All posts tagged: women in media

Sara Baartman and the Lives of Black Women Past and Present

Saw this video posted in the Uproar Facebook group by Jewel Grant-Talle a couple of days ago. It’s a poem about Sara Baartman and the lives of Black women past and present. A little history and a little modern day analysis. Powerful stuff. . “Some would say Hot and Tot Venus Aka Sara Baartman Was one of the first video vixens Before television Before radio Sara Baartman became the blueprint for Degrading the black woman on a world-wide level Sara Baartman…I will make sure our people remember you and know your name …it’s so sad back then we were forced to degrade ourselves to the level of being some man’s hoar. Today we willingly degrade ourselves. The Black woman has become America’s number one hoar. An answer to it We have forgotten our grandmother’s pain Her struggle to carry the burden So we wouldn’t have to Do you hear the ancestors crying out? Is this what we died for? I say no Wake up Black woman Wake up Black America Take back your dignity The power is …


I got emailed this poem of a powerful female poet speaking truth to power about how women are portrayed in the media and I just must put it up. I love it. Changing how we use words and empowering those often overlooked or even out right degraded is at the heart of the mission of Pens Up Press. Peace, Kristin J