black-poet

anonymous asked:

Full offense but bukowski is mediocre af and is pretty overrated thanks to hipsters who literally refuse to know better. there are TONS of latino/black/asian poets who are ARTISTS and whose work is almost flawless and just ethereal but... he's out there reading fucking bukowski. man, even baudelaire is better! even POE! but he's there... fucking... reading... bukowski... AND THINKING HE'S A GENIUS WTF

‘thanks to the hipsters who literally refuse to know better’ i laughed so hARD oh ymgod… 

I’ll never punish my daughter for saying no.

The first time it comes out of her mouth, I’ll smile gleefully. As she repeats “No! No! No!” I’ll laugh, overjoyed. At a young age, she’ll have mastered a wonderful skill. A skill I’m still trying to learn. I know I’ll have to teach her that she has to eat her vegetables, and she has to take a nap. But “No” is not wrong. It is not disobedience.

1. She will know her feelings are valid.
2. She will know that when I no longer guide her, she still has a right to refuse.

The first time a boy pulls her hair after she says no, and the teacher tells her “boys will be boys,” we will go to her together, and explain that my daughter’s body is not a public amenity. That boy isn’t teasing her because he likes her, he is harassing her because it is allowed. I will not reinforce that opinion. If my son can understand that “no means no” so can everyone else’s.

3. She owes no one her silence, her time, or her cooperation.

The first time she tells a teacher, “No, that is wrong,” and proceeds to correct his public school, biased rhetoric, I’ll revel in the fact that she knows her history; that she knows our history. The first time she tells me “No” with the purpose and authority that each adult is entitled, I will stop. I will apologize. I will listen.

4. She is entitled to her feelings and her space. I, even as a parent, have no right to violate them.
5. No one has a right to violate them.

The first time my mother questions why I won’t make her kiss my great aunt at Christmas, I’ll explain that her space isn’t mine to control. That she gains nothing but self doubt when she is forced into unwanted affection. I’ll explain that “no” is a complete sentence. When the rest of my family questions why she is not made to wear a dress to our reunion dinner. I will explain that her expression is her own. It provides no growth to force her into unnecessary and unwanted situation.

6. She is entitled to her expression.

When my daughter leaves my home, and learns that the world is not as open, caring, and supportive as her mother, she will be prepared. She will know that she can return if she wishes, that the real world can wait. She will not want to. She will not need to. I will have prepared her, as much as I can, for a world that will try to push her down at every turn.

7. She is her own person. She is complete as she is.

I will never punish my daughter for saying no. I want “No” to be a familiar friend. I never want her to feel that she cannot say it. She will know how to call on “No” whenever it is needed, or wanted.

—  Lessons I Will Teach, Because the World Will Not – Y.S.
some 90s deep house favorites

PLAYLIST

1990

Dada Nada ► Deep Love (Too Deep to Get Under Instrumental)
Dream 2 Science ► Dream 2 Science
Dreamhouse ► Jump & Prance (Dream Mix)
Egotrip ► Dreamworld (Deep in Swing Mix)
G Strings ► Motivation
Key Tronics Ensemble ► Calypso of House (Paradise Version)
Bobby Konders ► The Poem
Logic ► I Got Somethin (Deep Mix)
Tropical Moon ► Love Is a Mystery
The Underground Crew ► Feel the Melody
The Utopia Project ► File #2

1991

After Hours ► Waterfalls (3 A.M. Mix)
Basil Hardhouse ► Breezin’
Eighth Ray ► Axis of Love
Equation ► I’ll Say a Prayer 4 U
Vincent Floyd ► I Dream You
House 2 House ► Boom (A Touch of Jazz)
The King Street Crew ► Gonna Be Alright (10:00 AM Reprise)
Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada ► Low Tension
MBG ► The Quiet
Pal Joey ► Spend the Night
Paradise Inc. ► Deep Thoughts (Black Magic Mix)
R.E. ► Rain Forest
Sound Source ► Waterfall (All Weather Mix)
St. Etienne ► Nothing Can Stop Us (Masters at Work Dub)
Zzone Inc. ► Cosmic Dub

