Friday, January 15, 2010

Even in Death They Sing Their Spirituals

cold, hurt, and sorrow.
streets of despair.
these streets stretch from one end to the other
and connect like a maze from which very few can fully escape.
despair sits on this country in most places like a charm,
but there is a special gray death that loiters in the streets
of an urban Negro slum...

and the distortion is as old as its sources:
the fear, frustration, and hatred
that Negroes have always been heir to.
it is just that in the cities,
which were once the black man's twentieth century "Jordan,"
promise is a dying bitch with rotting eyes.
and the stink of her dying is a deadly killing fume...

it is the tone,
the quality of suffering each man knows as his own
that finally must be important,
but this is the most difficult to get to.

LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)



Saturday, January 9, 2010

Somebody Ring The Alarm!

He seems to be a mere eyewitness to the world.
Documenting. Recording. Journaling.
He refuses to see simply in black & white.
He speaks in colours.
He weaves history- current & past
Into his own masterpeice of intricate detail.
And as he sings his brothers spirituals [Ziiinc Blue!],
He moves to the rhythm of his own beat.
He is as charismatic as he is articulate and gifted.
Somebody ring the alarm... Oveous is in the building!

Patrick J.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Concise History of Black- White Relations in the U.S.A

This cartoon is years old, but it’s one of the best political cartoons I've seen.
It is effectively powerful, without being distasteful.

The creator seems to be anonymous, but goes by the pseudonym "Ampersand".

You can also find it at the link below.