to revisit those struggles. With great thought and consideration for her message, she decided to amend her ideas. Inspired, by the golden period of Gustav Klimt and images of royalty from Egypt and West Africa; she decided to turn regular folk into representations of nobility. It seemed, in her view, to be the only way to allow them to be represented and appreciated for who they were intrinsically; kings, queens and warriors, in their own right, who never had a chance to shine, their austere appearance setting the tone for others to judge them. The embellishments with rich fabrics and gold present an opportunity for these people to be seen. The quilted clothing have a double meaning, on one hand representing a sense of distinction, while also allowing for a bit of nostalgia. The birds in the pieces represent a sense of freedom. It was her way of injecting her personal experiences into each painting and remembering her escape and survival from illness and the dialysis machine.

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Inspired by Essex Hemphill’s question in his poem “For My Own Protection” : “are we capable of whatever whenever,” the #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride to Ferguson/St. Louis Missouri. Go to blackfeministmind.wordpress.com to see the oracle mini-poems. For more black feminist reflections on death and life see: http://ift.tt/1vtrWxp

Black Love Oracle Day #4: Poem About Police Violence #whateverwhenever #blacklivesmatter

“All I want to know
for my own protection
is are we capable
of whatever
whenever.”

Essex Hemphill “For My Own Protection”

The #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind‘s offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride, a national movement in solidarity with young black people in Ferguson, Missouri with a vision towards a just society within which black life is cherished.   Today’s poem is June Jordan’s “Poem About Police Violence,” which I offer today because of your bravery in placing your physical bodies where you place them and placing your crucial and confrontational questions where they belong. 

To activate the oracle, choose a letter of the alphabet (your initials? the initials of a loved one? a letter that is speaking to you..) and read the poem for that letter aloud to yourself.  If you happen to choose a letter that has no words in the original poem you get to make your own poem using only words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. 

Poem About Police Violence

Concordance

A

about

a

a

a

a

accident

amaze

and

am

and

affront

as

and

Arthur Miller

a

accident

again

again

accidents

all

a

amaze

a

a

a

a

accident

B

black

boy

black

baby

back

bestial

Brooklyn

been

be

baby

blots

bestial

but

black

boy

black

C

cop

cop

comes

cosmos

consciousness

cops

cop

cop

D

danger

death

don’t

diction

E

everytime

everytime

ear

ensares

18

18

ensuing

everytime

everytime

F

feeling

fought

feeling

G

globe

gun

H

H

happen

house

have

him

having

happen

I

if

I

I

I

in

in

idolize

I

insurance

is

I’m

is

is

it

if

J

just

justifiable

K

kill

kill

kill

kill

killing

kill

kill

kill

kill

L

lower

like

like

like

lose

long

like

like

lower

M

me

man

me

my

mouth

mountainous

me

man

my

my

murder

me

me

man

N

never

not

not

O

Olympian

of

or

of

order

one

of

oh

on

over

only

or

often

P

poem

police

pools

people

Q

quiet

R

rate

running

rabid

repetitive

reckon

rerun

rate

S

something

subsequently

sometimes

snows

sun

sometimes

signs

seen

subdue

strangled

scuffle

subdue

scuffle

street

so

suitable

saying

sometimes

something

subsequently

T

tell

think

they

then

they

then

think

the

the

to

the

the

the

thinking

the

12th

the

the

the

tip

tongue

that

they

tell

to

to

the

the

the

that

the

that

the

that

that

the

to

to

the

too

tell

think

they

then

they

then

think

the

U

under

ugly

V

violence

W

what

would

we

we

would

way

women

working

when

was

war

war

what

would

we

we

would

X

Y

you

you

your

you

you

you

Z




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theladybadass:

From 1995 documentary, Unzipped. In this scene, Eartha Kitt explains (in her unique way) to designer Isaac Mizrahi that she needs a gown she can move in.

theladybadass

immigrantgirls:

if u guys havent watched this documentary yet, u should it’s rly great tbh and it’s on utube and i did a zine inspired on it one time, it’s p great. the docu i mean.

immigrantgirls
ranaa:

Lorna Simpson, Ebony (Branches), 2010

ranaa:

Lorna Simpson, Ebony (Branches), 2010

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Black Love Oracle Day 3: Power #whateverwhenever #blacklivesmatter

“All I want to know
for my own protection
is are we capable
of whatever
whenever.”

Essex Hemphill “For My Own Protection”

The #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride, a national movement in solidarity with young black people in Ferguson, Missouri with a vision towards a just society within which black life is cherished.   Today’s poem is Audre Lorde’s 1973 poem “Power” which she wrote about her nightmares and outrage over the police murder of ten year old Clifford Glover.  I offer it today because y/our presence in Ferguson reminds me what power actually means. 

To activate the oracle, choose a letter of the alphabet (your initials? the initials of a loved one? a letter that is speaking to you..) and read the poem for that letter aloud to yourself.  If you happen to choose a letter that has no words in the original poem you get to make your own poem using only words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. 