1992

50% ► Deepness (Do Do D'Up) (The Deep Mix)
Azucar ► Feel the Love (Jazzy Cymbals Mix)
Beat 4 Life ► Dat Rhythm
Classic Man ► Love (Love Ride Mix)
Choice Vibe ► Somebody 4 Me (Up to Parr Dub)
Code 718 ► Equinox (Heavenly Club Mix)
Da Rebels ► Come to Me (Night Mix)
Deep Choice ► Fix of 4:38 AM
Dub Poets ► Black & White
Braxton Holmes ► 12 Inches of Pleasure (Ron’s Foreplay)
Innervision ► My Love for You
Lectroluv ► If We Try (Ambient Dub)
Los Santeros ► Fiesta Santera (La Mescla Dizmal)
Love Tempo ► Change for the Better (Alternate Instrumental Mix)
Matrix ► Get Out (Chill Out Mix)
Molima ► Think’in Bout U
Montego Bay ► Magic (Don Carlos Jazzy Mix)
Mood Swing ► Inspiration Point (Love Mix)
Never on Sunday ► In the Breeze
The New Sound of Soul ► The Strength (Deep in New York)
Rhythm II Rhythm ► A Touch Of Jazz (Lifestyles of the Rich Mix)
Techno Soul ► I Don’t Need U
Vil-N-X ► Give Ya Luv Show Ya Luv (Deep Luv Mix)
When Worlds Collide ► Jus Luv

1993

909 ► Got to Have It (Dream Mix)
4th Measure Men ► Given (MK Dub)
Black Rascals ► So in Love (Shelter Mix)
Blunted Dummies ► House for All (House 4 All Robots Mix)
Choo Ables ► Hard to Get (B.T.’s Massive Groove)
Family of Few ► Sunrise (Vocal Heat Mix)
Hardrive ► Maurice’s Vibe
House of Blue ► Oblique (The Blue Mix)
Myakka ► City Jungle City
RT ► Magic Woman
Scottie Deep ► Soul Searchin’ (Deep Dish Dub)
Tears of Velva ► The Way I Feel (4 Daye Mix)
Terrence Parker & Claude Young Jr. ► Untitled (A2)
Time Undefined ► Cascade (Dawn Mix)

1994

Deception ► Seventh Heaven (Uptown Mix)
DJ Dove ► Illusions
DJ Duke ► Stuck in the Middle (Mo’ Deep for Sticky Stewart Mix)
East Men ► U Dig (Pacific Dub)
Elements of Life ► Innocence + Inspiration
House of Labasia ► (U Make Me) Feel Real (Working Dub)
Arnold Jarvis ► The Way You (Trego Dub 3)
Jazz-n-Groove ► House Vibe No. 1
Liquid City ► Givin’ My All (Liquid Jazz Movement)
Moodymann ► Tribute! (To the Soul We Lost)
Joey Musaphia ► I Miss You
Tokyo Gospel Renegades ► Mardi Gras Baby (Magnolia Caboose Baby Mix)
Yoshito ► Love Motion

1995

95 North ► Let Yourself Go (Capitol Dub)
Chez Damier & Stacey Pullen ► Forever Monna (Mix 1)
Kenny Dixon Jr. ► Emotional Content (TP’s Emotionally Deep Remix)
Fibre Foundation ► Free Your Mind (NJ Mix)
Glenn Underground ► Detroitism
House of Jazz ► Hold Your Head Up
Paul Johnson ► Hour Glass Figure
Jump Cutz ► Deep Introspection
Mindchime ► Discoboogie (Tokyo Dub Mix)
Papermusic ► Downtime
Terrence Parker ► The Emancipation of My Soul
Takecha ► Kind of Deep

