AFRICA is a poem which questions why the powerful voices and beautiful images of the African people are unheard and unseen worldwide.
This poem cries out for the people of Africa to Rise up and spread their voices and their images internationally.
This poem speaks of the bitter origins of the Thanksgiving Holiday and the atrocities the indigenous Indians suffered which brought about the initial celebration of the Holiday we now know as Thanksgiving. Ever since learning the background of the feast of Thanksgiving, I felt that it should be a day
of atonement, not a day of celebration. Facts intertwined with an attempt to perfect a Thanksgiving day cranberry compote recipe and the hope for the resurrection of the indigenous Indian people are all wrapped up in this short verse.
The Poem Workfare Slave Labor speaks directly to poor women who are taken advantage of by the Workfare Program initiated during the Clinton administration.These programs that have agencies benefiting from the poverty of others, under the guise of training them and giving them a “work ethic.”
What better training or work ethic builder can you give someone than a good paying job so that they can raise their esteem and bring about real change to their lives.
The poem African Churches is a vivid recount of the moving experience associated with attending an African Church service. From the soul stirring songs to the different languages and dialects in which Africa’s many people use to give praise. Attending services in an African church is an
unforgettable and soul stirring experience!
The Poem Conscription performed by Stalyon is a poem that speaks directly to the unfair offer young people are confronted with to join the armed services without a clear understanding of what they are getting into; that they may lose their lives, be mentally or physically crippled for the rest of their lives, loose limbs, be unable to get a job or support their families when they get back from an overseas theater of war; these are factors not made clear to them. Mostly poor youths who want to better their lives by going to college so they can support themselves and their families, they’re being offered unfair proposals of a paid college education without the proper foundation to succeed. A critical analysis is being made in this poem about the manner in which this voluntary enlistment is being done and the price being paid by the volunteers and their families. This is all being questioned and put forth in Conscription, which was written by African Grey.
All Poem's written & performed by the poet African Grey, except for Conscription which is performed by the female rapper and spoken word artist Stalyon.