poetry

for colored girls who considered yaky

poet kush thompson sings a black girl’s song.

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we salute you serena

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congrats to serena williams who won her 18th grand slam title and third us open trophy yesterday. at 33, i’m inspired by her dedication and strength — achieving goals that others would consider impossible, especially as a woman of color. after her win, beats released this touching commercial featuring poet, emcee and songstress sunni patterson.

“sister we salute you for not giving up on a dream and showing us what it means to be a champion.”

ramya ramana: poetry as a tool of resistance

during bill deblasio’s inauguration ceremony last week,  a young woman, ramya ramana performed a spoken word piece that made my heart skip a beat.  ramya is the city’s youth poet laureate, and she captured the current struggles many new yorkers face, as well as the city’s  hope for a better future. i was so moved by her poetry until i searched the internet and found her ypl slam final piece entitled miss america, recounting the racist backlash indian-american nina davuluri received when crowned miss america. in the poem, ramya condemns the stereotypes indians face in this country, as well as explains the “othered” existence that many marginalized communities suffer.

it’s clear that ramya uses her words as a powerful tool of resistance and serves as a voice for our movement.

won’t you celebrate with me

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

lucille clifton