Arguably THE most popular poem by one of the more popular poets since the middle of the 20th century! This poem evokes so much pride and beauty of Africa and Blackness, you can’t help but say it out–“I’m Black and I’m proud”–everytime you encounter it.  I remember when I first heard it–performed–in college, before I even got into poetry, before I knew poetry could be cool, inspiring, this Black and fun….needless to say I had to look it up and look up Nikki Giovanni. And I found many others of hers that that are just as mesmerizing!

    I was born in the congo
    I walked to the fertile crescent and built
    the sphinx
    I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
    that only glows every one hundred years falls
    into the center giving divine perfect light
    I am bad

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  •  Dear brother, How are you and the family? How is the shop? I heard the upcoming election is heating up. Please be safe. When you see people getting too excited, close the shop and go home. You have a big padlock on it, right? Please don’t get caught up in…

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  • Starting back in 2010, for couple of years I had this series of “point of view” blogs with my friend, Gerald Montgomery,  we called AtlanticDivide. We would take a topic and approach it from our two different perspectives. He, an African-American, and me, an African immigrant. We went through many…

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