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She Is Charlie

The orange sun that kisses my caramel skin…..
That cooool summer breeze that leaves my thick cocoa milky
Oh yes cocoa butter sent lingering under your nose as I walk pass…
Can you imagine the thought of these rich chocolate lips so soft and smooth as you indulge yourself in my mango sweet kisses… so sweet yet tangy with a hint of sour green apple?
Can you imagine?
Sirens jingle Alarm clock screams & you come to see that it was nothing but a fantasy
Can you imagine me? ... Charlie B

Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni is a Poet, Writer, Activist, and Professor who Crowned by critics as the “Princess of Black Poetry” during the early 70s. She started her writing career in the in the 1960s when began her studies at Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee, The civil rights and black power movements inspired her early poetry that was collected in Black Feeling, Black Talk (1967), Black Judgment (1968), and Re: Creation (1970). Giovanni's writing has been heavily inspired by both African American activists and artists.
“All eyez on U” Is a poem dedicated to the late great Tupac Amaru Shakur that illustrates the generational repetition of eliminating a race that is trying to empower and educate a nation. Giovanni believed that the 'superior race' created ways to eliminate education and reassured ignorance remained in the black community to increase chaos, self-destruction, and to silence those capable of great intellect. The speaker states "they took away band so the boys started scratching they took away gym so the boys started break dancing the boys started rapping cause they gave them the guns and the drugs but not the schools and libraries'(Lines 53-56). The government did not want to empower the black community by increasing their intellectual growth As a poet during the black arts movement Nikki Giovanni primarily focuses on the individual and the power one person has to make a difference. Giovanni expresses strong racial pride and civil rights experiences. All Eyez on you' by Nikki Giovanni depicts the way that racism affected the lives of those who attempted to make a difference in a society that lacked the belief of equality.

All Eyez On U
(for 2Pac Shakur 1971-1996)

as I tossed and turned unable to achieve sleep unable to control anxiety unable to comprehend why
2Pac is not with us

if those who live be the sword died be the sword there would be no white men on the earth if those who lived on hatred died on hatred there would be no KKK if those who lived by lies died by lies there would be nobody on wall street in executive suits in academic offices instructing the young don't tell me he got what he deserved he deserved a chariot and the accolades of a grateful people he deserved his life it is as clear as a mountain stream as defining as a lightning strike as terrifying as sun to vampires there were those who called it dirty gansta rap inciting there were those who never wanted to be angry at conditions but angry at the messenger who reported: your kitchen has roaches your toilet is over flowing you basement has so much water the rats are in the living room your house is in disorder and 2Pac told you about it what a beautiful boy graceful carriage melodic voice sharp wit intellectual breadth what a beautiful boy to lose not me never me
I don't believe east coast west coast
I saw them murder Emmett Till I saw them murder Malcolm X
I saw them murder
Martin Luther King
I witnessed them shooting Rap Brown I saw them beat LeRoi Jones
I saw them fill their jails I see them burning churches not me never me
I do not believe this is some sort of mouth action
This is some sort of political action and they picked well they picked the brightest freshest fruit from the tallest tree what a beautiful boy but he will not go away as Malcolm did not go away as Emmett Till did not go away your shooting him will not take him from us his spirit will fill our hearts his courage will strengthen us for the challenge his truth will straighten our backbones you know, Socrates had a mother she too watched her son drink hemlock she too asked why but Socrates stood firm and would not lie to save himself
2Pac has a mother the lovely Afeni had to bury her son it is not right it is not right that this young warrior is cut down it is not right for the old to bury the young it is not right this generation mourns 2Pac as my generation mourned Till as we all mourn Malcolm this wonderful you warrior
Sonia Sanchez said when she learned of his passing she walked all day walking the beautiful warrior home to our ancestors I just cried as all mothers cry for the beautiful boy who said he and Mike Tyson would never be allowed to be free at the same time who told the truth about them and who told the truth about us who is our beautiful warrior there are those who wanted to make him the problem who wanted to believe if they silenced 2Pac all would be quiet on the ghetto front there are those who testified that the problem was not the conditions but the people talking about them they took away band so the boys started scratching they took away gym so the boys started break dancing the boys started dancing the boys started rapping cause they gave them the guns and the drugs but not the schools and libraries what a beautiful boy to loose and we mourn 2Pac Shakur and we reach out to his mother and we hung ourselves in sadness and shame and we are compelled to ask:
R U Happy, Mz Tucker? 2Pac is gone
R U Happy?

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Phillis Wheatley Phillis Wheatley was America’s first Black woman poet. She was born Gambia [current day Senagor] Africa, but at the age of 8 she was kidnapped and became a slave child who was later sold as a slave. Only 16 months after being purchased by the Wheatley family she learned how to read fluently, at the age of 13 Wheatley wrote her first poem entitled “on being brought from Africa to America”. Phillis Wheatley's poems are mostly written in the mournful poetry style, focusing on moral and religious subjects. In her first poem “on being brought to America” Wheatley starts by acclaiming her slavery as something positive, because it has brought her to Christianity. Her Christian faith was undoubtedly genuine, but the topic of Christianity was seen as a safe subject for a slave poet. Expressing gratitude for her enslavement was unexpected to most readers. Wheatley never negatively about slavery, in the first two stanzas, Wheatley explains how it was the act of mercy that took her from her land which did not believe in a Christian God and taught her that there is a God, and a Savior. She credits slavery as a positive time in her life because it was the act of slavery that introduced her to Christianity Wheatley explains how it was through slavery that she discovered Christianity, ultimately discovering herself.
Phyllis Wheatley’s style of writing not only gained her freedom, it also gained her recognition. During the 1700s, it was unthinkable for an African to write and publish poetry, especially a female. For Wheatley, religion was the key was to identity as well at the real key to freedom. While she was in captivity, she gained a sense of freedom and was “truly set free in Jesus Christ” (Ajayi)

Gwendolyn Books

To Be In Love by Gwendolyn Brooks
To be in love
Is to touch with a lighter hand.
In yourself you stretch, you are well.
You look at things
Through his eyes.

A cardinal is red.
A sky is blue.
Suddenly you know he knows too.
He is not there but
You know you are tasting together
The winter, or a light spring weather.
His hand to take your hand is overmuch.
Too much to bear.
You cannot look in his eyes
Because your pulse must not say
What must not be said.
When he
Shuts a door-
Is not there_
Your arms are water.
And you are free
With a ghastly freedom.
You are the beautiful half
Of a golden hurt.
You remember and covet his mouth
To touch, to whisper on.
Oh when to declare
Is certain Death!
Oh when to apprize
Is to mesmerize,
To see fall down, the Column of Gold,
Into the commonest ash.

Langston Hughes {Harlem renaissance]
Langston Hughes is a poet, novelist, and author of many short stories who achieved major recognition during the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes style of writing was influenced by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman; He incorporated jazz blues and social criticism as well as his personal experiences. Hughes works were colorful portrayals of black life in America…...

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