A

and

am

and

a

and

and

at

as

am

and

a

a

and

a

and

at

and

approval

and

a

and

as

and

as

an

and

and

an

and

as

and

a

a

are

B

between

being

black

blood

blood

bleach

bones

boy

blood

by

been

Black

Black

been

but

between

beat

bed

beasts

C

children

child

cheeks

churns

cop

childish

color

convinced

coals

centuries

cement

children

corrupt

connect

chorus

D

difference

desert

dead

dragging

dry

desert

destruction

dying

down

die

defense

didn’t

done

dragged

destruction

difference

day

E

edge

else

eleven

ever

85

F

face

for

for

forcing

free

4’10”

frame

four

first

for

G

gunshot

go

graveyard

greek

H

his

his

his

hatred

heal

his

his

his

had

had

her

hot

had

her

have

her

her

hurt

I

is

instead

I

is

imagined

into

it

into

I

imagery

in

in

it

in

I

I

I

I

it

is

I

in

J

justice

K

kill

kisses

L

liquid

lips

loyalty

lost

little

let

lined

learn

lie

limp

M

my

miles

my

my

mouth

magic

make

my

motherfucker

man

men

me

meaning

male

make

me

my

mold

my

mother

N

notice

nor

nothing

not

nearest

O

of

on

of

off

of

only

or

of

if

ir

out

of

only

old

over

own

only

old

of

one

over

of

of

our

or

one

old

P

power

poetry

punctured

power

policeman

prove

prove

police

power

poetry

power

poisonous

plug

poor

Q

quicker

Queens

R

rhetoric

ready

raw

reason

real

rhetoric

run

raping

S

shattered

shoulders

stomach

splits

sinks

son

sun

shot

stood

shoes

said

size

set

said

satisfied

said

she

she

socket

somebody’s

senseless

set

singing

she

T

the

to

trapped

the

the

the

taste

thirsting

the

the

the

trying

to

trying

to

the

ten

the

there

tapes

to

trial

this

the

the

there

tapes

that

too

today

that

37

13

they

they

they

the

the

to

to

touch

to

the

too

take

teenaged

to

the

torch

to

thing

they

U

until

unless

useless

unconnected

V

voice

W

wounds

while

without

wetness

whiteness

where

without

with

will

who

with

white

with

was

white

who

were

Woman

who

white

womb

with

within

will

will

who

will

what

X

Y

yourself

your

year

year

years

Z

 




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Inspired by Essex Hemphill’s question in his poem “For My Own Protection” : “are we capable of whatever whenever,” the #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride to Ferguson/St. Louis Missouri. Go to blackfeministmind.wordpress.com to see the oracle mini-poems. For more black feminist reflections on death and life see: http://ift.tt/1vtrWxp

medievalpoc:

Zwart Belicht | Painted Black

A Film by Tessa Boerman

Unfolding like a detective novel, Painted Black examines the representation of people of African origin in the paintings of Dutch and Flemish masters from the late Middle Ages to the present, with a particular focus on the seventeenth century.

[x] [x] [x]

You can watch Echoes of Blaxploitation in the Netherlands, a lecture by Tessa Boerman, here. My search for a copy of Zwarte Belicht continues…

The painting shown in the poster above is Moses and His Wife by Jacob Jordaens.

medievalpoc

Inspired by Essex Hemphill’s question in his poem “For My Own Protection” : “are we capable of whatever whenever,” the #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride to Ferguson/St. Louis Missouri. Go to blackfeministmind.wordpress.com to see the oracle mini-poems. For more black feminist reflections on death and life see: http://ift.tt/1vtrWxp

#whateverwhenever #blacklivesmatter Black Love Oracle Day 2: For My Own Protection

“All I want to know
for my own protection
is are we capable
of whatever
whenever.”

Essex Hemphill “For My Own Protection”

The #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride, a national movement in solidarity with young black people in Ferguson, Missouri with a vision towards a just society within which black life is cherished.   Today’s poem is “For My Own Protection” by Essex Hemphill from the revolutionary anthology In the Life edited by Joseph Beam. 

To activate the oracle, choose a letter of the alphabet (your initials? the initials of a loved one? a letter that is speaking to you..) and read the poem for that letter aloud to yourself.  If you happen to choose a letter that has no words in the original poem you get to make your own poem using only words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. 

A

an

and

are

and

able

a

are

almost

and

a

around

around

Anacostia

are

and

and

any

a

about

attire

a

all

are

B

be

Black

be

be

Black

be

Black

blood

bush

C

cats

Chrysler

can

can

chain

can

can

chains

curls

conkaline

concerned

capable

D

dogs

don’t

don’t

dead

drugs

do

dreadlocks

E

each

extinct

each

 

F

for

for

Foundation

formed

form

for

G

H

Heritage

human

human

Harlem

Hollywood

have

I

I

if

I

I

if

if

I’m

I

is

J

K

know

L

life

lives

living

M

my

my

men

missile

men

make

more

my

N

Nixon

Nuclear

not

O

own

organization

other

other

our

or

of

own

P

protection

priceless

people

pacified

phillies

protection

Q

R

release

rock-n-roll

ready

ready

S

start

save

snails

saved

saved

should

save

study

saying

sex

sites

surely

South Africa

s

soldier

T

to

to

the

to

to

the

to

to

the

then

to

take

tomorrow

than

the

to

U

us

V

W

want

whales

we

want

wait

want

Wall Street

we

with

we

want

we

whatever

whenever

X

Y

Z




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dynamicafrica:

The What’s Underneath Project: Juliana Huxtable.

TW: Semi-nudity, descriptions of bullying and harassment.

Artist, DJ, writer, model and activist Juliana Huxtable (who was recently profiled by Dazed) sits down for StyleLikeU’s “What’s Underneath Project" to candidly and openly talk about aesthetics, style, visibility, insecurities, navigating the world as a gender-mixed black person, and some of the ways the projections of other people’s perceptions of her have affected her throughout her life.

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