All posts tagged: black genius

Gritaram-Me Negra! [They Shouted, Black Girl!]

**Tinha sete anos apenas, [I was only seven years old] apenas sete anos, [only seven years old] Que sete anos! [what seven years?!] Não chegava nem a cinco! [I wasn’t even five!] De repente umas vozes na rua [when suddenly some voices in the street] me gritaram Negra! [shouted, “black girl!”] Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! Negra! [Black! Black!…] “Por acaso sou negra?” – me disse (SIM!) [“Am I really black?” — I said, (YES!)] “Que coisa é ser negra?” (NEGRA!) [“What’s it mean to be black?” (BLACK!)] E eu não sabia a triste verdade que aquilo escondia. (NEGRA!) [And I didn’t know the sad truth that it hid (BLACK!).] E me senti negra, (NEGRA!) [And I felt black, (BLACK!)] Como eles diziam (NEGRA!) [Like they said (BLACK!)] E retrocedi (NEGRA!) [And I retreated (BLACK!)] Como eles queriam (NEGRA!) [Like they wanted (BLACK!)] E odiei meus cabelos e meus lábios grossos [And I hated my hair and my thick lips] e olhei vergonha da minha pele torrado [and I was ashamed of my toasted skin] E retrocedi (NEGRA!) [I retreated …

I got to meet Ntozake Shange!

That woman is FLLLLYYYY!!! She just looked so beautiful and so stylish and had this gaze that just penetrated your soul. The event wasn’t about her per se as she was there to interview Marc Bamuthi Joseph, but the whole thing was just so….loss for words. I wasn’t familiar with Bamuthi’s work, but he was PHENOMENAL. He started with one of his pieces, spoken word I guess—poetry infused with movement and tap dancing. I wish I could get a transcript of his words because there was just SO much he said in a way that is only pure artistry talking about how racism married capitalism and she (capitalism) told racism that before they’d hook, she was gonna pretend that he didn’t exist! So on point, and I can’t even start to do justice to his art because his movements just made it the more powerful. But one other really great line of his was when he was talking about how through his tap dancing he was making jazz, that he was jazz and that he …

Thomas Fuller–Enslaved African with incredible math abilities

When Fuller was about seventy years old, William Hartshorne and Samuel Coates of Pennsylvania were in Alexandria and, having heard of Fuller’s powers, sent for him. They asked him two questions which satisfied their curiosity. First, when they asked him how many seconds there were in a year and a half, he answered in about two minutes, 47,304,000. Second, when they asked how many seconds a man has lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old, he answered in a minute and a half 2,210,500,800. One of the men was working out the problems on paper, and informed Fuller that he was wrong, because the answer was much smaller. Fuller hastily replied, “‘top, massa, you forget de leap year.” When the leap year was added in, the sums matched Thomas Fuller–Enslaved African with incredible math abilities

Music: Donnie-Beautiful Me

Head shoulders knees and toes Lips, my eyes, my mouth, my nose They all go against what society calls beautiful I’m left handed in my right mind I’m pleasantly plump a phat dime Black as night and a bright night As you can see I am beautiful me I was born by the river the day after the tenth And its hard to deliver, Scorpio energy’s so intense Makes me wanna hollar, now I know what Marvin meant The industry’s so cold, give me the things to my ancestors you owe, so Head shoulders knees and toes Lips, my eyes, my mouth, my nose They all go against what society calls beautiful I’m left handed in my right mind I’m pleasantly plump a phat dime Black as night and a bright night As you can see I am beautiful me Said American music was built upon my back R&B, soul, your rock and roll, your blues, your ragtime and your jazz Yes I herald the gospel, funk, hip-hop techno And I’ll sing forever in the …