Thursday, February 09, 2006

In Honor Of Black History

This is a poem that one of my good friends in Georgia wrote yesterday. I call him the Fresh Prince of the town that he lives because of his name, Will Smith. :)
We were tighter than Thelma's pants on Good Times when we were in college at Savannah State. Now, we're brothers and most of all family. This is his poetry dedicated to Black History and the Black experience.




BLACK ALL THE TIME



38 YEARS HAVE PASSED ME BY
STILL THE SAME COLOR, I USED NO DYE
I CELEBRATE MY HISTORY 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR
I AM STILL BLACK WITHOUT ANY FEAR

EVERY HOUR, MINUTE AND SECOND OF THE DAYS
I WILL STAY STRONG AND TRUE TO MY BLACK WAYS
NO ONE CAN PUT A TIME FRAME ON WHEN TO CELEBRATE OUR LEGACY
THEREFORE, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS LET US REJOICE BEYOND FEBRUARY

BORN BLACK WITH A PURPOSE AND PROUD TO BE DOWN
GLAD TO LET THE WORLD HEAR MY CRY AND HEAR MY JOYOUS SOUND
BECAUSE THE LAST TIME I CHECKED, BLACKNESS IS MINE
SO DON’T LOOK AT ME WITH CROSSED-EYES…
I AM BLACK ALL THE TIME.


WILL SMITH
FEBRUARY 8, 2006

13 comments:

Michael J. West said...

Awesome poem, because it is true. Why celebrate yourself and your heritage only one month out of the year?

I have great respect for anybody with such pride in who they are!

Stephen Bess said...

Thanks MJW-
I can appreciate that coming from you because some people misconstrue that sentiment and call it militant or anti-anyone else. So, thank you.

Brother Jero (BJ) said...

Always refreshing to come to your site. Yeah I do recall Thelma very well, she was something wasn't she. I still watch some of those re-runs.

To Black Month History, the struggles continues and please stop the hate and help our brothers & sista's.

Stephen Bess said...

BJ-
Yeah, me too. I love those old shows. I agree, the struggle does continue all over the Diaspora. Thanks for stopping in as always.

tryphina said...

Great poetry!! Thank you brother William for not allowing anyone to define you...cuz u know if they define you they can confine you.

Stephen, thank you for sharing your friends with us ****wink****

Stephen Bess said...

Tryphina,
I like that quote: "if they define you they can confine you." I'm glad that you are feeling his poetry. He's a good brother. Oh...***wink*** back at ya! :)

nikki said...

loved that poem! ya boy got skillz!

Stacy-Deanne said...

Something to think about.

Stephen Bess said...

Yeah, Will is my bro and a true man when it comes to taking care of his family and raising his kids. I admire him a great deal. I guess because I've seen him grow into this man from the mannish-boy that we both were in college.

faith said...

Very nice poem. I also agree that tryphina's quote "if they define you they can confine you." is great!

Stephen Bess said...

Yes, that Tryphina is something. Have a great weekend Faith!

lyre said...

SSC now U
is my alma mater
too!

Great poem!

Stephen Bess said...

Alright SSU! Glad to have you!

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