11.Jul – { Kenneth’s Words on Black }

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My first attempt to collect thoughts regarding our current racial temperature. This may seem like incoherent rambling…but whatever.

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What in the hell is going on?  The season for strange fruit to blossom is upon us.  It’s been a long time since nationally and internationally strange fruit…or rather the bodies of beautiful black people have been on display for all to see – and without consequence to the farmer of said fruit.  In times past this method was used to instill fear in the black community…as to say “this too, can happen to you – nigger”

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..but the response of this generation is anger and not fear.  It is increasingly hard to trust white people.  Especially after you’ve called some friends, broke bread with them, hugged them as familly – and in the midst of all of this racial turmoil, the black community is at unrest and is continually appalled that our white friends would side with those that kill us – quoting skewed stats, irrelevant points and a compliant rhetoric.  It makes us blacks as a whole completely untrustworthy of the white community.  There have been about 3 or 4 that have written me and checked on me to see if I’m ok, and have empathized with what’s going today – as they know I’m not only in pain..but unsure about my safety, my life and my families lives as well.  AND I HAVE HELLA “WHITE FRIENDS”  (or at least I thought I did) – don’t worry…I’m paying attention.

I am not against police, even though since i can remember I have feared them.  The world is now seeing what we’ve been saying our entire lives – and it STILL DOESN’T MATTER.  Video evidence that get people put in jail – is not enough to classify a cop as a murderer.  It’s like we can’t question the system – solely because this system is the norm, and people don’t see anything wrong with it.  I liken it to the slave being punished for running away…surely is the nigger’s fault that we hang him because of this and NOT the system.  Of course they deserved to get dogs and hoses – this diner is for whites, the blacks should comply and just eat where niggers are supposed to eat…it is not that Jim Crow legislation is of satan himself and the system is wrong …..COPS KILLING BLACKS AT AN ALARMING AND UNEQUAL RATE? – SURELY THE NIGGERS ARE NON-COMPLIANT AND SHOULD JUST LISTEN TO THE….OH WAIT…PHILANDO. 

When I converse with whites about what’s going on- or see them on social media.  I compare them to the whites that just walked by the nigger as they hung from the tree, leaning to the side a little so the feet won’t touch them.  I see you.  Remain silent as we scream murder and wet the streets with rivers of tears.  PLEASE continue to act like this isn’t going on.  I see you.

We are here – 

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…and as Jesse said – “it’s time to restructure their function and ours”

  • Kenneth

 

9.Jul – { **NEW MUSIC** Black Girl Magic by Shae Loren }

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I’ve known this woman for over 15 years…she’s finishing her doctorate – and I remember when she first started rapping…to hear what she’s doing now is extremely impressive – she epitomizes BLACK GIRL MAGIC…

I’m honored that she calls me her big brother….

Here’s her latest record “BLACK GIRL MAGIC”

BLACK GIRL MAGIC

Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you…Shae Loren

Me:  Tell me about “Limeade”

Her: Limeade is a project created by Fredericksburg, Virginia based producer Ayo Jaí. The project is a follow up to his Jaí album, the first compilation that he produced sampling Beyonce’s self titled 2013 album. This project, Limeade, samples her Lemonade album and showcases lyricism from several Fredericksburg, Virginia artists.

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Me:  What influenced you to do this song?

Her: Ntozake Shange inspired me to do this song, Nikki Giovanni inspired me to do this song, Nina Simone, Queen Latifah, Ma Rainey, Bell Hooks, My mother, my mother’s mother, my unborn daughter- every woman in the fiber of my being inspired me to do this song.  I inspired me to do this song. Black girl magic is a celebration of self, it is also a cultural nod to every black woman who ever existed whose specs of melanin are in my skin and whose coils spring from my scalp. In celebrating me I embrace, caress, empower and praise the existence of what I represent- a species of fearless, unapologetic, resilient, loving, nurturing, brave, everlasting creatures. The black woman is God herself.

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Me:  What’s your sickest bar on the record?

Her:  My sickest bar on the record to me is “the universe lives in my pussy if you are not certain I’m fire we don’t match homie”  To me this bar encompasses a lot in a few words. It would be a dissertation if I went into it, but in short I’m saying everything that exists in the world, every atom, every molecule, every flower, every smile, love, worship, spirit and all things in opposition dwells in the place where life begins – the garden of Eden- genisis. And owning that it exists in my divine space gives me full power and control over the universe. I hope every woman can walk with this kind of power. The saying goes “there is power in the pussy” and it always has a highly sexual connotation- thats marginal compared to what the power is really about. It’s not about pleasure it’s about purpose. It’s about understanding that Gods will cannot go forth without it. And If you don’t  believe I have this power and you are a woman,  you can’t believe you have it and we don’t match. Furthermore if you are male and you don’t believe it we can’t be a match because you don’t fully comprehend Gods majesty when you see it.

Me:  Who are your influences and why?

Her:  My mom- she’s the first representatin of God in my life.

Whitney Houston- she helped me to understand the power of Gods anointing as it
pertains to possessing a gift.
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Me:  What did you want to leave your listeners with after hearing this song?
Her:  I want my listeners to be educated, empowered and entertained by every piece of music I create.