Speaking & Teaching

Jan. 9, 2020

Two magnificent poets died on January 9, 68 years apart, one died on January 9, 1946, Countee Cullen was one of the driving forces of the Harlem Renaissance, the other great black poet Amira Baraka died on January 9, 2014, was one of the driving forces of the Black Arts Movement. Two exceptionally talented black men who spoke directly to the communities of blacks that supported them. I would like to celebrate the works of both artists as I read from some of their more popular creations on my blog today. First, the mercurial Countee Cullen who lifestyle caused him many problems in his 42 years of life.


The history of blacks includes many inspiring artists who laid claim to defined brilliance and excellence. One of these individuals was Countee Cullen, whose words created magic on the pages he decorated with incredible letters of profound truth. Quick question, who was the only man to marry a Dubois and teach a Baldwin? Why, Countee Cullen, who married the daughter of WEB DuBois, Yolande DuBois and taught High School French to James Baldwin.

This master ancestor was sometimes overlooked by two of his contemporaries Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston during the marvelous age of the Harlem Renaissance. However, ​his impact on the literary community during that period of time was quite legendary. , I intend to pay special homage to Mr. Cullen, who faced life’s challenges of racism and prejudice but still managed to excel and produce fantastic works of written art.

Mr. Cullen’s life was swirled in controversy but his poetic verses rose above those circumstances as his measured greatness were magnified by his creation of verse. As we move along day by day, remember this, our black history need not ever be a black mystery.

Jan. 7, 2020

Born January 7, 1901
Letter To the Editor
Orlando Sentinel
August 11, 1955
The Blackman Reads Our Black History Aloud

Zora Neale Hurston was born 119 years ago today. Zora was an amazing writer of fiction that detailed with realism of struggles, obstacles, and hardships that living black in this nation in the early and mid 20th Century was all about. Zora also spoke for the folklore that was transmitted in the southern black southern towns and cities. From Her Eyes Were Watching God which is considered one of the finest pieces of literature ever written to the recently released book Baracoon which detailed the life of the last African stolen into slavery. You have to marvel at the genius of this amazing woman.

One thing that Zora Neale Hurston didn’t agree with was the 1954 Brown versus the Board of Education Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregation in public schools across the country. Zora Neale Hurston simply and quite powerfully disagreed that black children were harmed in the segregated classrooms. She felt given the adequate resources black children would prosper in all black classrooms. Our black children do not need white children to reach levels of academic excellence.

Today as I celebrate the birthday of the Eatonsville, Florida native by reading her powerful letter to the editor of the Orlando Sentinel regarding her opposition to public school integration. This nation continues to struggle with true integrated schools and with educational inequality in many of our schools in 2020. The question asked and answered by Zora Neale Hurston is still troubling our nation. How do we fix racial inequality in this country’s institutions?

Ancestor Zora Neale Hurston was a remarkable intellectual whose anthropological​ finding related​ to our black ancestors from the south was ground-breaking. Zora Neale Hurston's findings uncovered the layers of black folk-art history that layered the incredible period of the Harlem Renaissance. Today, I salute Zora Neale Hurston by reading her historic Letter to the Editor of the Orlando Sentinel written August 11, 1955.

Jan. 6, 2020

"LET’S BUILD A NATION OF BELIEVERS AND ACHIEVERS NOT SOCIAL MEDIA DECEIVERS"

TODAY’S POST ISN’T SIMPLY A BLACKMAN’S BOAST

WE ALL MUST DO BETTER TO GARNER MY ABSOLUTE MOST

NEGATIVE BLACK IMAGES OF US ARE REALLY JUST GROSS

SO TODAY I’LL BEGIN TO REVERSE THAT SAD TREND

HOPEFULLY WORDS LIKE MIND WILL MEND YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS

POSITIVE BLACK IMAGERY WILL START TO TRANSCEND

ALL OF OUR BLACK COMMUNITIES WILL NOW START TO CONTEND

TO ME ALL OF OUR GREAT BLACK IMAGES ARE TRULY A GODSEND

FOR POSITIVE WORDS FROM ME YOU ALL CAN DEPEND

FOR MENTAL VISUAL JUSTICE IS SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO DEFEND

