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Urban Poetry, Female Lyricist, Spoken Word

December 19, 2012 Philly Support Philly  No comments


I was going through a box that had some old photos from high-school and I came across my old poetry book. WOW! The memories! I was so heavy into poetry back then. I remember one of my old classmates from middle school said to me: "I wouldn't be surprised if you turned out to be a rapper". Nah! I don't think I could ever get into hip-hop/rap. It's too loaded with garbage now. However, there was a poem which I wrote when I was 14 that grabbed my attention as I was flipping through the pages and reminiscing. I was so great with word play back then. I underestimated my talent because to me, it wasn't that big of a deal. My attitude was; so what I could free style. So what I could put words together and make it sound "dope". To me, it was just something I could do. To me, it was a gift and a curse all at the same time because people started to expect it from me. I didn't truly understand what kind of gift I had until I performed a poem that I wrote in 10th grade called "Why Tyrone Can't Read". Being up on that stage and hearing my friends as well as people who had never seen me before a day in their life, cheer for me and then being the only one to get a standing ovation let me know that I had talent and I could go much further than the notebook I carried around with my poetry. But here is one "for the books" so to speak. I hope you enjoy


A Time to See


Have you ever took the time to understand the reality of society?


The individuality of a woman's personality,


A strong man trying to control his sexuality,


Black people coming up in the world of technology?


But instead my people are blind


And don't take the time to recognize


The strength in the minds of both you and I


It's a time to see...


Us walking in the shadows of hell's hottest fires,


Searching in ourselves to find that true desire.


Putting our lives on the line so that we can inspire,


That decreasing generation on a real live wire.


Do the right thing so your purpose in life doesn't expire.


Let the truth be in YOU instead of YOU being the LIAR.


It's about time to see...


That cause and effect in your life is your own,


Step up to the plate, take charge of your throne.


If you see a homeless man, it won't hurt to throw him a bone.


Instead of abortion, keep your babies, bring them home.


Nobody in this world or in life should be alone.


But if you can't respect your mother, then you need to be on your own.


So open your eyes and SEE!


I think of all of the poems I wrote in high school before I suffered a ten year writers block, the one above is my favorite. I have not written a poem in so long but hopefully one day, when I am just sitting down without the daily hustle and bustle, chasing after my children (lol) breaking up fights between them, cooking and cleaning, I will be able to pick up where I left off. I wrote that when I was 14. Imagine what I could do now... Thanks for reading folks. PEACE!!!

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December 5, 2012 A Thug's Redemption  No comments


Hey everyone! I know it has been awhile since I've posted a blog entry but I have been so busy with school and book shipments along with promotions and PR work. I will try to do better at updating this blog more frequently. Since my last blog entry, I recently decided to utilize my YouTube Channel at the suggestion of a good friend of mine. I've had this YouTube channel since September 2011 but never really put it to use until today. I had been racking my brain for so long as to what I could put up. I didn't want to do the typical "comedy" rants on YouTube because that is being done to death in some of the most tasteless manners. I do have a special project in mind for my YouTube Channel this upcoming year but for right now, I am mostly using it for my poetry and the occasional snippets and teasers that I post for my book. So earlier today, I uploaded a recording of myself reciting a poem that I did in high school entitled "Why Tyrone Can't Read". I swear, this poem is going down in history LOL! I can't believe 13 years later, people still remember that poem and recognize me as the girl who did it. I still remember the moment I recited it. I was so nervous and so scared, but when I heard my friends cheering for me, it was on and popping from there. Here is the video:

I will be posting more videos of myself reciting some of my other poems as well as a few videos reading snippets from my debut novel, A Thug's Redemption as well as the sequel A Thug's Redemption 2: Jamal's Return. I hope everyone enjoys. Don't forget to subscribe, click the like button, leave comments, questions or suggestions. Here is the link to my Youtube Channel Click Here


Reminder

My book signing is next Friday, December 14, 2012 at Black & Nobel located at Broad and Erie. It will start at 4pm and end at 7pm. Come out and support. I'll be taking pictures of my readers also!

That's that ish I don't like

I am naturally the kind of person that likes to help others whether if it's giving directions to someone who is lost, extending a kind word to lift someone's spirits, coming on the run when family needs me, etc. I've been getting requests from people wanting me to help them write a book and I am all for that. I love being able to point hopeful writers in the right directions and help them tap into their creativity so they can put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). I've even been contacted to help with a possible local movie script for an up and coming director. However, what I don't like is people contacting me and wanting me to write the book for them and they reap the rewards. Who does that? Anything that I write will have my name attached to it and I will hold all rights. There is no room for negotiation. The last person who contacted me actually had the nerve to say "I think you have talent outside of that Thug shit you wrote..." #PAUSE. Wait, this person wants me to collaborate with them but insults my work? That Thug Shit?? So I asked, "Did you read it?" They said "no". I said "okay...did you at least read the synopsis?" They said "no". I asked, "Do you have any idea what the book is about or all you just going off of the title and automatically assuming that it is the typical hood story about Thug Willy, Pooky and Black standing on the corner, pushing dope, smoking dope, killing their rivals while fucking a few bitches in between?" They had no response. I'm not expecting everyone to like my book. That would be unrealistic. But if my work or talent is going to be slandered, at least take the time out to READ it before you call it "Thug Shit". So yeah, they can toss the idea of us ever collaborating together out of the window. So for future reference, before you come for me, make sure you read the book. And then when you read the book and still feel a need to come for me, make sure you come correct. I can humbly pick a person apart...with a smile. :-)


Speaking of which. I recently received a review for my book on amazon. I'm surprised that Amazon posted it because I've been having trouble with my reviews being deleted. But this is what the young lady Tierra had to say:

OMG!!! I purchased this book last month for my everyday 5hr commute to and from work and I must say this book is a serious mouth opener!!!! I freaking loved it from cover to cover! Towards the end I found myself almost in tears on the train! The characters were so easy to relate to! I'm desperately waiting for a sequel!!! This is definitely a must read!!! Go cop up people!!!! Yani you did great!!!!
When she texted me last night, I could feel how much she enjoyed my book just by how her text messages came through. That is why I write. I love entertaining my readers and pulling them in so deeply that they fall in love with the characters, and become enthralled with the story. Thanks so much Tierra!

Okay this was a very long blog post. LOL! Sorry guys! I just had so much to say. But real quick before I go; I have been working dilligently on the sequel A Thug's Redemption 2" and I must say, I amaze myself. This story is more ruthless than the first and all bets are off. I don't want to release it too soon because I want the first one to marinate and leave a lasting impression. But I am having so much fun writing it. Okay, that's all for now. Thanks for reading! PEACE!!

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