Different sizes, shapes and colors,
Yet we have some of the same problems:
Male problems, children problems, family problems,
Mental and physical problems.
You name them, we women have them.
We comfort one another, we share with each other,
and we get on each others nerves.
Sistahs helping sistahs, is there anyone like us?
You give me your shoulder to cry on,
I give you my helping hands.
You give me a listening ear,
I give you my advice and strength.
You give me me your friendship,
I give you my support and unconditional love.
By Evelyn D. Hall
Image: © NayMarie Photography | Black Beauty: Isha Rae | Makeup: Daphney Guillaume | www.NayMarie.com
They take your innards and make you into a tragedy
Hang you on the wall, stuffed, for all to see.
Just so they can reminisce
Speak of how much you touched them
And how there hasn’t been anyone since.
A public condition — they like their heroes dead.
To Jean-Michel Basquiat and every other who delivered their gift and left
You genius child, you born martyr
If the world had known would they have loved you any harder.
You lost soul.
Lost your soul. Still
You gave your whole
Knew you had something inside to give the whole
Must’ve got your beat from the street
And bought your spirit antique.
Hadn’t seen anything like you
You collaboration of culture and breath
Beauty and death
Silence and depth
Rebel against uprights
You hung left
Not worried about going hungry
When you’re so full
So they starved you.
Til you were nothing but brushes and jars
And your smock hung loose
You still refused.
Cope is a 4 letter word
Whatever is used
Normally depends on what part of you is bruised.
I pray that in your second coming you die a death you choose.
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Subway Art is the first single off of Tish’s upcoming album, Dedicated To. Get it on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sub…
Thank you Fader for premiering the video!
DP: Shawn Peters
Movie Op: Chris Aran
AD: Nelson Quinones
1st AC: Hai Tao Wu
2nd AC: Simon Davis
Editor: Peter Noon
Producer: Jamsine Castillo
A By Any Means production.
Song produced by Timothy Bloom, Bink! and William Larsen
Negros Americanos succeeded in carving out a niche in a culture that oftentimes forces its participants to assimilate. They are an unmistakable embodiment of what Hip Hop was born to be; genuine, socially charged, and full of self expression. They navigate between the happenings of their personal lives and sounding off on social matters, drawing inspiration straight from the source; their hearts. From traveling across the globe and setting their dreams in motion, to returning home in order to share the wealth acquired, It is a wonder to watch them journey together so effortlessly. This is something they were born to do, and from the looks of it, they are having the time of their lives doing so.
As an Artist, I especially appreciate the journey of Negros Americanos. As Creative Souls, they are doing what we all wish to do; to follow our dreams. I feel they are so far above just being called Rappers that they are, in fact, returning the word to its original meaning. They speak from the heart, and that is missing in today’s music. Their songs take me from heavy, soulful beats that carry weighted lyrics, to more playful vibes that leave me thinking nonetheless. Their music says to me that it’s okay to be a Witty, Over-analytical, Love-struck Philanthropist of a Revolutionary who’s a sucker for a mean groove; they lead by example. They are of the few who have restored my faith and love in Hip-Hop.
Look out for their dope upcoming album “Take Flight” this Spring as well as their bilingual documentary “Lost in the Wilderness: The Story of Negros Americanos.”
Follow their musical journey at www.NegrosAmericanosMusic.com and join them on social media at @NegrosAmericanos on facebook and instagram!
Written by Lauren “Lola Valentine” Jones for Taji Mag.