1996

Abacus ► Sunrayz
The Afrodizzyact ► B.J 1994
Da Vibe Project ► Live from da Underground (Wonderland Deeper Dub)
Deep Sensation ► Talkin’… (Deep Soul Dub)
Dirty Jesus ► Cut a Rug (Jazz Dat Ride Mix)
Sean Grant ► Untitled
GWM ► Breezy Loop
Tim Harper ► Lake Shore Drive
Herbert ► Shuffler
Walt J ► Love Is On My Side (Smudge Mix)
Jazz Groove Syndicate ► A Touch of Jazz (Jazzee House Ride Mix)
Roman IV ► Fkk
The Wamdue Project ► Three-Toed Frog

1997

Aaron Arce ► Pressure
Buzzin’ Cuzzins feat. Romanthony ► Good Feeling (Salt City Orchestra Mix)
City People ► Let It Rain (Dub)
The Deviants ► Being Someone Else
DJ Slym Fas ► Luv Music
Double 99 ► Happy 2 Be Deep
Downton Loop ► Keep Holdin’ On
Earth Boys ► Destination Heaven
Fresh and Low ► New Life
House Dawgs ► Praise Him (Jazz'n Mix)
Theo Parrish ► Cloudy Morning
Rick Wade ► Night Track
Kevin Yost ► ‘Round 'Bout Midnight

1998

.g ► It Feels
Ancestry ► You’re the One
Callisto ► Fanta C
Kerri Chandler ► Atmosphere (Kerri’s Foundation Dub)
DJ Trax ► Deep Modern Jazz
Les gens de la grande ville ► The Men Who Are Worth More (Deep Mix)
Alton Miller ► Time & Space
Misa Negra ► Spiritual Vibes (Afro Boogie House Mix)

1999

Andrés ► Reality
Blak Beat Niks ► Celebration (Club Jazz Mix)
Roy Davis Jr. ► Michael (Love from San Francisco Vocal Mix)
DJ Rasoul ► Let Me Love You (San Francisco Vocal Vibe)
Groove Relation ► Mellow Mellow
Merle ► Fannie Likes 2 Dance
Osunlade ► Oshun’s Arrival
Ursula Rucker ► Circe (Rob Yancey Vocal Mix)
Toronto Track Company ► A Word from Mr. Prince

anonymous asked:

do you have writing advice? i feel like i hate everything i write

read read read read read until you’re swollen with words. read advice from every author you love and read advice from every author you hate and read advice from the monster under your bed and read grammar books and read books from the black mountain poets and read books from modern poets and read self-published novels.

and once you’re filled up on ideas other people have given you, ignore everything you just were told and write what you want to read. if you’re absolutely in love with the luminous quality of alliteration, use it. if you’re amazed by the ability of adverbs to astonishingly and quickly multiply, flood your page with them. if you want to let every character die and come back to life, let them. if nobody dies and it’s 500 pages of people in a tea parlor talking, you just wrote a longer version of “no exit” by jean paul sarte and tbh it’s looking for an update. 

the reason i end up hating my work is twofold. either i’m stuck and it’s just a writing block and it doesn’t flow like it needs to, or i’m stuck because i’m too worried about perfection. i need a passage to ring perfect, and i get so caught up in silly things like commas and splicing and never using “said” that i can’t put anything down without feeling like i’m slogging through letters. i forget that the best part of writing a book is how fun it is to write a book. how caught up i get in the story, how sometimes i can even make myself laugh with surprise.

write because you want to hear yourself tell the story. write with a good sense of humor, honestly. i’ve written five novels, and while they’re not for publishing, they were for fun. we forget not everything has to be marketable and serious. that the best part of writing is when you evaporate and everything becomes story.

and when you’re just blocked? go back to the first part of this. and read.

Her.

She’ll leave a mark,
‘Name will be stained on your tongue.
You sure you wanna go there?

Her fragrance will wrap itself around you and keep you in a trance,
Swaying to her hip-notic rhythm
Eyes on her
Mind on her..
You still sure?

Her body full of curves and a heart full of gold,
A mind full of wisdom and a passion filled soul.

