Tears aren't falling from my eyes, but I am definitely feeling some special emotions for one of the most monumental moments in WORLD history. I say world history because it's much bigger than america. People across the globe have been amazed at what has been taking place, and have patiently waited for this change as much as we have. For them, it is a great sign of hope for a new day.
I dwell most on my grandmother in her 86 years. Speaking to her, and listening to her shed a tear or two, I realize how important this moment is for our elders. They have seen some difficult times in their lives. The transition from slavery, the Great Depression, segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. I can tell that she feels some victory in this history, and I'm very grateful that she lived to experience this moment. I know that this is one of the biggest moments in her life.
A lot of people suffered and died for the freedoms that have produced this moment. The work of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., and countless others shows us that through dedication, persistence and even death if necessary, will pave the way for great things to happen. WE have to adopt this attitude. We can't simply rely on Obama being in office as our "salvation". WE have to be willing to continue to travel and pave roads in the same vain as those who came before us. There has to be sufficient balance between "party and bullshit" and community responsibility. We are all components to making this historical day be what it can be for us in the future. That task doesn't rest on the shoulders of Barack alone.
For my Black Nation of America, men and women, we have GREATER responsibility! Many have looked to Obama as an example of what can be achieved...ANYTHING! But also, we have to look deeper into what has allowed him to achieve this great moment. His OPEN love and RESPECT for his wife and his family. Black men, your woman is very necessary in your success in life. SHE is MOTHER EARTH, the cradle of civilization. Black women, in order to gain that respect from your Black King, you have to be the Queen God created you to be. This will trickle down to the children, and provide a strong foundation for them to be able to conquer the world. We have to become a family again, we have to put aside our differences to strengthen our communities because they are weak and desperate for solutions now...
Anyone who is close to me, knows that I have very little faith in a system that has constantly shown it's disregard and disrespect for us. You can say what you want, but I know for a fact that the founding fathers did not establish this New World with us in mind. We were to be the burden bearers, the sacrificial lambs, the expendable. And in reality, I still have little faith. Oscar Grant was MURDERED by a police officer a couple weeks ago. And there were at least 2-3 other incidents that didn't get TV time where Black men were slaughtered at the hands of the people who are to serve and protect us and our communities. But what I do have is a new hope that this historical moment will be the first major step towards changing minds like mine...
"You know who it is, you know what it is...peace out."
Finally, my own blog! I've been saying I was going to do this for a few months now since a few people very close to me have been up and runnin' at it. Now that I somewhat have this figured out, I can keep you posted on the developmental stages of projects I'm working on, or you can just peep to see what's on my mind from time to time.
It's 3:20AM, and I've spent much of the evening and night getting familiar with how to customize my new "home", so I'm rather burnt out right now! But there are a lot of important things going on this week, so I'm sure I'll have some good stuff for you over the next couple of days!
Stay tuned, visit often!
"You know who it is, you know what it is...peace out"
On a professional level, I am self-motivated hustler of trill creative skillz that range from design and illustration to fine art and computer graphics.
I have spent much of my professional life operating as an independent creative studio called VISUAL SOUL (Creative Lab). That journey has led me to the opportunity to provide creative services for many artists/companies within the entertainment industry whose work, music or movement i've followed or respected.
On a personal level, I'm a variety of interesting things. Intellectual, clown, revolutionary-in-training, loyal comrade, lover and fighter. This blog serves as your access to learn more...
I spend much of my time in front of my MacBook Pro or some type of apparatus that will allow me to vent my creative energies. When I'm not doing that, I'm at The City Of Ink with my creative crew and comrades conversing about the beauties and struggles of life, and the world which we intend to conquer.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your experience into my mind and art...