RUNITBACK FRIDAY-07/31/2020

The ‘Rona got Herman Cain, Orange Thanos trying to cancel Tik Tok but won’t plan to get a federal mask mandate, more GOP folk are popping up positive, people can’t believe Megan The Stallion got shot, the feds are saddling up to go to Chicago (the Jump Out Boys are real!), and Beyonce broke the innanet again–with the help of Disney!

Let’s get it!

#BlackIsKing #Beyonce #SheIsAWholeMood #Nala #Artist #Music #TheGift #TheLevels #BoldBlackExtra #WhereWeAre #FindYourWayBack #Map #WhoWeAre #WhereWeAre #WhereWeGoNext

YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

BLACK IS KING is a visual album for THE GIFT, which is an album I still adore and vibe to. I am so proud of the artist Beyonce is become. I am proud of the woman she is becoming. I am glad that I am alive to see THE GIFT that is BLACK IS KING. On top of the fact Waran Shire’s poetry was a thread through out this work? That was the forehead kiss in all to this work!

I needed everything that BLACK IS KING gave me! I needed it! I needed all of it! I needed a complete celebration of my roots, my blackness and my melanin! It gave me the same shivers that HOMECOMING did! I loved it! I know that not everyone in Africa, or whom is an expatriate having left Africa from one of its many nations for ideal circumstances! Yet, what I have found in this film–was me.

It was a reminder to me that my history didn’t begin with chattel slavery, it doesn’t end with that either! What I saw, what I wanted my children to see, was themselves. I wanted them to see art, color, and a woman that LOOKED LIKE THEM confident in her Blackness…so they can be also.

#LetsTalkAboutIt #MikeBrownJr #MikeBrownForever #STLGirl #StillAnActivist #StillOutHere #StillWhereILive #StillFighting #Warrior #Scholar #Fighter #MikeBrownMeansWeGotToFightBack

I am a lifelong St. Louis resident.

There is a writer friend of mine, Jessie Sandoval, said that St. Louis will make you one of two things: a warrior or a poet. I, like Jessie, are both! Michael Brown, Jr. is the reason I know so many completely amazing people as I do. His death is the reason that August is dedicated to activism! He is the reason I know the dynamic women and men that I call family or extended family. What a sorrowful serendipity!

So, imagine my distress when I found out that St. Louis Country Prosecutor Wesley Bell ‘decided’ not to prosecute Darren Wilson, or to reopen the Michael Brown, Jr. case! I felt all of my strength leave my body. I had to lay down. I couldn’t process what was happening–it was August 14, 2014 all over again. I was in the car with my kids and (then) husband. I was in the traffic, unsure of what was going on–and checking my phone. Only to find out what happened through a CNN update!

I couldn’t process it.

And right now? I’m still chewing on this. I am in a Matrix-paradox: this is outcome is completely believable and totally unbelievable. I mean it is St. Louis, after all. A city nestled in the heart of Missouri–Mississippi North.

#ForGrace #GraceDeservedBetter #LegalizeBeingBlack #SchoolToPrisonPipeline #ItsReal #Unbelieveable #ThisIsEvil #WhoFightsForBlackWomenAndGirls #OtherBlackWomenAndGirls

I am the mother of child with ADD/ADHD. ‘Grace’ easily could have been my child. I could easily be Grace’s mother. This case is frightening to me on these dual fronts. This child has been through so much already, but to be put in jail for not doing homework? What is next? Someone please tell me! Yes, she has a diagnosis. Yes, she has had some behavioral issues! But jail! In the time of a global pandemic! JAIL?! After the gubernatorial bodies put a moratorium on juvenile detention.

But there is always profit in Black and Brown bodies in any system of mass incarceration, isn’t it?

This is why law enforcement needs oversight! This is why education needs to be reformed! This is why if you have a child in public school you need a pride of lions of protect them from a system BENT on devouring them! My heart goes out to Grace’s mother–the rage and the fear swirling in her cannot be imaged. Or contained!

Trust, I am keeping my eye on this! There is something about this doesn’t look, feel or seem anything like right.

This is how I am handling this week–

“MIKE BROWN MEANS WE GOT TO FIGHT BACK!”

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