You know if you let her in deep enough she’ll leave stains and marks that if anyone were to come after her they would have to touch her just to understand you.

I ask again are you sure?
Get caught up in her and there’s no return.
Get lost in her and find yourself feenin for something she hasn’t even given you yet.
Still trapped in her trance, once more are you sure?

So I take your hand leading you in deeper,
I am her.

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I want a love like
Me thinking of you
Thinking of me thinking of you type love
Or me telling my friends more than I’ve ever admitted to myself
About how I feel about you type love
Or hating how jealous you are
But loving how much you want me all to yourself type love
Or see how your first name just sound so good next to my last name
And shit I wanted to see how far I could get without calling you
And I barely made it out of my garage

See, I want a love that makes me wait until she falls asleep
And wonder if she’s dreaming about us being in love type love
Or who loves the other more
Or what she’s doing this exact moment
Or slow dancing in the middle of our apartment to the music of our hearts
Closing my eyes and imagining how a love so good
Could hurt so much when she’s not there
And shit I love not knowing where this love is headed type love
And check this, I want to place those little post-it notes
All around the how she she never forgets how much I love her type love
And not have enough ink in my pen to write all there is to love about her type love
And hope I make her feel as good as she makes me feel

And I want to deal with my friends making fun of me
The way I made fun of them when they went through the same kind of love type love
Only difference is, this is one of those real love type loves
And just like in high school
I want to spend hours on the phone not saying shit
And then fall asleep and then wake up with her right next to me
And smell her all up in my covers type love
I want to try counting the ways I love her
And lose count in the middle just so I have to start all over again
And I want to celebrate one of those one month anniversaries
Even though they ain’t really anniversaries
But doing it just ‘cause it make her happy type love
And, check this, I want to fall in love with the melody the phone plays
When none of us dialed into it type love
And talk to you until I lose my breath
She leaves me breathless
But with the expanding of my lungs I inhale all of her back into me

I want a love that makes me need to change my cell phone calling plan
To something allows me to talk to her longer
‘cause in all honesty, I want to avoid one of them high cell phone bill type loves
And I want a love that makes me regret how small my hands are
I mean the lines on my palms don’t give me enough time
To love you as long as I’d like to type love
And I want a love that makes me st-st-st-st-stutter
Just thinking about how strong this love is type love
And I want a love that makes me want to cut off all my hair
Well, maybe not all of the hair
Maybe like I cut the split ends and trim my moustache
But it would still be a symbol of how strong my love for her

And check this, I kind of feel comfortable now
So I even be fantasizing about walking out on a green light
Just dying to get hit by a car
Just so I could lose my memory
Get transported to some third world country just to get treated
Then somehow meet up again with you so I can fall in love with you
In a different language and see if it still feels the same type love
I want a love that’s as unexplainable as she is
But I’m married, so she’s gonna be the one I share this love with

This is my second book. I’m just a black girl from Malawi who wanted to tell her story.  Nectar is a book of poetry and prose and I’ve lived every poem. Thank you for the support. Here’s where you can find it and me:

https://www.amazon.com/Nectar-Upile-Chisala/dp/1540391701/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486575296&sr=8-1&keywords=nectar+upile


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nectar-Upile-Chisala/dp/1540391701/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486575013&sr=8-1&keywords=nectar+upile+chisala


Upile : https://www.instagram.com/beingupile/

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My name is Leon Langford, I recently published a book of poetry that explores the triumphs and struggles of  African- Americans

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Summary: Shades of Brown is a series of poems dedicated to personifying the “black experience” through spoken word. A collection of poems that shed light on the troubles seen and unseen, in not just the black community, but the world itself. From slavery to Jim Crow to police shootings, the trials and tribulations of “Black America” are laid bare and explored. Captured between two worlds, African-Americans have little recollection of their genetic or cultural makeup and yet must contend with a history of oppression. 

All shades of pain, victory, death, and resurrection – in all shades of brown .


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