Merging Ministry and the Business of Music
I'm Not Giving My Black back!
I'm not giving up my greens or my grits or saying "girl" and putting my hands on my hips . You see...Life for me ain't been no crystal stair and I'm not giving up Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hammer, Mary MCleod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, Madame CJ. Walker, Toni Morrison or Dr. Maya Angelou, 'cause you see, I am a phenomenal woman and I'm not giving my black back. I'm not giving up my crown, waves, braids, curls , locks, kinks, scarves . I'm not giving up sitting in Ma's kitchen eating peach cobbler or sweet potato pie and hearing her ask me, "How you doing baby"?
I'm not giving up going to "You Buy, We Fry on Fridays, or barbeques on Saturday playing bid whist, spades and slammin' those dominoes. Rent Partys, I'm not giving back Harriet Tubman's train, I'll fly away,down by the river side ,Soul Train, Coltrane or the midnight train to Georgia. I got a telephone in my Bosom, .James Cleveland, Peace be Still, Thomas A Dorsey"-Peace In The Valley" & Precious Lord Take My Hand, Lena Horne, The Philadelphia Sound, Motown or the Temptations. or The Willams Brothers, Sam Cooke or Lou Ross. Marian Anderson. Aretha Franklin or Miss M. Jackson
Cause you see, it's the way we do the things we do, like building the pyramids that still stand made by our forefather's hands were the diamonds, oil silver and gold are buried in our rich dark land.
I'm not giving my black back! I'm happy being happy with my wide hips and my wide nose and the rich melanin in my skin. I love putting lotion on my ashy legs.
Oh , I'm happy being nappy and being in the skin that I'm in. I won't deny or forget my ancestors who lay in a wet grave at the bottom of the sea in the Middle Passage from slave trade.
And I won't give up on our youth of today who still need a way made. I won't give back miles even though he didn't smile. I won't give back Marvin Gaye, Billy Eckstein, Jackie Robinson ,
I won't give back the electric slide, Bojangles or Debbie Allen. You think I'd give up reading my Jet, Ebony, Essence,Emerge, Black Enterprise, Heart and soul ?( Most of all my Bible) We are colorful people.
Like Curtis Mayfield sang, we are a people that are" darker than blue." We are honey, cinnamon, mahogany and chocolate We are Malcolm X. Martin Luther King, , The Mothers of the Church dressed in WHITE, The Color Purple, and we are Al Green Love and happiness. Oh No ...I'm not giving my black back.
The first duty is to listen.