THOSE WHO JOIN US IN THIS TASK SHOULD BE EASY TO BEFRIEND

SHOWING NEGATIVE BLACK IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS HOPEFULLY ON THE DOWNTREND

LIFTING UP POSITIVE VISUAL BLACK IMAGERY SHOULD BE ON THE UPTREND

CASTING OUR MINDS TO NEGATIVE IMAGES REALLY LEADS TO NOTHING BUT A DEAD END

SO ON THIS PARTICULAR MONDAY I’LL CREATE THIS POST

LET’S ALL NOT FALL INTO THIS HATEFUL CAUCASIAN PERSUASION

LET’S LOOK TO EACH OF US FOR THAT POSITIVE IMAGERY EQUATION

LET’S STOP ALL THIS PERSONAL MENTAL DESTRUCTION INVASION

FOR EVERY BLACK PERSON’S DESTRUCTIVE VIDEO

SHOW TEN IMAGES OF SOMETHING ENLIGHTENING AND BRIGHT

WE NEED TO ENSURE OUR SUBCONSCIOUSES WILL GLOW

LET’S ALL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ISN’T IS NO DAMN GAME SHOW

ALL THIS NEGATIVE BLACK IMAGERY PLACES US RIGHT IN THE SIGHTS OF A MEDIA CROSSBOW

WE CERTAINLY HAD OUR SHARE OF NEGATIVE UNDERTOW

RATHER THAN ANXIOUSLY SHOWING BLACKS ON BLACKS FIGHTING

SHOW SOME BLACKS KIDS GETTING ENLIGHTENED

NOW MY FRIENDS THAT WOULD BE QUITE A COOL SIGHTING

WORTH THE TIME OF ALL MY POSITIVE HANDWRITING

SOME SAY THIS NONSENSE STARTED ON THE JAMES RIVER

WHEN THIS CAT NAME LYNCH DELIVERED A SPEECH MEANT TOO QUIVER

HOPEFULLY, HE THOUGHT THAT ALL ENSLAVED BLACK FOLKS WOULD SHIVER

MISTER NAT TURNER SHOULD HAVE SENT THAT FOOL DOWNRIVER

INFLICTED BY DRINKING SNATCHED AWAY BY CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER

WHO ALLOWED THESE FOOLS TO BE OUR SUBCONSCIOUS’S CAREGIVER

AS YOU SEE I CREATED THIS PEOM IN ALL CAPS

BECAUSE I’M TIRED OF BEING UNDER THIS DESTRUCTIVE MENTAL WRAP

SEEING SO MANY OF OUR BLACK COMMUNITIES COLLAPSE

AND SETTLING FOR ALL OF THESE DEMOCRACY’S SCRAPS

IT’S SIMPLY TIME FOR US UNCOVER THESE TRAPS

FILL IN THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND INTELLECTUAL GAPS

LIFT EACH OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS UP BY THE BOOTSTRAPS

THERE IS NO TIME FOR A NEGATIVE IMAGE RELAPSE

WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO SHOOT PSYCHOLOGICAL CRAPS

OR BE CONTAINED IN THIS CONTROLLING NEGATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA NAP

WE CAN NO LONGER CONTINUE TO PLAY SILLY TUNES OF DEADLY TAPS

HELL SOME OF OUR YOUNG BLACK KIDS SHOULD BE HOME CREATING APPS

NOT LETTING THEIR DREAMS CONTINUE TO ELAPSE

WHY NOT START BY CREATING MORE POSITIVE RAPS

MOVE ENTIRELY AWAY FROM THIS BLACK NEGATIVE IMAGERY CRAP

YOU SEE IT’S FINALLY TIME TO PUT BLACK BRILLIANCE ON EVERYONE’S MAP

Jan. 5, 2020

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Jan. 5, 2020

On the centennial anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation​, James Baldwin wrote this letter to his then 15-year-old nephew it is a letter that every American should read no matter their color or creed. Its contents are still relevant today 57 years after it was first published in Jame Baldwin's powerful book The Fire Next Time. We all must understand the savagery​ and senselessness of racism and bigotry​. Otherwise, we doomed continuing to repeat the insanity of racial hatred. The very time I thought I was lost, My dungeon shook and my chains fell off. Go to my blog for today's posting In His Words My Voice. Racism continues to spreads it wings and stains the fabric of this nation. When will it end? When will those who feed the savage beast of racism cut off its food supply?