Tag: Poet

Poetic Tesstimonies: “Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out” by Brandy Norwood

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019) Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out by Brandy Norwood is a ballad that allows the listener to vibe to a heartbreak song. The lyrics are simple and powerful, with quotables like ” I guess it wasn’t true, when you said ‘I love you’” and “It used to be that … Read More Poetic Tesstimonies: “Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out” by Brandy Norwood

Poetic Tesstimonies: “Amethyst Rock” by Saul Williams

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019) Amethyst Rock by Saul Williams reminds listeners of self-worth, provides history into black culture, and brings attention to racial inequalities in America. Almost twenty years after it’s original release by American Records in 2001, Williams’ words still reflect the Black-American experience and perspective of today. He acknowledges the … Read More Poetic Tesstimonies: “Amethyst Rock” by Saul Williams

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Epilepsy Changed My Plans

America celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on this Monday, January 20, 2020 over a 5-day weekend (for most). I was unable to celebrate the holiday the way I planned, and felt physically and mentally terrible about it. This weekend I missed several events; my friend’s and my niece’s birthdays, and the Aaliyah: One in A Million Art Show by Kris Blackmon. I … Read More Epilepsy Changed My Plans

Poetic Tesstimonies: “Listen” by Jay Luvve

“I owe it to the people to teach them what I do know.” –Lady Tess (2019) Listen calls attention to the growth and humbling that is needed to spark a revolution for change in black America. Jay Luvve keeps the crowd’s attention with his uneven cadence, strong pauses, and intelligent progressive writing style. He reminds us of our worth and that we need to … Read More Poetic Tesstimonies: “Listen” by Jay Luvve