Tag: ketu oladuwa

america — a needed meditation

america — a needed meditation

| February 13, 2017

we are not your niggers or your negroes © rootfolks poets press 4 february 2017   the interior life is a real life, and the intangible dreams of people have a tangible effect on the world.—james baldwin   donald trump dreamed he would rule the world. . . donald trump campaigned to rule the world. […]

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Black History Month: A time with a purpose

Black History Month: A time with a purpose

| February 8, 2017

Once again, it’s Black History Month. And, once again, the debates start about whether there should be such a celebration. The arguments come from a number of directions. Some claim that to celebrate a separate Black History Month and not a “White History Month,” is tantamount to discrimination and racism. (The same people don’t complain […]

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last chance: get real real. . . .  bernie sanders can’t lead the revolution

last chance: get real real. . . . bernie sanders can’t lead the revolution

| January 31, 2017

  rootfolks poets press hear, you must hear what the people say . . .  speak out, you got to speak out against the madness, you got to speak your mind / if you dare.—david crosby, long time gone the outcome (of the election) placed total control of the government — executive, congress, the supreme […]

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black indian, a tradition of masked resistance

black indian, a tradition of masked resistance

| March 7, 2016

an afrikan carnivale tradition of new orleans by rootfolks afrika “most people refer to us as mardi gras indians, but that’s not the name we give ourselves.”—big chief chaka zulu every bead, feather, and the thread that holds these ornaments in place have meaning; and the historical, cultural, economic, and personal significance of the black […]

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get up, stand up: your mama ain’t raise no fool

get up, stand up: your mama ain’t raise no fool

| September 1, 2015

© omowale-ketu oladuwa some people think great god gon’ come from the sky, take away everything, make everybody be high, but if you know what life is worth, you’ll look for yours right here on earth, so now you see the light, stand up for your rights, hey, get up, stand up… ––bob marley three […]

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black lives have always mattered

black lives have always mattered

| August 25, 2015

© omowale-ketu oladuwa   power refers to the ability to do, the ability to be, the ability to prevail. beingness and aliveness originate with power. to be powerless is to be will-less, impotent and lifeless; without effect or influence; to be nothing, of no account. ––amos wilson   nothing the european mind ever devised was […]

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resistance matters

resistance matters

| August 18, 2015

they knew that if the slaves developed a common sense of identity through african culture and traditions, they would be more likely to join together and rebel against their owners.—portcitiesbristol:     resistance matters © 2015 omowale-ketu oladuwa AUDIO: resistance matters @ https://rootfolks.bandcamp.com/   big mike brown went down a year ago august 9, felled by […]

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blues boy done took his leave

blues boy done took his leave

| May 15, 2015

A tribute to BB King in poetry by ketu oladuwa—lucille cryin’ this mornin’ / blues boy done took his leave / say, lucille cryin’ this mornin’ / cause mississippi’s blues boy done took his leave

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Day care, Second Chance shelter founder, entrepreneur, community advocate Lydia Early crosses over at 80

Day care, Second Chance shelter founder, entrepreneur, community advocate Lydia Early crosses over at 80

| May 7, 2015

God’s got a blessing, waiting for you, if you do all the things, that He told you to, be honest, faithful, kind-hearted and true, God’s got a blessing, waiting for you.—-God’s Got A Blessing, by Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s FORT WAYNE—Surrounded by her loving family, Lydia Mae Early went home to claim her […]

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another

another

| December 17, 2014

another by Omowale-Ketu Oladuwa preface in cleveland a black boy dallies in the maze of historic violence kicking severed heads and floating limbs the deep cut and bruise of slash and burn but this be no game, in cleveland no sport of computer geeks tamir rice played bang bang in a cleveland park maybe stick-em-up […]

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