This comes from a convo with a good friend of mine, C. Liegh McInnis, a professor in the English Department at Jackson State University:
I have to give this song an “F-“. Being a former closet country fan of sorts, I do know that the one thing that would allow me to get past the annoying “twang”…
gregory pardlo, double dutch. (via black-poetry)
Writing legends Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dancing on ashes of Langston Hughes buried under Artwork in the atrium of the Schomburg Center.
Highlighting the ancient African rite of ancestral return, on top of the tiled artwork titled, Rivers. Others poured ceremonial drinks from five rivers and read four poems of Langston Hughes.
Similar ceremonies were scheduled for five rivers: The Mississippi, the Coatzacoalcos in Mexico, the Murrumbidgee in Australia, the Amazon in Brazil and the Congo in Zaire. (Feb. 22, 1991)
“I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset. I’ve known rivers… Ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
via vince cushite FB page
Cool as a cucumber.
This gives me feelings of nostalgia, it’s pictures like this that give me these mass feelings of pride in our culture.
“I read everything. I read my way out of the two libraries in Harlem by the time I was thirteen. One does learn a great deal about writing this way. First of all, you learn how little you know. It is true that the more one learns the less one knows. I’m still learning how to write. I don’t know what technique is. All I know is that you have to make the reader see it.”
“God’s Trombones-The Prodigal Son: Your Arms Are Too Short to Box With God” composed by Chris Crenshaw(30) the youngest of Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.