Exploitation from Africa to America
Gentrification, another form of annihilation
Exterminate the Negro and plunder his home
Subjugate the male and dominate the female
Fill their minds with false religion
Imprison their bodies behind thick walls
Poison their blood with toxic vaccines
Sterilize the queen and the hive will die
Read them no rights that they never had
Employ against them, our gestapo guards
Litter their environment with hypodermic needles
Shoot them up in Chicago and choke them in New York
They still walk amongst us despite Planned Parenthood
The guns that we gave them, did not finish the job
Hate groups we formed, have failed to intimidate
Black power, if it did arise, would be scary as hell!
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland
And it so fucking would be if we only knew what to do with the power that we have. We don’t even…
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1. Also known as the Armor of God (aka the “Armor of the Mind” or “Garment of Light”). Spoken of in the “Exit Wounds Lit”, wearing the”Bullet Proof Vest of God” means that you don’t allow the energy of “Agents of Chaos” or any negative energy to enter the body at will. Therefore we have “No Exit Wounds” because there were no entry wounds…
2. The art of not taking in negative energy whatsoever. The Indians smoked weed to absorb their surroundings. Now imagine niggas smoking weed to absorb THEIR surroundings of chaos. Death by inhaling…
3. To not give the illusion any negative power. For if it cannot feed it will surely die…
4. To mummify the body’s frozen emotions. Only accepting thoughts that are of your higher self.
5. To become unmoved by foreign mind frequencies, also known as mind over matter… Clear the…
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Gemini season is upon us, and for some strange reason this season has birthed many of today’s beloved hip-hop favorites including Andre 3000, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur to name a few. Regardless of how much you may like or dislike these artists, there’s one undeniable trait that these artists have in common – the ability to be unapologetically true to themselves. This trait can occasionally have negative side effects, but little is greater than knowing who you are, your gifts and flaws, and still having the courage to share those intimate components of self with the world. “Black Rage”, a song by a hip-hop artist, actress, songstress, and Gemini, Lauryn Hill, gives us a glimpse of the importance of self-knowledge and courage on the societal level.
As soon as the melody commences, you’re only afforded one count to brace yourself for the…
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“Over 40 years, we’ve made changes in this country, but did we make a change in the heart of the individual?” – Jalen (9th grade)
Since my last post about teaching Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) in the high school classroom, many people from around the world, including educators and music fans alike, have asked me to share some of my students’ writing. In this post, I will highlight some passages from their writing.
Part I includes writing from student essays comparing To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), by Kendrick Lamar and The Bluest Eye (1970), by Toni Morrison.
Part II includes writing from commentary responses on the class blog, in which students responded to the album cover and first three tracks on TPAB, with a special focus on the track titled “King Kunta.”
It’s important to note the following:
- I used pseudonyms to protect the anonymity of…
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