All posts tagged: black

The Yellow Children of Monticello by Pam Ward      

The Yellow Children of Monticello for my cousins, descendant of Sally Hemmings   Before Roosevelt Way before J.F.K. Before Clinton claimed, “I Did Not Have Sex!” on tv. Before Monica Lewinsky tripped & forgot to wash her dress. Thomas Jefferson was banging out tots like a fiend. Making a banquet out of Sally Hemmings’ body he created more kids than he could track. Jefferson kept his black children under lock & key all while singing “Oh Say Can We See.” All his pickaninnies, tall and skinny looked exactly like him and nobody blinked nobody batted a lash seeing these yellow children of Monticello springing everywhere like weeds. They heard Thomas’ cry for freedom turn into bedroom deceits. They watched their father, a boll weevil, feast on fresh drawls like a cotton gin separating seeds. And when they realized he would never, never, never, never, never, never, never, set them free they read his Declaration of Independence they waited for a harmony of coughs they watched this ‘Apostle of the Constitution” and willed bronchitis to drum …

My Poems Are Moving

Dear Pens Up Press Readers, For those who have been reading my work on this blog, please note that I will be moving my poems and stories to a new blog on the website Kristin’s Poetry Corner. There may be a post here occasionally, but it will be far less frequent. Also, Uproar Poetry poems and events will be featured almost entirely in the Uproar Facebook group. There are a few reasons for these changes… First, as Pens Up Press grows, we want this blog and website to focus on serving current and aspiring authors and general Pens Up Press readers. Second, I wanted to provide a space where friends, family, and the general public could read and follow my work on a regular basis without also having to read about the ins and outs of the publishing industry if that does not interest them Third, separating my own work from the business will make it easier for people to find, read through, and understand this site. Please continue following Pens Up Press (this blog) if you …

Black and Proud Lyrics

In honor of James Brown and the new movie just released today “Get On Up”, enjoy this post of a video and the lyrics to the song “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)”. Written in 1968, this song was a bold statement during a time of great racial tension. It is still a bold statement for us to think about today. The song was inspired by and also inspired Black freedom fighters, activists, musicians and community. Worth Reading: James Brown’s autobiography – James Brown: The Godfather of Soul Peace, Kristin Uh, with your bad self Say it louder (I got a mouth) Say it louder (I got a mouth)Look a’here, some people say we got a lot of malice Some say it’s a lotta nerve I say we won’t quit moving Til we get what we deserve We’ve been buked and we’ve been scourned We’ve been treated bad, talked about As just as sure as you’re born But just as sure as it take Two eyes to make a pair, huh Brother, we can’t …