Rakim Allah. Lauryn Hill. MC Lyte. The Honorable Louise Bennett-Coverly, O.J.
All cultural icons, storytellers, and writers. They are front and center in my mind when I consider the energies that influence my relationship with writing.
Rakim, for example, had such a confidence and consciousness in his choice of words.
He was trying to put us on to the understanding of knowledge of self and God-consciousness long before it showed up consistently in Hip Hop for me.
Rakim was insistent on spreading the word about what he believed for himself and for us.
Tell me, how can that not move me?
He wasn’t just talking about his skills, or articulating his desires. He was observing and narrating the world around him, and offering up the lessons through his lens.
Louise Bennett, now an ancestor, (1919-2006) was the first woman I ever saw use her outside voice without fear or anger attached to it. I no more than seven years old.
She used Jamaican patois on TV at a time when every granny flicked a child’s lip, or a teacher might pinch their arm, should they hear them speak anything but “proper” (queen’s) English.”
The influence of British colonizers poisoned the adults’ minds against the creative genius of the ancestors that developed and passed on patois.
Some people feel okay fitting their feelings into the scope of allowable, socially-acceptable words. But there’s a small nation of us who refuse to mute or morph ourselves into smooth-edged versions of our sharpness.
An even smaller group of us don’t just speak with all our sharp; we have the nerve to express it in indelible ink. Some of us identify as writers. We insist on it. Others of us just know that we can offer something of significant value in the form of a well-written book.
Even if we don’t know how to write a book, we endeavor to write it just the same. And when we commit to that, like any other real commitment, the resources show up to give us exactly what we want. This is one of those times.
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